Summer Reading... don’t forget to pack your Kindle, Nook or iPad

Summer Reading... don't forget to pack your Kindle, Nook or iPad

As the holiday season starts, we all start thinking about what books to throw into our e-readers or suitcases to fill those idle hours by the poolside.

So it was with much interest that I read Peter Drucker’s recommendations for summer reading consisting of five management classics from the early 20th century, in an article written by Rick Wartzman and published in Bloomberg Businessweek. To read the full article please click here

What interests me is the fact that the five books Drucker recommends are all written before 1941, each of which have laid “firm and lasting foundations”. In today’s rapidly changing workplace it is comforting that some traditional management and leadership principals have stood the test of time.

According to the Chartered Institute of Management (CMI), 85% of managers have read at least one management book in the last year, helping to aid their professional development and improve their management skills.

So if the summer holidays are your one chance to dip into a management book, then my personal recommendation would be Hostage at
The Table by George Kohlrieser. What I like about this book is that it is not about fixing people – it is all about building self-awareness so that we can interact with our stakeholders in a more emotionally intelligent way. The book is written using Kohlrieser’s own experiences as a hostage negotiator so it really doesn’t feel like a management book at all.

Given that there are around 2,500 management titles in existence in the UK there is plenty of choice out there.

If you are looking for inspiration, the list of winners of the CMI Management Book of the Year 2011 run in association with the British Library is not a bad starting point.

The one that takes my fancy is the 'The Future of Work’ by Richard Donkin which won in the Digital Management Book category. This is what the judges had to say about it: “It is a book by an acknowledged master in the field, an author who treads the same path as Charles Handy and Richard Leyard, someone who realises that the nature of our working lives and the satisfaction or otherwise that we gain from them are subjects too important to be left to the writers of dusty textbooks.'

There are lots of lists out there. Another good source for inspiration is the Financial Times which has a great set of lists covering categories ranging from fiction to business and economics. Click here  to look at their latest picks.

Enjoy your summer holiday. Holidays are a great time to read and reflect. What will you be reading?