The summer holidays can go one of two ways when it comes to that reading list you’ve been compiling for the first half of the year. You can either race through a list of the year’s best-selling thrillers before you see a spoiler, or your reading list remains untouched, unloved and unused as the date on your out-of-office looms ever closer.
Tackling two birds with one book, here’s a selection of back-to-business books for that are perfect for travel managers, helping you to feel more prepared for that first day back:
Crucial Conversations – Kerry Patterson & Joseph Grenny
A travel manager’s week is full of ‘crucial conversations’. Whether you’re sitting down with a particularly noisy traveller in order to get to the root of a problem, or trying to get stakeholder buy-in to drive the procurement process, everything rests on your ability to negotiate.
In departure from more aggressively toned business books, Crucial Conversations emphasises preparation, creating a safe environment to speak, and "transforming unpleasant emotions into powerful dialog" through persuasion rather than demands – all of which sounds incredibly relevant to the often emotive subject of business travel!
Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader – Hermina Ibarra
The role of travel manager is as much about managing people as it is about dealing with the day-to-day workings of travel, possibly even more so, and so it’s well worth staying up to date with the latest approaches to people management.
Ibarra takes a refreshing and empathetic approach to leadership and management, acknowledging that most of us would like to lead with greater impact but are often too busy executing today’s demands. In this book Ibarra will show how managers and executives at all levels can step up to leadership by making small but crucial changes in your job, your network, and yourself.
Do business books find their way onto your summer reading list?
Start With Why – Simon Sinek
The TED Talk that Sinek’s Start With Why is based on is the third most watched of all time. Aiming to answer why some people and organisations are more inventive, pioneering and successful than others, Sinek argues that it’s not what you do – it’s why you do it.
Perfect for travel managers who are required to motivate entire workforces to get behind strategic decisions and initiatives, Start With Why shares the stories of leaders such as Martin Luther King and Steve Jobs and explains the framework for discovering your why and then using that to motivate your team to success.
Eat That Frog – Brian Tracy
That first day back to-do list bringing you out in a cold sweat? Spend some time with Brian Tracy over the remainder of the summer break to learn why the world’s most successful people don’t try to do everything and how to make this approach work for you in your role as travel manager.
In Eat That Frog Tracy cuts to the core of what is vital to effective time management: decision, discipline, and determination – all skills that are needed to see a corporate travel programme through to success. Also, if you get a copy of the update edition, Tracy shares his advice for preventing technology from dominating your time, as well as twenty one practical steps that will help you to get more of the important tasks done – today!
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