Most Recent IMS Books of the Month

A copy of the IMS Book of the Month is provided (compliments of
IMS) to member organizations for use in their corporate libraries.

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January 2019

Unlocking Creativity: How to Solve Any Problem and Make the Best Decisions by Shifting Creative Mindsets

by Michael A. Roberto
published by John Wiley & Sons
Unlocking Creativity is an exploration of the creative process and how organizations can clear the way for innovation. In many organizations, creative individuals face stubborn resistance to new ideas. Managers and executives oftentimes reject innovation and unconventional approaches due to misplaced allegiance to the status quo. Questioning established practices or challenging prevailing sentiments is frequently met with stiff resistance. In this climate of stifled creativity and inflexible adherence to conventional wisdom, potentially game-changing ideas are dismissed outright. Senior leaders claim to value creativity, yet often lack the knowledge to provide a creative framework. Unlocking Creativity offers effective methods and real-world examples of how the most successful organizations create cultures of innovation and experimentation.
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December 2018

The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation, and Growth

by Amy C. Edmondson
published by John Wiley & Sons
The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation, and Growth offers practical guidance for teams and organizations who are serious about success in the modern economy. With so much riding on innovation, creativity, and spark, it is essential to attract and retain quality talent—but what good does this talent do if no one is able to speak their mind? The traditional culture of “fitting in” and “going along” spells doom in the knowledge economy. Success requires a continuous influx of new ideas, new challenges, and critical thought, and the interpersonal climate must not suppress, silence, ridicule or intimidate. Not every idea is good, and yes there are stupid questions, and yes dissent can slow things down, but talking through these things is an essential part of the creative process. People must be allowed to voice half-finished thoughts, ask questions from left field, and brainstorm out loud; it creates a culture in which a minor flub or momentary lapse is no big deal, and where actual mistakes are owned and corrected, and where the next left-field idea could be the next big thing.
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November 2018

Leadership Language: Using Authentic Communication to Drive ResultsS

by Chris Westfall
published by John Wiley & Sons
Inside each of us is a vision of how things could be. Yet most people remain frustrated by a lack of impact, unable to connect and inspire the people they care about the most. Why?
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October 2018

Creating Mindful Leaders: How to Power Down, Power Up, and Power Forward

by Joe Burton
published by John Wiley & Sons
Mindfulness, emotional intelligence and resilience are the “must have skills” for modern leaders—yet many professionals are too stressed to know where to start. Creating Mindful Leaders provides deep insights and easy practices based in neuroscience, brain training and positive psychology to help professionals thrive in the “age of disruption.”
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September 2018

Attention Pays: How to Drive Profitability, Productivity, and Accountability

by Neen James
published by John Wiley & Sons
To create extraordinary lives, we must learn to “unplug” from the constant barrage of disruptions and “plug in” to the tools, strategies, and mindsets that allow us to harness our attention to reach our highest potential—and this book shows you how.
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August 2018

How to Have a Great Life: 35 Surprisingly Simple Ways to Success, Fulfillment and Happiness

by Paul McGee
published by Capstone
How to Have a Great Life starts with you–your strengths and amazing potential and how to develop those. It helps you understand how to tap into your ability to grow, while equipping you with insights, inspiration, and practical tools to deal with whatever life throws your way in order to achieve success and live a happy and fulfilled life.
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July 2018

Storytelling for the Revolution: The Ultimate Uprising of Insight, Wisdom, and Love

by Mitch Ditkoff
published by Idea Champions
If you are wondering why I chose to call my book: STORYTELLING FOR THE REVOLUTION: The Ultimate Uprising of Insight, Wisdom, and Love - a title some people might think is incendiary, inflated, or overly dramatic, here's why: We need a revolution. We do. But the revolution I'm inviting you to join is not a political one. It has nothing to do with a change of government, laws, or social structures. It has to do with a change of mind and a change of heart and a change in the way we communicate with each other.
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June 2018

Measure What Matters: How Google, Bono, and the Gates Foundation Rock the World with OKRs

by John Doerr
published by Penguin Random House LLC
In the fall of 1999, John Doerr met with the founders of a start-up whom he'd just given $12.5 million, the biggest investment of his career. Larry Page and Sergey Brin had amazing technology, entrepreneurial energy, and sky-high ambitions, but no real business plan. For Google to change the world (or even to survive), Page and Brin had to learn how to make tough choices on priorities while keeping their team on track. They'd have to know when to pull the plug on losing propositions, to fail fast. And they needed timely, relevant data to track their progress—to measure what mattered.
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May 2018

Bring Your Whole Self to Work: How Vulnerability Unlocks Creativity, Connection, and Performance

by Mike Robbins
published by Hay House, Inc.
Offers you insights, ideas, and tools to bring all of who you are to the work that you do—regardless of where you work, what kind of work you do, and with whom you do it. And, if you're an owner, leader, or just someone who wants to have an influence on those around you, this book will also give you specific techniques for how to build or enhance your team's culture, which encourages others to bring all of who they are to work.
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April 2018

How Women Rise: Break the 12 Habits Holding You Back from Your Next Raise, Promotion, or Job

by Marshall Goldsmith and Sally Helgesen
published by Hachette Books
Sally and Marshall identify the 12 habits that hold women back as they seek to advance, showing them why what worked for them in the past might actually be sabotaging their future success. Building on Marshall's classic best seller What Got You Here Won't Get You There, their new book How Women Rise is essential reading for any woman who is ready to advance to the next level.
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March 2018

Extraordinary Influence: How Great Leaders Bring Out the Best in Others

by Tim Irwin
published by Wiley
The age-old question for every leader—how do we bring out the best in those we lead? Anyone who has run a company, raised a family, lead an army, or coached a team struggles to find the key to help others excel and realize their potential. It is surprising how often we resort to criticism vs. an approach that actually results in a better worker and a better person.
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February 2018

Power Your Tribe:Create Resilient Teams in Turbulent Times

by Christine Comaford
published by McGraw-Hill