5 must-have books for cleaners

As the summer months approach – which often include several weeks away from managing front-line cleaning staff or distributor offices – suddenly more time opens up for a good book in the shade. . With all the options to choose from, why not pick a few that aren’t just entertaining reads, but could help you boost your management skills and perspective before getting back to the daily grind?

With this in mind, the Center for Professional and Executive Development at the University of Wisconsin-Madison recently shared must-have books for managers this summer – each with unique tips and experiences to dive into and learn from.

1. What Matters Right Now: Leading Groups in Uncertain Times by Henry Webne-Behrman

Behrman, who is a CPED instructor in addition to an author, follows up on his previous book, What Matters at Work — with this related article. This book focuses on tools, best practices and strategies that managers can use to help organizations overcome unique or complex obstacles.

2. The Manager’s Dilemma: A Manager’s Guide to Managing Change by Steve King

Not to be confused with Stephen King, but this author provides a lot of entertaining information on his own merit. This book focuses on navigating change in an organization, particularly from a manager’s perspective. King outlines three responsibilities managers should take on to streamline transitions in companies.

3. High performance management by Andrew Grove

If managers aren’t paying enough attention, burnout is a real possibility and productivity can wane. In this book, Grove outlines proven techniques for keeping employees motivated while maintaining the momentum of teams running on full throttle.

4. Primal Leadership: learning to lead with emotional intelligence by Daniel Goleman, Richard E. Boyatzis and Annie McKee

While every manager has a set of go-to tactics when it comes to connecting with their employees, every employee is unique and may need a very particular strategy to stay engaged and motivated. This book dives into how using self-awareness and empathy can be a strong connection point with employees.

5. Invisible Solutions by Bu Stephen Shapiro

Not all obstacles in the workplace are created equal, and often the solution isn’t written in a manual. This book outlines the key questions managers need to ask in order to reframe situations and tap into unique ways to overcome challenges.

These books were only a handful of a voluminous list. Click on here for even more recommendations.


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