A Mini-Management Library

Last Updated Apr 28, 2008 5:12 PM EDT

Newspapers aren't famous for their knowledge of management. But Jill Geisler, the management guru at the Poynter Institute, a news industry think tank and training ground, has put together a not-bad list of management books.

For improving as a manager:
"Understanding and Changing your Management Style," by Robert Benfari
"The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn't," by Robert I. Sutton
For learning about management styles:
"Primal Leadership," by Goleman, Boyatzis and McKee

For conflicts:
"Getting to Yes," By Fisher and Ury
"Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most," by Stone, Patton, Heen and Fisher
For motivating employees:
"Intrinsic Motivation at Work," by Kenneth W. Thomas

For changing your organization:
"Making Sense of Change Management," by Esther Cameron and Mike Green

See Jill's Book Picks for Managers for more.

And weigh in with your favorites. For instance, I think Andy Grove's "Only the Paranoid Survive" is a terrific book about how to manage organizational change.

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