Federal Coach: Holiday Book List for Federal Leaders

With the holidays rapidly approaching, are you looking for a last-minute gift for the federal leader in your life? To help make your shopping easier, here are my favorite five leadership books from 2011. Each book is an easy read and includes actionable ideas for federal leaders looking to navigate the ambiguity and challenges that lie ahead.

With federal leaders facing ongoing talk of shutdowns, budget cuts and pay freezes, Jim Collins’ latest book, Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos and Luck – Why Some Thrive Despite Them All , provides inspiration during these tough times. Written with Morten Hansen, this book focuses on why some companies thrive during chaotic and unstable times while others don’t and gives lessons learned that are helpful for leaders in the public sector.

For federal leaders who are tackling the tough challenges that lie ahead, I recommend Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries by Peter Sims and The Lean Startup by Eric Ries. No. 1 on my list of 2011 reads, Little Betsoffers federal leaders a set of concrete ideas on how they can take their innovative ideas all the way to implementation.

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