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Professional Development Articles/News/Booklist

Professional development not only entails taking courses, but it also includes access to additional reading material that supports all CWU employees in their work.  It is the goal of the Equal Opportunity & Professional Development office to continually update this page with current and applicable resources that gives employees information on various work-related topics.  There will be articles and a list of recommended books.  If you have suggestions to add to the list, contact Veronica Gomez-Vilchis at (509) 963-2205, gomezv@cwu.edu.  Happy reading!

 

Articles

The Case for Transparency in Leadership: If learning leaders want to propel their organization toward greater results, including healthier profits, they must become comfortable with the uncomfortable: the complete, unabashed truth about themselves and their organization at all levels of the business.

 

Books

 

Fierce Conversations -- Susan Scott

Susan Scott believes that interpersonal difficulties--at work and at home--are a direct result of our inability to communicate well. Fierce Conversations is based on principles from her international consulting practice, in which she teaches executives how to conduct such exchanges more dynamically and ultimately more effectively, thereby improving the relationships they enjoy with their various dialogue partners "one conversation at a time."

 

A Manager's Guide to Coaching -- Emerson & Loehr

To stay on top, companies need to do more than just tread water - they need to grow. And that means that their employees need to develop and improve their skills at the same pace. More than ever, managers are being encouraged to improve employee performance through effective coaching, but so few of them have the time - or the knowledge it takes to do it successfully. Brian Emerson and Ann Loehr have spent years showing some of the country's top companies how to develop their most promising employees. "A Manager's Guide to Coaching" is a manual that will guide executives through every step of the coaching process, from problem solving to developing accountability. Clear, practical and straightforward, this is an invaluable tool that will help every leader coach employees, colleagues and themselves to excellence.

Leading Change -- John Kotter

John Kotter’s now-legendary eight-step process for managing change with positive results has become the foundation for leaders and organizations across the globe. By outlining the process every organization must go through to achieve its goals, and by identifying where and how even top performers derail during the change process, Kotter provides a practical resource for leaders and managers charged with making change initiatives work.

 

7 Habits of Highly Effective People -- Stephen Covey

In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, author Stephen R. Covey presents a holistic, integrated, principle-centered approach for solving personal and professional problems. With penetrating insights and pointed anecdotes, Covey reveals a step-by-step pathway for living with fairness, integrity, service, and human dignity--principles that give us the security to adapt to change and the wisdom and power to take advantage of the opportunities that change creates.