Recently, as I contemplated how to restructure my office staff after a pretty significant shakeup, I realized I had no real, clear idea about what I was going to do next. I knew I was going to be bringing in some new people, but how was I going to increase our team’s productivity, communicate my expectations more clearly, and be better prepared for turnover?
Enter the Kindle (well, the Kindle app for iPad, to be exact). I came across two really outstanding business leadership books and, after reading them both in just a couple of sittings, I knew I’d want to share them with my readers. So many business books are so dry, or are too focused on just one type of company and is totally inapplicable to the wedding industry. Not these.
Bruce Tulgan’s books It’s Okay to Be the Boss and Not Everyone Gets a Trophy: How to Manage Generation Y are amazing. They’re both truly an easy read, not at all dull and the examples are actually interesting, even when they relate to other kinds of businesses. Mr. Tulgan gets to the point quickly — he explains what workers today really are seeking in the workplace (hint: it’s not the “pat on the head” that everyone thinks millennials want) and how increased accountability is not only effective from a management perspective, but also positive for morale.
I can’t recommend these books highly enough for anyone who has, or plans to have, people working for them.