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Education is critical to everyone in your organization. Learning about technical tools, aspects of project management and dealing with people is essential in improving performance and minimizing your frustration. Between seminars, forums, books, magazines, though, you could spend all your time just trying to find the right item. eCameron has tried to help with that by sharing some of our knowledge and helping our clients and friends get a start on the process. These items may be found in our Blog or eJournal  on our website in the form of discussions, ramblings, templates and procedures.

This section of our website is a list of recommended books and a details about the books that you will not get from the publisher or a bookseller. Below you will find reviews (or a detailed synopses) we have created. In the cases where time has not allowed us to complete a review, but the book is recommended, we have supplied information from the publishers. As we finish the reviews we will modify this page and provide links to more detail. Some of the details will be published in our newsletters but since there are more books than months in the year, some detail will only be found here. Visit this page often to see what is new.

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Right now we only have one book that one of us was the sole author of—Rescue the Problem Project. However, there are plans and a couple of books we have collaborated on. They all show up here with at least a short description of their intent.

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The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable

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Author:Patrick Lencioni
Publisher: Jossey-Bass
Released: April 2002
Type: Hardcover
Pages: 229
ISBN:978-0201835953

Without a team there is no project, there is no success. One of your primary jobs is to build a team from people you mostly likely do not have authority over. The five key attributes: results, accountability, commitment, conflict, and trust, will help you build a better team quicker.

Wednesday, 15 July 2015 10:19

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

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Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

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Author:Sheryl Sandberg
Publisher: Knopf
Released: March 2013
Type: Hardcover
Pages: 240
ISBN:978-0201835953

Project Management is one to the few disciplines where the glass ceiling seems to be non-existent. Daily our multicultural, multigenerational, multigender teams build great products for our businesses. We need to understand ourselves and others better. Lean In is a great book for either gender to read to learn more about how to avoid gender issues on your projects.

Thirty years after women became 50 percent of the college graduates in the United States, men still hold the vast majority of leadership positions in government and industry. This means that women ’s voices are still not heard equally in the decisions that most affect our lives. In Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg examines why women ’s progress in achieving leadership roles has stalled, explains the root causes, and offers compelling, commonsense solutions that can empower women to achieve their full potential.

Sandberg is the chief operating officer of Facebook and is ranked on Fortune ’s list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business and as one of Time ’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. In 2010, she gave an electrifying TEDTalk in which she described how women unintentionally hold themselves back in their careers. Her talk, which became a phenomenon and has been viewed more than two million times, encouraged women to “sit at the table, ” seek challenges, take risks, and pursue their goals with gusto.

The Heart of Change: Real-Life Stories of How People Change Their Organizations

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Author:John P. Kotter, Dan S. Cohen
Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
Released: November 2012
Type: Hardcover
Pages: 224
ISBN:978-0201835953

In Lean In, Sandberg digs deeper into these issues, combining personal anecdotes, hard data, and compelling research to cut through the layers of ambiguity and bias surrounding the lives and choices of working women. She recounts her own decisions, mistakes, and daily struggles to make the right choices for herself, her career, and her family. She provides practical advice on negotiation techniques, mentorship, and building a satisfying career, urging women to set boundaries and to abandon the myth of “having it all. ” She describes specific steps women can take to combine professional achievement with personal fulfillment and demonstrates how men can benefit by supporting women in the workplace and at home.

The Next Evolution - Enhancing and Unifying Project and Change Management: The Emergence One Method for Total Project Success

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Author:Thomas Luke Jarocki
Publisher: Brown & Williams Publishing
Released: June 2011
Type: Hardcover
Pages: 326
ISBN:978-0201835953

Still confused on how projects and change management fit together? If so, read this book. It gives a great history of both and outlines a process that may work for your company. If nothing else, the process described will help you understand how your company can fold the two disciplines together. The only detractor is the author's contniual reference to "his" methodology. However, this does give you a good example of its implementation.

Just about every project professional agrees that "success" today is not just about being "on time, within budget, and according to scope" but one in which there is successful organizational change and the broad organizational adoption of project outputs and deliverables. However, because the project management and organizational/behavioral change management disciplines are often practiced as separate entities, the road to success often becomes divided, leading to poor outcomes for both the project manager and stakeholders throughout the organization.

Wednesday, 15 July 2015 09:56

The Little Engine That Could

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The Little Engine That Could

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Author:Watty Piper
Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap
Released: 1978
Type: Hardcover
Pages: 48
ISBN:978-0201835953

Okay, maybe I am a little sentimental here, but this book takes prejudice and self perception head on. It is a mantra that any project manager that is facing huge odds should read.

The classic tale of persevering against the odds!

The Little Engine That Could comes to life all over again in this gorgeous oversized picture book with foil on the cover and the beautiful art from the 1950s. A train of toys desperately need an engine to take them over the mountain so that they can deliver toys and food to children. But none of the big, important engines will help them. Luckily, the Little Blue Engine comes along. She is small, but she has confidence that she can do it, and she does!

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

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Author: Malcolm Gladwell
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Released: January 2002
Type: Softcover
Pages: 301
ISBN:978-0201835953

This book is currently under review, more details will be added when available

The tipping point is that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a small but precisely targeted push cause a fashion trend, the popularity of a new product, or a drop in the crime rate. This widely acclaimed bestseller, in which Malcolm Gladwell explores and brilliantly illuminates the tipping point phenomenon, is already changing the way people throughout the world think about selling products and disseminating ideas.

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Projects build capabilities to met corporate goals. If you are a CEO, you need to make sure your employees and vendors know what those goals are and how they fit in to the plan. If you are a project manager, you need to know the bounds of you project. If you are anywhere in between, you need to understand how all the pieces fit together and keep it all aligned.

Most organizations consist of multiple business and support units, each populated by highly trained, experienced executives. But often the efforts of individual units are not coordinated, resulting in conflicts, lost opportunities, and diminished performance.

Wednesday, 15 July 2015 09:28

True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership

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True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership

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Author:Bill George, Peter Sims, David Gergen
Publisher: Jossey-Bass
Released: March 2007
Type: Hardcover
Pages: 251
ISBN:978-0201835953

True North shows how anyone who follows their internal compass can become an authentic leader. This leadership tour de force is based on research and first-person interviews with 125 of today ’s top leaders —with some surprising results. In this important book, acclaimed former Medtronic CEO Bill George and coauthor Peter Sims share the wisdom of these outstanding leaders and describe how you can develop as an authentic leader. True North presents a concrete and comprehensive program for leadership success and shows how to create your own Personal Leadership Development Plan centered on five key areas:

  • Knowing your authentic self
  • Defining your values and leadership principles
  • Understanding your motivations
  • Building your support team
  • Staying grounded by integrating all aspects of your life
To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others

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Author: Daniel H. Pink
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Released: December 2013
Type: Softcover
Pages: 272
ISBN:978-0201835953

Every project manager is in sales. PMs are always trying to convince someone to give people, money, time, expertise, knowledge, etc. They are always in sales mode... they just don't think of it that way.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, one in nine Americans works in sales. Every day more than fifteen million people earn their keep by persuading someone else to make a purchase.

But dig deeper and a startling truth emerges:

Yes!: 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive

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Author:Noah J. Goldstein Ph.D., Steve J. Martin, Robert B. Cialdini Ph.D.
Publisher: Free Press
Released: December 2009
Type: Softcover
Pages: 272
ISBN:978-0201835953

Project managers spend 90% of their time trying to persuade people to do something be it stakeholders, executives, end users, or the project team. They spend very little time learning how to do it better. Yes! gives you fifty ways to change your message and help you persuade anyone to do anything (well, almost). You can also get our excel spreadsheet that helps you focus on the right tools for what ever you are trying to do.

New York Times bestselling introduction of fifty scientifically proven techniques for increasing your persuasive powers in business and life.

Small changes can make a big difference in your powers of persuasion.

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