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Top 10 Audio Books About Management for Road Warriors


Do you commute? Travel between offices? Drive to clients or customers? If so, forget talk radio and listening to music and news. These audio books about business management for the road warrior will help you learn while you travel. Listen to business, management and Human Resources audio books on tape. Unabridged where available.

1. The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement

One of my all-time favorite audio books. Learn about continuous improvement, throughput of your whole work system, and how to eliminate the bottlenecks that are throttling your organization's success. All this, and "The Goal" is a romance and a great story, too. This highly recommended book on tape saves you reading time. (Eliyahu M. Goldratt: HighBridge Company)
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2. Jack: Straight from the Gut

Who can argue with success? Without doubt, the most memorable, successful CEO of recent years, Jack Welch tells his story in his way. Any autobiography suffers from the author's need to present a coherent, planned picture of the road to success, but this audio book is better than most. You'll learn about his emphasis on people and building talent from this book on tape. (Time Warner AudioBooks)
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3. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...

Jim Collin's research indicates that companies that can sustain success for fifteen or more years have commonalities. They've found their hedgehog concept. They're getting the right people on the bus, even if they're not yet sure of assigned seats. The CEO tends to, quietly and competently, lead. Even though abridged, you'll enjoy this book on tape. (HarperTrade)
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4. It's Not the Big That Eat the Small...It's the Fast That Eat the Slow

Jason Jennings and Laurence Haughton, on this audio tape, contend that only the fastest organizations will thrive in this century. These organizations adjust to change quickly and they focus on "commerce, resource deployment, and people." Lots of stories and examples make this book on tape a very good listen. Plus, I think the authors are right on-target. (New Millennium Entertainment)
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5. Primal Leadership: Realizing the Power of Emotional Intelligence

Daniel Goleman and his co-authors would advise that leaders who leave emotions out of the workplace do so to their potential detriment and that of their organizations. The audio tape focuses on the four domains of emotional intelligence and how leaders must develop a style repertoire to fit different situations. You'll enjoy exploring EI on this book on tape. (Audio Renaissance Tapes)
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6. The Leadership Engine: How Winning Companies Build Leaders ...

Noel Tichy believes the most successful organizations build leaders at every level of the organization. Their leaders teach others to lead, too; they are leader producing machines. After listening to this audio tape, you might also want to get the book to take a look at your own leadership skills through the worksheets in the book.(HarperTrade)
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7. Leadership

Rudolph Giuliani became an indelible part of U.S.A. history as the mayor of NYC following September 11. Turns out, he had been a strong, but not as well-known, leader prior to the terrorist strike. On this abridged audio tape, he champions preparation, accountability and strong self-definition as key leadership needs. He is worth a listen with much more to share. (Times Warner Audio Books)
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8. Leadership and the New Science

I first read this book in the early 90s and admit it was before my time. If you're like me, take another look. Revised with new information, on the tape, Margaret Wheatley explores the ramifications of discoveries in the new sciences such as quantum physics and chaos theory and applies them to today's organizations. I like her theory of interconnectedness. Worth listening. (Audio Literature)
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9. Management Challenges for the 21st Century

No list is complete without an audio book by Peter F. Drucker. Writing about management for over eighty years, he tackles managing the knowledge worker in an information economy here. He thoughtfully summarizes challenges for the next century in this book on tape. This collection of important themes for business is wortth your time. (HarperTrade)
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10. How to Win Friends and Influence People

I recommend this book above all others to learn how to work with people to attain your goals. Dale Carnegie is a master at teaching us how to achieve our full potential. With millions of copies of his books in print, take time to listen to this audio tape which contains the full text of the print book. Listen to his simple, yet powerful, messages about growth.(Simon and Schuster Audio)
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