If you have been job-hunting lately, you've probably heard many or most of these ten ridiculous job interview questions. They are silly and pointless for reasons I'll describe in a moment, but you still have to answer them!
If You’re Not Outside Your Comfort Zone, You Won’t Learn Anything
You need to speak in public, but your knees buckle even before you reach the podium. You want to expand your network, but you’d rather swallow nails than make small talk with strangers. Speaking up in meetings would further your reputation at work, but you’re afraid of saying the wrong thing. Situations like these — ones that are important professionally, but personally terrifying — are, unfortunately, ubiquitous. An easy response to these situations is avoidance. Who wants to feel anxious when you don’t have to?
I have been maintaining – and occasionally updating -- a list of “Books That Every Leader Should Read” on my Work Matters blog since 2011. These are books that have taught me much about people, teams, and organizations -- while at the same time -- provide useful guidance (if sometimes indirectly) about what it takes to lead well versus badly. This is the latest update. I have expanded it to 12 books this year and, even with that, I left out many of my favorites – and probably many of yours as well. After all, some 11,000 business books are published in the United States every year.