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My Top 10 Business, Leadership and Productivity Books

Everyone has their own list of favorite books.  If you do a search for the top 10 leadership books of all time, you get variety of opinions.  To add to the noise on this topic, here are my top 10 business, leadership and productivity books.  

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey Getting Things Done by David Allen Speed of Trust by Stephen M. R. Covey Good to Great by Jim Collins The OZ principle by Hickman, Smith, and Connors What Color is Your Parachute by Richard N. Bolles Winners Never Cheat by Jon M. Huntsman Linchpin by Seth Godin A Message to Garcia by Elbert Hubbard
I know I'm missing some significant authors, so I would like to add that you should read what these authors have written as well:
- Ken Blanchard - John Maxwell  - Marcus Buckingham - Tom Peters

Interviewers: Getting the Right Person on the Bus.

Here are a few thoughts about hiring.  Having been on both sides of the hiring table over the last five years, I have gathered up the following:  

I think everyone would agree that the goal of interviewing people is to find the right person.  Any business owner will say that their people are key to their business.   Unfortunately, everyone is in too much of a hurry.  The interviewee wants to get to work quickly and the interviewer wants to get done with hiring so they can get back to work.    This fact, combined with the current structure of the human resources selection and interview process is NOT to find the right person, but to find the one person that can check the greatest number of boxes on the job description and that will work for the lowest salary. We use degrees, accreditations, licenses, certifications, and this intangible thing we call "experience" to try and find the right fit.  Is this really the best way?

Most hiring managers are not very good at getting gr…