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Coaching Corner: Executive Presence Series
December 4, 2014 Blog Series 9 of 9: Executive Presence Resources:
Books and Articles
Throughout this series I’ve
quoted resources and studies. I hope that I’ve stimulated you sufficiently to
dig in and learn more. In this section, I’m going to share several of my
favorite books and provide a brief review. I’ve read many more books than these,
but in my opinion, these are the best on the topics of executive presence and
presentation skills, and they’ll serve you well. Good luck in your journey, and
congratulations for reading this far. I’d love nothing more than for you to
share your success in earning your seat at the table. When you do, please send
me a photo of you sitting proudly, and tell me your story!
Goldsmith, Marshall, What
Got You Here Won’t Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More
Successful, New York: Hyperion, 2007.
you identify what may be holding you back and gives you practical advice for
developing your career. His concepts of feedback and feedforward are critical to
success. This is a must read for those who want to advance their careers.
Heath, Chip and Heath, Dan,
Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die, New York:
Random House, 2007.
As I described
earlier, this is a staple for your bookshelf. It’s easy to read and contains
numerous examples to help you develop a compelling, engaging presentation. Both
my clients and I have used the authors’ advice with great success. Required
reading for anyone who makes presentations.
Hedges, Kristi, The
Power of Presence: Unlock Your Potential to Influence and Engage
Others, New York: AMACOM, 2012.
with solid documentation, thoughtful examples, and specific actions to drive her
points home. It’s a keeper! A well-deserved 5-star Amazon rating.
Hewlett, Sylvia Ann,
Executive Presence: The Missing Link Between Merit and Success, New
York: Harper Collins, 2014.
Hot off the
presses on June 3, 2014, I preordered this book and read it the day it came out.
Hewlett reports solid research that identified the three pillars of executive
presence. This well-written book takes a fresh perspective and adds new
information to the body of knowledge. While it’s shorter than other books I
reviewed, it’s no less compelling and well worth the read.
Parker, Lisa, Managing the
Moment: A Leader’s Guide to Building Executive Presence, South
Carolina: Advantage Media Group, 2013.
an easy-to-read book with solid information to help you boost your career. This
book gets my vote for containing the most practical advice of the lot. It
contains a variety of career boosting tips, exercises, and activities. This one
also belongs on your shelf.
Sandberg, Sheryl, Lean In:
Women Work, and the Will to Lead, New York: Knopf, 2013.
Sandberg is the
COO of Google. While this is not about executive presence, per se, she makes
many good points that lend themselves to developing gravitas for women. It’s
well written, well researched, entertaining, and very inspiring—a little preachy
at the end, but overall a terrific book.
Other books and research
studies referenced in this series
Cuddy, Amy, “Your Body Language
Shapes Who You Are,”
TED, June 2012.
Pillay, Srinivason S., Your
Brain and Business, Upper Saddle River, NJ: FT Press, 2011.
Rock, David, Your Brain at
Work, New York: HarperCollins, 2009.
Etcoff, Nancy, et.al.,
“Cosmetics as a Feature of Extended Human Phenotype: Modulations of the
Perception of Biologically Important Facial Signals,” PLoS ONE 6, no. 10,
Sutton, Robert, “How Often Do
You Look at Your Boss? Baboons Do It Every 20 or 30 Seconds,”
Work Matters, May 30, 2010.
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