AAHOA Talk: What’s the best business or leadership book you’ve ever read?

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GoodtoGreatGood to Great
by Jim Collins

Contributed by Hitesh (HP) Patel, President, Capital City Hospitality Group

The book was impactful to me, personally, because it illustrates how companies adapt to the evolving times and how to grow with having great infrastructure in place. It also helped me become a better leader by being surrounded by disciplined people, thoughts and vision of success. The biggest takeaway from this book, for me, is that “You can accomplish anything in life, provided you do not mind who gets the credit.”


7_PeakProductivityThe Secret to Peak Productivity
by Tamara Myles

Contributed by Nilesh (Neil) Bhakta, President, N&P Hospitality Inc.

In this book the author presents a set of tools for eliminating physical, electronic and mental clutter through organization and effective time-management.

In this technologically advanced world, electronic clutter piles up as a result of our lack of decision-making and not deciding what to do with it at that time. This piling up can lead to a great deal of stress, and it compounds into an issue of, “Where do I save this information?” and “How do I retrieve it easily when needed?”

After reading The Secret to Peak Productivity, my biggest takeaway was to create a robust filing system after eliminating clutter. We have to manage constant flow of incoming material properly to avoid a pile-up.


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The 4 Disciplines of Execution
by Chris McChesney Sean Covey and Jim Huling

Contributed by Bhavesh B. Patel, President, ADM Hotels & Development

The best business or leadership book I have read is The 4 Disciplines of Execution. It was impactful to me because, by following the Four Disciplines, it helped me establish my priorities, which are (1) focusing on the important, (2) acting on lead measures (3), keeping a compelling scoreboard and (4) creating accountability.

The best business or leadership book I have read is The 4 Disciplines of Execution. It was impactful to me because, by following the Four Disciplines, it helped me establish my priorities, which are (1) focusing on the important, (2) acting on lead measures (3), keeping a compelling scoreboard and (4) creating accountability.

I’ve let these priorities guide the way when producing results with my team and partners.


7_LeadershipChallengeThe Leadership Challenge 
by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner

Contributed by Dinesh (Dan) Rama, Principal + Managing Partner NewGen Worldwide

After reading The Leadership Challenge it made me realize that leadership is not something we are born with; it is through our experiences manifested through time that help us make better-informed decisions. These decisions are then a catalyst for leadership.

This book was not about academic theories or models. The mechanism to present material was through real-life situations, thus giving it a soul and purpose. The book taught me to embrace leadership based on how people have led before, and not by examples on academia, whose job is to give theories and formulas in a ‘perfect world.’  

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