Recently, a healthcare management journal took an informal poll of healthcare executives about their book recommendations. They named the following five books as some of their most inspiring choices.
1. StrengthsFinder 2.0
by Tom Rath
Rath, the author of How Full Is Your Bucket?, comes from the world of industrial psychology. The best-selling author has sold more than 5 million of his titles, and these titles can be found worldwide in 16 different languages.
In StrengthsFinder 2.0, Rath gives the reader an assessment tool to determine his or her top 5 talents, then explains how to find tools that make it easier to apply those talents at work and home each day.
2. First, Break All the Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently
by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman
Marcus Buckingham is a British motivational speaker who gathered his data from surveying workers in countries around the world. Curt Coffman is an American management and employee expert. They first published this book in 1999.
Named as one of Time Magazine’s 25 Most Influential Business Management Books, First, Break All the Rules debunks commonly-held myths about management and how to get the best work from employees. It’s based on extensive interviews collected by the Gallup organization.
3. What If…? Dare to Do More, Be More, and Reach Farther Than You Ever Thought Possible
by Mike Rayburn
Mike Rayburn is a guitarist, humorist, and motivational speaker. In his book What If?, which is based on a talk he gives as a keynote speaker, Rayburn invites managers and employees to embrace creativity in business. His book shows how to use artistic principles in business contexts.
4. The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right
by Dr. Atul Gawande
Dr. Gawande is a general and endocrine surgeon at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School, and a professor of health policy and management at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The journalist and public health researcher has written several bestsellers; this is his latest.
In The Checklist Manifesto, Dr. Gawande contends that despite having access to more knowledge than ever, the world is still faced with too many avoidable failures. He argues that a simple checklist can help the world do better.
5. The Creative Destruction of Medicine: How the Digital Revolution Will Create Better Health Care
by Dr. Mike Topol
Dr. Topol is a researcher in digital medicine as well as a cardiologist and geneticist. He founded the Scripps Translational Science Institute and was the driving force behind having the dangerous drug Vioxx removed from the market. In 2009, GQ named him one of the “12 Rock Stars of Science.”
Dr. Topol argues in this book that the healthcare industry has been resistant to the change over to wireless medicine. He makes the case for democratizing medical care through consumer-driven demand for innovation.
These five authors come from diverse backgrounds, but all have insights into a particular aspect of healthcare management. Inspiration abounds in these five guides to management in general and specifically to the healthcare field.