Whenever I mention teamwork I always like to bring up this scene from The Simpsons: Together We form A Mighty - Simpsons
It's been a while since I last create one of these book lists, I was planning on listing a different selection of books relating to the next level of an animation student... however before I got into the extreme books. I want to first present the fundamentals of teamwork. Collaborating as a team is essential and gaining the experience for this is important to get as soon as you can and as often as you can from the very beginning.
Over the past few months I have collected new books and these are books I would never usually consider reading before... but I caught a bug, and found I could not stop indulging deeper into the subject. I really had an aspiration to transform my skill in the area of teamwork. So, I search for new methods and techniques in order to improve.
Now I wish to share some of the best finds I found on my journey:
1. The Book of Leadership: How To Get Yourself, Your Team and Your Organisation Further Than You Ever Thought Possible, Anthony Gell.
If you want to learn how to be an inspirational and motivational leader, or how to get people to believe and follow you then this book is a great guide. I like books like this, they're not only good guides for improving skills, but also improving manners and character.
2. Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone To Take Action, Simon Sinek.
This book teaches me that what is often missed within the ideation process is that not enough people ask why. It looks into the structure of organisations such as Disney and Apple; questioning the reasons what makes these company's ahead of their game.Reason being they ask why... unless you know why you will never know how.
3.Team Of Teams: New Rules of Engagement For A Complex World, General Stanley McChrystal
I haven't really gotten around to reading this book entirely, I have only been skim-reading some of the chapters that interest me. It is a book demonstrating a military formula of team management, teams of teams; which is basically a new structure used within organisations to achieve faster and effective results.
4. How To Be Like Walt: Capturing The Disney Magic Every Day of Your Life, by Pat Williams.
Ok, so I'm a bit of a Walt Disney obsessive... I get it... I mention the company a lot - although, this title is misleading, it is not a book about how to be like Walt it is a book that value his personal treats. Demonstrating how you can take some of his values and representations: imagination, honesty, perseverance, optimism and vision. I also bought the audiobook version for this book and I highly recommend it. I listen to it every day as I am out and about, making my usual daily commute to university.
Where to find these books and what it'll cost:
The Book of Leadership - Amazon price [Kindle] £9.49 and [Printed Copy] £11.19 (I think it is far cheaper to buy this book online than it is in stores which are full price of £13.99)
Start with Why - Amazon price [Kindle] £6.49 and [Printed Copy] £7.99
Teams of Teams - Amazon price [Kindle] £6.49 and [Printed Copy] £6.99
How to Be Like Walt - Amazon price [Kindle] £9.23 and [Printed Copy] £11.40
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