LP and I love reading the same book and exchanging ideas, opinions, and insights. It helps us stay inspired, skill up, and expand, which is a high priority for us.

Today, I am sharing five books that have recently inspired us as producers and team managers.

Do you have a must-read when it comes to leadership and management? Please leave a comment, and we’d love to add it to our list!

1 - Getting Things Done by David Allen

I sleep better since reading this book! 

David Allen is a productivity expert and creator of the Getting Things Done method. 

He has changed the way I create and manage my to-do list and has helped me deal with much anxiety. I now use his In Tray method for everything I need to keep track of on my to-do, personal, and work-related. I have even started using the In Tray for creative tracking and schedule-related tasks. The idea is that the moment we have an idea or think about something, we have to put it to someone. The brain is not made to store our ideas and thoughts; that’s why we have to put them somewhere else. It can be a piece of paper, your phone; I use an Excel sheet. THINK IT, INK IT!  Then the next step is making it actionable – adding verbs to the thoughts.

"If it's on your mind, your mind isn't clear." - David Allen

This book is a classic read that is still relevant today and applies way beyond the animation industry. It’s a must-read for sure. Buy two: one for you and one for your friend! We all need this one.

2 - One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard

Ken Blanchard is a genius! He has a Ph.D. in Organisational Behavior, but this is not what makes him so brilliant. He and his collaborators write the One Minute Manager series in the form of stories, which gives it a  fun and fresh outlook to team management. Although it is straightforward by design, it focuses on the very core of management principles. 

"The number one motivator of people is feedback on results." - The One Minute Manager.

The best way to learn is to observe, and The One Minute Manager shows exceptionally well. So, if you want to know the three rules of being a One Minute Manager, check this book NOW!

3 - Rework - David Heinemeier Hansson and Jason Fried

This book is all about efficiency and simplicity. It goes straight to the essence and gives excellent tips on leadership, time and team management, and business in general.

This is a book I would recommend to first-time managers or blasé managers looking for a renewed perspective. LP read it cover to cover in a few hours; it’s a very dynamic read!

I love it because even if you are a long-time leader or manager, it’s also great reminder of some of the essential bases of management. 

"Making decisions is progress. Don't wait for the perfect solution. Instead, commit to making decisions." - Heinemeier Hansson and Jason Fried.

4 - The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy

Darren Hardy reminds us of the importance of daily habits and their long-term impacts on our health, mindset, and overall happiness. He also emphasizes the importance of consistency and repeating positive actions over time as they grow exponentially.

Darren dropped truth bombs that helped me get back on track with my habits relating to health, exercise, abundance, and gratitude when I was working in a toxic environment.

This book has helped me remodel my morning routine, which didn’t feel meaningful to me before. Since reading the book, I have replaced jumping right into work in the morning by adding physical exercise and gratitude and abundance exercises to my mornings. Those exercises now have precedence over any other “false” priority, and it’s my way to promise each day that I am doing my best to be happy. As a result, I saw an improvement in my mood almost instantly too.

Is there one thing you would like to improve with yourself or your team? Darren’s book can help you make a plan, tackle and change your habits.

5 - The Common Path to Uncommon Success by John Lee Dumas

Jon Lee Dumas is most famous for his daily podcast Entrepreneurs on Fire.

In this book, he shares his inspiring journey to becoming one of the most downloaded podcasts ever. He drops excellent step-by-step info going from idea to product. Although he uses his podcast as a reference, this path to uncommon success will inspire anybody with an entrepreneurial idea or who wants to become better at what they do.

"Your level of success will seldom exceed your level of personal development because success is something you attract by the person you become." - JIM ROHN.

JLD has always inspired me to continue seeking mentors and to find peers to talk with about my failures. I love the idea of Masterminds and Mentors and how it applies to project managers and industry leaders.

What’s your favorite book on leadership and management? I would love to know!