I see this book as an essential manual - a How To book for leaders seeking better ways of working in these turbulent times. We are always living in changing times, but the chaotic events of the past couple of years have forced many companies into a fundamental re-think about how they can survive and thrive today.
This timely book takes a simple but very powerful thesis: that energy is more important than time, and we can work much more effectively by applying this principle in four key areas - Physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. The latter two have been filtering slowly into management thinking in recent years, but Tony Schwartz places them centre stage, arguing that a truly successful business must integrate each of these elements in order to be truly successful.
The empirical evidence is that companies engaged with Tony or his co-author Jean Gomes have been consistently impressed by these tools and techniques in action, and have the results to prove it. So this is a manual rooted in experience, and written in a clear compelling style. If you buy one management book this year, make it this one.