Required Reading: Anne Libby



Name: Anne Libby
Class Taught: Managing Startup Teams

Described from early childhood as “bossy,” Anne grew up to love managing people and developing managers. She founded Anne Libby Management Consulting LLC, and when she’s not working with clients, or thinking and writing about managing people, Anne can be found balancing her body and mind on a yoga mat. Or, working to persuade GA to let her teach a class on the Leadership Lessons of Battlestar Galactica.

Here are Anne’s top picks on values and managing relationships at work:

  • The Leader’s Checklist by Michael Useem – If you practice certain timeless principles and actions, over time you will become a better manager. This slim volume is a blueprint for anyone who wants to lead people, in any endeavor.
  • The Mary Kay Way: Timeless Principles From America’s Greatest Woman Entrepreneur by Mary Kay Ash – Mary Kay Ash started her company in the 1960s to actualize her personal belief in the Golden Rule. Today, it’s a thriving global enterprise. Her tactical advice comes with a strong dose of the Mary Kay culture, and describes universal values that can be implemented in any enterprise.
  • The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey – While driving home the importance of bringing your exemplary character and values to the workplace, this classic is dense with information about delegation, managing time, and developing strong relationships.
  • The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It by Michael Gerber – This deceptively simple book offers ways to structure thinking around roles and responsibilities in an early stage business. It’s a great resource for founders who are working to balance their roles leading an enterprise with their responsibilities as an individual performer.
  • The archives of Inc Magazine are full of first-person management wisdom. You’ll also find templates you can use as a basis for offer letters, performance appraisals, an employee handbook and other things you will need to manage people. (But make sure to have your lawyer approve any documents you do use.)
  • The Creative Habit: Learn it and Use it For Life by Twyla Tharp – This dancer and choreographer logs hours at the boxing gym, and has strong opinions and useful advice on the relationship between discipline, structure and producing creative work.
  • Hiring well is critical! Check GA instructor Daniel Chait’s Recommended Reading post on how to hire the right people for your team.