Will you give the gift of knowledge this week?©

 

People ask me frequently what the best book for them to read is.  I consume books, learning videos and articles about business and leadership like it was chocolate or something.  I’m lucky because it’s usually a client that asks and I know enough about what they want as far as their outcomes to suggest a book that will keep them moving forward on their path.

I thought I would throw out a few varied suggestions if you’re trying to think of a gift for yourself or a team member.

A subscription to Harvard Business Review.  Ask for this for Christmas!  If you want to know and use the latest research by the smartest people on the planet regarding leadership, order this subscription or beg a loved one or your boss to gift it to you.  I use this magazine constantly as a resource for the best research to create my launch lists, ebooks and course content.

How Google Works is a new one by Eric Schmidt, Jonathan Rosenberg, Alan Eagle.
I’m about half way through it and already have 3 launch lists I want to write about it and definitely is one of my favorite audiobooks of the year.  I haven’t finished it because I stop it like every 10 minutes to take a bunch of notes.  It’s not just a sort of bio on the company itself but it is kind of guide written by leaders that help build Google to what it is today.  So far, it has dissected Google’s hiring process in detail which explains how they recruited and developed such great team members.  It’s a book about how they built their culture and the methods you can steal to get the same results with your team.

10% Happier by Dan Harris
This book just makes you laugh the entire time.  In the audiobook version it is narrated by the author and it totally cracks you up!  It is the cynical and enlightening journey of Harris’ path to discovering a method of relaxation that he believes made him 10% happier.

Any of these books by Malcolm Gladwell are super interesting and good reads.
Outliers (my favorite), blink, The Tipping Pont, David and Goliath.
If you haven’t heard of him here’s who he is:  CLICK HERE.

Conscious Business, How to Build Value Through Values, by Fred Kofman.  It focuses on unconditional responsibility, unflinching integrity, authentic communication, impeccable commitments and right leadership.

The Power of Full Engagement, Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal.  This is a great one to read over the holidays to start your new year right!  Full of practical ways to focus on managing your energy which will help you optimize the time you want to invest towards your desired outcomes.

I wish for you the gift of grace this week.  Give grace to yourself for all that you do to serve others – whether you always demonstrate it perfectly or not.  Grace to those that are wanting to please and serve you.  They don’t always get it perfectly either.  Grace to those you love and care about.  Family relationships come with way too much history to get it right every time.

Merry Christmas, my friend.  You are a reason why mine is so very, very joyful this year, as I have received more grace from others than I could possibly every measure.

 

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