October 21, 2013
At times it’s helpful to pick up a book outside the typical genre of self/professional development. Our current recommendation, Dad Is Fat, by Jim Gaffigan fits the bill. A professional speaker, teaching a workshop on how to use more humor in presentations, suggested I read this book. Gaffigan, a stand-up comedian, is a good study on the art of humor. Even if, after completing this book, I’m not any funnier, I sure am enjoying it. Gaffigan is best known for his legendary riffs on Hot Pockets, bacon, manatees, and McDonald’s. In Dad Is Fat, he shares the joys and horrors of life with five young children. Similar to Bill Cosby’s Fatherhood, Dad is Fat is a light and refreshing read about a man’s cry for help when he suddenly realizes that he and his wife are outnumbered and outsmarted in their own home.
August 23, 2013
Left to my own instincts, I would have never read this book. To begin with, the title is too long; I don’t have the attention span to complete it. Secondly, the cover graphics do not catch my eye. The Universe had to work extra hard to get this book into my hands. I am grateful that one of my clients gave me Manage Your Day-To-Day… because it’s exactly what I need right now. Over the last 18-months I’ve found myself moving away from habits and routines that have served me well. This book provided the intellectual and emotional reminders needed to get “back on track.” The back of the book says it best, “Should you answer that email, or answer your calling? Tune into social media, or tune in to your own voice? Respond to other people’s needs, or actively set your own agenda? When it comes to creative work, every decision, every day, matters. With wisdom from 20 leading creative minds, Manage Your Day-To-Day will equip you with pragmatic insights for using your time wisely and making your best work.”
Read. Enjoy. Apply.
July 5, 2013
This is the first time I’ve ever recommended two books in a row from the same author. I love Steven Pressfield’s honest, in-your-face, writing style and have now read: The Art of War, Do the Work, and Turning Pro. Although The Art of War remains my favorite, all three have value. Turning Pro navigates the passage from the amateur life to a professional practice. Turning pro means giving up a life that we may have become extremely comfortable with. Turning pro requires risk and takes courage. One of my favorite quotes is found on page 53, “The amateur fears that if he turns pro and lives out his calling, he will have to live up to who he really is and what he is truly capable of.” Here’s to living up to who you really are and becoming all you’re capable of. Let’s turn pro!
May 6, 2013
I love Steven Pressfield’s honest, in-your-face, writing style. His book, DO THE WORK, delivers on this style. Whether you’re an aspiring artist, writer, or entrepreneur, this book can help you. Pressfield addresses the demon of resistance that lurks in all of us. Its sole purpose is to halt our creativity, sabotage our internal genius, and rob us of or passion. Our strategy for overcoming resistance is to engage its nemesis—assistance. I particularly enjoyed this quote on page thirteen: “A child has no trouble in believing the unbelievable, nor does the genius or the madman. It’s only you and I, with our big brains and our tiny hearts, who doubt and over think and hesitate.” It’s time to get out of your way. It’s time to produce great work. It’s time to finish what you’ve already started. Let Pressfield’s manifesto help you see that you don’t need better ideas to be smarter, stronger, or more beautiful. It’s about doing the work.
February 18, 2013
Wow. That’s the phrase I kept uttering as I sped through A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller. My highlighter began to grow faint as I turned and marked each page. I thoroughly enjoyed Miller’s book Blue Like Jazz, yet this book is deeper and more poignant. Through heart-wrenching honesty and hilarious self-inspection, Miller demonstrates how he “edited” his life into a great story. You’ll be challenged to inspect your own life story and make it a thrilling adventure. No more living through the lens of someone else. Miller will encourage you to live as you’re designed—in grand fashion, as he points out, “I wonder, then, if when people say life is meaningless, what they really mean is their lives are meaningless” (60). Here’s to living your life full of meaning.
January 14, 2013
After years of promoting books, I get to recommend my own. How cool is that? Three years in the making, Your Employees Have Quit-They Just Haven’t Left, addresses the core business issue hampering organizations today—disengagement. The data is clear, improve levels of engagement within your team and attendance, customer service, safety, productivity and profitability soar. With humor and simplicity, this book uncovers nine fundamental principles that will engage and transform your workplace. Best news of all—most of these principles are low-to-no-cost. You can’t use a shrinking budget as an excuse any longer for not having a more engaged company. This book will do you no good unless you’re willing to make application. Practice these concepts and you can expect results.
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Read. Enjoy. Apply.
December 1, 2012
Once again our book of the month is a magazine (see March 2010 Book of the Month). Harvard Business Review is a must read and a valuable investment in yourself. It’s a perfect venue for engaging leaders to turn to for ideas and inspiration. Speaking of important reading for the engaging leader, click here for an interesting article on the bottom-line impact of employee engagement. With cutting-edge articles from industry experts, HBR is a perfect resource for tools and techniques that are critical to success and survival in today’s global business market.
Grab a cup of coffee. Learn and enjoy!
November 1, 2012
“We’re lost but we’re making good time.” That’s a statement many of us in the business world can relate to, and that’s the type of wisdom you’ll find in The Yogi Book. A Hall of Fame catcher for the New York Yankees dynasties of the late 1940s and into the ’60s, Berra was as quick with his wit as he was with his bat and glove. This book encapsulates all the famous sayings such as: “It ain’t over ’til it’s over” to “You can’t think and hit at the same time.” Compiled by Yogi Berra and his family, The Yogi Book is the official collection of all Yogi Berra’s quotable quotes. And more than just the genuine sayings themselves, there’s Yogi on hand to explain each saying’s provenance. Including many rarely-before-seen photographs plus appreciations and comments from friends and colleagues. So, if you can’t decide whether to buy this book or not, simply remember, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”
October 8, 2012
Acres of Diamonds first published in 1921. It is still valid today, and provides valuable lessons to anyone attempting to achieve success in life. Russell Conwell’s book was developed from a speech he delivered to church congregations over 5,000 times. The proceeds he earned from this speech created a fortune, which he used to found Temple University in Philadelphia. His famous Acres of Diamonds speech helped countless individuals to come into the knowledge of the meaning of true wealth and how to attain it without getting sidetracked by selfishness and greed.
Conwell uses this story to illustrate that success often lies close at hand, if you are willing to open your eyes and mind to opportunity. He further suggests that most people are “pygmies of their possible selves,” rarely achieving the potential of their innate abilities or local opportunities. Conwell also discusses his basic philosophy of business and gives several rules, or suggestions, for budding entrepreneurs.
Acres of Diamonds is another timeless read, full of applicable fundamental principles that can make a difference in your life.
September 4, 2012
When I first read To Be Told I felt like the author, Dan Allender, was writing directly to me. This book is worth reading because the journey to yourself is worth taking. We often overlook our own life story and the meaning it has for us and others. This book will help you recognize the power of your story.
By understanding and giving meaning to your journey, you’ll live more boldly today and in your future. God reveals himself to you–and to others–through the story written in your life. In this insightful and compelling book, Dr. Allender shows you how to read the stories of your life. He helps you understand the meaning written into every detail of who you are. As a result, you can share your story with others and listen to their story with greater compassion. Ultimately these stories reveal the unique aspects of our own divinity.
Starting today, you can find deeper meaning in your story–a story To Be Told.