I started reading books in school, but really didn’t appreciate the value of continuous reading and learning until I picked up the book “21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership” by John Maxwell. I was a young manager looking for help and this book opened my eyes to learning and growing through other leaders. It was like having my own personal coach.
Since then, I started including reading books in my annual goals. I would start with a book a quarter, then a book a month. Last year, I was able to read / listen to over 40 books (thanks to audible). Making reading a goal will take your leadership growth to the next level. I have been able to see different perspectives, and create ideas through reading. For example, after I read “the little red book of selling” by Jeffrey Gitomer, I created a newsletter that is now in it’s 15 year with almost 5,000 subscribers. As I continued to create the newsletter, I integrated into a blog in 2011…. which then turned into my book “Find Your Lane” in 2017. This is just one example of how reading can inspire us to “level up” in our careers. In 2019, I published my second books which is a journal called “Milemarkers: a 5 year Journey“.
Reading is also a great way to connect and engage with others. One of the best ways to connect with others is by sharing a book we read, or something we are listening to like audible or podcast. This is when joy opens up in our careers. Connecting and learning with others is what I call “The Lane of Fulfillment!
As a way to end 2019, I want to share the top 5 books that made impact and moved my thinking and heart.
- Dare to Lead by Brene Brown… This book moved my heart and reminded me that it’s okay to be vulnerable in the workplace, and just be real. It’s about having the courage to be you. Read it!
- High Performance Habits by Brendon Burchard There are common threads to high performers. This book will remind you to stay focused on what matters most in our career and life. Excellent coaching!
- Nine Lies about Work by Marcus Buckingham and Ashley Goodall Another great book about perspective the way we think. It challenges us to think differently in the workplace starting with culture. Highly recommend!
- The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho I have heard so many people talk about reading that I finally decided to pick up. It’s so full of great wisdom!
- No Excuses by Bob Stoops. This book is about the life of head football coach. It’s filled with inspirational values around choices and character. Great book for anyone especially for a Sooner fan.
Definitely consider adding to your 2020 reading list… I have enjoyed reading many books this year that were published by many wonderful friends too. I have listed below for you to check out over the holidays or add to your reading list in 2020!
Tony Bridwell (The Changemaker), Steve Browne (HR on Purpose) Linda Swindling (Ask Outrageously), Daren Martin (A Company of Owners), Steve Laswell ( Leaders Create Space), Lee J Colan ( 5 Coaching Habits of Excellence), Adrianne Court (Bravely She Flies), Kris Dunn (The 9 Faces of HR), Dale Albrecht (Organizational Design that Sticks), Linda Clark (Coaching Perspectives), Morgan Myers (P4C), Deborah Avrin (Management MAP), Caroline Carter (Smart Moves), Tim Sackett (The Talent Fix), Dr Jason Jones (28 Days to a Motivated Team), Dean Lindsey (How to achieve Big Phat Goals), Sherri Elliot-Yeary (Crack the Millennial Code), and so many more…
What do I need to add to my reading list? I look forward to hearing from you. Merry Christmas! Wishing you the best in 2020…
Quote of the week: “Your success over the next 5 years will be determined by the books you read and the people you meet.” (Jim Rohn)
Call to Action: Pick a book from this list, or ask a colleague for a referral and get started. Make reading a goal for 2020 and share your takeaways with others. This will be a great way to start 2020 and the rest of your career. Oh, and you can use Milemarkers to capture your highlights!
This has been A Relocation Minute on “Best of Books in 2019” with Bruce Waller, for more information, call 972-389-5673, or email firstname.lastname@example.org or check out my social media Facebook and Twitter page. Also, check out www.BruceWaller.com to review my leadership book “Find Your Lane” and my 5-year Leadership Journal “Milemarkers” available on amazon.