My Top 10 Books in 2020… What’s your favorite?

I once heard John Maxwell talk about the importance of reading books. In fact, it was so important to his father that he would pay his son John for reading books as a teenager. Books take us to places for us to dream and create perspective. I have been a book reader for years, and it has been a major part of my leadership growth. In fact, these authors inspired me to write and publish my first book “Find Your Lane” in 2017, then later publish a journal called Milemarkers in 2019. I continue to make books part of my everyday and read approx. 20-40 books a year.

A few years ago, a group of friends decided to read leadership books together to share perspective and learn from each other to get better in the workplace. We called our group “CLIMB” (connect lead inspire mentor build) and later moved the group online to get more intentional about reading and building a leadership community of CLIMBHRS. It also allows me to get perspective from others as well as be held accountable during the seasons to keep reading and growing in my career.

Each year, I like to look back and reflect to plan ahread. As I reflect on 2020, here are the top 10 books in my stack that have impacted me…

My Top 10 in 2020:

  1. High Performance Habits by Brendon Burchard
  2. Everybody Matters by Bob Chapman
  3. The Power of Moments by Chip Heath and Dan Heath
  4. The Heart of Leadership by Mark Miller
  5. The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz
  6. Saturday Morning Tea by Tony Bridwell
  7. Wins Losses and Lessons by Lou Holtz
  8. Know What You’re FOR by Jeff Henderson
  9. Win Forever by Pete Carroll
  10. Milemarkers 5 Year Journal by Bruce Waller

Other notables included:

  • Why Texas by Ed Curtis
  • Purpose Ignited by Dr Alise Cortez
  • Unhitch the Wagon by Toby Rowland
  • E is for Elephant by Kjersten Faseler
  • Prepare for Change by Steve Palomino
  • Be Brilliant in the Basics by Kelvin Goss
  • It’s Your Ship by Michael Abrashoff
  • Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss
  • Greenlights by Mathew McConaughey
  • The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
  • The Liberty Of Our Language Revealed by Thomas Blackwell

I’m looking forward to reading these books in 2021…

  • HRRising by Steve Browne
  • Own Your Career Own Your Life by Andy Storch
  • Betting On You by Laurie Ruettimann
  • The CEO of Networking by Heidi Torres (*no publish date)
  • Activator by Dr. Jason Jones (*no publish date)
  • And more…

What were your favorites in 2020? What did I miss? Share below… I am always interested in recommendations…

Are you in a book club? If not, consider joining our “CLIMB” group on Facebook in 2021… We are reading “Start with Why” by Simon Sinek in January… If interested, find us on Facebook and read with us. It’s a great place to Connect, Lead, Inspire, Mentor, Build… and engage with others in the HR Community… it’s more than a book Club!

Quote of the Day:You are the author of the book of your life.” (Mathew McConaughey)

Call to Action: There are a couple of things we can all do during challenging times in the new year, 1) refer a book (if it impacted you, it might impact someone you know and 2) Smile! We can all use a smile right now! Have a Happy New Year and happy reading in the new year!

This has been A Relocation Minute on “Top 10 books in 2020” with Bruce Waller, for more information, call 972-389-5673, or email bwaller@goarmstrong.com 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 journal “Milemarkers” both available on amazon. Be sure to subscribe to my YOUTUBE channel for weekly messages to encourage you and others in the workplace! Looking for a Podcast? Check out “Life in the Leadership Lane” on APPLE PODCAST as I talk to leaders making a difference in the workplace!

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