Sir Winston Churchill said, “So little time, so much to do,” but I must modify that to “…so much to read!”
I may be on the laptop for hours and hours reading articles and blogs and teleworking all day, but there is something about paper under my fingers, and walking into a real brick and mortar book store that just fills my heart. There are so many books that I have been wanting to read, so I thought I would go pick some up last night (literally). Here is a list of several books, some which I have read, some I am reading, and some I am going to read this year. I compiled this short list from personal experience and researched reviews to help on this journey to understanding self, brand, and how to take a place in relationship to the new social paradigm. I hope you add some to your stack and feel free to add some to mine.
Dale Carnegie – How To Win Friends And Influence People: Written in 1936, I have my fathers original (he dated it 4-9-37). Dad was a dress salesman in New York City. I have read this book a zillion times since I was young. It still is one of the best business books you can read because it is all about the art of the relationship, the network, and good old communications. (Post script: My Dad was born in NYC in 1912, and has been gone 15 years last month. He went from nothing (literally) to owning his own dress manufacturing business in the ’50’s. Thanks Dad for setting me in the right direction.)
Arbinger Institue – Leadership and Self Deception: I recently read this for a leadership class and I thought it was an interesting way to look at how we box ourselves into believing our own story (whether good or bad) and then swirl people around us into our own self deception. A good airplane read that will make you look at your internal conversations and how they affect your relations to others.
Spencer Johnson – Who Moved My Cheese: This little story helps you look at how you deal (or don’t deal) with change. Change is the only constant we know, but the only one that likes change is a baby, they scream for it.
Richard Bolles – What Color Is Your Parachute?: The first time I read this was in college in the 70’s. I just had my step-daughter go buy the newest edition, since she just graduated college, and the self examinations and practical guidance is a great tool to help you hone in on what it is that you really would like to be doing for your career and what you are best suited for. Self-knowledge is what the brand of you is all about. This is a good starting point.
ON THE NIGHT STAND:
Marshall Goldsmith – What Got You Here, Won’t Get You There: This is really pushing me to look at how I take what I know up a notch. I’ll let you know how it turns out when I am done.
Reid Hoffman – The Start Up of You: On the night stand, waiting for me to finish “What Got You Here”
WAITING TO READ:
Seth Godin – Permission Marketing Turning Strangers Into Friends and Friends Into Customers
Malcolm Gladwell – The Tipping Point
Simon Sinek – Start With Why
Dave Kerpen – Likeable Social Media
Jim Collins – Good To Great
Partrick Lencioni – The Three Big Questions For A Frantic Family
Sheryl Sandberg – Lean In
Ben Zander – The Art of Possibility
Please let me know what you think, and comment with any adds and ‘don’t bother to reads.’
What are you reading this weekend?
Keep up the good attitude. See you next blog.
(All the Social Butterfly’s views are her own)
- How To Win Friends And Influence People (journeytointeresting.wordpress.com)
- Monthly Book Review: Seth Godin, The Icarus Deception. (femme-fabulous.com)