For those who asked, and everyone else, here are 5 of my recommended reads for 2013 so far. I put links to Amazon for your convenience.
1. Search Inside Yourself by Chade Meng Tan.
Mr. Tan was one of the early engineers who worked at Google. He’s still there but now he’s working in People Development. I think his book captures an important zeitgeist given the overflow of data we all work in.
In this book he gives you many tools for becoming a more mindful person and shares great research on the relevance of emotional intelligence.
2. Do the Work by Steven Pressfield.
I love Steven Pressfield. He’s written several historical novels, movie scripts and other books. But that’s not why I recommend him. He makes a great case for doing what you’re supposed to do even when it’s not convenient. (Hint: today is probably not a convenient time to work on your life mission. tomorrow either!) If you deal with procrastination, this is a must read!
If you’ve been putting off something important, read this book. It’s really short!
3. The Civility Solution by Pier Forni, PhD
Dr. Forni is professor of Italian Literature at Johns Hopkins and foremost authority of civility at work. In this book, his second on the topic of civility, he teaches you what to do when people are rude, and encourages you to raise your own bar on civil behaviors.
4. How to Talk to Anyone by Leil Lowdnes
Leil is fun and her 92 tips for building great relationships with anyone are all specific and on target. You’re probably already practicing a lot of her tips but she gives you 92 in this book so for sure you can learn additional ways to upgrade your communication.
5. The Magic by Rhonda Byrne
I dragged my feet on reading this one. It was the fourth person who recommended it who finally got me to read it. That person is my middle child so of course I’m going to read something she recommends.
It’s about gratitude, a topic I didn’t think I needed to learn anything else about. However, Ms. Byrne showed me otherwise in her 28 tips of practicing gratitude at a far deeper level. This is a great read for increasing your awareness of just how fortunate you and I are!
What book(s) do you recommend?