Below is a list of the books I think might be interesting, helpful or inspirational that I have been reading. My New Years resolution is to read a book a month.. so here are the fruits.
I included the publishers pitch along with my review.
Let me know what you are reading or if you have an opinion about the books listed here.
My Current Stack
(in no particular order, it is a stack after all..)
Publishers Pitch: Using their combined expertise in neurology and education, the authors show how these individuals not only perceive the written word differently but may also excel at spatial reasoning, see insightful connections that others simply miss, understand the world in stories, and display amazing creativity. Blending personal stories with hard science, The Dyslexic Advantage provides invaluable advice on how parents, educators, and individuals with dyslexia can recognize and use the strengths of the dyslexic learning style in: material reasoning (used by architects and engineers); interconnected reasoning (scientists and designers), narrative reasoning (novelists and lawyers); and dynamic reasoning (economists and entrepreneurs.)
My Review: A MUST read for all my Dyslexic friends and the people who love them. Available as an audio-book.
Publishers Pitch: This modern-day business parable, a quick read in the spirit of The Greatest Salesman in the World and The One Minute Manager, should do well with eager corporate-ladder climbers, who may at first be confused by its focus: on putting the other guy first-be it a colleague, competitor, customer, friend or family member. … Burg (Endless Referrals: Network Your Everyday Contacts Into Sales) and Mann (You Call the Shots) write with a simple, informal style that offers a working-person’s interpretation of the old adage “give, and you shall receive.”
The Event Professional’s Handbook: The Secrets of Successful Events by & 11 more
Publishers Pitch: THE EVENT PROFESSIONAL’S HANDBOOK aims to inspire, encourage and guide anyone working in – or thinking about working in – the events industry. Its contributors represent some of the most interesting thinkers and practitioners in the industry today.But the handbook is not a ‘how to’ or an instruction manual. It’s more like a smorgasbord of event professionals’ thoughts and ideas, designed to whet the appetite, provide a moment of insight or a way of navigating a challenge in a new way.
Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business by
Publishers Pitch: From the author of the New York Times bestselling phenomenon The Power of Habitcomes a fascinating new book that explores the science of productivity, and why, in today’s world, managing how you think—rather than what you think—can transform your life.
PP: Lawyers. Accountants. Computer programmers. That’s what our parents encouraged us to become when we grew up. But Mom and Dad were wrong. The future belongs to a very different kind of person with a very different kind of mind. The era of “left brain” dominance, and the Information Age that it engendered, are giving way to a new world in which “right brain” qualities-inventiveness, empathy, meaning-predominate. That’s the argument at the center of this provocative and original book, which uses the two sides of our brains as a metaphor for understanding the contours of our times.
Books to consider adding to your stack
(no particular order)
Women Who Don’t Wait in Line by Reshma Saujani (@)
Publishers Pitch: Women Who Don’t Wait in Line is an urgent wake-up call from politico and activist Reshma Saujani. The former New York City Deputy Public Advocate and founder of the national nonprofit Girls Who Code argues that aversion to risk and failure is the final hurdle holding women back in the workplace.
My Review: An excellent empowering read! I highly recommend it for any woman starting her own anything.
Publishers Pitch: The Long View: Career Strategies to Start Strong, Reach High, and Go Far is the first book written about life-long career strategies for the modern world. It isn’t just about writing a resume, getting a job, or asking for a raise. It is about planning your career with purpose and using it to help you achieve deeper long-term life goals.
My Review: I should note that I am still reading this, so my mind might change..So, far I think this would be an excellent book for someone just starting out. It is a sort of 101 of strategy. There are moments that are useful for mid-career or nearing end of career, but not really enough to warrant buying and reading the book. You can get similar and more provocative information elsewhere.
The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level by PhD Hendricks Gay (@) PP: In The Big Leap, New York Times bestselling author Gay Hendricks reveals a simple yet comprehensive program for overcoming our one barrier to happiness and fulfillment, providing a clear path for achieving our true potential and attaining not only financial success but also success in love and life.
My Review: This book changed everything for me and I really highly recommend it. SO many of our troubles, blocks and stagnations are self made. This will help you clear your own way to a better you.
My Review: I loved all three – to say I am a huge fan is an understatement.
My Dyslexia by Philip Schultz (@) PP: Despite winning the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 2008, Philip Schultz could never shake the feeling of being exiled to the “dummy class” in school, where he was largely ignored by his teachers and peers and not expected to succeed. Not until many years later, when his oldest son was diagnosed with dyslexia, did Schultz realize that he suffered from the same condition.
My Review: This was an eye opener for me, being Dyslexic and starting to write about it myself. If you are Dyslexic or someone you love is.. please read this.
My Review: I am a huge fan of Jason and a believer in the Remote Work movement.
When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron (@) PP: There is a fundamental opportunity for happiness right within our reach, yet we usually miss it – ironically while we are caught up in attempts to escape pain and suffering
My Review: I re-read this one often.
The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It by Michael E. Gerber (@) – PP: Michael Gerber dispels the myths surrounding starting your own business and shows how commonplace assumptions can get in the way of running a business.
My Review: Good perspectives and lessons, especially for those of us out here running a business without any business schooling.
Secrets of Six-Figure Women: Surprising Strategies to Up Your Earnings and Change Your Life by Barbara Stanny (@) – PP: I interviewed over 150 six-figure women—entrepreneurs, corporate executives, white-collar professionals, freelancers and even part-timers (really!). I, being a classic under-earner, wanted to learn how they did it and if I could too.
My Review: Monitorship is a huge need in the world of professional women, I get mine mostly from books like this and the one below. We have unique challenges and obstacles. This book has tools to help.
Million Dollar Women : The Essential Guide for Female Entrepreneurs Who Want to Go Big by Julia Pimsleur (@) PP: Over the past twenty years, women in the U.S. have started nearly twice as many businesses as men, but only three percent of all women business owners ever make revenues of one million dollars or more. Most are running “kitchen table” businesses, just getting by, or in many cases, running out of cash.
My Review: This book offers a wealth of helpful information, support and practical advice.
THINK BIG, ACT BIGGER: The Rewards of Being Relentless by Jeffrey Hayzlett (@) PP: Discover the 10 core lessons to thinking big, acting bigger, owning who you are, and doing it your way because you can.
My Review: A fast read. It has some good nuggets especially as a woman reader.
More to come …