Welcome to summer! It’s a perfect season to shift into a more relaxed gear, schedule in some fun, and catch up on reading a few good books. The tricky part may be deciding what to read.
Here are a few of my recent, renewed favorite books in the career and life book categories:
The 360° Leader: Developing Your Influence from Anywhere in the Organization by John Maxwell.
John Maxwell is an internationally recognized leadership expert, who made the topic a focus of his studies, and has written several books addressing various aspects of successful leadership. He has helped thousands develop the ability to get their ideas across and create positive impact within their organizations. In this book, Maxwell debunks the myth that only those in the C-suite can effectively lead. The 360° Leader will help you learn to lead from any level: up, across, and down.
Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, and Al Switzler
A must read for success with communication challenges! The authors break down the pieces of difficult conversations and walk us through how to set up successful outcomes. Application of the skills taught in the book, you’ll be able to talk about even the most controversial topics in a way that encourages open, honest dialogue with positive outcomes. You CAN learn the principles in Crucial Conversations and improve the outcomes of your communications!
The Change Cycle: How People Can Survive and Thrive in Organizational Change by Ann Salerno & Lillie Brock A practical guide to navigating the 6 stages of change, the concepts presented in The Change Cycle will help you recognize how you process change. You’ll gain insights for how to cope with the predictable and sequential stages of change: loss, doubt, discomfort, discovery, understanding, and integration. These insights will serve you throughout the seasons of life, where the only thing constant is change.
Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements by Tom Rath and Jim Harter
What does it take to ensure you’re enjoying life? In Wellbeing, the authors share 5 essential elements that contribute to your wellbeing over a lifetime. The book includes research and ideas for boosting your wellbeing in each of the five areas. By understanding each element, you’ll be able to craft a plan for a better, more fulfilled life for yourself, your friends, family members, colleagues, and others in your community.
Whether it’s at the beach, on a boat, or in your backyard, summer is a great time to relax with a book that will add value to your life. Happy reading!
This post was written by Mary McEwen. Dubbed a Corporate Cheerleader, Mary is a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach with over a decade of experience collaboratively working with teams and individuals to create synergy and achieve peak organizational success!
Utilizing a combination of group workshops and one on one coaching, Mary has expertise in implementing Gallup’s tools for personal and organizational excellence, including: Clifton StrengthsFinder, Strengths‐Based Employee Development, Leading High‐Performance Teams, Q12 Employee Engagement, along with certification in effective communication through VitalSmart’s Crucial Conversations and Kasasa’s COACH model.
Because of Mary’s coaching, executives, managers, students, and employees at all levels are empowered and inspired by realizing they have what it takes to meet and surpass their goals!