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Hello friends! How are you? As we settle into the chill of December I wanted to recap on the books I’ve read this year. and share some new ones I would like to cover. For those who know me well, you know that on some days, if all I have is a good cup of coffee, a comfortable chair and a good book, then I’m one happy camper! This year I’ve also joined Good Reads as a way to track a few of my favorites. I’ve enjoyed the following books this year:
- The power of small things by Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval
- Escape from Cubicle Nation by Pamela Slim
- Definitive book of body language by Barbara Pease
- The yes factor by Tonya Reiman
- The happiness project by Gretchen Rubin
- Rules of work by Richard Templar
- Never eat alone by Keith Ferrazzi
- All I need to know I learned in kindergarten by Robert Fulgham
- The cheapskate next door by Jeff Yeager
- Gunn’s Golden Rules: Life’s Little Lessons for Making It Work by Tim Gunn
- Have a little faith by Mitch Albom
- Nice girls don’t get the corner office by Lois P Frankel
- How to talk to anyone by Leil Lowndes
As we go into the next year and beyond, I would like to explore through the following reads as well:
- 10 Days to Faster Reading by Abby Marks-Beale
- Getting Things Done by David Allen
- The Power of Less by Leo Babauta
- The 80/20 Principle by Richard Koch
- Bit Literacy by Mark Hurst
- The Power of Full Engagement by Jim Loehr & Tony Schwartz
- Brain Rules by John Medina
- Making Sense of Behavior by William T. Powers
- Driven by Paul Lawrence and Nitin Nohria
- Deep Survival by Laurence Gonzales
- On Writing Well by William Zinsse
- Presentation Zen by Garr Reynolds
- Made to Stick by Chip and Dan Heath
- The Copywriter’s Handbook by Robert Bly
- Show Me The Numbers by Stephen Few
- Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B. Cialdini
- Crucial Conversations by Kerry Patterson et al
- The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene
- Sources of Power: How People Make Decisions by Gary Klein
- Smart Choices by John S. Hammond et al
- The Path of Least Resistance by Robert Fritz
- Ethics for the Real World by Ronald Howard & Clinton Korver
- The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp
- Myths of Innovation by Scott Berkun
- Innovation and Entrepreneurship by Peter F. Drucker
- Making Things Happen by Scott Berkun
- The Art of the Start by Guy Kawasaki
- The Knack by Norm Brodsky & Bo Burlingham
- The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss
- Indispensable by Joe Calloway
- The Goal by Eliyahu Goldratt
- First, Break All The Rules by Marcus Buckingham & Curt Coffman
- Hiring Smart by Pierre Mornell
- Tribes by Seth Godin
- Total Leadership by Stewart Friedman
- What Got You Here Won’t Get You There by Marshall Goldsmith
- The New Leader’s 100-Day Action Plan by George Bradt et al
- The Halo Effect by Phil Rosenzweig
- Work the System by Sam Carpenter
- Learning from the Future by Liam Fahey & Robert RandallAnalysis
- Turning Numbers Into Knowledge by Jonathan Koomey
- How to Lie with Statistics by Darrell Huff
- Principles of Statistics by M.G. Bulmer
- The Unwritten Laws of Business by W.J. King
- The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker
- The Simplicity Survival Handbook by Bill Jensen
- Your Money or Your Life by Joel Dominguez & Vicki Robin
- I Will Teach You To Be Rich by Ramit Sethi
- It’s Not About The Money by Brent Kessel
- Work Less, Live More by Bob Clyatt
- Personal Development for Smart People by Steve Pavlina
- The Art of Exceptional Living by Jim Rohnaker
Maybe I can cover a book a week? A lofty goal I’m hoping to reach!
What book recommendations do you have?
- Spend 5% of the day building relationships – Although sometimes work might feel routine, depending on what the job is, we are NOT machines at work. In my years of work, I’ve noticed no matter what level you are at it pays off to connect with your coworkers at the water cooler or coffee shop or wherever you say your “good mornings”. Connecting with colleagues has not only allowed me to learn things, but it’s also allowed me to boost my mood and level of happiness while at work.
- Take a break every 90 minutes – While the amount of time between breaks might differ for everyone, it IS important to take a break, especially if you are sitting in front of a computer all day. Your eyes need the rest, your body needs movement and you need to refresh yourself during your workday.
- Say what needs to be said – It’s important to allow your voice to be heard rather than hiding in the shadows. Speak up when needed. At the same time,
- Soften the truth – It’s always been said “You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar”. Speak the truth but put it in a way that reflects well on you and pleases the listeners.
- Be likable and respected – Pretty self explanatory. You might as well be sweet and pleasant to be around, especially since your colleagues spend the most time with you during the week.
- Don’t poll before making an important decision – Polling shows that you cannot think for yourself or that you cannot make firm decisions. Yes it is important to value the opinions of your teammates, but it’s just as equally important to stand true to what you believe.
- Ask questions. None are stupid – Regardless of young or old, experienced or a newcomer to the team, everyone has a different learning curve. It’s better to ask and be well informed instead of make avoidable ( and possibly costly) mistakes.
- Offer a firm handshake – I can’t tell you the countless number of “cold fish handshakes” I’ve received, especially from other women. As a women it is important to give a firm handshake. This portrays confidence in ourselves.
These are only a few of the smart tips from the book and I highly encourage you to read this book if you haven’t already. What are some of your favorite pieces of advice in the working world?
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Ever since I was a child I have loved, and I mean LOVED reading. Fiction, nonfiction, comics, news magazines,cereal boxes, you name it, I’d read it. Okay, go ahead, call me a dork.I used to joke that the local bookstore had become my “second home”, and in some ways it had (and still has ) become my escape to a place of reading and relaxation, and maybe some good coffee and treats. Somewhere in between schooling and studying, the reading for fun slowed to a snail’s pace. In the last few years I’ve picked it up again in recent years to become the voracious reader I once was. Today’s Reverb10 (day 19) asks What healed you this year? Sweet and simple. Reading for fun. Only this time, I’m not interested in fictional things that much anymore. In fact, I stick to anything but that. Now it’s more focused to finance and fitness, health and yoga, personal development, humor, and other topics too. And in the midst of hearing word of mouth and reading a few interesting blogs, I’ve made a point to this year, and onward, keep track of the books I’ve read. In the process, I’ve gotten to know a few acquaintances a little better and improved myself. That’s been my source of healing for the ups and downs. Free. Powerful. Self-created. Self-healing.
What’s your source of healing?