Whether you are looking for a great book to inspire and recharge you while vacationing, or simply want to reinvigorate your commitment to more reading, here is a list of our some of our favorites:
The Power of Moments – Applying what you learn from this book can transform your vacation and your life. There are supplementary worksheets on the author’s website that give tangible ways you can create moments. Instead of going on vacation – go on a moment-making experience that you will remember the rest of your life! Don’t waste your time-off in the ordinary – be extraordinary and make moments.
How Women Rise – A fascinating read explicitly for women, on the habits that hold them back. What made this especially intriguing is that it’s a follow up to What Got You Here Won’t Get You There. The book’s chief insight is that the same behaviors that help people achieve high positions often undermine them as they seek to move further up in their career. There are many mindsets and behaviors we recognize in the female CEO’s and executives we work with. We want you to be the best version of yourself, so please read this book!
Radical Candor does an amazing job of explaining how to Challenge everyone to do exceptional work and show you how to Care Personally by ensuring that people’s roles are aligned with their skills, interests, goals, and dreams. It goes beyond the tired discussion of accountability and provides solid guidance on having hard conversations. It’s like Integrity: the Courage to Meet the Demands of Reality, which reminds us that leadership is a balance between results and relationships.
Lead Yourself First – We can’t say enough about the importance of reflective time. From Values to Action, by Harry Kraemer, is another book that makes a strong case for the need to take time alone. One of our favorite ways of doing this is floating. There was an article in the Wall Street Journal about the benefits. Studies suggest that floating may have beneficial effects on mood, blood pressure and levels of the stress hormone cortisol. It’s a fantastic way to accelerate the calming benefits of meditation.
SUGGESTION: New isn’t always better. Consider re-reading a book that had a powerful impact on you. Reinforcing learnings can be as beneficial as a new idea. Ideas in action are superior to ideas that remain stuck in your head.