The Reading List (November 2015)

Here are some books I have been reading on the themes of personal productivity, life management, life skills, etc. I am doing a lot of reading along these lines as I am editing the next volume in The Leadership Exercises - Bearing Much Fruit That Lasts: Big Ideas and Best Practices for Personal Productivity.

Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives, by Gretchen Rubin
I really liked the approach Rubin takes in her book. She has her own four-fold system of personality types when it comes to time and priority management. She does a nice job making the types clear, and simple enough to understand, without being simplistic. She tells her own story in an attractive way. She provides lots of internet resources to check out, and even breaks them into categories according to the personality type. 



Maximize Your Potential: Grow Your Expertise, Take Bold Risks & Build an Incredible Career, edited by Joceylyn Glei
This is a series of essays, with virtually every one of them being outstanding. As a series of essays, you get nuggets of wisdom from many authors. The essays are grouped in four categories. (1) Creating Opportunities, (2) Building Expertise, (3) Cultivating Relationships, and (4) Taking Risks. A fun read and a worthwhile read.





Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength, by Baumeister and Tierney
This book is a New York Times bestseller. Another research psychologist (Baumeister) teams up with a sciene writer (Tierney) to help us understand why our will power can be so weak, how we are tempted, why we give in, how we can set goals, monitor progress, and get back on track when we fall down. Outstanding because it is based on research, and not just anecdotes.






In Search of Balance: Keys to a Stable Life, by Richard Swenson
This is about five years old. Swenson became famous for his work on Margins and balanced living. All his books are worth reading. Sweson combines the best insights of medicine and psychology, as well as some of the ancient wisdom about how to seek and maintain a balanced life. This is increasingly important since we live in a "post-balance" world. In other words, we live in a world where busyness, anxiety and stress are the norm.





Dan Ariely, The Honest Truth About DishonestyThe (Honest) Trust About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone - Especially Ourselves, by Dan Ariely.
Dan is the author of one of my favorite books - Predictably Irrational. Dan is a brilliant, witty and down to earth communicator. He has a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology and another Ph.d. in business administration. He is professor of psychology and behavioral economics. All that means Dan is keen to understand people, their motives, and how we can become more self-aware.






Tom Rath, Are you full charged

Are You Fully Charged: The 3 Keys to Energizing Your Work and Life, by Tom Rath
This is one of the latest offerings from the Gallup Industry (and the StrengthsFinder author). The three keys discussed by Rath are: (1) Meaning and how to create it, (2) Interactions or the interpersonal engagements we have, and (3) Energy, how to get it, use it, and keep it.



Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day, by Todd Henry
This is pop, self help at its best... and I am not being sarcastic. This is well written, insightfu, optimistic, encouraging, and practical. Henry is your cheerleading coach, here to help you live at a very high level, seizing each day, and maximizing your gifts as you do great work that matters.




Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International