The Illustrated Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and Start Living by Russ Harris
I love this book. It uses acceptance commitment therapy to provide really simple and practical tools to learn to become aware of what’s going on inside emotionally and cognitively, learn to accept whatever’s going on. It’s really helped me to be kinder to myself and challenge some of the myths I hold myself accountable to.
1001 Walks You Must Take Before You Die by Barry Stone.
Anyone who knows me knows I love to travel and I love walking. Combine these two, and you’ve got this fantastic book. We recently walked the recommended Akamas peninsula hike in Cyprus, which was stunning.
Strategic Learning Alignment: Make Training a Powerful Business Partner by Rita Mehegan Smith
This book provides a great framework for aligning the learning strategy to the business strategy and goals. It’s detailed but provides practical ways to make greater impact with your learning initiatives.
Strategic Business Partner: Aligning People Strategies with Business Goals by Dana Gaines Robinson and James Robinson
This book is the how-to reference that guides you through the process of being less transactional and more transformational as a workplace learning professional.
The Culture Secret: How to Empower People and Companies No Matter What You Sell by David Vik
This book provides relative examples of how to build a healthy culture that embraces learning and drives results. The number of real-world case studies brings the book to life.
Engaging Government Employees: Motivate and Inspire Your People to Achieve Superior Performance by Robert J. Lavinga
This book is all about engaging not only government employees as the title states, but the information gained from reading is applicable to both the private and public sectors.
Nina M. Johnson
Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity by Kim Scott
Radical Candor connects with the personal and professional aspects of the reader as it shows managers how to be successful while retaining their humanity, finding meaning in their job, and creating an environment where people both love their work and their colleagues. Scott offers a framework to building better relationships at work and fulfilling three key responsibilities as a leader: creating a culture of feedback (praise and criticism), building a cohesive team, and achieving results all are proud of.
Expect to Win: 10 Proven Strategies for Thriving in the Workplace by Carla A. Harris
Expect to Win was one of my first reads post-graduate studies as I entered the workforce. This easy read provided several practical strategies on authenticity, leveraging your voice, and showing up with your best self every day.
The Discover Your True North Fieldbook: A Personal Guide to Finding Your Authentic Leadership by Nick Craig, Bill George, and Scott Snook
This is a supplement to Bill George’s True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership. The fieldbook engages the reader in the process of self-assessment and discovery that is invaluable. Whether you are just starting your leadership journey or leading a large organization, The Discover Your True North Fieldbook will help you find your leadership purpose, that internal compass that provides direction and keeps you oriented—your True North.
The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail—But Some Don’t by Nate Silver
This book describes how the analysis of data can be misleading, and Silver gives practical insights for separating the misleading noise from the true underlying signal.
The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement by Eliyahu M. Goldratt
A classic manufacturing operations book that tells the story of a fictional plant manager and the revelations that he goes through in turning his failing plant into a thriving one.
Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein
This book describes the concepts of psychological “nudges” and gives multiple case studies for how these nudges can make significant impacts on the decisions that humans make.
The Fourth Industrial Revolution by Klaus Schwab
Schwab articulates economic implications of smart and digital enterprise.
Surely You’re Joking Mr. Feynman!: Adventures of a Curious Character by Richard Feynman
This book is filled with musings on a creative scientific life.
Aha! Insight by Martin Gardner
Eureka moments of creativity to tease the brain.