Expanding Your Education Through Literature

It is so important to constantly stimulate your mind through education. We are so lucky to have so many valuable resources available at our fingertips. In today’s day and age, it’s as simple as a google search or a book purchase in order to become familiar with completely new and invigorating subjects. All it takes is a little curiosity and dedication to consistently “sharpen the saw” of your mind.

Below, you will find some amazing book recommendations to continue on your lifelong journey of educating your mind:

Good To Great examines what it takes for ordinary companies to become great and outperform their competitors by analyzing 28 companies over 30 years, who managed to make the transition or fell prey to their bad habits.”

“Carol Dweck is one of those researchers and in her book Mindset she discerns between two attitudes: the fixed mindset and the growth mindset. People with a fixed mindset believe talent is everything. If they’re not gifted with the ability to do something, they think they’re doomed to be a failure.”

“In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Habits 1, 2, and 3 are focused on self-mastery and moving from dependence to independence. Habits 4, 5, and 6 are focused on developing teamwork, collaboration, and communication skills, and moving from independence to interdependence.”

The Book of JoyLasting Happiness in a Changing World. Two great spiritual masters share their own hard-won wisdom about living with joy even in the face of adversity. The occasion was a big birthday. And it inspired two close friends to get together in Dharamsala for a talk about something very important to them.”

First, Break All The Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently is based on a mammoth research study conducted by the Gallup Organization involving 80,000 managers across different industries, this book explores the challenge of many companies – attaining, keeping and measuring employee satisfaction. Discover how great managers attract, hire, focus, and keep their most talented employees!”

Grit is the combination of passion (a deep, enduring knowledge of what you want) and perseverance (hard work and resilience). It’s about moving in a direction with consistency and endurance, like having a clear inner compass that guides all your decisions and actions.”

Extreme Ownership is written by Jocko Willink, a U.S. Navy SEAL leader who explains how the lessons he learned in combat are relevant to leaders in any role. The importance of team is emphasized, you are only as good as the men or woman behind you.”

What Got You Here Won’t Get You There covers behavioral problems, not technical skills, are what separate the great from the near great. Incredible results can come from practicing basic behaviors like saying thank you, listening well, thinking before you speak, and apologizing for your mistakes. The first step to change is wanting to change.”

Leadership and Self Deception by the Arbinger Institute, is a leadership fable which discusses two concepts – “In the Box” and “Out of the Box”. Once a person is “in the box”, they see others in a distorted way and as a source of their problem.”

“With crucial accountability skills you’ll be able to deal with violated expectations early, discuss disappointments without encountering defensiveness, and solve accountability problems without damaging the relationship. Focused accountability is one of the few true “magic bullets” for your team’s success.”

The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else In Business. Organizational health refers to how well an institution’s components (e.g. strategy, culture, management, operations) fit together so it can function consistently as a whole.”

“In The Three Signs Of A Miserable Job, Patrick Lencioni breaks the mold with this charming book about a manager who turns his workers’ miserable jobs into fulfilling ones. He presents the fictional story of Brian Bailey, a big-hearted CEO who gets bought out, finds retirement dull and tries managing a seedy pizza parlor where the employees hate their jobs.”

“In Game Changers: What Leaders, Innovators, and Mavericks Do to Win at Life, the bestselling author of Head Strong and The Bulletproof Diet answers the question, “How canI kick more ass at life?” by culling the wisdom of world-class thought leaders, maverick scientists, and disruptive entrepreneurs to provide proven techniques for becoming happier, healthier, and smarter.