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Reading to be a Better Leader

Thursday, December 22nd, 2022

Reading books can make you a better leader for a variety of reasons. First and foremost, reading books helps you to gain knowledge and insights that you can apply to your leadership role. When you read a book, you are exposed to new ideas, perspectives, and ways of thinking that can help you to be more effective in your role as a leader. You may learn about different leadership styles, strategies for motivating and inspiring your team, or ways to navigate complex challenges and problems. Reading can also help you to stay current and up-to-date on the latest trends and developments in your field, which can give you a competitive edge. In addition to increasing your knowledge and understanding, reading books can also help you to improve your communication skills. When you read, you are exposed to a wide range of vocabulary and language structures that can help you to express yourself more clearly and effectively. This can be especially important for leaders, who often need to communicate their vision, goals, and expectations to their team or stakeholders. Reading can also help you to better understand and empathize with others, as it allows you to see the world through the eyes of different characters and perspectives. Finally, reading books can help you to develop your critical thinking skills. As you read, you are required to analyze and evaluate information and make informed decisions. This can help you to become a more thoughtful and reflective leader, who is able to make well-informed and strategic decisions for your team or organization. Reading can also help you to become more open-minded and flexible, as it allows you to consider a wide range of perspectives and ideas. Overall, reading books can be an invaluable tool for any leader who wants to be successful in…

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How to Read 30 Books in One Year

Friday, March 12th, 2021

Reading a book can certainly be a struggle when TV shows, movies, and social media compete for our time and attention. Reading the right book(s) can make you smarter, help improve your decision making and be a great source of entertainment. As I study people who are successful in business and life, I look for common denominators. I found that many successful people are avid readers; regardless of industry, upbringing, demographic, etc. Leaders are readers. Here are three ways to help you read more: 1. Have multiple books going at the same time This keeps you in the flow of reading as your mood changes throughout the day/week/month. I am typically reading three-to-five books in different genres. I move around between: business, christian inspirational, documentary (biography), finance, and leadership. Find genres that you’re interested in and keep a book open in each one. This way you don’t miss a day or reading, regardless of your mood. 2. Set a realistic daily goal My daily goal is to read at least one chapter a day. Most books are 12 chapters long. Therefore, if I read one chapter a day, I can successfully read 2+ books a month. The key is to keep it simple. One chapter a day is a reasonable request in this ever-busy world that we live in. 3. Hardcover books + E-books + Audiobooks I used to think there was a battle between which format would win out. Instead, I changed my perspective and took advantage of using all three ways to consume content. Hardcover/paperback books: there is something special about having a tangible item in your hand. The crispness of the page turn, the ability to highlight and write in the margins (unless you’re a Type A which means you want the pages to stay nice and…

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My Top 3 Book Out of 27 this Year

Monday, January 1st, 2018

I read 27 books in this year. I am down 13 books this year after reading 40 last year. Have you seen my digital library? Each book I read this year had an impact on my thinking and the lense’s I view life through. I enjoyed all 27 books, but there were three that really stuck out and I recommend you read them A.S.A.P.P.D.Q. (As soon as possible, pretty darn quick)! 1. The Principle of the Path: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be “Why is it that smart people with admirable life goals often end up far from where they intended to be? Why is it that so many people start out with a clear mental picture of where they want to be relationally, financially, and professionally and yet years later find themselves far from their desired destination? Why do our expectations about our own future often go unmet? What if you knew the answer to those questions? What if there was one simple idea that explained why so many people get lost along the way?” –Amazon’s description 2. The Little Things: Why You Really Should Sweat the Small Stuff “Have you ever wondered why we spend so much time and energy thinking about the big challenges in our lives when all the evidence proves it’s actually the little things that change everything?  That’s right…  Absolutely everything. New York Times bestselling author Andy Andrews is known for his strong storytelling and unequaled perspective on principles that empower the human mind and spirit. The Little Things embodies his own approach to life and work, detailing for the first time some of the exclusive material that he uses to teach and coach some of the most successful corporations, teams, and individuals around the world. In his unique humorous style, Andy shows how people succeed by actually going against the modern adage, “don’t sweat the small stuff”….

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My Top 2 Books Out of 40 this Year

Saturday, December 31st, 2016

I read 40 books in 2016. All of them were non-fiction. I know, I know, I need to add some fiction books to become a well rounded reader. I plan on including some fiction (a book or two) this new year. Have you seen my digital library? Each book I read in 2016 had an impact on my thinking. I enjoyed all 40 books, but there were two that really stuck out and I recommend you read both. A.S.A.P.P.D.Q. (As soon as possible, pretty darn quick)! 1. The Legacy Journey: A Radical View of Biblical Wealth and Generosity by Dave Ramsey Amazon’s description of The Legacy Journey There’s a lot of bad information in our culture today about wealth―and the wealthy. Worse, there’s a growing backlash in America against our most successful citizens, but why? To many, wealth is seen as the natural result of hard work and wise money management. To others, wealth is viewed as the ultimate, inexcusable sin. This has left many godly men and women confused about what to do with the resources God’s put in their care. They were able to build wealth using God’s ways of handling money, but then they are left feeling guilty about it. Is this what God had in mind? 2. Glory Days: Living Your Promised Land Life Now by Max Lucado Amazon’s description of Glory Days We all face them. Strongholds with a strong hold on our lives. Roadblocks to our joy. Obstacles in our marriages. Fortresses of fear blocking us from peace. How can we bring down these walls that keep us from the future God promises? … Need a new battle plan for life? Keep walking, keep believing. These may be your Glory Days. I originally wanted this post to be my #1 read of 2016 but I just couldn’t do it….

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