January 30, 2018

Best Engaged Pursuit Reads of 2017

You’ve waited all year for this! Our favorite books for 2017!

One of my favorite phrases is “Better late than never” and I think it totally applies with this week’s edition of “The Pursuit” newsletter!  This last week of January, I’m (finally) highlighting my favorite reads of 2017.  Better late than never, right???

While working in the corporate world, I always struggled to find a one-stop-shop for decent books on making the professional (and personal) experience better. In building this business, I wanted to create a place where folks could go to find interesting resources on a variety of topics – from being a better person to having better finances to seeing a better perspective.  These are all what I consider easy-reads: A couple chapters here, a couple chapters there, usually before bed.  Don’t worry, I’ll continue to highlight similar resources in 2018 in my monthly edition of BATP (favorite Book, Article, TEDTalk, Podcast).

Here are my favorite reads of 2017:

Option B, by Sheryl Sandberg & Adam Grant. A book from earlier in the year, Sandberg & Grant look at how we react to difficult situations and how resilience comes from “deep within us and support outside us.” I know many clients who have struggled with a difficult professional situation (layoff, firing, bad boss, change in company direction, etc) and this book could really help during these challenging situations. I read this book in two days, and I bet you will too!

The Mask of Masculinity, by Lewis Howes.  Those of you who know me well, know that I’m a huge Lewis Howes fan. His first book “School of Greatness” was a big inspiration in starting my own business and in this latest book, he writes about a topic rarely discussed – how men specifically can harness vulnerability to achieve great success. Another practical guide for any man (or woman) who might need a little push to be more open.

You are a Badass at Making Money, buy Jen Sincero.  I love Sincero’s style of writing – upfront, conversational, insightful with some naughty words throughout. I talk a lot with my clients about money (it’s super important) and this book highlights additional ways to think about this sometimes-scary topic.  My take-away: Money is important and having a “mindset of wealth” is crucial when you’re on your Engaged Pursuit.

Stretch, by Scott Sonenshein. In this super-interesting approach to success, Sonenshein looks at approaching challenging situations by maximizing your current resources to solve something difficult. This approach forces you to think creatively, considering a different set of solutions. For those starting a business, this is a must-read!

Braving the Wilderness, by Brene Brown.  I’m a huge fan of the “Self-Help” section in my local bookstore and Brene Brown is always a prominent fixture in this area.  This latest read is all about courage and knowing your truth – both personally and professionally.  Like many of the authors highlighted, Brown is conversational in her approach and backs-up her arguments with facts and tons of research. Her other books (and TEDTalk) are worth checking out as well!

The Asshole Survival Guide, by Robert Sutton.  I just finished this book a couple weeks ago and couldn’t put it down (another weekend read).  We’ve ALL experienced assholes in our lives – whether it be on the job or walking down the sidewalk.  This easy-to-read, practical guide gives readers insight on how to handle these situations (and even if you should) as well as ways to avoid them in the future. A must if you’re always whispering under your breath, “What an asshole!”

Your homework this week: You know the drill!  Besides the Super Bowl coming-up on Sunday, I know you have time to walk down to your library or local bookstore and pick-up my favorite reads of 2017! I promise you’ll find them really valuable as you continue on your Engaged Pursuit.

Coming-up next week:  I’m really excited to share with you my thoughts around an interesting topic throughout the month of February – the topic of LIKEABILITY.  Through my work with individual and corporate clients (as well as my personal experience) I think it’s important to talk about likeability when working on professional engagement. Lots of ways to slice this topic and I’m excited to share my thinking!

Here’s to your Engaged Pursuit!

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