Looking for something to read? If you are like me, you normally have a rather large stack of books that you are attempting to get to yet. Here are several that I am particularly interested in trying to get to.
Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning Followers Into Leaders by L. David Marquet
How Successful People Think by John C. Maxwell
The Road to Character by David Brooks
HAVE TO GET TO:
Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALSs Lead and Win by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin
Creating Personal Presence: Look, Talk, Think, and Act Like a Leader by Dianna Booher
Leadership Presence by Belle Linda Halpern and Kathy Lubar
The Seasons of Life by Jim Rohn
Intentional Living: Choosing a Life That Matters by John C. Maxwell
The Entrepreneur Roller Coaster by Darren Hardy
“Many times the reading of a book has made the future of a man.”‘
by Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Some times the best lessons can be learned from simple children’s fables. Here is one as told by Dianna Booher in her book Creating Personal Presence. In her words.
One day Chicken Little is walking in the woods when an acorn falls on her head. “Oh my goodness! she says, “The sky is falling! I must go tell the king.” On the way to the palace, she meets Henny Penny going into the woods to hunt berries. “Oh no, don’t go!” she says, “I was just there, and the sky was falling!” Come with me to tell the king.” So Henny Penny follows her.
They follow along until they meet Cocky Locky, who was going into the woods to hunt for seeds. “Oh no, don’t go!” says Chicken Little. “I was just there, and the sky is falling! Come with me to tell the king.” So Cocky Locky follows her and Henny Penny.
They follow along until they meet Turkey Lurkey going into the woods to look for berries. Same drill.
Finnally, they meet up with Foxy Woxy, who asks where they’re going. Same warning from the feathered friends. But instead of following Chicken Little, Foxy Woxy says, “I know a shortcut to the palace.” Rather than the palace, he leads them to the entrance of the foxhole, where he plans to gobble them for dinner.
Just as they are about to enter, the king’s hunting dogs rush up growling and howling. They chase the fox away and save Chicken Little and her other fine-feathered friends. The smart king gives her an umbrella to carry for future walks in the woods.
So what’s the moral of this fable? Where personal presence is concerned, consider the credibility gap the next time Chicken Little warns colleagues about impending danger.
” If you’re big enough for your dream, your dream isn’t big enough for you.”
– Erwin Raphael McManus, pastor and author
January 27, 2016
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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
- Be proactive
- Begin with the end in mind
- Put first things first
- Think win – win
- Seek first to understand, and then to be understood
- Sharpen the saw
Classics like The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey are as true today as when they were first written.
“Work-life balance is a deal you’ve made with yourself about what you keep and what you give up.”
January 19, 2016