Reading

Books

Now, Discover Your Strengths – Marcus Buckingham

  • I love this book and the whole concept of Strengths, because it encourages us to do what we do well better, rather than focusing so much energy on what we aren’t motivated or naturally inclined to do.  It’s so liberating!  And also, its a great way to get in sync with our teams and partners, such that we can allow everyone to focus on the areas where they naturally excel.

Finding Your Own North Star – Martha Beck

  • I’ve been a fan of Martha’s since the early early early days, pre-Oprah, even!  When I read an article by her entitled “Life is Short, Eat Dessert First”, I knew I had found my coaching guru of choice.  This book is a great exploration of what is true and real for each of us, and detaching from the notion that we have to be anything but our greatest selves.

Women, Work and the Savoir Faire – Mirelle Guillano

  • You might also recognize the author’s name from her more acclaimed title “French Women Don’t Get Fat”.  In this book, she translates the French joie de vivre into the the professional world, which she knows well, as former CEO of Clicquot (as in Vueve Cliquot champagne), a division of LVMH (as in Louis Vuitton).  She truly breaks down the mystery around why french women make everything look so easy — it’s all in the attitude!

If You Want It Done Right, You Don’t Have to Do It Yourself – Donna M. Genett PhD

  • Another revolutionary concept I learned in business school, this book explores why it makes absolutely no sense to try to do everything by your self.  As it turns out, there are lots of talented people around you who are THRILLED to take on the work that you a) don’t want to do or b) don’t want to admit you don’t do very well.  And what’s more, if you can release your self from those tasks, and a few others, it opens up your time to spend on things you really DO want to be doing, and simultaneously makes you look like a rockstar for being so productive.  Revolutionary, I tell you!

What Should I Do With My Life? – Po Bronson

  • Doesn’t the title say it all?  Reading this book simply reminds you that you are SO not alone when it comes to not having a clue.  It’s very comforting.

The Art of Possibility – Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander

  • My all time favorite leadership book, because it is less about leadership in the office, and more about taking on leadership in your life as a whole.  The examples have a creative and artistic feel, and the writing style of both authors is accessible to every audience.

Publications

Fast Company magazine – always something new and inspiring.  The companies and leaders profiled are always at the edge of creativity and innovation, and I get so much energy from reading about technology, social entrepreneurship and business in this engaging and thoughtprovoking format.

Harvard Business Review – tried and true.  Wonderful articles on leadership and innovation.  I appreciate that HR and People Strategy gets plenty of attention, even occasionally scoring a cover story, like the October issue on Talent Management.

Oprah Magazine – I’ve you’ve ever met me, you have probably heard me reference Oprah about 10 times within the first 20 minutes of conversation.  The magazine is like a treasure trove every month.  I have to hand it to the team who creates thoughtful and insightful inquiries for us, along with handy how-tos on a wide variety of topics, organized by theme each month.  Genius!  Martha Beck is by far my favorite columnist, and of course, I’m a huge fan of the “What I know For Sure” memos at the end of each issue.  When my stack of magazines gets too high, I either pass on copies as “right-on-time” gifts, or get to work on an inspirational collage.