I apologize for not writing on this blog lately. I’ve had a very busy past few months. I will try to do better in 2020.
Since I was a small child I have loved to read. We didn’t have many books in our home, but my mother took me to the county library every week or two so I could check out books. As I type this I am in my study facing shelves of books. Most of these are related to leadership, ministry, theology, business and personal growth. These are the subjects I’m most interested in. Most years I will average reading around 50 books. At the most, 1-2 of them will be fiction. Today I want to share with you my favorite 5 books I read in 2019 in the areas of leadership and business.
5. Coached to Lead: How to Achieve Extraordinary Results with an Executive Coach by Susan Battley. A few years ago I received training in coaching, and part of that training included having a personal coach for nine months. Since then I have coached a number of persons, mostly in ministry, and my doctoral project and thesis included a coaching element. Through these experiences I learned how helpful having a coach can be, especially for one in a leadership position. Battley has been an executive coach for a number of major corporate leaders and shares in this book how to select a coach and work with that individual to gain the best results. I found this to be a very helpful book.
4. Book Yourself Solid: The Fastest, Easiest, and Most Reliable System for Getting More Clients Than You Can Handle Even if You Hate Marketing and Selling by Michael Port. Like many authors, Port has developed a system for getting clients that he wants to sell you, but this book gives the reader plenty of helpful material for getting more clients. Lead generation and conversion are keys to any successful business, and this book teaches how to improve in those areas.
3. Talent Is Never Enough: Discover the Choices That Will Take You Beyond Your Talent by John Maxwell. Everyone knows talented people who are not successful. Obviously, talent is not enough. It takes far more than talent to achieve your potential, and this book explores several of those needed attributes to add to your talent.
2. Thinking for a Change: 11 Ways Highly Successful People Approach Life andWork by John Maxwell. I admit it: I like Maxwell. Most of his books challenge me and help me grow, and this one was no exception. In this book he writes, “Good thinkers are never at a loss to solve problems, they never lack ideas that can build an organization, and they always have hope for a better future…A person who knows how may always have a job, but the person who knows why will always be his boss.” I know I need to think more deeply and clearly at times, and this book helps me do that.
1. How to Lead in a World of Distraction: Four Simple Habits for Turning Down the Noise by Clay Scroggins. The other four books listed here were all re-reads. Over the past few years I had read them and put them in my library. Last year I felt it was time to read them again. This was the first time I had read this book. Anyone in leadership today knows that there are going to be a lot of distractions. If we are not careful we spend all our time putting out the fires and never accomplish the tasks we really need to be about. Scroggins challenges us to develop four habits to help overcome the distractions. Those habits are: Finding Simplicity, Speaking to Yourself, Getting Quiet, and Pressing Pause. I found this book to be an excellent read.
I encourage you to check out these books if you haven’t read them already. I think you may find them as helpful as I did.