So, in the spirit of this adventure I’ve gathered some resources that have taught me a lot about the gift of sabbath, rest, and what it means to do absolutely nothing other than to simply enjoy the presence of God. Click the links below for a free PDF download.
One of the things I most enjoy doing is resourcing leaders. I love connecting leaders to someone who can help them or point leaders to a resource I believe will help them with a particular challenge they're facing. Because I love to read I find myself talking with others about what I'm currently reading and how my reading is impacting my thinking, which is why I ask every guest who appears on the podcast this question:
"What's one book you recommend every leader read and why?"
Much of life requires negotiation, but not the stereotypical strong-arming or bullying kind of negotiation where intimidation tactic are used to bend the will of the other person to agree with you. Not at all. Rather skillful negotiators practice active listening, empathy, and asking good questions repeatedly.
It's become something of a tradition here. Each year I read quite a few books and while I don’t recommend everything I read, I thought there were some that might interest you. In no particular order, this is the list of books I read this past year that I found the most interesting, challenging, helpful, and/or inspiring.
I'm a firm believer that leaders are readers. According to a recent Inc.com article on the reading habits of leaders a survey by the National Endowment for the Arts found that only 43% of adults read something that wasn't required for work or school - the lowest average in decades. The blog post goes on to say that the habits of highly successful individuals suggests that leaders are in fact, readers.