More from my reading list

More … to read … and see

With a brief note about what I found compelling in each.

Never Split the Difference: Negotiating as if Your Life Depended on It

by Chris VossTahl Raz  – 2016
Top FBI hostage negotiator tells great stories and day-to-day examples of how to negotiate well.  Even negotiating works better with purpose.

Necessary Endings… what to give up to go forward

by Henry Cloud – 2011
Pruning old relationships, projects, and problems frees up new energy for new successes.

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

by Bryan Stevenson, Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative – 2015
Compelling true stories about winning justice for people of color; even better than Grisham’s, The Guardians.

The American Story: Conversations with Master Historians

by David M. RubensteinCarla Hayden – 2019
Best of the best short stories about historical greats; told by biographers who spent years on research.

A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II

by Sonia Purnell – 2019
A great true story about one of the best resistance fighters of WW II.

Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory

by Tod Bolsinger – 2018
Draws parallels from Lewis and Clark (canoeing up to the Rocky Mountains) and what that means for us when we enter uncharted territory.

Jump-Starting America: How Breakthrough Science Can Revive Economic Growth and the American Dream

by Jonathan Gruber and Simon Johnson  – 2019
Similar to Loonshots but not as compelling.  Makes the case for more R&D in America. 


by Robert A. Caro – 2019
Biographer of LBJ and Robert Moses (NYC developer).  Tells how deeply flawed and biased men helped make gains for civil rights and equity.

Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box

by The Arbinger Institute  – 2018
Short novel that illustrates how we can ‘get out of the box’ of distorted thinking by seeing others as they are rather than objects.

Radical Candor: Fully Revised & Updated Edition: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity

by Kim Scott  – 2019
In your face book about solid communication skills: radical candor without being rude.  Lots of great HR ideas.

A Pilgrimage to Eternity: From Canterbury to Rome in Search of a Faith

by Timothy Egan – 2019
Journalist tells of the pilgrimage from Canterbury to Rome with lots of stories and history.

Culturally Responsive School Leadership

Loaded with ‘purpose’ … the actions we can take now to better understand identity, culture, funds of knowledge … that will help students of color feel belonging, academic identity and success!


Movie 2019
Promised freedom and then kept a slave.  She escaped, and went back again and again, to rescue others.  She was determined to ‘live free, or die.’  She lived an incredible life of purpose.  



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