More from my bookshelf on Leadership Renewal – January 2021
The top reads for 2020 was the most popular blog last month. So this month, the MORE segment has three parts:
- Recent Reads (for me anyway)
- Leadership Renewal: Personal Renewal … and Organizational Renewal
Should you ever want a recommendation let me know. 200 reads per year means I have lots of favorite books to recommend. firstname.lastname@example.org or text me at 425-418-4398.
One of the best equity books for actual implementation. Well researched and well-presented book filled with practical ideas for making schools centers of inclusion, dignity and belonging for each and every student.
Starfish are regenerative; cut them in half and they become two viable starfish. Cut off a spider’s legs or head and they are irreparably harmed. The author gives multiple examples of how connected networks (starfish) with strong cultures win out over rigid hierarchies (spiders).
Shares many of the same research and stories from Culture Code. Interesting team of authors; one a researcher and the other a military leader.
by Atul Gawande | Apr 1, 2003
Explains how much … and how little … we know about making people well. As always, filled with great stories.
by Jess Walter | Oct 27, 2020
Tells the story of class warfare in Spokane, WA in the 1910s. Workers are downtrodden and cheated and run out of town. Informative for our times as well as for understanding historic times.
by Jonathan Haidt | Feb 12, 2013
An older title but fitting for our politicized times. Author identifies six ways in which we, collectively, see and experience moral righteousness. Some see prevention of harm as foremost. Others see fairness as most important.
Leadership Renewal – Personal
A perfect book for our times. All about empathy and creating trust through positive relationships. Work that requires courage (which can be learned) and vulnerability and ‘rumbling’ in the arena.
How brain science can help us set boundaries that make leaders and organizations healthier and more productive.
13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do: Take Back Your Power, Embrace Change, Face Your Fears, and Train Your Brain for Happiness and Success
by Amy Morin | Dec 23, 2014
Lots of down to earth common sense solutions based on personal and professional experiences.
by Stephen R. Covey | May 19, 2020
A classic filled with timeless life skills.
by Parker J. Palmer | Sep 10, 1999
Short – 120 pages. How to listen to our lives and what they are telling us about what resonates most for us.
by Lysa TerKeurst | Aug 19, 2014
Practical, down to earth advice for dealing with kids, life, work. Decision making ideas for saying, No … and making “Best Yes” decisions.
Leadership Renewal – Organizations
By John P. Kotter 2021
Kotter’s new book about how to pivot from hard times to new and improved future times is not out yet. But you can see a great preview at Survive and Thrive KotterINC.
by Dan Heath | Mar 3, 2020
Another great book by Heath (Switch, Made to Stick). Prevention is the focus. He has great examples from dental care and auto safety to Chicago Public Schools and how they increased graduation rates dramatically. Offers specific ideas for gathering and using data to get better.
by Joseph Grenny , Kerry Patterson, et al. | May 14, 2013
One of the best books on change. Success comes from attending to both will and skill. Both the individual, the community and the structures. Great companion book on helping students thrive.
by John P. Kotter 2014
Great ideas for engaging ‘guiding coalitions’ in unlocking creativity and energy now.
Super short and packed with good ideas for growing positive teams through culture, commitment, communication and caring.
by Richard Boyatzis, Melvin L. Smith , et al. | Sep 10, 2019
This is next up on my reading list. Richard Boyatzis is a leading voice in leadership development. I relied heavily on Boyatzis’ work in developing the Seattle Pacific University executive school leadership program.