More Books on Leadership, Equity … and a Thriller

More from my bookshelf – March 2021

More books on leadership, equity, history … and.a thriller


The Motive: Why So Many Leaders Abdicate Their Most Important Responsibilities (J-B Lencioni Series)

by Patrick M. Lencioni  | Feb 19, 2020

The shortest book ever.  Do we aspire to BE executives … or DO the hard work of executing?  Do we do what we want to do?  Or what the organization needs doing … team building and problem solving?

Great at Work: The Hidden Habits of Top Performers

by Morten T. Hansen  | Jan 30, 2018

Co-author of Great by Choice, with Tim Collins.  Uses the same techniques to figure out why some individuals go so much further and faster than others.  Shares seven things high performers do.

Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work

by Chip Heath and Dan Heath  | Mar 26, 2013

Good writers and story tellers.  Lots of good ideas on effective decision making.

Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People

by Vanessa Van Edwards  | Apr 25, 2017

Lots of hands on research and practical advice for building positive relationships.

Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges

by Amy Cuddy  | Dec 22, 2015

Author suffered traumatic brain injury and was told she would never complete college.  She is now a Harvard professor and an expert on how to be and bring your best self in even the toughest of situations.

Marketing Made Simple: A Step-by-Step StoryBrand Guide for Any Business

by Donald Miller and Dr. J.J. Peterson  | Mar 17, 2020

Sequel to StoryBrand.  Develop a one line elevator script.  Create curiosity, enlightenment, commitment.  Clarity sells.  Show how you can make life better, easier, simpler.

The Big Moo: Stop Trying to Be Perfect and Start Being Remarkable

by The Group of 33 and Seth Godin

Everything that can be standardized, will be.  The future belongs to those who can be remarkable, do something different, add value.



Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning

by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

Fast moving recap of Kendi’s lengthy history of racism in the U.S.  The ebb and flow of history show how we go from anti-racist eras back to racism and assimilation.  Each era seems to spark retrenchment.

Roadmap to Reconciliation 2.0: Moving Communities into Unity, Wholeness and Justice

by Brenda Salter McNeil , Eugene Cho, et al. | Jun 16, 2020

Seattle Pacific University professor shares her research and her work in churches rebuilding Christian reconciliation around race.

Memorial Drive: A Daughter’s Memoir

by Natasha Trethewey | Jul 28, 2020

A journalist recreates the story of her mother’s last days before being murdered.  Even 20+ years later she finds it painfully difficult to unpack her feelings.  To survive trauma, she says, we must tell ourselves stories.

Class Act

by Jerry Craft  | Oct 6, 2020

Graphic novel.  A young Black teen’s second year in a mostly white prep school.  Shows in graphic detail some of the challenges of code-switching between neighborhoods and cultures.

A History and a Thriller

The Beirut Protocol: (Book 4)

by Joel C. Rosenberg  | Mar 9, 2021

My thriller fix for this month.  Rogue elements in the Middle East trigger a war, kidnap important people and threaten Israeli – Saudi peace initiatives.

Skid Road: An Informal Portrait of Seattle

by Murray Morgan and Mary Ann Gwinn

First written in 1951.  Tells of the early years of Seattle, as a rowdy, racist and reactionary city.  Riots from the 1920’s and 1930’s seem all too much like current events.


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