With the upcoming holidays, you may be looking for some good books for friends, colleagues, bosses, or your own self-development before launching into the challenges of the new year. You may want to start with reflecting on these three questions:
1. What did I do last year that I never did before and what did I learn?
2. What do I want to do next year and what new skills do I want to learn?
Reading books is a great way to learn a new skills and help you perform at your best, live a good life and do more work that has a bigger impact and make a difference. Here are some suggestions:
“Drive” by Dan Pink focused on motivation – yours and others.
“The Power of Habit” by Charles Duhigg teaches how to build new habits
“Mindsight” by Dan Siegel, one of my favorites, harnesses neuroscience for personal change.
“Immunity to Change” by Lisa Lahey and Bob Kegan, is the best on deep personal change (I love this book!)
“The Dip” by Seth Godin on resilience, a critical leadership skill in today’s uncertain world
“Switch” by Dan Heath on how organization change really works
“The Checklist Manifesto” by Atul Gawande on using structure to change behavior
“Flawless Consulting” by Peter Block is the textbook on increasing your impact within organizations
“Helping” by Edgar Schein on being more helpful
These are some my favorites; hope you find some time at the end of the year for reflection and self-care. You deserve it.