Jul 06, 2016
Each year, I compile a list of professional reading that brings to light my personal and professional focus on personal improvement, leadership, education reform. The list includes my favorites from the past year as well as recommendations from colleagues, and this year’s list also includes a book that focuses on working with a variety of generations in the workplace.
While creating a culture of life-long learning is often a goal for all organizations, today more than ever that goal is more complex because of the variety of demographics in the workplace. The common tie across Millennials, Gen Xers and Boomers is that they’re all committed to success in their workplace, but demonstrate their needs in different ways.
They have a different approach to accomplishing their goals, and they ask for support from their leadership in different ways. It behooves each leader in every organization to tap into the talents that this unique generational mix provides to ensure its organization continues to learn and grow each year.
Compiling the “Top 10” reading list each year has provided me multiple opportunities to reflect on my own personal learning as I continually seek to become a better educational leader and servant to our clients. As I lead an organization that includes 20 percent Millennials and 50 percent Gen Xers (and a scattered mix of Boomers who still support our services and programs), I look forward to reflecting on the learning from this reading to help lead my organization.
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"Are You Fully Charged?: The 3 Keys to Energizing Your Work and Life" by Tom Rath
Are You Fully Charged? is about renewing ourselves in the fullest sense. Drawing on his extensive research, Tom Rath provides us with the three key pillars that can help create a life of more meaning and perspective: being part of something larger than ourselves, valuing people and experiences over mere stuff, and understanding that looking after our own well-being is the first step to doing more for others. An essential book for anyone wanting more out of life. - Arianna Huffington, author of Thrive and co-founder of The Huffington Post
"Team Genius: The New Science of High-Performing Organizations" by Michael S. Malone and Rich Karlgaard
“Persuasive and crucial…Team Genius, a splendid example of team achievement, lays out what you need to know about a subject that’s becoming more important than ever to an organization’s success.” -Steve Forbes, Forbes
"The Truth About Employee Engagement" by Patrick Lencioni
"This is a page-turner that unravels the mystery of job satisfaction for any manager. Whether you manage six or sixty-thousand people, it is essential reading." - Trevor Fetter, president and CEO, Tenet Healthcare Corporation
"You Win in the Locker Room First: The 7 C's to Build a Winning Team in Business, Sports, and Life" by Jon Gordon, Mike Smith
"As a practicing 'student of the game' regardless of the sport or industry, I'm always looking to give me and my team an edge. This book nails the fundamentals and advanced coaching concepts of leadership for any team. Great cultures begin with trust, and trust begins by establishing relationships that are forged upon a great foundation of character, compassion, competence, and courage. You Win in the Locker Room First should be required reading for parents, coaches, and leaders at all levels." - Carl Liebert, Chief Operating Officer, USAA
"Generations at Work: Managing the Clash of Boomers, Gen Xers, and Gen Yers in the Workplace" by Bob Filipczak
"Generations at Work is an extremely interesting look at the strengths and weaknesses of the amazing generation cohorts of the last 80 years." - Inland Empire Business Journal
"Start With Why" by Simon Sinek
“Start with Why is one of the most useful and powerful books I have read in years. Simple and elegant, it shows us how leaders should lead.” - William Ury, coauthor of Getting to Yes
"Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World" by Chris Fussell, David Silverman, Stanley A. McChrystal, and Tantum Collins
“Team of Teams is erudite, elegant, and insightful. An unexpected and surprising wealth of information and wonder, it provides a blueprint for how to cope with increasing complexity in the world. A must read for anyone who cares about the future—and that means all of us.” - Daniel Levitin, author of The Organized Mind
"Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear" by Elizabeth Gilbert
“Part inspiration, part how-to, it offers up both a philosophy of creativity and advice for living a more creatively fulfilling life.” - Fast Company
"School Culture Rewired: How to Define, Assess, and Transform It" by Steve Gruenert and Todd Whitaker
Your school is a lot more than a center of student learning--it also represents a self-contained culture, with traditions and expectations that reflect its unique mission and demographics. In this groundbreaking book, education experts Steve Gruenert and Todd Whitaker offer tools, strategies, and advice for defining, assessing, and ultimately transforming your school's culture into one that is positive, forward-looking, and actively working to enrich students lives. Drawing from decades of research on organizational cultures and school leadership, the authors provide everything you need to optimize both the culture and climate of your school.
"StandOut 2.0: Assess Your Strengths, Find Your Edge, Win at Work" by Marcus Buckingham
“If you loved the original StandOut, you owe it to yourself to read StandOut 2.0, Buckingham's update to the first, bestselling edition that critics called ‘revolutionary.’” - TD magazine (Association for Talent Development)
**Summaries and reviews adapted from amazon.com by Joseph M. Crozier, Grant Wood AEA, 2/23/16