We’re making a list and checking it twice, to bring you our last edition of book recommendations for this year from our staff, facilitators, and Roundtables members. Add these selections to your own reading list or to your holiday gift list — to give or get. The recommendations run the gamut from business to fiction, as well as a podcast.
Doug Howard, Director of Consulting Services, Remodelers Advantage
The One Thing by Gary Keller
This book highlights the importance of not only identifying “the one thing” that will make an impact on your business going forward, but also the importance of scheduling time — and the right time of day — for that area of focus. I’ve had a number of consulting clients read this after I read it, and the impact has been noticeable.
Good to Great by Jim Collins
This business classic is well known and often referred to as required business reading. I find it really deserves a re-read from time to time as the concepts become more profound the more your business grows and its complexity increases. Getting to a level of success is very difficult. Sustaining it and adapting it over a long period of time and multiple generations is a much greater challenge.
Rose Grabowski, CRA, Chief Technologist, Remodelers Advantage
The Knowledge Illusion by Steven Sloman and Philip Fernbach
A thought-provoking book that helps us see just how much we don’t know, and how much of what we think we understand really comes from others. How much does “group think” affect our decisions? How difficult is it for anyone to change what they believe in? We can use knowing what we don’t know as a starting point for deciding on what to spend our time learning.
The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
Part of the Last Lecture Series at Carnegie Mellon University, Randy Pausch was indeed, giving his last lecture. Diagnosed with late stage pancreatic cancer, he used this lecture to impart his philosophy of life. One of the more thoughtful ideas was about being stopped by brick walls. The brick walls we meet can be there to inspire us to overcome them. And, with planning and perseverance, we can do it.
Another concept proposed is that it’s important for those of us who are parents/mentors/leaders to understand is that our jobs are to allow and assist our children/friends/students to realize and achieve their dreams. We often forget that our jobs are to assist others to be the best person they can be, instead we try to mold them to the best person we think they should be.
Craig Durusko, Founder & Chairman, Sun Design, Burke, VA, and McClean, VA
Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh
Tony, the CEO of Zappos, tells his story in a humorous and somewhat unfiltered way. It is an amazing story of how he built a company to 1 billion in sales two years before his goal. He talks about his journey after selling his first company and all the successes and failures along the way.
Selling the Invisible by Harry Beckwith
This book focuses on how different selling services is compared to selling products. Service marketing is not the same as product marketing. Most product failures are obvious and provable, most products can be warranted. Most services cannot be. So, you buy a service with no guarantees, and even more uncertainty. I especially like how, on page 169, he calls out remodeling specifically — “we worry our remodelers will exceed their budget and finish weeks after they promise.”
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
Almost all the patterns that exist in most people’s lives— how we eat and sleep and talk to our kids, how we unthinkingly spend our time, attention, and money — are habits we know exist. And once you understand that habits can change, you have the freedom and the responsibility to remake them.
Paul Winans, CR, Roundtables Facilitator, Remodelers Advantage
Red Notice by Bill Browder
A gripping true tale of what prompted the passage of the Magnitsky Act.
Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
A wonderful novel, it’s the stories of several different people in New York City in the 1970s and how they are linked by Philippe Petit’s walk between the Twin Towers of the then-under-construction World Trade Center.
Arlene Alfano, CMP, Director of Meetings, Remodelers Advantage
Podcast: Happier with Gretchen Rubin
I am an avid podcast listener and I highly recommend Happier with Gretchen Rubin. The Four Tendencies she developed is similar to DiSC and I have found it to be insightful.
Thank You and Happy Holidays
Thanks to everyone who gave us their recommendations! If you’ve read or listened to anything you’d like to pass along, let us know in the comments.
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