Our Bookshelf

Browse through the books we’ve read as a team during our weekly book studies, and see how they changed our perspectives and our habits.

Currently Reading

 

The Power of Moments

Dan and Chip Heath

When you look back on a specific experience or the whole of your life, you likely remember meaningful moments. Some were surprises, some were heartbreaks, and some were moments of sheer joy. Little by little, these memories shaped your past and will continue to change your life in the future.

You may think thse are largely left up to chance, but in this book, Dan and Chip Heath teach that you can choose to create these moments for you and others to experience with only a few simple tools.

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Past Studies

7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Stephen R. Covey

It’s not often we come across a book that is both professional and deeply personal. Or one that many of us felt as if we needed to read it again, just to experience the revelations with a fresh mind.

Stephen Covey’s approach to applying universal principles to your everyday life deepened our team’s understanding of things we thought we already knew: like what preparedness should truly mean, and how proactive people achieve their biggest dreams. Discussing each habit sparked deeper conversations than normal, as we all wrestled with the truths Stephen laid out and how they would change the way we see ourselves and other people, whether in the workplace or at home.

We will gladly remember the time spent in this book, the principles learned, and the conversations shared!

Getting Naked: A Business Fable

Patrick Lencioni

Spoiler alert: everyone in this book remains fully clothed for the length of the story.

Patrick Lencioni is perhaps best known for his ability to take complex leadership models and weave them into compelling stories that he calls “fables.” They’re a favorite among our team for their easy reading and multi-layered lessons.

Reading about the power that vulnerability in the workplace can have in a business spurred our team to dig up the data and produce our first annual busy season report. We shared not only the big picture of who our clients are and how many we have, but also how long each team member worked each week on average and how many audits each one is responsible for.

It may not have revolutionized everything we do here, but this book was a timely reminder that being vulnerable is hard but necessary work for companies to encourage among their team members and in their policies. 

The Ideal Team Player

Patrick Lencioni

It’s not often we come across a book that changes the way we work, speak, and think, which is what makes The Ideal Team Player unique. Its simple and profound model became a part of our weekly meetings, hiring process, and conversations and continues to shape our firm.

We all recognized the characters in the fable, from the skillful politicians to the bulldozers, from previous jobs and former colleagues, which made the story even easier to understand. The simple venn diagram of the overlapping virtues of “Hungry,” “Humble,” and “Smart” gave us a simple visual to distill the story and model into a shareable graphic.

Since reading this book as a team, we have made it part of the required reading list for new hires, making sure everyone who joins our team will speak the same vocabulary and enjoy this valuable lesson. 

Developing The Leader Within You 2.0

John C. Maxwell

John announced this revision of his classic leadership book, Developing The Leader Within You during a conference in 2017, and the way in which he did it made us pre-order a whole case.

He said that his publisher required revisions or additions to at least 15% of the original content, but as John started to read through and make his changes, he realized how much he’d learn in the decades since it was released.

The final tally of revised content for the re-release was 89%.

We felt this wealth of wisdom as we read this book, seeing John’s famous foundational leadership lessons in an updated light. We gleaned a lot of great quotes from this book, including one of our favorites: “Leadership is influence. Nothing more, nothing less.”

Our Bookshelf

We started book studies in 2014, and in that time, we’ve read quite a few books. Here’s a sampling of what’s on our shelf.

Everyone Communicates, Few Connect

John C. Maxwell

QBQ!

John G. Miller

Leaders Eat last

Simon Sinek

The Go-Giver

Bob Burg and John David Mann

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership

John C. Maxwell

Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Learn

John C. Maxwell

The Go-Getter

Peter B. Kyne

Who Moved My Cheese?

Spencer Johnson

Intentional Living

John C. Maxwell

The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth

John C. Maxwell

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