Wonder, by R.J. Palacio is a young adult book I have been reading with my daughter. It is a terrific novel which tells a middle school boy’s experiences with a severe facial deformity, through the voices of many characters. I highly recommend this for adults and children.
The Ghost of My Father, by Scott Berkun, is an intensely personal book. The author shares his family’s relationship experiences to explore the impact his father’s actions caused. This book has caused me to really consider the effect of relationships and memories of past experiences.
Essentialism by Greg McKeown and The One Thing by Gary Keller emphasize doing less is more, and how to strive towards that. Essentialism is one of my favorites of the year. The 100/0 Principle by Al Ritter focuses on business and personal relationships.
What the Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell prompted me to read a number of his books this year. I also read David and Goliath, and Outliers. See my blog post on parts of David and Goliath. Gladwell will get you thinking.
Ari Weinzweig, one of the co-founders of the Zingerman’s Community of Businesses had a profound impact on me this year. I read all three of his business/leadership books and will do so many times again in the future. I highly recommend Building a Great Business, Being a Better Leader and Managing Ourselves (this book is for anyone, even if you are not in business).
Jason Womack’s Your Best Just Got Better is an invaluable read on improving yourself. I highly recommend his weekly podcast of the same name (full disclosure: the podcast is produced by my son, Scott, and Jason is my executive coach and has become a wonderful friend).
Seth Godin has just published a wonderful book, What To Do When It’s Your Turn, which is another in his theme of getting motivated, doing and taking chances. I also read two of Steven Pressfield’s books of a similar nature and highly recommend The War of Art, if you want motivation to break down any form of resistance, to start a business, exercising, writing or dieting.
Thank you for your loyalty to our firm, which we greatly appreciate. Thank you for the tremendous support in reading these blog posts, which I committed to writing weekly in June of this year. It has been a great experience, which I hope you have enjoyed and learned from, as I have.
Best wishes for Happy Holidays, a happy, healthy and successful 2015!