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National Book Lovers’ Day: Our Top Picks

Happy National Book Lovers’ Day!

To celebrate National Book Lovers’ Day, we wanted to share some of our team members’ favorite books with you.

These books have helped shape our team, our brand, and our approach to equipping leaders to make smart people decisions.

We hope you pick one (or two) and give them a read!

Monica’s Favorites

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen R. Covey

For overall growth and development both professionally and personally, Monica recommends Stephen R. Covey’s ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’.

In ‘7 Habits’, Covey distinguishes between principles and values in order to help readers attain goals by aligning themselves to “true north” using a universal and timeless character ethic.

Even after 30+ years since its original publishing date, Covey’s guidance is still relevant today.

First, Break All the Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently – Don Clifton

For management techniques and growth as a leader, Monica recommends ‘First Break All the Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently’ by Don Clifton.

Clifton outlines 12 essential questions for employees that help determine the strength of your organization. Then, he outlines the 4 basic “keys” of management that equip leaders to improve your employees’ responses and your organization’s strength.

Stan’s Favorite

How Successful People Think – John C. Maxwell

In ‘How Successful People Think’, John Maxwell lays out realistic techniques by which any of us can proactively change and enhance the way we think.

As how people think determines their potential for success professionally and personally, this book provides a core competency that will enhance every aspect of your leadership toolkit.

In 11 easy chapters, Maxwell lays out the full spectrum of effective thinking. ‘How Successful People Think’ is truly in sync with principles that fuel our Achilles Brand and Stan strongly recommends you check it out.

Kristen’s Favorite

Building a Story Brand – Donald Miller

Kristen recommends Donald Miller’s ‘Building a Story Brand’. The Story Brand provides a straightforward model to define your brand and articulate it to your target audience which has helped Achilles Group to effectively define and communicate our brand and what we offer to our clients.

Miller’s metho streamlines marketing efforts while maintaining simplicity. His model is something most organizations can utilize with their current capabilities and without needing to hire on an outside expert for help.

Veronica’s Favorites

Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High – Patterson, Grenny, McMillan, Switzler

‘Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High’ is V’s go to resource for facing a communication-related challenge.

The techniques in ‘Crucial Conversations’ have applications for communication in both professional and personal relationships.

One of the biggest takeaways for this read is to “Master your Story” which helps the reader identify the narrative you have created and the emotions you have already attached to it that may hinder healthy dialogue.

That’s BS – How Bias Synapse Disrupts Inclusive Cultures and the Power to Attract Diverse Markets – Risha Grant

While researching to develop our Diversity of Thought training offering, Veronica found ‘That’s BS – How Bias Synapse Disrupts Inclusive Cultures and the Power to Attract Diverse Markets’ by Risha Grant.

V found Grant’s approach to a topic that can make people feel tense or uncomfortable authentic in its goal to drive home the interconnectedness of humankind.

By focusing on dismantling the “Us vs. Them” ideology, this book serves as a guide for us to coexist genuinely, respectfully, and honestly by confronting our own bias to find common ground.

Jennifer’s Favorite

12 Rules for Life – Jordan B Peterson

If you want to read a book with timeless applications to both your business and personal life that is an epic read and elicits a self-reflection journey, Jennifer suggests you pick up a copy of ’12 Rules for Life’ by Jordan B. Peterson.

Peterson uses rich references to scientific research about psychology, cutting-edge neuroscience, ethical principles, mythology, religion, ancient traditions, and personal anecdotes to illustrate guiding principles.

These principles aim to enable the reader to cultivate a meaningful life amidst the complexities of existence or “chaos”.

Happy Reading!

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