This week I’ve decided to answer a question I hear a lot from my clients, particularly at the beginning of each new year: “What books do you recommend?”
So, here are few books that I think women (and men) in family businesses will find thought-provoking and inspiring:
Presence: Bringing your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges: In a book that builds on the ideas she powerfully expressed in her TED talk, Dr. Amy Cuddy gives practical, theory-based advice on how to develop and convey confidence. You will be touched (and maybe, comforted) by the many stories she recounts of people who have written to her about their own struggles with confidence. Dr. Cuddy’s insights are inspiring and the illustrations help you put them into practice almost immediately.
Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead, by Laszlo Bock, Chief People Officer at Google, describes the practices and policies that have made Google a place where recruiting and developing and retaining talented employees is a top priority. Don’t assume that because your family business is not a large enterprise or a tech company in Silicon Valley, this book is not worth your time. Trust me, it is.
Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness (and World Peace). This is another book written by someone at Google, but it’s quite different from Work Rules. Written by Chade Meng-Tan, an engineer at Google, this book builds a fun, thoughtful case for the personal and professional benefits of meditation and mindfulness. You may not achieve world peace after reading it…but you will feel more peaceful after trying some of the exercises. And, according to Meng-Tan, your inner peace is a step in the direction of creating peace around you.
Your First Leadership Job: How Catalyst Leaders Bring Out the Best in Others. I recently interviewed Tacy Byham, CEO of DDI, a global talent management firm. Tacy and her co-author, Rich Wellins, are both industrial/organizational psychologists with a deep knowledge of how leaders develop and succeed. The book is like a bible for leaders-first timers and experienced leaders as well.
Whether you listen to audiobooks, use a Kindle, or actually hold a book with real pages, I am confident that these books will make you think differently about your role, your business, and yourself.
What are you planning to read in 2016?