If you’re anything like me, you have a stack of books at least a foot tall, sitting on a bookshelf or desk somewhere in your office. But for some reason, seeing all those unread books doesn’t stop me from ordering more. I tell myself that I will read them eventually and that I shouldn’t pass up a great professional development opportunity.
Well, to further occupy my desk and join the countless book recommendations I’ve received from various interviews with other association professionals, I asked SURGE Forward speaker applicants to share a book that impacted their career.
They were so on-point and applicable to today’s current events, that I thought everyone should see. Here’s my top five favorite books our speaker applicants shared, and a little about each one:
With a powerful model and actionable steps for success, Lencioni shares the five common dysfunctions seen in every struggling team. This model can be used to overcome these hurdles and build a successful and cohesive team. Powerful, yet simple, this book delivers the thought-leadership needed to succeed and become exceptional team leaders.
Praised as a “beloved classic,” this book by Stephen R. Covey delivers a new approach for solving professional and personal problems. Offering a step-by-step guide to living with fairness, integrity, honesty and human dignity, Covey’s book provides readers the security, wisdom and power needed to take advantage of any opportunity.
No matter the stage of your career, tough strategic, organizational and personal challenges are bound to occur. Thankfully, this book delivers a wide range and in depth management guidebook to dealing with these challenges. Consisting of do’s and don'ts, personal advice and anecdotes from Welch himself, “Winning” positions itself as one of the best books for businessmen and women looking to grow in life.
Choices made in an instant — in the blink of an eye — seemingly without thinking at all. A simple phrase, really, but as this book by Malcolm Gladwell reveals, it might not be as simple as it seems. Here Gladwell discusses how our brains work in different scenarios and why some people are great decision makers while others struggle.
With the major impacts of COVID-19 continuing to change the world, many are looking for ways to predict and prepare for the future. In his book, Andrew S. Grove shares his new strategy for when massive change occurs and a company must adapt or fail.
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Ashley Neal joined the Sidecar team as Community Coordinator in March of 2020, right as the COVID-19 pandemic began to shut down life as we knew it. Having to adapt, overcome and predict the changes needed to survive in the new normal, Ashley now has the skills needed to juggle any obstacle thrown her way. A soon-to-be graduate from Southeastern Louisiana University in the field of Strategic Communications, Ashley spends her days balancing her work and education with her love of dogs. Taking her three dogs — Scooby, Pipsqueak and Moose — to restaurants, hiking trails, vacations and even participating in dog shows and sports is the highlight of her weekends.
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