Learning and reading is one of the best things you can do to grow your business. By keeping on top of current thought leaders and visionaries, along with the tried and true, you’ll be on your way to moving your business forward. Here are some of our favorites.

Knowing Me, Knowing You

The PEP Personality Process. Creating better relationships at home and at work.

by Nadine Hanchar

In Knowing Me, Knowing You, Nadine draws on her expertise as a counselor, consultant, and facilitator to explore why it’s so important for us to feel heard, be seen, and accepted for who we are. Throughout the book, she highlights how the PEP Personality Process© can give you a solid foundation from which to build successful relationships at home and at work.

This book is a guide that delivers an in-depth look at your PEP Personality Process and its benefits for those seeking self-development and improvement in their relationships at home and in the workplace. It is an excellent tool for gaining insight into the processing styles of all the key people in our lives. Knowing our own style gives us insights concerning our tendencies and those of others. It teaches us, how we filter information, how we communicate with others, how we handle stress, how to feel more secure, how we best understand and learn.

All of us have a need to be seen and accepted for who we are, to be heard and understood, to feel connected, and to make sense of the world around us. Whether we know it or not, everyone has a processing style, and it influences how our environment affects us, how we make decisions, how we interpret things, and how we react to situations.

Throughout the book, readers learn about the various personality processing styles and their communication skills, behavior patterns, challenges and talents. Gaining these insights will give readers the tools to build successful relationships with others. Anyone who is looking for assistance with gaining a greater sense of self-awareness and feelings of empowerment will find that the answers can be found by developing a deeper understanding of who you truly are. Our differences give a richness, a creativity, that can broaden our horizons.

Our diversity illuminates different ways of doing things, allowing for innovations, new insights, and helps us grow and enrich our lives. Accepting ourselves, creates empowerment, freedom is gained when we accept others for who they are, and happiness is a result of acknowledging that we are all worthy of respect.

Crushing It!

How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Businesses and Influence – and How You Can Too

by Gary Vaynerchuk

Four-time New York Times bestselling author Gary Vaynerchuk offers new lessons and inspiration drawn from the experiences of dozens of influencers and entrepreneurs who rejected the predictable corporate path in favor of pursuing their dreams by building thriving businesses and extraordinary personal brands.

Crushing It! is a state-of-the-art guide to building your own path to professional and financial success, but it’s not about getting rich. It’s a blueprint for living life on your own terms. Gary Vaynerchuk offers advice on how to follow the Crush It! principles and become a business success on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, Snapchat, Spotify, Soundcloud, and iTunes.

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Learning to Dance with life

A guide for high achieving women.

by Pamela Thompson

How to Let Go of constantly “doing” and “giving” and Create a Healthy Life YOU Design and Love

Do you often push through fatigue to finish that one last thing, rather than listening to your body and taking a break? Do you crave guilt-free time with family and friends without that “to-do” list nagging you in the back of your brain? Do you always give 110 percent?

If you can relate, chances are you are a High Achieving Woman.

Learning to Dance with Life includes seven keys and proven tools and practices to support women to transform their lives from constantly “doing” and “giving” to healthy, balanced lives THEY design and love. It emerged from the author’s own experience of almost burning out, and includes intimate stories from her personal life, and tools she has used herself and with clients around the world, as a coach and consultant.

Fail Fast or Win Big

The start-up plan for starting now

by Bernhard Schroeder

Entrepreneurs have long been taught that to be successful, they need to spend months perfecting a business plan and finding investors before they can finally launch their business. But with the marketplace changing at lightning speed, this notion is not only outdated – it’s costly. Today’s entrepreneurs must embrace the idea of “failing fast.” They need to connect with real customers and determine quickly whether their idea is worth pursuing, needs new direction, or should be abandoned altogether.

Fail Fast or Win Big shows entrepreneurs how to create a rapid prototype of their product, develop a business model instead of a business plan, test it repeatedly with customers so they can spot failure early, refine the model based on customer interactions, and leverage their network in order to run lean. As an added bonus, Schroeder highlights real-life examples of entrepreneurs who set out to fail fast and ended up winning big.

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Listen Like You Mean It.

Reclaiming the lost art of true connection

by Ximena Vengoechea

When it comes to true listening, there may be no better expert on the topic than author Ximena Vengoechea. Vengoechea is a user experience research manager at Pinterest in addition to her work as a columnist at Fast Company. Her role at Pinterest means that she spends her days listening to the people who use the company’s products, as well as those who don’t currently use their products but might in the future.

As a result, Vengoechea has developed a system of bypassing what she calls ‘surface listening,’— the passive listening that only takes in the literal meaning of words without identifying deeper, emotional meaning— to get to empathetic listening, which focuses on identifying the speaker’s personal needs and identifying ways to create a safe space for real and meaningful conversations to take place.

~ source: Taylor Berrett, Soundview

The Art of the Start

The time-tested, battle-hardened guide for anyone starting anything

by Guy Kawasaki

In The Art of the Start, Guy Kawasaki writes that his goal is to help you use your knowledge, love and determination to create something great without getting bogged down in theory and unnecessary details. At Apple in the 1980s, Kawasaki turned ordinary consumers into evangelists. As founder and CEO of Garage Technology Ventures, he has field-tested his ideas with dozens of newly hatched companies. Kawasaki takes you through every phase of creating a business, from the very basics of raising money and designing a business model through the many stages that will eventually lead your company to doing the right thing and giving back to society.
What you’ll learn
  • What the entrepreneur’s key tasks are. Every startup must make meaning, make mantra, get going, define its business model and weave a MAT of critical Milestones, Assumptions and Tasks.
  • How a new company can articulate what it is all about. Pitching, positioning and writing a business plan are the ways in which a startup defines itself and communicates its message to others.
  • How you can activate your business. Bootstrapping (operating on little cash), recruiting and raising capital will all give you the human and financial resources you need.
  • How you can proliferate your business. Creating win-win partnerships, building a brand and rainmaking (generating large amounts of business) all expand your startup beyond its original horizons.
  • What the entrepreneur’s obligation is to repay society. In exchange for the right to exist and do business, each of us is required to give back to society and to be a mensch – a generous, honest, socially responsible, fully moral person.

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The clarity field guide

by Benj Miller & Chris White

In The Clarity Field Guide, authors Benj Miller & Chris White set out to provide a step-by-step instruction manual for increased clarity in life and business. In the book’s introduction, the authors lay out their goals for readers diving into the guide:

“Our desire is for you to live your life with full freedom, meaning you are doing what you love with people you love, creating something with meaning, purpose, and value (full impact), and enjoying your life and the people outside your work.”

From the beginning, Miller and White highlight their goal of keeping the process of gaining clarity as simple as straightforward as possible. ‘No crazy, complicated processes. No fluffy questions,’ they attest in the introduction.

Overall, they succeed in this mission. For a book that’s all about finding clarity, the process they outline is refreshingly…well, clear. The reader is left with the impression that the book’s authors have the experience, research, and expertise necessary to back up their claims about the importance of finding clarity— and the best ways to get there. Everyone from business leaders to those looking for increased clarity in their personal lives will find something to empower their path forward in The Clarity Field Guide.

~ source: Taylor Berrett, Soundview

Think Again

The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know

by Adam Grant

You would be hard-pressed to find a name in the world of organizational psychology more widely known than Adam Grant. Grant, who teaches and conducts research at the Wharton School, has become a bestseller on the strength of his ability to take the principles of behavioral psychology and apply them to workplaces and organizations. His previous books, including Originals and Give and Take, have confronted established wisdom and addressed all of the ways in which it misses the mark. Often, these books are centered around offering wisdom that will be welcome news to a wide range of readers. For example, in Originals he discusses how many of the world’s most successful people aren’t obsessive geniuses who excelled at a young age but rather people who procrastinated and tried lots of things before finding their passion and success.

Now, Adam Grant is back with Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know. Like his previous books, Think Again is short on truly surprising insights but packed with powerful examples and genuinely helpful guidance on how to take what we know about rational thought and apply it to our own lives for powerful benefit.

The basis of Think Again is fairly simple— it’s centered around the idea that knowledge can help us until it hurts us. Often, being an ‘expert’ in an area can cause us to stop seeing any truth that doesn’t fit with what we already believe. The book opens by powerfully illustrating this truth with a story of wildfire fighters who have perished on the job for one simple reason: they couldn’t put down their tools, which are heavy and cumbersome but which their training tells them should never be abandoned.

~ source: Taylor Berrett, Soundview

The Lost Art of Connecting

by Susan McPherson

In The Lost Art of Connecting, “serial connector” and communications expert Susan McPherson offers a simple, three-step methodology to help people go back to basics, tap into our humanity, and learn to be more intentional and authentic. With helpful tips and useful advice on making the most of every step, The Lost Art of Connecting is the handbook we all need to foster personal and professional relationships that blur the lines between work and play – and enrich our lives in every way. ~ source: Soundview Summary

Undaunted

by Kara Goldin

Kara Goldin is a trailblazer in the category of unsweetened flavoured water, busting the more dominate lines of sugary soft drinks. In 2005 she founded Hint® water. Armed with determination to improve her own health and cut the addiction to sugary drinks, what began as a quest for herself and her family, became a ‘I’m on to something that other people desire as well’ moment. In Undaunted Kara shares with readers her own fears and doubts, challenges encountered, and how she overcome them. Today HINT is a multi-million dollar business she and her family are proud to call their own. You can find it at your local bookstore or on Amazon. Kara hosts her own podcast where she interviews founders, entrepreneurs, and other disruptors. karagoldin.com/podcast

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