What We’re Reading

 

David:

Self-Disciplined Producer: Develop a Powerful Work Ethic, Improve Your Focus, and Produce Better Results

By: Martin Meadows

Short. To the Point. To Help High Performers Become Even More Productive

Results are what matter the most to you. You want to be a reliable producer of value in your chosen domain: whether it’s your career, business, sports, studies, non-profit endeavors, or any other undertaking requiring intense focus.

You’d like to learn how to become more productive, but your time is precious, and you don’t have time for a five-hundred-page book only to discover that you can summarize it with two sentences.

If that’s you, Self-Disciplined Producer is for you. Written with high performers in mind, it’s a concise guide covering the most effective techniques to build self-control, improve your productivity and deliver consistent results day in, and day out. 

 

Tracey:

The Difference: When Good Enough Isn't Good Enough

By: Subir Chowdhury

If you saw a toothpick on the floor, what would you do?

This seemingly innocuous question was posed to Subir Chowdhury by one of his longtime clients, and ultimately lead him to a profound realization: good enough is not enough. The best processes in the world won't work without developing the kind of mindset — a caring mindset — that is needed to achieve real and sustainable change in both organizations and individuals.

In his compelling new book, bestselling author and globally recognized management consultant Subir Chowdhury tackles an issue that has haunted him in his work with many of the world’s largest organizations.  Why is it that some improve only incrementally, while others improve 50 times that? The ideas and training are exactly the same. What is the difference? 
 
The difference, Chowdhury explains, is the ability to nurture the skills, loyalty and passion of the people who make up an organization.  It is a culture built on straightforwardness, thoughtfulness, accountability and resolve.  Organizations and individuals that embrace all of these “STAR” attributes—not just one or two of them—will shine.  He goes further, showing us why having a caring mindset outside of work is integral to both personal and professional success.

A powerful guide to living a successful life and career, The Difference will inspire you to be the difference — at work or home.

 

Cynthia:

Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder

By: Arianna Huffington

Arianna Huffington's personal wake-up call came in the form of a broken cheekbone and a nasty gash over her eye--the result of a fall brought on by exhaustion and lack of sleep. As the cofounder and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group--one of the fastest growing media companies in the world--celebrated as one of the world's most influential women, and gracing the covers of magazines, she was, by any traditional measure, extraordinarily successful. Yet as she found herself going from brain MRI to CAT scan to echocardiogram, to find out if there was any underlying medical problem beyond exhaustion, she wondered is this really what success feels like?

In this deeply personal book, Arianna talks candidly about her own challenges with managing time and prioritizing the demands of a career and raising two daughters--of juggling business deadlines and family crises, a harried dance that led to her collapse and to her "aha moment." Drawing on the latest groundbreaking research and scientific findings in the fields of psychology, sports, sleep, and physiology that show the profound and transformative effects of meditation, mindfulness, unplugging, and giving, Arianna shows us the way to a revolution in our culture, our thinking, our workplace, and our lives.

 

Liz:

Unlearn: 101 Simple Truths for a Better Life

By: Humble The Poet

Life is hard, and the older we get, it only seems to get more complex. We can easily get overwhelmed trying to deal with everything all at once. We look everywhere for solutions to make the journey a bit more bearable; everywhere but within. Sometimes we gain more from letting go. Whether it’s old habits, stale mindsets, regrets of the past, or simply the way we view our lives; in order to grow we have to shed the things that are holding us back. UnLearn is collection of writings to remind you of the wisdom you’ve already acquired, but may have lost under the weight and pressures of daily life. Humble The Poet, aka Kanwer Singh is an elementary school teacher, writer, musician, and creative who’s writings are designed to be simple yet stimulating. UnLearn is his literary debut, which aims to motivate and inspire you to explore your own hidden potentials. The Book is a compilation of easy to digest pieces of honesty inspired by his wildly popular blog, which has a loyal readership of over 100 000. UnLearn touches upon a myriad of topics that we all go through in life, from love, relationships, to success, and chasing our dreams. This book is the perfect primer to clean the slate, and allow you a life of fulfillment through life long learning. Simple, honest, and effective, UnLearn is a “collection of nuggets that remind you of the things that keep this wild ride steady”

 

 

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  4. William J. Bernstein, Rational Expectations: Asset Allocation for Investing Adults
  5. Charles D. Ellis, Winning the Loser’s Game: Timeless Strategies for Successful Investing