Book recommendations from the CULTURE goodr gurus.
HAPPY BOOK LOVERS DAY
To honor all of you bibliophiles on Book Lovers Day, or whatever day you happened to stumble across this blog, the hosts of the CULTURE goodr podcast (Chief Executive Octopus, Stephen Lease, and Chief Relationship Officer, Shaun Tinney) compiled a list of their favorite reads.
1. "The 9 Types of Leadership" by Beatrice Chestnut
The Enneagram is a personality typing system that identifies your strengths, challenges, stress patterns, and Disney princess soulmate. (Okay, not Disney princess soulmate.) Everyone at goodr takes the test to discover their type (out of 9). Why? The results give you tools for growth and it’s helpful to know your co-workers’ personality types. Just ask Enneagram master Shaun Tinney, who recommends reading “The 9 Types of Leadership” by Beatrice Chestnut. “It’s a complete guide to leveraging the lessons of the Enneagram in a professional setting,” says Shaun. “You’ll come to understand yourself and your teammates in a whole new way. Filled with scannable lists covering strengths, challenges, and strategies to work better as a team.” Aw, he’s such a Belle!
2. “The War of Art” by Steven Pressfield
We all struggle at times to express our creativity. Like, for example, right now. This copy is boring AF. Nothing creative about this verbal diarrhea. With every additional terrible, horrible, no good, very bad word, we’re losing readers. Ahhhhh! Time to read one of Shaun’s favorite books, “The War of Art” by Steven Pressfield. “This is an easy but challenging read,” says Mr. Tinney. “It’s short and simple, with only a few sentences or paragraphs per page, each one calling your best self forward. I haven’t come across a better guide to bringing creative ideas to life, whatever creativity means to you.” Thanks Shaun! We’ll bring our creative ideas to life like lightning brought Jason Voorhees to life in Friday the 13th Part 6: Jason Lives! (Was that creative???)
3. “Dare to Lead” by Brené Brown
After two decades of research, Brené Brown discovered what it takes to be a leader: A T-shirt that says “Leader.” Just kidding. It takes rumbling with vulnerability, living into your values, braving trust and learning to rise. If you’d like to become a boss like Aragorn or Elsa, Stephen Lease recommends reading “Dare To Lead.” (Not “Dare To Eat Lead.” That’s a different book. It will not help you.) “Dare to Lead is a must read,” raves Lease. “It takes a lot from Brené’s previous books and provides a tactical way to implement those principles in your life and company. If you’ve never read Brené Brown before, drop everything and pick up this book.” (DISCLAIMER: When Stephen says “drop everything,” that does not include chili pots, ice sculptures or children.)
4. “Getting Things Done for Teens” by David Allen, Mike Williams and Mark Wallace
How can you be productive in a world full of distractions? With smartphones, the internet and 2384933909 streaming services vying for your attention, it’s a wonder you get anything done. In fact, even this copy is a distraction. But wait! Don’t leave! One of Stephen Lease’s favorite books can help: “Getting Things Done for Teens” by David Allen, Mike Williams and Mark Wallace. “Your mind is for having ideas not for holding them,” explains Stephen. “This is one of the core beliefs that I’ve heard David Allen speak about numerous times. GTD provides a system for getting things out of your head so that you can create, grow, and produce dope shit. The Teens version is better than the original book because it’s more visual. Plus, Mike Williams is my friend.” Ooooh, name-dropper!
5. “Drive” by Daniel H. Pink
According to science, money is NOT the best way to motivate people. The carrot-and-stick approach (“if-then” rewards and punishments) began during the Industrial Revolution when everyone had mind-numbing jobs at factories. But now we’re in a different era with different jobs and that requires a different operating system. For creative, right brain, heuristic work, people are best motivated by the intrinsic joy of doing the task. At least, that’s what Daniel H. Pink argues in “Drive,” another one of Stephen Lease’s favorite books. (No, it has nothing to do with the Ryan Gosling movie.) “Drive is all about what really motivates us,” says Stephen. “We used it at goodr to create our pay and performance system AMP (Autonomy, Mastery, Purpose) so that everyone knows their value, is in control of their own path, is challenged to grow and leaves the world a better place than they found it.” However, the book does not why explain why carrots are considered a reward. Who the f*** wants to eat a carrot? It’s basically an orange stick. Should’ve called it the “taco-and-stick” approach. Everybody loves tacos.
6. “The Practicing Mind” by Thomas M. Sterner
We all want to learn new skills, like music, basketball and hot air ballooning. But in our instant gratification culture, the process can be intimidating. Growth requires failure, and failure isn’t fun. Like a frustrated gamer, we get tired of trying and want to rage quit. Luckily, there’s a book that can help: “The Practicing Mind” by Thomas M. Sterner. “One of my favorite books ever,” says Shaun Tinney. “With a focus on process over results and practice over perfection, you’ll be gently guided toward an unshakable presence of mind that makes even the most mundane tasks enjoyable.” Before you know it, you’ll be sailing in a hot air balloon, freestyle rapping as you shoot basketballs into volcanos.
7. “What to Do When It's Your Turn (and It's Always Your Turn)” by Seth Godin
“This is maybe my favorite book of all time,” says Stephen Lease. “I’ve given it to people over 50 times.” And what book is he talking about? You guessed it: “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Just kidding. Here’s the real answer: “What to Do When It's Your Turn (and It's Always Your Turn)” by Seth Godin. Crafted in a vibrant visual style similar to a magazine, the manifesto urges readers to seize the moment, embrace tension and do the work they’re hiding from. “It’s a collection of stories about amazing people who challenged the status quo and brilliant thoughts by the author that inspire,” Stephen explains. “I also love it because it’s super visual.”
8. “It's Not How Good You Are, It's How Good You Want to Be” by Paul Arden
Succeeding isn’t just about ability. It’s also about ambition. You could have all the talent in the world, but if you’re timid, you’re going to struggle to make your dreams come true. Which brings us to Shaun Tinney’s book recommendation: “It's Not How Good You Are, It's How Good You Want to Be” by advertising guru Paul Arden. Shaun says, “From absolute personal responsibility to problem solving, making mistakes, and generally playing your cards right, this little book is a fun and interesting read that offers a different take on the path to success.” Praised by critics as short, funny and provocative, this ‘pocket bible’ should help you actualize your dreams. Except for that dream where you’re riding a dragon unicorn in space. That will be difficult to actualize.
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