Business Books I Read:
Leading So People Will Follow by Erika Anderson
She sets up her leadership lessons around a key fairy tale, a compilation of other tales, that show the character of a man become a king, the character that we still look for in our leaders. Each principle made since and the whole set of concepts just resonated as something to match up to.
Long Fuse, Big Bang by Eric Haseltine
At first I thought this would be more of a personal development book, but it was more of a business change book. At first it dragged, but then I was captured by the depth of the stories used to illustrate the principles and was driven to finish the book.
Global Dexterity by Andy Molinsky
Great book on how to adapt professional behavior to different cultural standards by comparing their range to your own personal range and figuring out how to work in the overlap. The principles also apply to any new culture, I think.
In Pursuit of the Common Good by Paul Newman and A. E. Hotchner
A great business biography of the Newman's Own business and brand showing an impractical and light-hearted journey, but one that worked. And one that had me buying the pasta sauce, which I'd never done before because that face imagery made me cringe. But learning of the effort they'd put into making an amazing product and the emphasis behind where the profits actually go was was more than enough for me to give it a try. (It was good, too.)
Own the Room by Amy Jen Su and Muriel Maignan Wilkins
Magnificent leadership book set around balancing a pair of contrasts - the voice for self and the voice for others - with stories to show the key directions that readers might be coming from and going to.
Louder than Words by Joe Navarro
A very clear book on body language. What I appreciated most was he introduced a simple concept of comfort/discomfort and kept returning to it during the book. That's going to stick in my head where all the subtleties wouldn't without intensive memorization.
Brick by Brick by David Robertson and Bill Breen
I do love Lego and this was a fascinating business history and analysis of both successful and unsuccessful attempts to innovate and face daunting market changes. Although it illustrated principles it was more about the details of that illustration than the principles, which made it a great complement to some of the other business books out there.
Other Books I Read:
Nightingale by David Farland
I bought the book as part of the drive to promote his books and generate income and new readers to pay for his son's healthcare. It was good urban fantasy with the characters grabbing me, although it was slightly disturbing in some ways as well, with moral questions sneaking in in unexpected places.
The Journal Junkies Workshop by Eric M. Scott and David R. Modler
For me the best part of the book was the tribute to Dan Eldon and the images of his journal pages. The rest was a mix of techniques for creating images and ideas for the act of journaling. Useful and well laid out.
The Politically Incorrect Guide to Science by Tom Bethell
This was a mind-expanding read. I was presented with a completely different perspective on many modern popular science topics than I've read in the general magazines. I'm not sure whether to believe them, as I know this series has an agenda, but I am glad to see counterpoint.
World Textiles by John Gillow and Bryan Sentance
So beautiful, with great images, explanations, and examples. It's a keeper for my art and embroidery shelves.