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This month we're featuring 5 brilliant books that will push you to reflect, lead, and get more done.
The Four Agreements by don Miguel Ruiz
This modern-day classic is based on ancient Toltec wisdom. A longtime New York Times bestseller, The Four Agreements is full of reminders on how to lead a fulfilling life. Who can argue with solid advice like this?
Be Impeccable With Your Word
"Every human is a magician, and we can either put a spell on someone with our word or we can release someone from a spell."
Don't Take Anything Personally
"Nothing other people do is because of you. It is because of themselves."
Don't Make Assumptions
"We make an assumption, we misunderstand, we take it personally, and we end up creating a whole big drama for nothing."
Always Do Your Best
"Everything is alive and changing all the time, so your best will sometimes be high quality, and other times it will not be as good."
Join the sons of don Miguel Ruiz for The Agreement of Love, March 27 – 29, 2020 to learn how to integrate these agreements into your everyday life.
How to Get Sh*t Done by Erin Falconer
Do you ever feel like you're crossing things off your to-do list but you're still not getting much done? Author and productivity expert Erin Falconer contends that being busy is not the same as being productive. In her informative and accessible book, Falconer provides just enough real-life context combined with tools and exercises to help increase productivity and creativity.
"The reality is that the very structure of our days – in which we rush from task to task. Cramming in as much as we can – not only reduces our ability to be creative, it also takes away our ability to know our own minds."
The Highly Sensitive Person by Elaine N. Aron, PhD
Are you a highly sensitive person? It's estimated that 15 – 20% of people are.
In Elaine N. Aron's best-selling book, highly sensitive people can learn more about what exactly that means, how it can affect work and relationships, and how to live well in the midst of overwhelm. She also discusses how men are sometimes left out of this conversation, but they too can be highly sensitive. Aron combines tests, tools, and tips to help. As a research psychologist and psychotherapist, Aron understands the difficulties on both a personal and professional level.
"It is fascinating how extensively gender is confused with sensitivity. Men should not be sensitive, women should be. And it all begins at home."
"As sensitive boys become men, they must fall out of step with other men in the timing and nature of their lives. Being sensitive is not "normal" for men. Meanwhile, for women sensitivity is expected."
Gmorning, Gnight! Little pep talks for me and you by Lin-Manuel Miranda and illustrated by Jonny Sun
"Read good books, have good sentences in your ears" wrote poet Jane Kenyon. But how to do that in a world full of content? Grab this collaboration between Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jonny Sun, full of morning and evening pep talks and delightful illustrations. This book will keep good sentences in your ears all day and all night long.
Grateful for the very NOTION of you, even more grateful for the reality.
Look at you, a dream realized.
We're off! Let's go!
Grateful or the REALITY of you, even more grateful
For the notion of tomorrow.
Rest up. We need you at your best."
Jonny Sun will be at The BOX Sessions™, February 28 – March 1, 2020, along with other creative thinkers like Samin Nosrat, Lynda Barry, and others!
The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership by Jim Dethmer, Diana Chapman, and Kaley Warner Klemp
Leading with integrity, compassion, and strength can be incredibly difficult. There are ways to make it easier. Using the 15 principles established in this book by leadership experts Jim Dethmer, Diana Chapman, and Kaley Warner Klemp, you can feel, practice integrity, and lead. This is a good one for leaders in all professions.
"So the first step in taking responsibility is to shift from believing that the world should be a particular way to believing that the world just shows up ... All drama in leadership and in life is caused by the need to be right. Letting go of that need is a radical shift all great leaders make."