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Book Nook

Enjoy a good read?  Here is a collection of authors that will advance your thinking and stretch your vision on leadership, business, communication and beyond.

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By James Womack and Daniel Jones
Topic Category: Business & Dairy Markets
BOOK REVIEW: LEAN THINKING: BANISH WASTE AND CREATE WEALTH IN YOUR CORPORATION. Curious about how lean business principles were put to work by both multi-national corporations and small companies?  Authors James Womack and Daniel Jones share how defining what the customer perceives as valuable, then focusing on the business activities that create those values can deliver improvements in both productivity and efficiency.  The book shares simple ideas that can breathe new life into an organization based on experiences of companies around the world.
By Andres Ericsson and Robert Pool
Topic Category: Personal and Professional Development
Author Anders Ericsson has taken three decades of research into how top-performing champions and experts approach building and perfecting skills. For example, as people increase their skill levels, they begin to see things differently, breaking representations of physical objects into different "chunks." They recognize patterns and develop much more sophisticated mental representations. Chess boards, piano keys, and guitar frets are all seen differently by experts. The book shares methods to improve at a variety of skills. Click here to learn more.Author Anders Ericsson has taken three decades of research into how top-performing champions and experts approach building and perfecting skills. For example, as people increase their skill levels, they begin to see things differently, breaking representations of physical objects into different "chunks." They recognize patterns and develop much more sophisticated mental representations. Chess boards, piano keys, and guitar frets are all seen differently by experts. The book shares methods to improve at a variety of skills.
By Dave Logan, John King and Halee Fischer-Wright
Topic Category: Personal and Professional Development
In all corporations and organizations, groups naturally come together in “tribes” consisting of anywhere from a few people to hundreds of people.  The book’s authors share how such tribes develop and how managers can effectively assess them and lead them to improve productivity and growth.
By Harvard Business Review: Peter F. Drucker, Clayton M. Christensen and Daniel Goleman
Topic Category: Personal and Professional Development
This collection of best-selling articles from the Harvard Business Review features viewpoints and research to help business owners identify their greatest strengths and deepest values and stay engaged and productive throughout their working life.  The book includes essays titled "How Will You Measure Your Life?" by Clayton M. Christensen, "Managing Oneself," "Management Time: Who's Got the Monkey?," "How Resilience Works," "Manage Your Energy, Not Your Time," "Overloaded Circuits: Why Smart People Underperform," "Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer Life,” and more. 
Topic Category: Personal and Professional Development
Sports journalist and two-time Olympian Matthew Syed looks at performance psychology in sports, business and many other arenas.  How do we stay focused and think of the long game when we're trying to achieve our goals? How do we handle ups and downs, and stay resilient as we slowly move forward? He combines research with his own experiences as an Olympic table tennis player who choked in his first Olympics. 
By John O'Leary
Topic Category: Personal and Professional Development
If given a chance to go back in time and avoid the explosion that almost killed him, O’Leary maintains he wouldn’t change a thing – his book explains the reasons. He goes on to encourage readers to “extinguish indifference, ignite potential and discover the power of a purposeful life.”  Here’s what readers have to say about On Fire: The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life.
 
“John weaves many life lessons into his story. I especially like his lessons about fear and how we can exchange them for love. This book goes on my list of ‘highly recommended’ life-changing books.”
 
“This book is incredible! I have read too many books in my lifetime to even begin to try and count them and this makes my top 10 all-time favorite reads ever!!!”
 
“I really enjoyed this book of a true hero. Life can be hard sometimes, and we do get tired putting out the little fires of daily living. Maybe we get into a rut, thinking how difficult life can be. Then you are ‘awakened’ by a beautiful book like this. This book showed the courage of a little boy and then a grown man...deal with the ‘big’ fires in life, and the beauty and strength that can transform tragedy to triumph.”
 
By Liz Murray
Topic Category: Personal and Professional Development
Liz Murray’s memoir gives readers a cold, hard look at the years she spent wondering how she’d survive and where she’s sleep. As a teen, Liz’s life mirrored that of her mother when she had been a teenager. Unlike her mother, Liz would not merely survive her adolescence, but go on to thrive.
 
A compelling read and a reader favorite, here are a few reviews of Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard.
 
“Great book of survival.”
 
“Amazing memoir. A must-read for teachers of ‘underprivileged students’, and for those who look with disdain on folks who can't quite ‘pull life together.’ I was so grateful for those teachers who saw the needs of such students and reached out to them.”
 
“A true story that shows the pursuit of happiness. Proves that you are your biggest obstacle when achieving your goals.”
 
By Stephen Guise
Topic Category: Personal and Professional Development
Author Stephen Guise changed his fitness habits and launched a journey to better health with just one push-up a day. His book details how making one small positive change at a time can make a huge difference. He shares that when you start playing by your brain's rules and taking your human limitations seriously, you can achieve lasting change. 
 
By Brendon Burchard
Which habits can help you achieve long-term success regardless of age, career, strengths, or personality? Author Brendon Burchard outlines the habits and how to practice each of them, including how to seek clarity, generate energy, raise necessity, increase productivity, develop influence, and demonstrate courage.
By Doug Lipp
Topic Category: Personal and Professional Development
Author Doug Lipp details the founding of Disney University and how the institution continues Walt Disney’s company values and leadership lessons to thousands of employees today. The book includes 13 lessons that Disney has used to drive profits and growth for more than half a century and to turn out some of the most engaged, loyal, and customer-centered employees the business world has ever seen.