This page contains the resources that I have found useful in my personal and professional life. Admittedly, it is a diverse, ever-changing list containing everything from quotes and books that I like to podcasts, videos, and slideshows.
I will update this list as I discover new resources. If you have a resource you think I should add, please share it with everyone in the comment section below.
Here are a few of the books that have helped me stay nimble.
1. Dealing with People You Can’t Stand by Dr.Rick Brinkman and Dr. Rick Kirschner (McGraw Hill. 2012)
A previous version was an assigned reading during my Masters, and love the latest revision even more. Understanding why people behave the way they do, can help you mitigate some of the difficult situations that can arise. Understand why a “Tank” bulldozes through the office and the best way of neutralizing a “Sniper” during your next meeting.
2. Leading Leaders: How to Manage Smart, Talented, Rich and Powerful People by Jeswald W. Salacuse (Amacom, 2006)
This reference offers great insight on inspiring other leaders. The potential contributions of elites is vital to any organization, but the likelihood of friction is also high if relationships are not nurtured carefully. This book gave me great details that I reference often on how to leverage the assets of really talented and powerful people while making sure that “egos remain unbruised”.
3. Guerrilla Marketing for Nonprofits: 250 Tactics to Promote, Recruit, Motivate, and RAISE MORE MONEY by Levinson, Adkins & Forbes (Entrepreneur Press, 2010)
This is one of my favorite marketing guides. Both nonprofit and for profit entities can gain from the unique take on getting your services and good work in front of the right people. This is a definitive “How-To” resource, and should be on your desk today!
4. High Performance Ethics by Wes Cantrell and James R. Lucas (Tyndale, 2007)
This is a great review on not only doing the right thing because it is morally right, but it also speaks of doing the right thing because it nets a gain. One of the things that changed my thinking was understanding the “First things only” principle. Instead of having a long list of things to do, make sure that I spend the majority of my time doing the important things, things that really matter. This keeps me focused and prioritized. A great resource for key decision making tips for next-gen leadership.
5. 10 Scriptures on Joblessness That Can Change Your Life by Cole Johnson (COMI Publishing, 2015)
– If you are stuck in the space between jobs, this is a great faith-based reference book to help you get your feet on solid ground and your emotions under control so that you can put your best foot forward in your job search. Written by my husband Cole, this book has helped so many people find hope during a difficult time.
6. MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) This is an assessment that has helped millions of people worldwide gain insights about themselves and how they interact with others—and improve how they communicate, learn, and work. Understanding how you, your staff and family process information helps you better understand how to lead and relate. I am an ENTJ and found it so revelatory about how I relate to the world. The test must be administered by a certified professional, so check with your HR department or get info here. I just found this freebie test at 16 Personalities and got the same results.
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