Book Club


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A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas - Warren Berger

Questioning -- deeply, imaginatively, 'beautifully' -- can help us identify and solve problems, come up with game-changing ideas, and pursue fresh opportunities.

Suggested By: Ali Crain

What Got You Here Won't Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful - Marshall Goldsmith

This book offers some very interesting insight to behaviors that can prevent us from moving forward in our careers.

Suggested By: Ali Crain

The Integrity Dividend: Leading by the Power of Your Word - Tony Simons

While credibility is the foundation of effective leadership, most leaders struggle, and sometimes fail, to align their words and their actions. This book shows how a leaders personal integrity drives the overall success of an organization.

Suggested By: Ali Crain

Knowing Y: Engage the Next Generation Now - Sarah Sladek

Are you wishing for change or being intentional about it? Another great read by Sarah Sladek -- making the case that the Y generation is not as lazy and uninvolved as some perceive. If your organization is not being intentional in providing what Gen Y wants & needs (both from a member standpoint and employment) they will look somewhere else or create it themselves.

Suggested By: Ali Crain

High Performance Nonprofit Organizations - Letts, Ryan, Grossman

As an association executive there was information in here I agreed with and some that I questioned, but overall good info and a book worth reading. This book clearly and concisely shows nonprofits how to make general business management relevant and effective by providing a framework for analyzing management, and by translating business lingo into an accessible vocabulary for nonprofit managers.

Suggested By: Ali Crain

Losing Our Way - Bob Herbert

While I have some fundamental issues with portions of the book, it is a great in depth look in to how we got to where we are today and what could potentially be done to correct mistakes and get back to being a global player - an America that others look up to

Suggested By: Ali Crain

A New Earth - Eckhart Tolle

What struck me most about this book is understanding the awareness of what we tell ourselves about the world we live in (aka positive vs negative thinking) and the reminder to live in the moment while changing your way of thinking.

Suggested By: Ali Crain

Who Moved My Cheese? - Spencer Johnson & Kenneth Blanchard

This book helped me realize that change is inevitable and that in order to succeed we must be open to it and adapt to it. Can easily be read again and again for different stages in your life and career.

Suggested By: Ali Crain

Setting the Table: The Transforming Power of Hospitality in Business - Danny Meyer

Excellent book on customer service. Meyer believes that the first and most important application of hospitality is to the people who work for you, and then, in descending order of priority, to the guests, the community, the suppliers, and the investors.

Suggested By: Ali Crain

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking - Susan Cain

By understanding the unique qualities of introverts (and extroverts) we can be better parents, friends, siblings, daughters, managers, etc. For me this book is about respecting each individuals look on life and appreciating our own desire to sometimes step away from the hustle & bustle of the day to day to reflect and be quiet.

Suggested By: Ali Crain

The Five Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace - Gary Chapman & Paul White

A good reminder of why & how we need to appreciate others, especially in the workplace. Most importantly is the understanding that people want/need appreciation on different levels.

Suggested By: Ali Crain

The Art of Membership - Sheri Jacobs, CAE

While the book is heavily research based, it does provide some good practical ideas for growing and retaining membership in associations.

Suggested By: Ali Crain

Change Your Questions, Change Your Life - Marilee G. Adams & Marshall Goldsmith

More of us should ask more question, as long as they are asked with the right intent! 'The power of questions help people become more creative & collaborative, more productive & profitable.' Questions are at the core of how we listen, behave, think, and relate--as individuals and organizations. Virtually everything we think and do is generated by questions. Questions push us into new territories. The future begins with our thinking, represented by the questions we ask ourselves.

Suggested By: Ali Crain

Strengths Based Leadership - Tom Rath & Barry Conchie

Understanding your strengths and the strengths of those on your team are vital to the success of any project and/or organization. When people are able to discover and fully utilize their gifts and skills they are more engaged and personally successful.

Suggested By: Ali Crain

Taking People With You - David C Novak

David Novak understands that to lead a great organization you have to get people aligned, enthusiastic, and focused on your mission. And to make big things happen you have to get people on your side. Great insight into leadership, developing the talent around you, and moving an organization along. I love the ideas of announcing your goals in order to be held accountable to them and also to give silly awards for recognition of a job well done.

Suggested By: Ali Crain

Race for Relevance - Harrison Coerver & Mary Byers

A must read for any one serving on a board! And of course, for any chamber and/or association executive.

Suggested By: Ali Crain

Raving Fans - Ken Blanchard

An interesting look in to customer service and how to create Raving Fans by under promising and over delivering. The information isnt anything revoluntionary - but it is a reminder of what we should be doing in our jobs.

Suggested By: Ali Crain

The End of Membership As We Know It - Sarah L. Sladek

The Boomer-centric associations still think they can launch something new and it will resolve all their recruiting woes. These associations have overlooked the simple fact that the vast majority of their membership will retire in the next decade or two and the generations to follow are radically different from the generations of the past two centuries. Generations X and Y will not respond to the recruiting efforts of the past. An entirely new approach is required. There's only one way out of this mess: outcome-based member benefits. Your association's value is directly based on its ability to respond to your members needs.

Suggested By: Vicki Steigleder

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team - Patrick Lencioni

I listened to this as an audiobook and got a lot of out it that way...because it's in a narrative, case-study format, I think hearing it made a different impact than if I'd read it. I enjoyed the dissection of the different personalities that can make up any team, and the suggestions on how to get the most from each member. The result is a more fulfilled staff and more successful team.

Suggested By: albledsoe

Generations Inc - Meagan Johnson and Larry Johnson

Generations, Inc.: From Boomers to Linksters--Managing the Friction Between Generations at Work Provides great insight into the styles and characteristics of the different generations and how to make it all work within the workplace.

Suggested By: Ali Crain


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