Our family has been in a season of transition this summer and one area that has suffered as a result of being in continual packing and getting my house ready for sale mode is my self leading practices -- in particular my reading efforts. Reading daily is a part of my Life Plan replenishmnet cycle and is necessary for me to keep my thinking sharp and my mind active to be able to resource myself and others whom I lead and influence.
As we settle in our new life in Fort Collins I am eager to get back into this practice of reading daily. On the right column "What's In My Kindle" is the books I have or will be downloading to read during the last four months of 2012.
Some have asked me how I come with my list. Here is some ways I go about putting my list together. And I highly prod you to have a pipeline of books ready to read so once you finish one book you don't meander trying to figure out what's next, but rather having the next one ready to go!
- The Global Leadership Summit (GLS) this two day leadership training event usually produces a couple of books that catches my attention because either one of the speakers references the book or it is a book the speaker has wrote. John Ortberg's Who Is This Man ... is an example of such a book.
- There are some people I simply read whatever they write such is the case with Jon Gordon -- his fast reading, yet highly impacting books -- gives me a great boost of leadership energy. His latest book is The Positive Dog. In addition Peter Drucker also in this category of trying to read whatever he has written hence Innovation and Entrepreneurship being on the list.
- By recommendation by a friend and/or colleague. In this case Dennis Anderson, whom I work with at Crossroads, suggested N.T. Wright's How God Became King.
- Interest in the subject matter. Such is the case with Cynthia Montgomery's The Strategist. Strategic is one of my core strengths -- so anything on this topic will catch my attention.
- The rest usually comes from me browsing a bookstore's store leadership and management section. Why do I go to a bookstore still when I download all my books. The main reason is that if you search Amazon by topic you get literally tens of thousands of listings. In addition it is still easier to pick up a hard copy to scan the table of contents and read a few pages, though for reading an entire book -- Kindle is the way to go for me.
I hope this will prod you to come up with your own book list. I am still open to a couple of suggestions so please let me know what you are reading.