On My Bookshelf

December 11, 2009 - Mac Lake - Book

I have a friend who every time he sees me asks, “So what are you reading?”  He doesn’t ask for accountability reasons, he asks because he’s really interested.  I love running into him because I know the quesiton is coming and this keeps me accountable to continue reading and growing.  So today I want to share with you what I am currently reading.  I’ve also included a bonus link with each book if you want to explore the book or the subject further.

Leaders at All Levels, by Ram Charan.  This is actually my second reading of this book this year.  This has become one of my favorite leadership development books.  I’m having my Leadership Development Coaching group read it as a part of the process we are working through.  Check out an excerpt from this book at THIS LINK.

It’s Okay To Be The Boss, Bruce Tulgan.  I currently have my Team (The Develop Team) reading this book together.  I have to be honest, I don’t agree with everything Tulgan espouses about leadership but because I disagree it’s forcing me to think through and defend what I believe about my leadership system.  Check out this video of Bruce sharing his top finding after years of studying management CLICK HERE.

Relational Intelligence, Steve Saccone.  A friend highly recommended this book to me (I wonder what he was trying to tell me???)  I’m halfway through and really enjoying this read.  Beginning in January I’m taking six young staff members from Seacoast through this book.  This book comes with a free online assessment you can check it out at this LINK.  Download a FREE chapter at this LINK.

Activate, Nelson Searcy.  If you are looking for a well thought out small group system this is a great read.   I am currently reading this book along with our All Access Interns.  I must say it has generated some lively discussion.  We have found points in the book that have really challenged us and some that we totally disagree with.  But even if you don’t agree with everything in the book Searcy’s well thought out system will inspire you to put together a systemactic approach to your small group ministry.  Read more about what Nelson has to say about small groups at the following LINK.

What Got You Here Wont Get You There, Marshall Goldsmith.  One of my mentors Ray Snyder, who is an Executive Coach, highly recommended this book to me a couple of weeks ago.  I’m just now getting into it, but he told me he requires every CEO he coaches to read this book.  Enough said…I bought it!  Want more on this check out this 13 page interview with Goldsmith at this LINK.

What are you reading right now?

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5 responses to On My Bookshelf

  1. What the Dog Saw, Malcom Gladwell
    Affirming the Apostles Creed, J.I. Paker
    Les Miserables, Hugo

  2. Walt Disney: An American Original (Bob Thomas)
    Forgotten God (Francis Chan)
    Elders and Leaders (Gene Getz)

  3. Also reading Leaders at All Levels
    Leadership and the One Minute Manager (blanchard)
    just finished Outliers (Gladwell)
    Leadership on the Line (Heiftetz and Linsky)…this is really good.
    Prodigal God (Tim Keller)

  4. Primal (Mark Batterson)
    The Bravehearted Gospel (Eric Ludy)
    Home Sausage Making (Susan Mahnke Peery & Charles G. Reavis)

  5. Thanks for posting this list. I always love to hear what other leaders are reading.

    I’m currently reading:
    Who by Geoff Smart & Randy Street
    Leadership is an Art by Max DePree
    Renovation of the Heart by Dallas Williard

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