Have you noticed how easy it is as successful professionals to get comfortable with what we already know and how things are already done? This trap persists (and tempts) even though we know that to stay relevant and interesting to our clients, employers, and even ourselves, we need fresh ideas and perspective. My go-to for nurturing ideas and learning new things amidst increasing professional and personal demands is reading.
Reading allows us to easily and effectively gather new ideas from a wide range of sources and to explore things outside of our own industries and geographies. Each summer, I compile a list of books I plan to read and share with those around me. This year, I find myself gravitating to the oldies but goodies that help me refocus and recharge. I also find myself consuming more information via podcasts and articles, so I'll share a few of those as well. I encourage you to find pieces that resonate and to cultivate a learning list as part of your professional development.
My 2019 Summer Learning List
- Brene Brown's The Gifts of Imperfection - which I find insightful professionally and as a parent
- David Allen's Getting Things Done - which I revisit each year to ensure I'm spending my time as thoughtfully as I can
- Greg McKeown's Essentialism - the spiritual cousin to the first two, which is a great starting place for evaluating your priorities
- Global Leadership Summit - short interviews of global leaders from different industries and walks of life
- How I Built This with Guy Raz - deep dive discussions with entrepreneurs on their journey to building successful companies
- Managing Oneself - a roadmap for thoughtful career (and life) planning
- To Understand Whether Your Company Is Inclusive, Map How Your Employees Interact - a thought-provoking approach to diversity & inclusion
- Dealing With Imposter Syndrome When You're Treated As An Imposter
Discover more resources and inspiration to help you gather new ideas and find reading inspiration in this month's newsletter.