While this is a Business Book

While this is written as a business book, it’s a great read for people looking to make strategic changes to any aspect of their life, personal or professional. We often know what ‘should’ get done, but yet we fail to focus, fail to make the time, and fail to make the necessary changes in our habits. Maister talks about how strategy is really about saying ‘no’ to many things so we can say ‘yes’ to the critical few that’ll drive success.

When I was at a career crossroads back many years ago before becoming a coach, this book helped me clarify my skills, interests, and professional goals. It was full of fun and creative writing exercises that promoted taking action to help discover what you really wanted out of life and career. I found it more useful than many online assessments since it encouraged you to look at yourself at a deeper level.

This book is a brilliant look into our ‘two minds,’ the rational and the emotional, and how they shape our destiny. The author is a true influencer of the emotional intelligence concept and this book is powerful.

Everyone’s so focused on ‘what’ they need to do next, that they never stop and think ‘why am I doing this in the first place?’ This leads us down roads we don’t wish to travel and causes us to lose control in our lives. But, if you retrain your mind to ask better questions, there will never be a time that you don’t understand the reasoning behind your actions, and your direction will become more clear.

‘Every limit is a beginning as well as an ending.’ In the current digital age, our brains have been re-wired to take in information differently. By most accounts, it’s become increasingly harder to sit down and read fiction. We often look for ‘efficient’ reads; those that will maximize our time and effort. And yet books like this one demonstrate that while information may be able to be condensed down to pocket-size, wisdom cannot be. To truly grow we must invest time. To learn we must open ourselves to the humility of not knowing. This is a book about adulthood; it sheds light on the human psyche, our motivations, our desires, our paradox, our endless non-closures. Who we are as professionals depends on who we are as human beings, not the other way around. This is a must read for anyone who aspires to be a ‘professional’ adult.

Why do people do what they do? What makes them happy and productive? Daniel Pink explores the things that motivate people to do their best work. Spoiler alert: It’s not money! Pink explains the three motivators: autonomy, mastery, and purpose, and the provides a road map to using them to create both career and life satisfaction. Understanding what motivates you is critical to finding career satisfaction wherever you go (and to helping others attain it). My favorite quote: ‘The most deeply motivated people—not to mention those who are most productive and satisfied—hitch their desires to a cause larger than themselves.’

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