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Stacey's Reading List...


"Tribe of Mentors" by Timothy Ferriss

"Shortcut" by John Pollack 

"Seeing What Others Don't" by Gary Klein

"Several Short Sentences About Writing" by Verlyn Klinkenborg

"The Birkman Method - Your Personality at Work" by Sharon Birkman Fink and Stephanie Capparell

"Creative Intelligence" by Bruce Nussbaum 

"Improv Wisdom" by Patricia Ryan Madson

"Training To Imagine" by Kat Koppett

"Quiet" by Susan Cain

"Where Good Ideas Come From" by Steven Johnson

"A Whole New Mind" by Daniel H. Pink

"Emotional Intelligence" by Daniel Goleman 

"Rework" by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson  

"The Leadership Pipeline" by Ram Charan, Stephen Drotter, James Noel  

"Life:  Selected Quotations" by Paulo Coelho 

"Deep Change" by Robert Quinn

"The Power of Full Engagement" by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz  

"The Way of the Shepherd" by Dr. Kevin Leman and William Pentak  

"Developing the Leader Within You" by John Maxwell  

"Mr. Peabody's Apples" by Madonna

"Orbiting the Giant Hairball" by Gordon MacKenzie




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It's not all about "you". Well, actually, it is.

I’m just mystified by the over abundance of development articles that I read that reduce “leadership” to a numbered system of steps, ways, points, tips, things, lessons, signs, and the like.  Really?  That can’t be right.

Where do these numbers come from…?  How does one know that’s the right count…?  What if you get them in the wrong order…?  Oh my. 

Hey, I’m a list-person to the core of my being.  But reducing the essence of leadership to a count can’t be right.  Really. 

In the midst of this vent-blogging, I remembered a passage in an email that a client sent to me when they were conducting their annual engagement surveys.  It too has a count in it, but a count I can get behind.  It’s the number “1”.  Perhaps the loneliest number of all (thanks to The Beatles). 

It’s not a step, way, point, tip, thing, lesson, or sign.  It’s primal, it’s humanistic, and you already have it.  You.  You have “you”.  

The email passage was from the literary works of Goethe:

I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element.  It is my personal approach that creates the climate.  It is my daily mood that makes the weather.  I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous.  I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration; I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal.  In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated, and a person is humanized or de-humanized.  If we treat people as they are, we make them worse.  If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming.  (Goethe)

There is a place for all those numbered lists in life.  I know that because my grocery list has 17 things on it right now; I counted them.  But when discussing the essence of leadership, let’s first start with the “1” number that really matters.  You.

You.  It’s not all about “you”.   


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