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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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Extra blessings, hold the mayo!  

I usually eat lunch at home.  I’m an introvert so that suits me well.  But occasionally my friends, colleagues or clients want me to join them for lunch.  And I’m happy to do so – if we can go to Subway…as in Subway the sandwich shop.  And not just any Subway – one in particular. 

I’ve yet to visit a Subway and have anything other than a positive experience.  In fact, Subway probably saved my life a few years back when I was traveling through Australia – but that’s a story for another day.

So why do I insist on going to one particular location when there are 22 within a 16 mile radius of my house…?   Thomas.

I always say that you can learn something from everyone – if you’re paying attention.  And if you watch Thomas closely, this is what you’ll hear:

He doesn’t apologize if there’s a long line or an extended wait time, he thanks me for my patience.

He doesn’t ask me how my day is going, he tells me it’s a great day and we’re all blessed. 

He genuinely welcomes me when I come through the door and blesses me when I go back out. 

These subtleties are not lost on me.  It’s an amazing lesson in personal branding.  Here is an individual that makes you feel better (about yourself, about others, even about humanity) simply by being in his presence.  You can’t buy that kind of branding – business or personal.  You have to create it.  

And then you have to create it over and over again with every interaction that you have.  Yes it takes time.  Yes it takes intentionality.  But would you really want your personal brand to be anything less...?

I do feel blessed to know Thomas.  And as it turns out, I like being blessed by him too.  At lunch.  At Subway.

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I'm gonna have to get the address from you! I'd like to meet Thomas, though I don't like Subway...

July 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

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