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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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Once upon a time...

Business books don’t have a monopoly on leadership lessons.  How do I know that…?  Just make your way to the back of any Barnes & Noble bookstore, acquaint yourself with the kid’s section and you’ll see exactly what I mean.  Seriously.  Pull up a tiny chair, tuck your knees under your chin, and spend a few minutes immersed in stunning artwork and timeless lessons. 

Here are five amazing reads no one should miss.  

The Day The Crayons Quit!

Author:  Drew DayWalt

Illustrator:  Oliver Jeffers

Read the extremely popular new kid’s book The Day The Crayons Quit! and you’ll witness your entire leadership team drawn out in rich, vibrant colors.    

This book is about life and contribution from the perspective of crayons.  The book is also a metaphor for how we treat human capital in the workplace.  Trust me, it’s all in there.  The over-worked…the miss-labeled…the favorite…the unused.  Those who operate within the lines and those who don’t.  Some are happy.  Some are feuding.  Others are tired and empty.  One is even naked!  NAKED! 

That’s probably enough of a spoiler. 

Mr. Peabody's Apples

Author:  Madonna

Illustrator:  Loren Long

Madonna has authored 5 children’s books, all New York Times best sellers.  The stories are timeless, the illustrations are exquisite, and the life lessons practically fall off the pages and land in your lap.  In Mr. Peabody’s Apples, we’re reminded that words have power. What we say, and to whom we say it, matters more than we know.  And sometimes it’s impossible to undo what the wrong words have done.  


The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

Author:  William Joyce

Illustrators:  William Joyce and Joe Bluhm

“If you have lived your life with books, as I have, you will be drawn into this world.  In fact if you are a book person this is your world.”   No truer words have been said than those shared by an online book reviewer.

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore was such a huge success as a book that it was made into an animated short film and an interactive app.  It’s brilliant.

At its heart it’s a poignant parable of what we all hope to accomplish in our lifetimes - to find work that stirs our souls.  And when life comes full circle, to see that the end of our chapter is the beginning of someone else’s.  


Exclamation Mark

Author:  Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Illustrator:  Tom Lichtenheld

This book is about fitting in…and standing out (perhaps the hardest dichotomy to master in life).  Exclamation Mark takes us on a journey to find that place where each of us matters – where we can come alive and do our best work.  This book is a refreshing call to action:  find out where you add value and go do more of that.  

Now go make your mark.  (exclamation, exclamation!!) 


What Do You Do With An Idea?

Author:  Kobi Yamada

Illustrator:  Mae Besom

At first ideas seem like scary things.  We wonder why they’re here.  We worry what people will think.  We fear we’ll be seen as different.  What Do You Do With An Idea?  You embrace it of course.  Because ideas become big things, brave things, smart things, and even silly things.  This book is for every brave believer who has ever doubted the power of an idea.  

“And then I realized what you do with an idea…  You change the world.” 


Wisdom awaits us all.  And sometimes it’s found in the most unexpected places. 



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