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This is a compilation of books, articles and resources that serve as a source of inspiration in my work. This is where I get my fresh perspectives.
Moments of Impact: How to Design Strategic Conversations that Accelerate Change
By Lisa Kay Solomon and Chris Ertel
I wanted to draw your attention to a new book written by my colleague Lisa Kay Solomon, called “Moments of Impact: How to Design Strategic Conversations that Accelerate Change.” It is a focused leadership book about the power of design to change organizations that hit the Wall Street Journal Business bestseller. Follow the link to read a brief description and order the book. I’m sure it will become an essential addition to your leadership cannon.
Language and the Pursuit of Happiness
By Chalmers Brothers
This is my long-time coaching guidebook. It addresses the generative aspect of language and makes important distinctions in our use of language. I have always liked the section on the distinction between requests and offers. According to Brothers, behind every complaint is a request that hasn’t been made yet. This is a powerful lesson for all ages and settings both professional and personal.
TED Talk: Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are
By Amy Cutty
I strongly agree with the premise of this powerful TED Talk: body language affects how others see us, and it may also change how we see ourselves. In this must-watch video, social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success. If you get a chance to try this approach, I want to know how it works for you.