Some books and authors change how we think.
I was catching up with an old friend and I was distilling some of my favorite books into one-liners to show the contributions of various authors. He suggested I share them as a post, so here it is …
- In Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking Malcolm Gladwell teaches us that thin slices of data tell us a lot.
- In Dealing with People You Can’t Stand: How to Bring Out the Best in People at Their Worst Dr. Rick Brinkman and Dr. Rick Kirschner teach us that difficult behaviors stem from 4 intents: get the task done, get it right, get along with people, or get appreciation.
- In Go Put Your Strengths to Work: 6 Powerful Steps to Achieve Outstanding Performance Marcus Buckingham teaches us to give our best, where we have our best to give.
- In Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life Martin E. P. Seligman teaches us that optimism is not about thinking positive. It’s simply not thinking negative and avoiding explaining bad events as permanent, personal, and pervasive.
- In Overachievement: The New Science of Working Less to Accomplish More John Eliot teaches us to use stress to be our best.
- In Raving Fans: A Revolutionary Approach To Customer Service Ken Blanchard and Sheldon Bowles teach us to create a vision of perfection, centered on the customer.
- In Sources of Power: How People Make Decisions , Gary Klein teaches us to fill our heads with patterns and experience to make better decisions.
- In Stumbling on Happiness Dan Gilbert teaches us we can’t predict our happiness. We can make our own happiness and it’s just as real (synthetic happiness.)
- In The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You John C. Maxwell teaches us that leadership is influence.
- In The 22 Immutable Laws of Branding: How to Build a Product or Service Into a World-Class Brand Al Ries and Laura Ries teach us that to dominate a category, narrow our focus.
- In The 8th Habit Personal Workbook: Strategies to Take You from Effectiveness to Greatness , Stephen Covey teaches us to find our voice, and help others find theirs.
- In The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable Nassim Taleb teaches us that If you miss the train, don’t chase it. Catch the next one. Missing a train is only painful if you run after it.
- In The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick) Seth Godin teaches us to quit the right things and pick the right dips to lean into.
- In The Likeability Factor: How to Boost Your L-Factor and Achieve Your Life’s DreamsTim Sanders teaches us that likability is a skill.
- In The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles Steven Pressfield teaches us that resistance is the enemy within.
What book changed how you think?
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