Leadership

Books of 2018

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Last year I made it my personal goal to read 20 books over the course of the year. I didn’t quite make it all the way through that goal and got a little bogged down right at the end, but here’s what I covered over the year and a few thoughts about them.

How to Lead When You’re Not in Charge by Clay Scroggins

Published by Michael Hyatt

Own the moment by Carl Lentz

Decision Points by President George W. Bush

Platform by Michael Hyatt

Crucial Conversations by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler

Night by Elie Wiesel

Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink, Leif Babin

Stop Recruiting, Start Retaining by Darren Kizer, Christine Kreisher, and Steph Whitacre

No Fail Meetings by Michael Hyatt

Why We Want Tou to be Tich by Donald Trump and Robert T. Kiyosaki

Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki

Rest by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang

The Power of a Positive Team by Jon Gordon

These are not listed in any sort of order, just a copy and paste from my Evernote file where I had them listed. There are a few books on here that stand out above the rest. By far, my favorite books from 2018 was Decision Points. I know that may come of some surprise but I have always been intrigued with what went through the mind of the President during three of the most tumultuous events of our lifetime, 9/11, Hurricane Katrina and the collapse of the housing market and the following recession of 2008/2009. You can learn a lot of leaders who navigate through events like that and I was supremely amazed at the composure and character of President Bush during those situations. We all have a different outlook on any President and I’m not here to argue anything, but what I do believe to be entirely true is that Mr. Bush is an impeccable leader who faced insurmountable difficulties.

The most life-altering book for me as I read through 2018 was Rich Dad, Poor Dad. I read through that book in a matter of just a few days. I literally could not put it down! The way Mr. Kiyosaki writes is so incredibly fluid and easy to understand. Sure there were some borings parts that I skimmed through, but that book completely changed my outlook at how I handle money altogether. Let’s just understand it this way, there is more than one way to face your finances and not any one guru has all the right answers. If I could leave you with one thought that I learn from his book, don’t think you have your current and future finances completely figured out and literally question everything you are currently doing when it comes to your investments. 

The most helpful book I read in 2018 hands down, must be awarded to Stop Recruiting, Start Retaining. I read this together with several others from our church and have been so convinced of its viability, we defined most of the serving culture in our church around the premises found therein. This book will not pertain to everyone but it did to us in a most profound way. If you are a part of an organization, ministry or entity that is heavily dependant on volunteer help, then this book is a must for you!

So what read last year that helped and challenged you? Help us out! I’m curious to know what I should be looking at for 2019.

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