Like many of you, I read A LOT.
But when it comes to business books, it’s often so hard to pick out the good ones from the yawners.
So I’m always on the lookout for business or personal development books that are:
- Fun to read (smart but not a slog);
- With a fresh point of view (whether or not I agree); and
- Written by authors I trust or who have been referred to by someone I trust.
This is that list!
The next time you’re looking for a good read to build your brain, scan the list and pick one. Then email me and tell me what you thought–I always love to hear from you.
Oh, and if you’d like to know when I add a new book to the list (not very often–the bar’s high) –then make sure you’re in my Insider Community. That’s where I share tools & strategies first–often ones I don’t share anywhere else. Join (free) here.
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P.P.S. All book links are Amazon affiliate links, which means that if you buy from that link, Amazon pays me a few cents in exchange for the referral. Your purchase really means more for the author, who also doesn’t make a ton of money on book sales but it “counts” as a vote to help convince them to write the next one–or to sell the next one to their publisher.
My real goal is for you to READ (or listen), not necessarily buy. So feel free to request these at your public library (or from public library e-book services Libby or Overdrive), or from any trusted source.
Seriously, a book promising the secrets to changing anyone’s mind sounds too good to be true. But Jonah Berger’s story-filled work gives you specific strategies you can use when you need to up your influence. Get your copy here.
Proof that the little things matter. The Heath brothers really make you think about how you can do small things that stand out.
I bought about ten copies of this book when it came out and gave them away to clients and friends. Marie’s a mindset ninja, and while her messages are often targeted to the entrepreneur, she’s a tonic for all of us with big hearts and big goals.
This is my friend Jennifer Kahnweiler’s first book, and one of the works hat inspired a resurgence in understanding introverts in the workplace. I’ve had the honor to interview her, so read more here:
I’ve probably given more copies of this book away than ever. If you’re managing through change (and who isn’t?), get this one now. It’s an older book and not available in ebook or audio form, but don’t let that stop you. It’s short, powerful, and still relevant.
This is another oldie but goodie. The Zanders (she, a psychotherapist and leadership consultant; he, an orchestra conductor) tell stories and share golden principles to bring more creativity and innovation into our work and lives.
If you want to do a better job of telling the story about your business, your product or service, your department or just plain YOU, start here. Miller also hosts a great podcast called “Building A Story Brand”–go back and listen to early episodes for great branding and communication ideas.
Intuition is a crazy thing. When does it work for us, and when is it a path to bias? Jiva is one of Seth Godin’s collaborators, and so you’ll find unconventional wisdom here.
We talk a lot about “what” to do, but how often to we focus on the “when?” A great read, as are all of Pink’s books (Drive was probably my fave.)
I work with a lot of creative people in jobs that don’t seem creative from the outside. If their leaders only knew the things Todd shares in this book, they’d all have a better life at work.
I could have picked almost any of Seth’s published works to include in Darcy’s Book Club–and will probably add more later–but The Dip is the book that’s helped me the most.
Seth’s premise is that the age-old mindset of “winners never quit” is just plain wrong.
In fact, he says, winners quit all the time. Quitting some things is the only way to make room to focus on the right thing for you.
Bonus: super short.
I’m constantly trying to stretch my courage muscles, and Brene’s work helps. Try this book or her work for leaders, Dare to Lead: Brave Work, Tough Conversations, Whole Hearts.
If you’re someone who needs to market their professional services, then you definitely need the strategies and tools here from my friend Mo Bunnell. More in my interview here:
Don’t confuse Pressfield’s small but powerful work with the ancient Chinese text, The Art of War. The war Pressfield’s talking about is the one I call the battle of the brain, or in his words, the resistance. It’s that thing that pops up anytime you’re trying to do something that’ll help you be better than you were yesterday. Want to get past the roadblocks? Read this (I reread it at least once a year.) Oh, and not just for creatives, although I know there are a lot of you in Darcy’s Book Club.
How about you? What are you reading?
Love to hear your book recommendations to keep adding to Darcy’s Book Club. Email me here and let’s chat.
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