2019-2020 Influencers Recommended Reading List

Carol-Lynne Michaels """The Golden Spruce"" or ""The Tiger"" by John Vaillant.
They were both incredible reads—a brilliant blend of journalism and non-fiction.
Both are gripping true stories and I read them voraciously. "

Kathleen Butler Blue Ocean Strategy by W. Chan Kim & Renee Mauborgne. Because it is a classic and remains relevant.

Jay McNeil "Remember Be Here Now : by Ram Dass reason-everything happens in the now!Excuse Me Your Life Is Waiting : by Lynn Grabhorn
reason- because your life is waiting!"

Liz Maze The One Thing - Gary Keller, I found it super helpful to set goals and prioritize tasks

Steve Pearce "Speed of Trust" by Stephen Covey. There is always another story and you can only own the one that is true to you.

Scott Garman The 4-Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss. A great reminder of how to work smarter, be more productive, and get more accomplished in less time.

Lise Gyorkos Persuasion by Arlene Dickinson. I think this would be a good read for anyone in business but may have more impact for women. It's a good confidence builder and stresses the importance of being authentic. Sometimes you just need to persuade yourself to reach your goals.

Inspector Rob Warren | Saanich Police Department "Goleman, D., Boyatzis, Rl, & McKee, A. (2013). Primal leadership: Unleashing the power of emotional intelligence. Boston, MA: Harvard Business Review Press.

Leaders must possess high degrees of emotional intelligence in order to earn the trust and confidence of their followers. This is a critical aspect of achieving organizational and individual goals. Emotionally intelligent leaders create safe environments where followers feel comfortable sharing ideas, pushing their limits, and making mistakes. Transactional or positional leaders will never reach their full potential or allow others to reach theirs. The primary objective for any leader should be to create and nurture relationships that resonate with their followers. This requires that you know yourself, know your job, and most importantly, that you know your people. Goleman and Boyatzis’ work is a great start down that path for both new and experienced leaders."

Mitchell Temkin Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande. Though it is a book about dementia and end of life care, it's underlying focus is on community, belonging, and leadership. It is full of useful learning.

C. Anne McIntyre From Good to Great

Chris Burdge "Lost and Founder by Rand Rishkin. An honest, raw and useful look at what it's really like to build a company, including the ups and downs. "

Rob Germain "Start With Why; How Great Leaders inspire Everyone to Take Action, by Simon Sinek.
Learn why ""people don't buy what you do, they buy WHY you do it."""

Scott Phillips Bad Blood - Carreyrou About the history of medtech company Theranos and how they took advantage of hype and Silicon Valley culture to commit a massive fraud.

Sarah Hood In my early days with Leadership Victoria we designed the program around the Kouzes and Posner book The Leadership Challenge. While there are many excellent books on Leadership, I like this book because it is based on research and the concepts are easy to understand and apply well to community leadership.

Beth Cougler Blom I recommend reading Art of Gathering by Priya Parker. I believe leaders at any organizational level would benefit from thinking intentionally about group facilitation and developing facilitation skills. This book is an easy read and it discusses important concepts about being intentional about bringing groups together.

Frances Litman The Climate Challenge: 101 Solutions to Global Warming by Vancouver Island eco-futurist Guy Dauncey. This book is a quick easy guide to solutions that are possible to implement to avert climate disaster.

Denise Lloyd Dare to Lead by Brene Brown. In today's world, leading from a place of courage and heart is the best combination out there!

Steven Lorenzo Baileys After the Prophet: The Epic Story of the Shia-Sunni Split in Islam by Lesley Hazelton. A compelling and relevant read. The author combines meticulous research with compelling storytelling, to explore the volatile intersection of Islam as religion and politics, psychology and culture, and history and current events. It provides insight into the depth and power of the centuries old Shia–Sunni split that impacts much of the globe.

Charlotte A. Salomon QC Becoming Michelle Obama by Michelle Obama for her ability to see leadership potential in everyone.

Craig Kelley Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business - Gino Wickman - The author shares his practical system for overcoming the most common hurdles that entrepreneurs and leader face with a focus on vision, people, data, issues, process and traction.

Ian Chisholm Small Giants by Bo Burlingham. Companies that aspire to be great not big.

Frank Leonard Daring & Disruptive by Lisa Messenger - first of all, it is business from a female voice; and secondly - anything on disruption is a good read in today's times

Codie McQuay "Fred Kofman- ""The Meaning Revolution"" and ""Conscious Business""

As the current VP of Leadership and Development at Google and the past VP of Executive Development at LinkedIn Fred's work is both inspiring and tide turning. Drawing from the greats in the human potential movement he outlines the necessity of leaders to do their own work. I believe he is presenting the future of business. His work brought tears to my eyes to imagine what the world would be like if we showed up in new ways and took a more we-centric approach. He asks tough questions about the true responsibility of being in an organization and what it means to lead. "

Kayla Whitesel "The Crazy Game - Clint Malarchuk
As a major sports fan, I read a lot of hockey biographies. This book goes far beyond stories from the locker room. Malarchuk describes both with humour and grace his time in the goalie crease and his struggle with anxiety, depression, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Surviving two life-threatening injuries, one of them self-induced, Malarchuk offers a candid account of learning to face your demons. "

Anita Angelozzi 'The Compound Effect' by Darren Hardy I recommended this book as it has some simple tools and strategies for staying on track with your goals. Some great tips that can be applied in all aspects of life.

Angela Adamson Currently, I am reading "The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership"by John C. Maxwell.

Kristy Brugman "The Wilds Beyond our Fences. Letters to my daughter on humanity's search for home by Bayo Akmolafe.
Bayo has a way of weaving words and insight to inspire and mystify. When feeling narrow minded about whatever thought process has me momentarily consumed, this book unravels that and expands me. I find myself reaching for it often."

Carey Gustafson Simon Sinek-Find Your Why. This book allows you to go on your own individual journey to find your purpose.

Adele Fraser It took me a while to get on the bandwagon with this one, but now that I have, I am so happy to be on it! Dare to Lead by Brene Brown. I recommend this as it offers a lot to leaders on how powerful their leadership can be when they learn how to balance a tender heart and a fierce spirit.

Terri Chyzowski The Coaching Habit, Say Less, Ask More and Change the Way you Lead Forever by Michael Bungay Stanier. For busy leaders, this is a short, accessible read that offers practical coaching tips along with reflection questions to help build coaching skills.

Dawn Large "Just Listen by Mark Goulston
As a leader, productive communication with many different types of people is often challenging and requires skill. This book is full stories and practical tools so you can connect with anyone. Some examples are: the Persuasion Cycle; Rewire Yourself to Listen; Help People to Exhale Emotionally and Mentally; The Power Thank You etc"

Katrina Summers "Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Cass Sunstein and Richard Thaler
Based on behavioral science and economics research, this book explores influence and decision making. Nudge is about the small, subtle pushes that sway our opinions and choices."

Shawn Holmes The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle. The basics of neuroplasticity explained with real stories and research that breaks it down. Learn how your brain learns.

Jeff Holmes "Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Why? He provides timeless advice, tips and strategies on how to create and maintain relationships with others."

Amanda Butler How do I pick just one! "The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People" by Stephen Covey is a foundational book that really lays the groundwork for leadership in all levels of life.

Ann Ovstaas A great book to read if you plan to grow as a leader is one called "Working Relationships" by Bob Wall. He has lots of good examples of what works and what doesn't in the practice of leadership, along with case studies and some great exercises to reinforce learning.

Rosemary Cannon The Leadership Challenge, by Kouzes and Posner is an excellent leadership resource, as the five practices of leadership are well researched and specific behaviours and stories are provided on each of the practices.

Stephen Twynstra Illuminate by Nancy Duarte and Patti Sanchez, Ignite Change Through Speeches, Stories, Ceremonies, and Symbols 


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