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Book Binge: 7 Books I am Reading Now

Book Binge: 7 Books I am Reading Now

When I get too busy, the first thing to go (unfortunately, unconsciously) is reading. So when I realize that’s happened, and it’s been a while since I made time to read a book, I binge. At this time of year, when I am planning for the next year, I often binge on books that nourish the entrepreneurial part of me.

Here are seven books I am reading now. I can’t really vouch for them since I haven’t finished them. But they all started as sample downloads on the Kindle and have all now been purchased in full.

If you want to read with me, I’m including Amazon links.

The Trusted Advisor Fieldbook: A Comprehensive Toolkit for Leading with Trust

Why I’m reading it: I expect mentoring/coaching clients to be a growing part of my consulting business and am interested in building my knowledge and skills in this area.

Humble Inquiry: The Gentle Art of Asking Instead of Telling

Why I’m reading it: Same reason as above, hope it makes me a better coach/mentor.

Unlabel: Selling You Without Selling Out

Why I’m reading it: My company is built largely on my personal brand. I’ve hated most personal branding books, but am really enjoying Marc Ecko’s writing style (although I will admit I’d never heard of his clothing brand before the book).

The Year Without Pants: and the Future of Work

Why I’m reading it: Love WordPress, working in virtual teams, and memoir.

Double Double: How to Double Your Revenue and Profit in 3 Years or Less

Why I’m reading it: I could use a little help focusing on a growth strategy for Nonprofit Marketing

Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind

Why I’m reading it: I’m a fan of 99U and have enjoyed some of Scott Belsky’s other stuff, like¬†Making Ideas Happen.¬†Kristina and I are reading this together to see if we can learn anything about how we work together as a company.

The Circle

Why I’m reading it: This one work of fiction on the list is by Dave Eggers, one of my favorite authors, and it’s about a social media/online media company that monopolizes the Internet (and therefore the world, I take it). So given that my company works online and depends on companies like Google and Facebook, it definitely has a work angle.

Let me know if you plan on reading any of these, and what you reading right now.

  • Tobi Johnson

    Hey Kivi: I’m on a bit of binge lately, too. Here are a few:

    “Smart Tribes: How Teams Become Brilliant Together,” (because I’m always looking for new ways to strengthen the volunteer programs and teams I work with, and Christine Comaford is brilliant in her knowledge of how the brain works and how trust and connection can be built working with our natural instincts versus against them)

    “Leading the Virtual Workforce: How Great Leaders Transform Organizations in the 21st Century” (because most of the time I’m working with clients and team members who live far from me, and there is always something to learn about how to do this better)

    “Punished by Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A’s, Praise, and Other Bribes” (because volunteer managers are always asking me for low-cost ways to recognize volunteers, and I’m forever encouraging them to move beyond plaques, pins, and coffee mugs — this book gives me even more evidence that we need to approach how we acknowledge the work of volunteers differently)

    “Your Customer Creation Equation: Unexpected Website Formulas of the Conversion Scientist” (because I’m revamping my consulting website and needed to better understand how to make it perform better — reading this book has transformed my thinking from viewing my website as a interactive brochure to understanding it as a tool to better know my future clients’ most pressing needs, which will help me create the right suggestions and solutions for them.

    • Kivi Leroux Miller

      Wow- these all look great Tobi! Thanks for recommending — adding to my reading list now.

  • Kivi Leroux Miller

    Update: Skip the Humble Inquiry book. It is waaaayy too wonky and academic. Whole book just makes the case without really giving you much to actually do with it.