“Do you think that’s an appropriate book to be reading here?”
In hindsight she was probably being silly.
We took her seriously.
The rest is history.
Starbucked At Tim Hortons
The book? Onward by Howard Shultz, founder of Starbucks. Our Ironman Leadership group had chosen Onward as our next book to be dissected in search of leadership and business principles. The problem? We were reading it at the Tim Hortons where we met for our weekly discussions.
At the time NONE of our group were patrons of Starbucks.
However, since we were reading a book about Starbucks and now that Tim Hortons might not be the most hospitable place to read such a book, why not visit a Starbucks?
The next week, a barrista – a new term for all of us – served us grande lattes. That day, eight years ago, we decided to move onward from Hortons to Howard’s place.
Now our entire group are card-carrying, app using Starbucks loyalty customers.
That’s one reason why Onward was deemed to be #1 in the Ironman All-Time Top Leadership books.
If you’re looking for a book this Christmas that will challenge your thinking and inform your behavior, we highly recommend any of the following:
8 To Be Great
1. Delivering Happiness – Tony Hsieh
Tony shares the lessons he has learned in business and life, from starting a worm farm to running a pizza business; through LinkExchange (acquired by Microsoft for $265 million), Zappos (acquired by Amazon for $1.2 billion), and more.
Tony shows how by concentrating on the happiness of those around you, you can dramatically increase your own.
2. Start – John Acuff
Start will have you thinking about your life in a serious manner, but with a smile on your face. This book is not about the finish line instead it is about starting to chase your dream.
Acuff observes, “The starting line is the only line you completely control.” The encouragement to start before you may have everything figured out was helpful. It’s good to know that other people get lost in learning and that the only way to combat this is to start.
3. The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People – Stephen Covey
The Covey classic is timeless in its application. Its been a top-seller (25 million copies sold) for the simple reason that it ignores trends and pop psychology for proven principles of fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity.
Covey argues against what he calls “The Personality Ethic”, something he sees as prevalent in many modern self-help books. He promotes what he labels “The Character Ethic”: aligning one’s values with so-called “universal and timeless” principles – most of which are based on the Bible.
4. Beyond Success – Brian Biro
5. Mindset – Carol Dweck
6. Integrity – Dr Henry Cloud
7. The Spark – Kristine Barnett
8. Grit To Great – Linda Thaler, Robin Kaplan
The Top Three Trilogies
Books by Jim Collins
Good To Great *** Great By Choice ***Built To Last
Our favorite trilogy. By far! These three books together are enough to build a prevailing church, a great company or an overcoming life.
Books by Malcolm Gladwell
David and Goliath *** What The Dog Saw *** Outliers
Books by Patrick Lencioni
Death by Meeting *** The Advantage ***5 Dysfunctions Of A Team
Winning – Jack Welch
The Power of Habit – Charles Duhigg
Rich Dad, Poor Dad – Robert Kiyosaki
Mavericks At Work – William Taylor, Polly LaBare
Feel the Fear – Susan Jeffers
Essentialism – Greg McKeown
Start With Why – Simon Sinek
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