IWL Reading Series
Are you developing yourself? The IWL Reading Series is a resource to you for your own development. See our list of suggested reads, buy the books online and share your thoughts with us.
Featuring authors from the 2014 IWL Brand You Women’s Leadership Conference.
Be The Best Bad Presenter Ever
Break The Rules, Make Mistakes, and Win Them Over
Karen Hough, Amazon Bestselling Author
Karen Hough doesn’t want you to be “perfect.” People fear public speaking because they worry about having to conform to all sorts of handed-down rules that tie them up in knots and put their audiences to sleep. It’s authenticity and passion that win people over, she says, not “polish.” But you can’t be authentic if you’re following guidelines that drain the life and personality out of your presentation.
Hough debunks over a dozen myths about presenting to make it more fun and natural for everyone. She explains how practicing in front of a mirror makes you worse, why you should never end with questions, and much more. She includes true stories of people who not only were able to become great presenters by being “bad” but actually came to enjoy it! Like them, by following Karen Hough’s wise and witty advice, you’ll be able to tear up the old rules and embrace and develop your own style. You’ll be freed to be a living, breathing, occasionally clumsy human being whose enthusiasm is powerful and infectious.
In No Excuses, feminist icon Gloria Feldt argues that the most confounding problem facing women today isn’t that doors aren’t open, but that not enough women are walking through them. From the boardroom to the bedroom, public office to personal relationships, she asserts that nobody is keeping women from parity — except themselves. Through interviews, historical perspective, and anecdotes, examines why barriers to gender equality still exist in American society and discusses how to break them down through organized efforts using movement-building principles. Feldt employs a no-nonsense, tough-love point of view to expose the internal and external roadblocks holding women back, but she doesn’t place blame; rather, she provides inspiration, hope, and courage — as well as concrete “power tools” to aid women in securing equality and justice for themselves — articulated with personal warmth and humor. No Excuses is a timely and invaluable book that helps women equalize gender power in politics, work, and love.
The Inclusion Revolution is Now: An Innovative Framework for Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace
Maura Robinson, MPA
Take an innovative approach to a climate of change within your workplace or organization with this guidebook on diversity and inclusion.
Author Maura G. Robinson, an authority on diversity and inclusion, has been helping companies create systemic process of change for more than twenty years. In the Inclusion Revolution Is Now, she explores as you can
- Create an environment of inclusion where all employees are accountable for their behaviors, and able to work together to accomplish the organizational goals.
- Recognize that civil diversity impedes systemic processes of change to occur. So diversity is viewed as an initiative or a program with no sustainability at the organizational level
- Ensure employees willingly practice inclusion regardless of personal beliefs
While there is still racism, prejudice, sexism, and other exclusionist attitudes among people in the workplace, organizational leaders have the power and responsibility to mandate a climate of inclusion. Supporting diversity and inclusion is also a prerequisite for capitalizing on the ideas that diverse people can bring to your organization.
Most diversity practices used by organizations do not actually promote inclusion, and exclusion continues to exist. There’s a better way to achieve inclusion, and it starts with the Inclusion Revolution is Now.
This Is Your Year
To Design and Live The Life of Your Dreams
Your mind is flooded with motivational phrases and quips about following your dreams and accomplishing your goals. Are you inspired? Romantic stories get your blood pumping and compel you to do whatever you’ve always dreamed. You hear the speech, watch the movie, or hear the song on the radio, and you get excited. I’m going for it this time for sure!
Yet most of us never move a muscle. We feel compelled to pursue our goals but can’t seem to get past the compulsion. So our heart is filled with wishes and dreams, but our feet are paralyzed with uncertainty. OK, I have a dream! What do I do with it?
Move from dreaming a dream to actually living it. You may want to find someone to fall in love with, create a great work of art, or land your dream job. Stop dreaming and start living! This Is Your Year.
Want to become a better manager? Want your business to hum with efficiency and your employees to be happy and productive? Then… Stop Fixing, Start Leading! ®
In this wise, unorthodox book, business coach Jack Needham shows you how to avoid the usual knee-jerk solutions to problems and instead truly transform your workplace. Jack reveals secrets gleaned from years of working with businesses, from huge international operations to small local companies. This short guide long on insights and best practices shows you:
- Why it’s better to listen to your employees than tell them what to do
- How asking simple, direct questions can lead to inspiration and change on the job
- How being “in the moment,” focused on what an employee is saying, can have great benefits for the manager/employee relationship and the business as a whole
- Why a leader regularly needs to step back from the hubbub and breathe
- And much more!
The old ways of ordering employees around don’t work anymore. Let Jack show you how to get the best out of yourself and your employees with Stop Fixing, Start Leading! ®
“Jack Needham will turn your world upside down… in a good way. Jack’s business experience and spiritual curiosity have a lethal impact on old paradigms. If you ask Jack to coach you and/or your employees, you better be ready to open yourself to new realities and shift your old thinking that hasn’t worked in the past. I’ve used Jack to help me and my team, and the outcomes have been nothing short of transformational.”
Paul Campbell, Director, Rolls-Royce North America
If you discovered the meaning of life, would you share it? What would you choose as a sign, a symbol, of that meaning? And, what would it be like, if, at any given moment, especially if you were troubled or hurting, that particular symbol appeared in your life?
That is exactly what is happening to many people all around the world who were touched by the life of a man, Robert Marron, a seeker of the meaning of life, who died from the disease called AIDS.
In this story of a humble caregiver, Jack Needham shares the last months of life with an AIDS patient. During this time, he learned lessons that have transformed his life. You will come to learn the lessons he did from this man called the Zebra Hunter.
And you will never look at life, or death, in the same way again.
Feel the love! Feel the power! Learn to live life differently! But most of all learn how you too can become a Zebra Hunter and help change the lives of others.
Business Networking and Sex
(not what you think)
It’s no surprise that communicating with the opposite sex can be tricky. Hidden in the glitches are often misleading assumptions about each gender that beg for help. Finally, help is here.
Learn the secrets to accurately reading between the gender lines, and uncover a new edge for your business—the power to effectively talk business and successfully network with the opposite sex.
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Servant Leadership: A Journey into the Nature of Legitimate Power and Greatness
Twenty-five years ago Robert Greenleaf published these prophetic essays on what he coined servant leadership, a practical philosophy that replaces traditional autocratic leadership with a holistic, ethical approach. This highly influential book has been embraced by cutting edge management everywhere. Yet in these days of Enron and what VISA CEO Dee Hock calls our “era of massive institutional failure,” Greenleaf’s seminal work must reach the mainstream now more than ever. Servant Leadership helps leaders find their true power and moral authority to lead. It helps those served become healthier, wiser, freer, and more autonomous. This book encourages collaboration, trust, listening, and empowerment. It offers long-lasting change, not a temporary fix and extends beyond business for leaders of all types of groups.
How Remarkable Women Lead: The Breakthrough Model for Work and Life
The Remarkable discoveries about what drives and sustains successful women leaders.
Based on five years of proprietary research, How Remarkable Women Lead speaks to you as no other book has, with its hopeful outlook and unique ideas about success. It’s the new “right stuff” of leadership, raising provocative issues such as whether feminine leadership traits (for women and men) are better suited for our fast-changing, hyper-competitive, and increasingly complex world.
The authors, McKinsey & Company consultants Joanna Barsh and Susie Cranston, establish the links between joy, happiness, and distinctive performance with the groundbreaking model of Centered Leadership.
The book’s personal stories and related insights show you the magic that happens when you put the five elements of Centered Leadership–meaning, framing, connecting, engaging, and energizing–to work. They include:
• How Alondra de la Parra built on her strengths and passions to infuse her life with meaning and make her way in the male-dominated world of orchestra conducting
• How Andrea Jung, the CEO of Avon, avoided a downward spiral when the company turned down by “firing herself” on Friday and re-emerging on Monday as the “new” turnaround CEO
• How Ruth Porat’s sponsors at Morgan Stanley not only helped her grow but were also her ballast for coping with difficult personal and professional times
• How Eileen Naughton recovered after losing her dream job, landing on her feet at Google and open to a new leadership opportunity
• How Julie Coates of Woolworth’s Australia makes energy key to her professional success, with reserves for her “second shift” as wife and mother
How Remarkable Women Lead is both profoundly moving and actionable. Woman or man, you’ll find yourself in its pages and emerge with a practical plan for breaking through at both work and in life.
Coaching for Emotional Intelligence: The Secret to Developing the Star Potential in Your Employees
At some point in their careers, all managers face a frustrating and seemingly insurmountable challenge — the highly intelligent, highly skilled direct report who is failing when he should be excelling. Often, this employee is destroying not only his own career, but also the morale of the rest of the team. While this behavior may initially seem willful, it is more than likely due to a lack of emotional intelligence — the ability to comprehend one’s emotions, empathize with the feelings of others, and interact with people in ways that promote congenial working relationships. More than any other trait, emotional intelligence is the one variable that can transform a mediocre employee into an exceptional one. Managers now have a new and demanding role. They must become coaches who help their employees to develop emotional intelligence and the positive interpersonal relationships that result. And while this kind of corrective coaching may seem daunting and unpleasant to many managers, it is also achievable with the right tools.
In Coaching for Emotional Intelligence, Bob Wall offers coaching strategies that will enable every manager to elicit excellence by improving the negative behaviors and communications flaws that are undermining an employee’s performance. The book provides a structured format for formulating and delivering both praise and corrective feedback, as well as a step-by-step method and sample scripts for conducting a coaching session. Readers will: Overcome the fear of coaching on sensitive, personal issues. Learn the critical importance of praise–and how to give it. Understand the influences that shaped the behaviors of the individual being coached. Determine whether an employee is responding to corrective coaching, when to keep him — and when to fire him. Create an action plan for teaching employees to identify and alter unwanted behavior. Master spontaneous coaching: delivering praise in 15-20 seconds — and corrective feedback within 45 seconds. Formulate structured conversations when corrective coaching isn’t working. Create successful, detailed, and clear personal, team, and work evaluations and mission statements. The first book of its kind, Coaching for Emotional Intelligence is a thoughtful, realistic, and accessible guide that will change the way managers lead in the workplace — and will ensure that their employees are reaching their full potential.
Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; . . . who at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” —Theodore Roosevelt Every day we experience the uncertainty, risks, and emotional exposure that define what it means to be vulnerable, or to dare greatly. Whether the arena is a new relationship, an important meeting, our creative process, or a difficult family conversation, we must find the courage to walk into vulnerability and engage with our whole hearts. In Daring Greatly, Dr. Brown challenges everything we think we know about vulnerability. Based on twelve years of research, she argues that vulnerability is not weakness, but rather our clearest path to courage, engagement, and meaningful connection. The book that Dr. Brown’s many fans have been waiting for, Daring Greatly will spark a new spirit of truth—and trust—in our organizations, families, schools, and communities.