No Time to Read?

Learn from Valuable and Brief Alternatives

by Julie Salgo

I am about to share with you three books I learned a lot from, and thus I became a better professional. I am sure they will help you and others you mentor, coach, or influence to grow too. They are not recently published books, yet they have continually been on the best-seller lists. If you think that you do not have time to read (which really means that right now, reading is not your top priority), I will attach a few brief recorded links to listen to. That may be enough for you right now to gain some insights and learn something, or I have just whetted your appetite to borrow one, or all three, from the library or download them.

Susan Cain: Quiet – The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

The introvert-extrovert ratio is a topic that has been studied by many psychologists and researchers, but this book is a superb way to understand what introverts could do to succeed in a world where loud extroverts most often dominate situations and career advancements.

19 minutes: Susan Cain: The power of introverts | TED Talk 

16 minutes: Susan Cain and Min Kym: The hidden power of sad songs and rainy days | TED Talk 

50 minutes: Bing Videos Quiet: The Power of Introverts 

Simon Sinek: Start with Why—How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action

Successful organizations and individuals start asking “why” to do something instead of “what” and “how” to discover the values, vision, and mission behind the efforts needed to yield long-term success. In this book, we can learn to discover our “why” and communicate it to the affected parties and the outside world.

2 minutes: Bing Videos The Quick Way to Find Your Why 

17 minutes: Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action | TED Talk 

Patric Lencioni: The Five Dysfunctions of a Team – A Leadership Fable

You will love this fictitious story of a man who receives an assignment to save a company while his marriage is falling apart too. In the process, he will uncover the same five dysfunctions both at work and at home. Of course, the solutions—the opposites of those dysfunctions—will work equally well to result in a happy ending at work and at home.

  1. Absence of trust
  2. Fear of conflict
  3. Lack of commitment
  4. Avoidance of accountability
  5. Inattention to results

2 minutes: Bing Videos 

3-minute cartoon: Bing Videos 

These three authors have published many more successful books since. Check the Internet for additional titles. You won’t regret it. Toastmasters who are eager to share with us their favorite books, please send a note to the Synergy team, or better yet, submit an article with your name on it. Thank you in advance.

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