Hello everybody and welcome back to your weekly dose of nonfiction new releases. This week, we’re going to slow down a little bit by taking a step back from the fast pace of daily life. Sometimes, the best thing we can do for ourselves is to look at where we are, compare it to where we want to be, and make a plan for how to get there. Therefore, our theme for the week is going to be development.
Development can apply to your individual performance in the workplace, your level of self-awareness, your spirituality, or the realization of your dreams. In addition to this, development can also be applied to a group of people, be it a sports team, a work team, a family or a group of friends. This list covers just a few different funnels in the overarching theme of development.
1. Group: How One Therapist and a Circle of Strangers Saved my Life by Christie Tate
I wanted to put this book at the top of the list, honestly, because it is the only one that is not styled in the format of a “how to.” Lisa Taddeo, New York Times bestselling author of Three Women said on Group, “This unrestrained memoir is a transporting experience and one of the most startlingly hopeful books I have ever read.” Christie Tate writes her memoir about when he was at the top of her law class and had finally gotten her eating disorder under control, yet was fantasizing about her own death. She then shifts the memoir into a description of what it was like going to group therapy, which began as a less-than-comfortable situation but resulted in a complete (and great) change to her life.
2. The Power of Awakening: Mindfulness Practices and Spiritual Tools to Transform Your Life by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
Mindfulness is something that I never really knew much about for a long time. I heard about it here or there, I kind of understood what it meant, but I was always skeptical of the effect it could actually have on my life. It wasn’t until my best friend in college re-introduced me to it and told me about how much it helped her that I began to realize how great it could be. While I would love to be able to give you my own “how to” on mindfulness, I think I’ll leave it up to the expert, Dr. Wayne W. Dyer. In this book, Dyer’s audio lectures from the 1990s and into the 2000s are restructured in order to become a collection of his greatest teachings. Dyer takes you through various stages of enlightenment, ranging from the instruction of mindfulness practices to eventually reaching a higher consciousness.
3. Who Not How: The Formula to Achieve Bigger Goals Through Accelerating Teamwork by Dan Sullivan, with Dr. Benjamin Hardy
The remaining items on the list will be in regard to business practices and self development in the workplace, and what better place to start than another example of shifting mindset in order to open doors that might have previously been closed? Sullivan and Hardy may not necessarily be taking you to a higher consciousness, but they are sure to provide excellent advice from an entrepreneurial standpoint. The two begin with the fallacy that we have all been trained to believe; that if we really want to get something done, then we must do it ourselves. Sullivan and Hardy debunk this concept by walking readers through the fact that you are only limiting your potential in this scenario. By refusing to consider the possibilities that come with combined brain capacity, you eliminate the transformations that becomes possible only though connections with other people.
4. Winning Digital Customers: The Antidote to Irrelevance by Howard Tiersky
For the next item on this list, we’re going to turn our attention to a book that, even though it is intended for business-owners, could be useful to anybody looking to increase their social media impression. Tiersky breaks it down into a five step methodology, which focuses on customer experience in order to maximize competitiveness on the market, as well as setting small goals in order to ultimately attain the larger goal of staying up-to-date and aligned with current trends in the digital world. As I said earlier, this book was designed to be applied to businesses, but I could imagine influencers, or anybody else looking to build their personal brands could also benefit from giving this book a read. Plus, the foreword is written by Michelle McKenna; AKA former Disney Executive, the technology leader behind The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and the current CIO of the National Football League. Need I say more?
5. Land and EXPAND: 6 Simple Strategies To Grow Your Company’s Top and Bottom Line by Patricia Watkins
The final book on our list this week is also the most-challenging read, but certainly worthwhile. The first thing you read when you pull Land and EXPAND up online is a warning, which reads “The strategies in this book are not simple marketing or sales hacks. In fact, most companies that operate the old fashioned way, won’t spend the time to implement what is taught inside. But if you are one of the few that execute these strategies, you will likely be rewarded on your top and bottom line.” Land and EXPAND walks readers through achieving these goals while also learning things like how signing new customers is not the greatest source of revenue growth, how to reacquire lost deals without reducing your offer price, how to reduce customer acquisition costs, etc. This book is the perfect read for any go-getters looking to make their dreams of expansion come to fruition.