Literacy Month 2018

It’s no secret that we’re a team of word nerds and bookworms. In honor of National Literacy Month, we’ve collected some recommended industry reads from our own bookshelves. This list pairs well with a cup of tea and a rainy weekend.


The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups, Daniel Coyle

Recommended by: Emily

The Culture Code unpacks our human desire for belonging. We all crave safe connection or feeling a part of a committed group. All trends point to that being the foundation of success. The steps to build that foundation are SMALL – subtle cues and micro-events – constant and consistent behavior you can adjust once you are aware of it. Trust takes forever to build and so little to destroy.


Playing Big: Practical Wisdom for Women Who Want to Speak Up, Create, and Lead, Tara Mohr

Recommended by: Emily

Playing Big explores building women’s leadership in innovative and creative spaces. Too often our inner critic, plus a bit of social conditioning, restricts potential before it’s even uncovered. Through a series of self-directed exercise, this book offers tools to ignite your own personal and professional growth.


The Pumpkin Plan: A Simple Strategy to Grow a Remarkable Business in Any Field, Mike Michalowicz

Recommended by: Amanda

Gosh, this book I cannot shut up about. I have discussed it with multiple people and honestly believe its philosophy at my core and wish I had read it sooner. He takes different industries and applied his “Pumpkin Plan.” The gist: You can spend your time taking care of a bunch of mediocre pumpkins or you can invest your time in the giant prize-winning pumpkins, take a seed from it and replicate. His audience is mainly entrepreneurs, and here is one of the takeaways I loved: There are three types of clients, and their importance is ranked exactly as follows: 1. Good clients. 2. Non-existent clients, and 3. Bad clients. Looking at that list, you may be tempted to rearrange the order and move non-existent clients to the end, because having bad clients is better than having no clients at all, right? Nope. Just like bad, rotten pumpkins suck nutrients from good pumpkins and stunt their growth, bad, rotten clients distract you, drain your resources, and cost you money.


EntreLeadership: 20 Years of Practical Business Wisdom from the Trenches, Dave Ramsey

Recommended by: Brandy

Dave Ramsey is the man – and this is a must read. Notable quotes and takeaways:

  1. “We want givers in our organization, not takers.”
  2. They teach a culture class to all new hires.
  3. “The problem with your company is not the economy, it is the not lack of opportunity, it is not your team. The problem is you.” He says the good news is that if you are the problem then you are also the solution
  4. Whatever is happening at the head of the organization will affect the entire body.
  5. Your personal weaknesses will be your company’s weaknesses.
  6. When you teach team members the “why,” they are more equipped to make the same decision next time without you.
  7. “I will hire passion over talent and education every time.”
  8. You’ve got to lead with goals. Don’t ask your team to set goals when you have none. And goals MUST be in writing!
  9. Companies all over America are failing because they have allowed a culture of leaders and teams who don’t care about the goal, but just about themselves.
  10. “We don’t make decisions based on fear.”
  11. Treat your team like a family and they will act like a family.
  12. Ask yourself, would you hire that team member again? If the answer is no, let them go.
  13. “We don’t keep jerks.” (My personal fav.)
  14. “We are all in sales. Everyone in the company.” Love this. Serve, don’t sell,
  15. “As a leader, if you aren’t sick and tired of saying the same thing over and over again, you have likely not communicated with your team.”
  16. Lastly, Dave is HUGE on no gossip. You get fired for it. For real.


Daring Greatly, How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead, Brené Brown

Recommend by: Natalie

This book tackles the fears and desires we all share as humans, and some of the best practices we can use to ensure “wholehearted living.” Whether it’s worries or stresses in our careers, studies, and personal lives, we were all made for love and belonging. Without a doubt, this book is a steadfast reminder that we’re all in the arena of life together and that our worth should be measured by our willingness to feel, create, inspire, and act on our behalves.

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