Life Long Learning is a core value for Leadership ConneXtions. We are a team of learners who read a lot, think a lot, discuss a lot, innovate, and design learning systems (for individuals and organizatinos). I am on track to read quite a few books this year . . . probably the most I've read in ten years. It has been a rich year of learning.
First, is some of my October reading.
An excellent book by the cofounder of Linkedin (Hoffman). There are few books that will be as useful as advancing your vocation/career and able to guide your developmental process as this one. I filled four pages just with "one line notes" that help me find the GEMS in this book.
Hyatt is the past CEO of Thomas Nelson books, he is world class social media guy, a great blogger, and he has written one of the most practical, how-to books on maximizing your use of social media to build your leadership/ministry platform. I know this stuff "fairly" well and I came away with dozens of next steps to take to either improve what I am doing, or to start doins stuff I was clueless about.
An excellent book on mentoring (leadership coaching with some spiritual direction mixed in at places). It is as good a book introducing the main themes of Bobby Clinton and the Focused Life Model of leadership development as I have found.
This is one of the great spiritual/devotional classics by one of the true masters of the art of spiritual direction. de Sales works in what I call the "classical" tradition of spiritual direction and not the more liberally minded contemporary models of direction. There are so many pages of wise insight. There are places where a dated worldview is laborious. But there are times when his ancient wisdom confronts my "take them for granted" post-modern sensibilities . . . I used this for about two months as a devotional text for many lectio divina readings.
While this one is short, it is a beautiful gem from the Cistercian Abbot and Saint who helped his generation and those that follow, discover and enjoy the deep love of God. Bernard is almost poetic in his prose. He speaks in the language of Scripture in nearly every sentence. You know this is not simply theology, this is spiritual intimacy which he puts in print for us to absorb.
October's reading also included:
Good to Great - Collins (re-read)
Good to Great and the Social Sector - Collins (re-read)
Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness - Keller
Friendship of Woman - Chitister
Seeing Through the Fog - Dobson
To Win Souls - Michael Casey
The Life of Aelred of Rievaulx - Daniel
And now, for NOVEMBER, a few that I have started reading or am about to start. I can't say much about them now.
Discovering Lectio Divina by Wilhot and Howard. I read a lot of books on lectio, but this one looked real good.
Branding Basics for Small Business by Ross.
Grace Can Do More: Spiritual Accompaniment and Spiritual Growth by Andre Lout. Looks awesome another classical work on spiritual direction.
Dangerous Calling: Confronting the Unique Challenges of Pastoral Ministry by Tripp.
Engage: The Trainer's Guide to Learning Styles by O'Neill-Blackwell. A book that works with the 4MAT approach to adult learning.
What is your current focus for learning?
What are you doing to, in Stephen Covey's language, "sharpen the saw."
Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions Intl.