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Top "10" Professional Reading List for Educators - 2014 Version

by Joseph M. Crozier, GWAEA Chief Administrator
For the past dozen years, I have shared my personal list of the “Top 10” professional books for education leaders. This group of books always offers some thought provoking and motivating learning for administrators, teachers, coaches and building leadership teams. As school leaders, it’s important for us to keep up with nonfiction thought leaders. It’s part of an endless pursuit of knowledge and lifelong learning. I present this list to you in no particular order. I hope it serves as a resource for your personal and professional growth. Happy Reading!

jcrozier


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"To Sell Is Human, The Surprising Truth About Moving Others"
by Daniel Pink

"To Sell Is Human" offers a fresh look at the art and science of selling. As he did in "Drive and A Whole New Mind," Daniel H. Pink draws on a rich trove of social science for his counterintuitive insights. He reveals the new ABCs of moving others (it's no longer "Always Be Closing"), explains why extroverts don't make the best salespeople, and shows how giving people an "off-ramp" for their actions can matter more than actually changing their minds.

 

Along the way, Pink describes the six successors to the elevator pitch, the three rules for understanding another's perspective, the five frames that can make your message clearer and more persuasive, and much more. The result is a perceptive and practical book--one that will change how you see the world and transform what you do at work, at school, and at home.

   
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"The Power of Habit, Why We Do What We Do In Business and Life"
by Charles Duhigg

In "The Power of Habit," Pulitzer Prize–winning business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. Distilling vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives that take us from the boardrooms of Procter & Gamble to sidelines of the NFL to the front lines of the civil rights movement, Duhigg presents a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential. At its core, "The Power of Habit" contains an exhilarating argument: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, being more productive, and achieving success is understanding how habits work. As Duhigg shows, by harnessing this new science, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives.

   
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"Making Hope Happen: Create the Future you Want for Yourself and Others" by Shane Lopez

How do some people make good things happen and bounce back from setbacks? Why do they lead happier, healthier, more productive lives? It’s because they have hope—not because of luck, or intelligence, or money. So, what exactly is hope and how can you get it, too?

 

Using discoveries from the largest study of hopeful people ever conducted, world-renowned expert on the psychology of hope Shane J. Lopez, Ph.D., reveals that hope is not just an emotion but an essential life tool. Hope is also a leading indicator of success in relationships, academics, career, and business. With Making Hope Happen you can measure your level of hope and learn how to create and share it.

 

"Making Hope Happen" is for people who believe that the future can be better than the past or the present and who are looking for a way to make it so. The message is clear: Hope matters. Hope is a choice. Hope can be learned. Hope is contagious.

   
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"All In: How the Best Managers Create a Culture of Belief and Drive Big Results" by Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton

To have any hope of succeeding as a manager, you need to get your people all in.

 

Whether you manage the smallest of teams or a multi-continent organization, you are the owner of a work culture—congratulations—and few things will have a bigger impact on your performance than getting your people to buy into your ideas and your cause and to believe what they do matters.

 

"All In" draws on cutting-edge psychology and all of the creative genius that have made Gostick and Elton a must-read for leaders worldwide. This vital resource will empower managers everywhere to inspire a new level of commitment and performance.

   
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"David and Goliath," by Malcolm Gladwell

Three thousand years ago on a battlefield in ancient Palestine, a shepherd boy felled a mighty warrior with nothing more than a stone and a sling, and ever since then the names of David and Goliath have stood for battles between underdogs and giants. David's victory was improbable and miraculous. He shouldn't have won.

 

Or should he have?

 

In "David and Goliath," Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks.

 

In the tradition of Gladwell's previous bestsellers – "The Tipping Point," "Blink," "Outliers," and "What the Dog Saw""David and Goliath" draws upon history, psychology, and powerful storytelling to reshape the way we think of the world around us.

   
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"Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work"
by Chip Heath and Dan Heath

Research in psychology has revealed that our decisions are disrupted by an array of biases and irrationalities: We’re overconfident. We seek out information that supports us and downplay information that doesn’t. We get distracted by short-term emotions. When it comes to making choices, it seems, our brains are flawed instruments. Unfortunately, merely being aware of these shortcomings doesn’t fix the problem, any more than knowing that we are nearsighted helps us to see. The real question is: How can we do better?

 

"Decisive" is the Heath brothers’ most powerful—and important—book yet, offering fresh strategies and practical tools enabling us to make better choices. Because the right decision, at the right moment, can make all the difference.

   
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"The Secret Solution: How One Principal Discovered the Path to Success" by Sam Miller, Todd Whitaker, and Ryan Donlan

The secret of effective leadership can elude even the best principals. In "The Secret Solution, How One Principal Discovered the Path to Success," a principal travels a journey through four distinct leadership styles as he works to transform a school. On this journey, he encounters characters familiar to all of us who have worked in education, including superstars, fence-sitters, and even bullies. This quick-reading parable provides practical guidance for both current and future administrators, immediately relevant in applying knowledge to practice. Readers will quickly recognize staff from their own buildings who come to life in this engaging story.

   
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"Eat Move Sleep: How Small Choices Lead to Big Changes"
by Tom Rath

From the author of "Strengths Finder 2.0," "How Full Is Your Bucket?," "Strengths Based Leadership," and "Wellbeing" comes a transformative book and online application that will improve your health for years to come. While Tom's bestsellers on strengths and well-being have inspired more than 5 million people in the last decade, "Eat Move Sleep" reveals his greatest passion and expertise. Quietly managing a serious illness for more than 20 years, Tom has assembled a wide range of information on the impact of eating, moving, and sleeping. Written in his classic conversational style, "Eat Move Sleep" features the most proven and practical ideas from his research. This remarkably quick read offers advice that is comprehensive yet simple and often counterintuitive but always credible. "Eat Move Sleep" will help you make good decisions automatic – in all three of these interconnected areas. With every bite you take, you will make better choices. You will move a lot more than you do today. And you will sleep better than you have in years. More than a book, Eat Move Sleep is a new way to live.

   
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"Customers for Life: How to Turn That One-Time Buyer Into a Lifetime Customer" by Carl Sewell

In this completely revised and updated edition of the customer service classic (more than 600,000 copies sold), Carl Sewell enhances his time-tested advice with fresh ideas and new examples and explains how the groundbreaking “Ten Commandments of Customer Service” apply to today’s world.

 

Drawing on his incredible success in transforming his Dallas Cadillac dealership into the second largest in America, Carl Sewell revealed the secret of getting customers to return again and again in the original "Customers for Life." A lively, down-to-earth narrative, it set the standard for customer service excellence and became a perennial bestseller. Building on that solid foundation, this expanded edition features five completely new chapters, as well as significant additions to the original material, based on the lessons Sewell has learned over the last ten years.

   
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"The Trust Edge: How Top Leaders Gain Faster Results, Deeper Relationship, and a Stronger Bottom Line" by David Horsager

In The Trust Edge, David Horsager reveals the foundation of genuine success—trust. Based on research but made practical for today’s leader, The Trust Edge shows that trust is quantifiable and brings dramatic results to businesses and leaders. In this book, Horsager teaches readers how to build the 8 Pillars of Trust:

When leaders learn how to implement these pillars, they enjoy better relationships, reputations, retention, revenue, and results. Fascinating and timely, The Trust Edge unveils how trust has the ability to accelerate or destroy any business, organization, or relationship. The lower the trust, the more time everything takes, the more everything costs, and the lower the loyalty of everyone involved. Conversely, an environment of trust leads to greater innovation, morale, and productivity. The trusted leader is followed. From the trusted salesperson, people will buy. For the trusted brand, people will pay more, come back, and tell others. Trust, not money, is the currency of business and life!

   
 

**Summaries adapted from amazon.com by Joseph M. Crozier,
Grant Wood AEA, 3/19/14.

 

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Crown Business

Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.

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Penguin Group (USA)

Penguin Random House

Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group

Simon & Schuster, Inc.


 

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