The Difference Maker | John C. Maxwell

Disclaimer: I have been reading John Maxwell’s books as long as he has been writing them - and that’s a very long time. I enjoy his writing style, which is actionable and succinct, and his focus is always on being better. In this book he’s talking about attitude, and how our attitude impacts our [...]

By |2021-05-24T12:35:07-07:00May 24th, 2021|What Is Judy Reading?|

Our Search for Belonging: How Our Needs to Connect Is Tearing Us Apart | Howard J Ross

Mr. Ross opens the book with these questions: “Why is it that we are drawn so strongly to identify with groups, how does that impact us, and what can we do about it? What is this thing we call belonging and why is it so important to us?“ He explores these questions through politics, [...]

By |2021-02-22T12:13:08-08:00February 22nd, 2021|What Is Judy Reading?|

Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations | Thomas Friedman

I was drawn to the title of this book and was even more appreciative of the lessons offered. Mr. Friedman describes his book as "one giant column about the world today" and I agree. He aims to define the key forces driving change and how to cushion the impact. He covers Moore’s Law, meditation, [...]

By |2020-10-23T19:34:49-07:00October 23rd, 2020|What Is Judy Reading?|

Biased | Jennifer Eberhardt, PhD

As I opened this book, I was immediately captured by the science element of it. Dr. Eberhardt approaches Biased with brain science and story, a delightful learning combination. “Implicit bias is not a new way of calling someone a racist. You don’t have to be a racist at all to be influenced by it. Implicit bias [...]

By |2020-08-24T14:06:38-07:00August 24th, 2020|What Is Judy Reading?|

The Outward Mindset | The Arbinger Institute

I have been studying mindset as a leadership component for a few years now. I’ve been creating context in my own mind around growth and fixed mindsets. This book created another layer in the inward and outward mindset. If you, and your organization, are looking for a practical approach to being other-centered, this book [...]

By |2020-06-22T13:34:30-07:00June 22nd, 2020|What Is Judy Reading?|

TED Talk: A Simple Way to Break a Bad Habit | Judson Brewer

Instead of a book this month, and because we have already shifted our worlds, I invite you to check out Dr. Brewer’s TED talk on habits. Trigger - Behavior - Reward is our path to a habit. This is locked in our brain, and although we started as survival, we are now using these habits to [...]

By |2020-05-18T15:18:34-07:00May 18th, 2020|What Is Judy Reading?|

EYE OF THE STORM | Ray Williams

The subtitle of this book is 'how mindful leaders can transform chaotic workplaces'. I think his principles apply to chaotic 'times' just as well. Cue a pandemic. There are many great points in this book, ultimately a conversation about the benefits of mindfulness on leadership. If you weren't interested in quieting your mind before, [...]

By |2020-04-21T13:55:00-07:00April 21st, 2020|What Is Judy Reading?|

COACHING QUESTIONS: A Coach’s Guide To Powerful Asking Skills | Tony Stoltzfus

I've been a credentialed coach for more than a decade now, and a common question I hear is 'how do I ask better questions?'. Mr. Stoltzfus has created a reference guide that also serves as a skill building manual for those interested in advancing their questioning skills and explore coaching skills along the way. [...]

By |2020-03-22T18:10:51-07:00March 22nd, 2020|What Is Judy Reading?|


“Emotional intelligence matched with strong leadership skills is extremely powerful.” Yes indeed, as is this book! Dr. Hankel addresses the challenge of emotions in a rational world. And, understanding our emotions allows us to regulate, which elevates self-awareness. I enjoyed the stories with statistics to back them up, which meant a very fast read. [...]

By |2020-02-24T10:27:44-08:00February 21st, 2020|What Is Judy Reading?|

TRIBE | Sebastian Junger

Two quotes to give you much to consider: “ societies become more affluent they tend to require more, rather than less, time and commitment by the individual, and it’s possible that many people feel that affluence and safety simply aren’t a good trade for freedom.” “As affluence and urbanization rise...rates of depression and suicide [...]

By |2020-01-27T11:34:11-08:00January 27th, 2020|What Is Judy Reading?|
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