What’s On My Reading List; Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Learn

I have always been a John Maxwell fan and have read and reread many of his books. As a leader and lifelong learner, I always find great applicable lessons from his books.  One of my favorites is a very short read, Make Today Count.

I am frequently asked for recommendation and often reply “anything from John Maxwell or Patrick Lencioni”.  On the flip side, I am offered so many title selections that my: “to read” list stretches from Detroit to Kalamazoo (inside joke with my daughter).

Oh, whatever shall I read next?  Books leap to the top of my “to read” list when
they are repeatedly referred to.  Maybe someone recommends it and then I see it quoted in an article and then it is mentioned in an interview. Bam!  It goes straight to the top of the list. That’s why I was excited to read Maxwell’s most recent book, Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Learn.  While not a great fan of this book what I like most about it is that is broken down into 11 areas of learning

1. Humility 
2. Reality 
3. Responsibility 
4. Improvement
5. Hope 
6. Teachability 
7. Adversity 
8. Problems 
9. Bad Experiences 
10. Change 
11. Maturity 

Each one of these chapters can be read on it’s own instead of taking on the entire book at once.

Sometimes You Win--Sometimes You Learn: Life's Greatest Lessons Are Gained from Our LossesSometimes You Win–Sometimes You Learn: Life’s Greatest Lessons Are Gained from Our Losses by John C. Maxwell
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

While there were some great nuggets in this book, there is nothing new or original. In fact, the author spends most of his time quoting others. The title could be “Everything Everyone Else Said About Learning”.

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What Kale? Protein Smoothie

Summer time = Breakfast?  No worries, the kids are not even awake until lunch time.
Back to school time = Breakfast?  Our daughter has the weird “B” lunch in the middle of her fourth hour class and our son has the late lunch, 4 1/2 hours after the bus picks him up in the morning. Whatever it is it must contain some protein or they just won’t make it to lunch.

This smoothie tastes so good and with it’s beautiful purple hue they won’t even know the kale is in there.  It’s the perfect way to get them off to school

What Kale? Protein Smoothie
Printable Version

Ingredients

  • 1 banana
  • 1 c fresh strawberries
  • 1 1/2 c frozen blueberries
  • 1 c vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 c skim milk
  • 1 thin slice lime
  • 2 c fresh baby kale
  • 1 c ice

Instructions

  • place all ingredients into a blender and mix until smooth
  • add more milk if necessary

What’s on My Reading List; Executive Presence

The concept of “executive presence” is a fantastic one. When providing feedback to others the term can be used as a reference to remove any personal context and ease the conversation.  Leaders can work towards creating a vision of executive presence for their organization to provide guidance for those growing within the organization.

This book provided many examples of do’s and don’ts and I will use the term to coach employees who are missing the mark and holding themselves back; however I cannot recommend reading it.

Executive Presence: What Nobody Ever Tells You about Getting AheadExecutive Presence: What Nobody Ever Tells You about Getting Ahead by Sylvia Ann Hewlett
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Perhaps this would make a good article, but it is very drawn out and boring as a book.

There isn’t new information here – look your best, be your best, and speak your best.

This book agitated me for these 4 reasons:
1) Using Angelina Jolie as a positive example for anything
2) Endorsing plastic surgery
3) Recommending heavy make-up
4) Overuse of the word gravitas and the phrase “show your teeth”

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Couch to Marathon in 58 Days, Week 2

“One way to keep momentum going is to have constantly greater goals.”

Here is this week’s schedule.  The big one is already under our belt.  So far, we’ve only wanted to quit…almost every day.  We haven’t built momentum yet, but I know we will.  We can do this!!!

Success requires first expending ten units of effort to produce one unit of results. Your momentum will then produce ten units of results with each unit of effort.


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