One of my favorite exercises to do with new clients is ask them what they consume in a given day. I am not talking about food or empty calories or their french fry fetish. I am talking about knowledge. How and where do they consume knowledge?
Leaders that value learning are important to your organizations evolution.
Running a nonprofit is hard work and amazingly time consuming, We all know that there is always another report to write, meeting to attend and potential funder to chat with.
Yet as a nonprofit leader you need to make time and consume knowledge. You should build this step into your calender and make it apart of your regular routine. It should be a priority.
Now that we have a bright new year before us and I know many of you are making plans and resolutions for 2012, I ask you this: What Will You Read in 2012?
Some recommendations to get you started:
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Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation by Parker J. Palmer
A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future by Daniel H. Pink
Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard by Chip & Dan Heath
Transitions by William Bridges
Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
Becoming A Person of Influence:How to Positively Impact the Lives of Others by John C. Maxwell and Jim Dornan
Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us by Seth Godin
No More Throw-Away People: The Co-Production Imperative by Edgar S. Cahn
Stewardship: Choosing Service Over Self-Interest by Peter Block
Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath
Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community by Robert D. Putnam
This list encompasses everything from books on community building to human behavior and is just a quick list to get you thinking. What would you add to my list? What would you take away?
Remember, you are what you consume! What will you consume in 2012?