As part of her “Tools and Tips to Kick Off a Winning 2011” CEO Inc. President Deborah Millhouse suggests adding these three very different books to your reading list.
The Accidental Investment Banker: Inside the Decade that Transformed Wall Street by Jonathan A. Knee
Jonathan Knee had a ringside seat during the go-go, boom-and-bust decade and into the 21st century, at the two most prestigious investment banks on Wall Street–Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley. In this candid and irreverent insider’s account of an industry in free fall, Knee captures an exhilarating era of fabulous deal-making in a free-wheeling Internet economy–and the catastrophe that followed when the bubble burst.
Iron John: A Book About Men by Robert Bly
Poet and translator Robert Bly offers a new vision of what it is to be a man. Bly’s vision is based on his ongoing work with men and reflections on his own life. He addresses the devastating effects of remote fathers and mourns the disappearance of male initiation rites in our culture. Finding rich meaning in ancient stories and legends, Bly uses the Grimm fairy tale “Iron John,” in which the narrator, or “Wild Man,” guides a young man through eight stages of male growth, to remind us of archetypes long forgotten-images of vigorous masculinity, both protective and emotionally centered.
Communicating for a Change: Seven Keys to Irresistible Communication by Andy Stanley and Lane Jones
Whether you speak from the pulpit, podium, or the front of a classroom, you don’t need much more than blank stares and faraway looks to tell you you’re not connecting. Take heart before your audience takes leave! You can convey your message in the powerful, life-changing way it deserves to be told. An insightful, entertaining parable that’s an excellent guide for any speaker, Communicating for a Change takes a simple approach to delivering effectively. Join Pastor Ray as he discovers that the secrets to successful speaking are parallel to the lessons a trucker learns on the road. By knowing your destination before you leave (identifying the one basic premise of your message), using your blinkers (making transitions obvious), and implementing five other practical points, you’ll drive your message home every time!