The importance of consistent reading was drilled into me at a young age and it still proves to be the best source of self-development in my middle age season. Here are five books that stand out and my reason for recommending them. A couple of them were mentioned in a post last February.


Small Giants by Bo Burlingham

Every entrepreneur needs to read this book, especially when coming to a decision point about growing the business. Bo Burlingham tells the story of several companies that faced this decision and chose to grow according to their philosophy and values, and not let growth for growth’s sake drive the decision.

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Daring Greatly by Dr. Brene Brown
The most difficult book to read this year, but certainly the most therapeutic. Shame is a horrible topic to raise, but Dr Brown does so brilliantly. Both men and women experience shame, but tend to process and deal with it differently. It gave my wife and I better understanding of each other.

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Quiet by Susan Cain

Experiencing life an introvert is often misunderstood, mainly by those who aren’t. Why we need books like this to say that it’s OK to need  times of being alone and reflective is a puzzling thought. I find that its due to the conflict that arises when the needs of an introvert collide with those of the extrovert. This isn’t’ a book about giving permission to be moody and aloof and telling the others where to go. It’s much more affirming of how to build harmonious relationship when you don’t see eye to eye while still taking care of the inner soul.


Guitar Lessons by Bob Taylor
As an owner of a Taylor 514ce, I read his biography with personal interest. The story isn’t so much about guitars and music as it is a testimony to a vision and the dedication required to see the vision become reality. Bob and his partners went through several unprofitable years before they finally made the breakthrough to becoming a worldwide brand. I was personally inspired to keep casting our vision of simple food and drink in new, creative ways.

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Leading So People Will Follow by Erika Andersen
When I problem-solve, I tend to filter everything first through a leadership grid. What is the problem? Who was in charge? Why was it allowed to get to this point? These are my first three questions. Chronic problems are that way due to poor leadership and they are fixed with good leadership. This book hooked me in the opening sentence, “We’re hungry for good, worthy, followable leaders in every part of our lives.” Raise good leaders and we will end up with good workplaces and good communities.

Top 5 Books for 2014