This is a growing list; check back periodically for new titles. This list will only include books that have personally impacted my life in a positive, powerful way.
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck
My thoughts: It’s all about mindset. Some people don’t want to hear that but it’s absolutely true. Read this book and you’ll understand why!
It’s about: After decades of research, world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D., discovered a simple but groundbreaking idea: the power of mindset. In this brilliant book, she shows how success in school, work, sports, the arts, and almost every area of human endeavor can be dramatically influenced by how we think about our talents and abilities. People with a fixed mindset—those who believe that abilities are fixed—are less likely to flourish than those with a growth mindset—those who believe that abilities can be developed. Mindset reveals how great parents, teachers, managers, and athletes can put this idea to use to foster outstanding accomplishment.
In this edition, Dweck offers new insights into her now famous and broadly embraced concept. She introduces a phenomenon she calls false growth mindset and guides people toward adopting a deeper, truer growth mindset. She also expands the mindset concept beyond the individual, applying it to the cultures of groups and organizations. With the right mindset, you can motivate those you lead, teach, and love—to transform their lives and your own.
Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
My thoughts: Gladwell uses fascinating true stories to demonstrate how the life (our product) we ultimately have is powerfully unique. And even when we don’t see it, hate it, fight against it, that uniqueness can lead us to where we are ultimately at our best. This was fascinating to me in terms of harnessing the power of my own story to understanding my true potential.
It’s about: Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of “outliers”–the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing. Along the way, he explains the secrets of software billionaires, what it takes to be a great soccer player, why Asians are good at math, and what made the Beatles the greatest rock band. Brilliant and entertaining, Outliers is a landmark work that will simultaneously delight and illuminate.
The Upside of Stress: Why Stress Is Good for You, and How to Get Good at It by Kelly McGonigal
My thoughts: McGonigal’s book changed the lives of two people I love. She is a Stanford professor and I hope to meet her at some point over the next four years while my youngest is studying at Stanford.
It’s about: Drawing from groundbreaking research, psychologist and award-winning teacher Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D., offers a surprising new view of stress—one that reveals the upside of stress and shows us exactly how to capitalize on its benefits. You hear it all the time: stress causes heart disease; stress causes insomnia; stress is bad for you! But what if changing how you think about stress could make you happier, healthier, and better able to reach your goals? Combining exciting new research on resilience and mindset, Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D., proves that undergoing stress is not bad for you; it is undergoing stress while believing that stress is bad for you that makes it harmful. In fact, stress has many benefits, from giving us greater focus and energy to strengthening our personal relationships. McGonigal shows readers how to cultivate a mindset that embraces stress and activate the brain’s natural ability to learn from challenging experiences. Both practical and life-changing, The Upside of Stress is not a guide to getting rid of stress, but a toolkit for getting better at it—by understanding, accepting, and leveraging it to your advantage.
Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life by Spencer Johnson et al.
My thoughts: This is an easy, quick read that is powerfully impactful regarding change.
It’s about: A timeless business classic, Who Moved My Cheese? uses a simple parable to reveal profound truths about dealing with change so that you can enjoy less stress and more success in your work and in your life. It would be all so easy if you had a map to the Maze. If the same old routines worked. If they’d just stop moving “The Cheese.” But things keep changing… Most people are fearful of change, both personal and professional because they don’t have any control over how or when it happens to them. Since change happens either to the individual or by the individual, Dr. Spencer Johnson, the co-author of the multimillion bestseller The One Minute Manager, uses a deceptively simple story to show that when it comes to living in a rapidly changing world, what matters most is your attitude. Exploring a simple way to take the fear and anxiety out of managing the future, Who Moved My Cheese? can help you discover how to anticipate, acknowledge, and accept change in order to have a positive impact on your job, your relationships, and every aspect of your life.
The following books are a great start for anyone interested in learning more about quality management:
- Dr. Deming: The American Who Taught the Japanese About Quality by Rafael Aguayo
- Economic Control of Quality of Manufactured Product by Walter A. Shewhart
- Juran’s Quality Handbook: The Complete Guide to Performance Excellence, Seventh Edition by Joseph A. Defeo
- Quality Management Essentials by David Hoyle
- Six Sigma for Business Excellence by Penelope Przekop
- The Deming Management Method: The Bestselling Classic for Quality Management by Mary Walston and W. Edwards Deming
- The Toyota Way: 14 Management Principles from the World’s Greatest Manufacturer by Jeffrey K. Liker