Reading is a big deal for us here at Engagement Multiplier because being engaged means we’re always looking for ways to learn and improve. That’s why we have a company-wide book club where we make time to read and discuss books related to engagement (Check out our Engagement Multiplier Book Club series on the blog). In addition to our rotating book club reads, we also keep a bookshelf of our favorites: the ones that have impacted us most, the ones we both love and live by.
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And we’d like to share them with you.
But, since few people have as much time to read as they’d like, we’re also keeping a weather eye on brevity, so this list is organized from shortest to longest.
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On the EM Bookshelf
The 80% Approach by Dan Sullivan (35 pages plus audio CD)
You know the saying “don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good?” Sometimes our quest for perfection holds us back from achieving some very good things. This book by Dan Sullivan of Strategic Coach helps alleviate the frustration, guilt, dissatisfaction and unproductivity that can result from perfectionism and procrastination. It’s a very simple concept, but a powerful one that can really light a fire under you to get going.
Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson, M.D. (94 pages)
Change got you down? Worried about the changes coming in the near or far future? This quick read uses a simple parable to help us all deal with change better, with less stress and more success in work and in life.
Stefan Wissenbach’s first book really lays the foundation for everything we do here – helping people to live happier, more fulfilled lives – through engagement. But Stefan wrote this before he landed on engagement as the method by which to help people live happier lives en masse. At its core, you might say it’s a How-To manual for turning your biggest, bravest dreams into reality, whether they are short-term or long-term goals. But we’ve found it also helps you clarify them in a way that is immediately, incredibly useful, and sheds fresh light on how to be your very best self. This is one to hand out for holiday gifts – it’s that good.
A parable-style story in which a fictional manager has to transform a chronically unenthusiastic and unhelpful department into an energetic, positive team. Think of it this way: What if there had been a really effective, smart, sensitive, and engaged manager dropped straight into Office Space? And what if that manager had learned everything she knew about management from fish mongers at Pike Place Fish Market?
Intrigued? You should be.
Leaders – get your highlighters ready, because you’re going to need them. This outlines what an Engaged Organization is, what it does, and how to get there in Stefan’s signature concise prose, sprinkled with pertinent quotes and powerful stories. The Engaged Organization Scorecard™ comes with the book, so you can check in with your team and get a sense of how you’re doing now.
A practical, fun, easy-to-read book about creating the kind of customer service that keeps customers coming back. We love it because the tips and strategies are real-life-tested and immediately applicable (and not just for customer service departments – this is for anyone who has one customer or a million).
StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath (175 pages)
We’re all happiest and most productive when we’re doing what we do best, but how many of us have had the opportunity to shine? One of the most powerful aspects of an engaged organization is that part of engagement means empowering your people to play to their strengths – this book helps you (and them) figure out what those strengths are and how to develop them.
The New York Times best-selling guide to decluttering your home, Japanese-style (from Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo). Simplify, organize, store – and watch it transform your life, not just your home. Best part? Kondo says if you simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again.
What does this have to do with engagement? A central piece of advice in this book is to get rid of anything that doesn’t give you joy. We’d argue that’s equally good advice for life.
It’s the longest book on our list, but actually quite a short read – it goes by fast! Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Charles Duhigg digs into the science behind habits, why they exist, and how they can be changed. His argument is that the key to being more productive, exercising regularly, losing weight and achieving whatever goal you’ve set for yourself is to understand how habits work. Put this one down for your New Year’s reading list (and let us know how those resolutions go!).
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