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The Story of Philosophy

by Will Durant

After spending a certain amount of time in a censored environment (the past year in China and a few years ago in Saudi Arabia) some time is needed to reboot one’s overall way of thinking. After Saudi, it was a review of Drucker. Now I am going way back to the classic thinkers of philosophy to reboot my thinking. The works of great writers (like many artists) were not really appreciated, nor the true impact felt, until well after their death. That means many of them wrote knowing much of their life’s work would not really benefit them in their time. Maybe a few of us should take this same approach in this day and age of insurmountable misinformation. Sometimes you just need to step back and look at everything in context. It has been a most interesting and enlightening process.

— Jeff Carter, global learning and education specialist at CarterEducation

The Trusted Advisor

by Robert M. Galford, Charles Green and David Maister

I am a learning and development analyst always looking to enhance my craft in the learning industry. I chose this book to help me have more impactful performance consulting conversations versus being an “order taker.” I want to be able to solve the true problems, change behaviors to lead to better results, and most importantly make an impact on the overall business. Relationships give me energy. I want to know the challenges of our business partners and help with a solution versus a Band-Aid approach. This book has offered me so many practical tips that can give me that consulting edge, such as: be an empathetic ear and listen to everything, don’t be insecure; act like a real person not just someone in a role; the ability to focus on the other person is essential, don’t be over eager to solve the problem. I highlighted this book to death and wrote in the margins. This will be my go-to before and after a consultation. My favorite part is that the authors compiled all the practical tools referenced throughout the book at the end for easy access.

Chanda Frenton, learning and development curriculum analyst at State Farm Insurance

Leadership from the Inside Out, 3rd ed. revised

by Kevin Cashman

Kevin’s book is a great reflection tool and he encourages to have pen in hand to catch insights and thoughts that come up about you and your leadership as you read. The book focuses on leadership and self-master. This revised edition includes his thinking, case examples and reflection questions for personal, story, interpersonal, change, resilience, being and coaching mastery. While reading an earlier edition proved to be helpful many years ago, revisiting some of the concepts and questions has been helpful in reflecting on where I’m at presently in my leader journey and learning what is possible as I center in the here and now with an eye on what’s next. As a coach, to keep integrity with my work it is important that I do my own inner work. This book enables me to cultivate a personal practice of self-reflection while honing my capabilities as a leader.

— Carolyn Butcher, executive coach

Chief Learning Officer wants to hear from you: What’s at the top of your reading list?
Send your submissions to Ave Rio at ario@CLOmedia.com.

Chief Learning Officer wants to hear from you: What’s at the top of your reading list?
Send your submissions to Ave Rio at ario@CLOmedia.com.