5 Books Leaders Should Read In October 2020

It’s the end of September. That means it is time for another list of book recommendations.

Every month, I am sharing books I think you should read. Whether that’s the coming month or 5 months from now, these books will help you become a better leader.

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These book recommendations will be a mix of personal development, leadership development, and more. Check them out and see what you think.

5 Books Leaders Should Read In October 2020

Mastering The Game: What Video Games Can Teach Us About Success In Life by Jon D. Harrison:

Jon’s a man after my own heart. He sees life and leadership lessons in all aspects of life. His sweet spot is video games.

He’s able to look at a video game and extract life lessons out of them. You will be surprised by what you can learn from a video game!

8 Business Tasks That Can Be Automated

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Embracing the latest tech is essential in business for keeping up with competition and the growing needs of your customers. One recent tech development that has been changing businesses is automation. 

Automation involves using computers to automatically carry out tasks without the need for human intervention. It can be a great way of managing tasks that may otherwise be time-consuming or easily forgotten – often helping companies to save and make more money. 

In business, there can be many uses for automation. Below are eight business tasks that can be automated. 

Calculating taxes and expenses

If you’re still manually calculating taxes and expenses using a calculator, it could be time to graduate to accounting software. Such software can automate this process for you, saving you a lot of time spent on bookkeeping. 

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Dreamer The Documentary

Dreamer is the 2020 documentary about the crazy dreamers who are making a difference in the world. Having been told what they wanted to do was crazy, impossible, or even improbably, they didn’t listen to the naysayers.

Movie poster for Dreamer the movie documentary

Rather, these dreamers listened to their dreams. They accomplished huge things that no one else had ever accomplished. The list of dreamers is long. They include:

  • Anousheh Ansari (CEO, XPRIZE)
  • Lisa Nichols (Founder of Motivating The Masses)
  • Dean Kamen (Inventor of the Segway)
  • Richard Branson (Investor and business tycoon)
  • Naveen Jain (Viome founder)
  • Seth Godin (Business guru extraordinaire)
  • Jessica Cox (First armless pilot)
  • Giovanni Marsico (Founder of the Archangel Academy)
  • Craig Kielburger (Found of the WE Movement)
  • Kim Kwik (Author of Limitless)
  • Haben Girma (Author of The Deaf Blind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law)
  • Peter Diamandis (Executive chairman of XPRIZE)

How To Handle Stressful Situations

As a leader, you’re going to face stressful situations. These situations may pop up and surprise you or you may see them coming from a mile away. Whatever the poison, you have to be ready to deal with stressful situations.

I had a stressful situation recently. How I dealt with it may help you deal with the stressful situations you will encounter as a leader.

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My Stressful Situation

We have multiple servers for our business. One of them hosts our Epicor ERP system. This server is a physical, stand-alone server that has not aged gracefully.

I came into my department and faced off against a frantic co-worker. They hadn’t received orders the day before or so far that morning.

Uh oh… Something is wrong.

My stress level began to rise…

Why You Need To Set Goals

Goals are the thing we aim for. We set a target and we head towards the goal.

Whenever I look at my biggest successes in life, I notice there’s a common theme. The common theme is that I set a goal and I went for it.

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Whether the success has been the growth of this blog, the Reel Leadership articles, or some other aspect of my life, goals have been a major source of the success.

If we know goals help us achieve success, why do so many of us fail to set goals?

Why We Fail To Set Goals

Goals can be scary. They tell us what we hope and dream for. They set something before us that we haven’t yet achieved… but want to.

Goals set us up for future success. Goals can also set us up for future disappointment.