5 Books Leaders Should Read In November 2020

Every month, I want to share with you a list of 5 book recommendations. They are books that have touched my life, added value, or have helped me to become a better leader.

The books can range from fiction to non-fiction to infotainment. I believe all books can help us become better leaders.

A stack of books by a cup of coffee

The books this month will be a range of books. I hope you’ll consider picking up one or two of them and adding them to your book reading collection and book list.

5 Books Leaders Should Read In November 2020

1. Silver Goldfish by Stan Phelps and Alan Hoffler:

I’ve enjoyed some of Stan’s other books including Pink Goldfish where he co-authored the book with David Rendall. Silver Goldfish is similar to his other books where he focuses on a specific topic.

The topic of Silver Goldfish is the pathway to delivering better business presentations.

How To Use Other Businesses As Your Inspiration

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What? Using other businesses for inspiration? Shouldn’t you find it difficult to take inspiration or even advice from businesses in your market that you’re competing with? Well, perhaps theres’ a point to be made there. That said, the wise man learns from those around him, and in this sense, any business leader that fails to view the market and its players is effectively ‘playing blind.’ 

But how can you use other businesses as your inspiration without directly copying them? What does ‘inspiraiton’ mean in this context to begin with? And more than that, how can it apply to your business now, not in an ephemeral sense. After all, you can read all of the most excellent books on leadership that you want, but if you’re not willing to embody those ideals or at least try them out, you may have wasted your time.

What Do You Need To Unsubscribe From?

Over the years, I’ve signed up for a lot of newsletters, store promotions, and more via email. I’ve recently come to realize I’ve signed up for way too many emails. Many of them I no longer read or they no longer apply to me.

What does this mean for me? It means my email inbox has become inundated with emails from companies and organizations. Just today, my inbox contained over 500 emails from various companies.

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That’s a lot. A lot more than I’m comfortable having in my inbox.

I choose to do something with all of these emails. I began to look at the emails, their senders, and whether or not the emails were pertinent to me.

Doing this allowed me to determine which email lists I wanted to stay connected to and which email lists I was okay with clicking the unsubscribe button.

Four Tips For Making Your Business More Successful

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When it comes to making your business successful, it’s important to figure out ways that you can improve on what you already have. Any business needs to start from somewhere, and most of the time, it’s with minimal amounts of resources and financial aid. With that in mind, here are four tips for making your business more successful.

Tackle Your Weaknesses

Your weaknesses are weaknesses for a reason, and if you’re not willing to tackle them, then they’re always going to stop you from achieving your very best as a business. Your advantages and strengths are going to be good to lead with but try to tackle what you can when it comes to the things that are holding you back. Perhaps it’s the customer service of your business that needs work or the types of ad campaigns you’re running in order to market the business. It could be an internal issue to do with communication between departments. Whatever it is, try to focus on using what you have to your advantage but then working on those areas that might need a bit more effort on your part to help your business grow and thrive.

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Honest Thief

A Reel Leadership Article

It’s been a long time since I’ve stepped foot in a movie theater (except seeing The New Mutants at the Getty 4 drive-in). Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, theaters have been shut down in Michigan for close to 7 months. That’s a long time when you see one or two movies a week.

This week, I decided to go back to the theater because they recently reopened. The experience was surreal. It felt different. It was different. It was okay, though.

Liam Neeson as Tom in Honest Thief. Holding a gun.

We decided to see Honest Theif starring Liam Neeson. As many of you know, I am a huge fan of Liam Neeson. His work on the Taken series, The Commuter, Cold Pursuit, The Dark Knight Rises, and other movies always fascinates me. He typically plays the same role, just a different movie. That’s okay. That’s why I love Liam Neeson!