Happy Thursday, friends. It’s been a hectic week – Aaron pulled a muscle in his back on Sunday, which meant a trip to Urgent Care so he could get a steroid shot and some anti-inflammatories. I’m thinking this means I might need to hire a neighborhood kid to come do my Christmas lights. Our garbage disposal also broke, and I’m going through my home warranty (which honestly deserves a post on it’s own), and they have been a royal pain to deal with. But, it’s nothing that won’t eventually all work itself out. First World problems, am I right? I feel blessed to have a house to fix – and to have health insurance to help when we need it.
Does anyone else feel the pressure of the season? I feel the pressure to get my Christmas stuff up, the pressure to get my shopping done – and before I know it, I’ve completely lost track of the real reason for the season. This year, I’m determined to savor some much needed downtime without the pressure to have a fully-packed holiday schedule. I want to enjoy some Christmas movies on the couch, snuggled up in a blanket, with no plans on the books. I can’t wait to enjoy some Christmas reads (my girlfriend just suggested “In Five Years,” which I need to grab). And, I might also revisit “One Day in December,” which is one of my favorite holiday books.
Top three business books
While I’ve been bad about reading for pleasure, I’ve been reading books for work. So, if you are into the whole educational book thing, the next couple of paragraphs will resonate with you. I’d also like to note that many of the ideas presented in these books are also applicable to real life as well – so you don’t have to be in business to benefit from these.
I serve on several committees, so there’s a bit of work behind the scenes to further educate ourselves on certain topics. One of the committees is focused on employee engagement, and so I recently read “Bias Interrupted: Creating Inclusion for Real and for Good.” This book is about creating real and lasting change when it comes to incorporating inclusivity into the workplace (or being aware of inclusion in your day-to-day life). The author presents real-life data and research to show how we can truly move the needle.
Team of Teams
This next book was not the most thrilling read of them all, but it had practical advice. It was also recommended as a must-read by my organization’s president. “Team of Teams” was written by General McChrystal, who served in the War in Iraq – he commanded the Joint Special Operations Task Force. He talks about how the challenges he was able to overcome in Iraq – and the skills he developed as a result – could translate into leading teams in the workforce today. It teaches you how to build a team that is flexible, resilient and agile.
And finally, I read “Stretch” this fiscal year. We have a book club, and this book was one of the reads toward the end of last year. Scot Sonenshein shares some valuable ways you can do more with less. And, in a world that wants us to work faster and smarter and harder (and more), this book provides some valuable tips about how you can find creative ways to stretch the boundaries. This one is applicable in work – and in life!
Sentence per picture
So, there you have it – some of the top three business books should you find yourself needing a “light” read over the holidays. Haha. But in all seriousness, they are worth a read when you have a spare second. Now, here’s some of the lighter stuff that’s been going on this week in a sentence per picture.
Wine is getting me through this week. Elouan is one of my favorite Pinot Noirs.
And because I’m an adult, exxxtra flamin’ hot Cheetos have also been my jam this week (don’t knock them til’ you try them).
Life is all about balance, so I’m balancing out the wine and Cheetos with some peloton action. I owe ya’ll a review now that I’ve been using it for about three weeks. I was happy to place first in an endurance running class the other night.
Snuggin’ spuds – there isn’t anything much cuter.
I love this cozy little Christmas corner in my office (yes, I still need to stick some decorations on, which I’ll do this weekend, but it makes me so happy to turn my little tree on in the morning).
Okay, friends. That’s all for today. I’ve got some Friday favorites headed your way tomorrow!