Books for Everyone on Your Gift List

The busy pace of work and family can make it challenging to find time to fit in all the book recommendations many of us receive throughout the year.

That’s one of the reasons I love the holidays; when life slows down a bit, I can look forward to reading for inspiration, renewal and learning.

No matter where you are on your business or career journey, the right book can spark creativity and help you make your next move. Here are several titles that may to appeal to your business-minded friends and help them (or maybe you) kick off the new year with a fresh perspective.

For the Leader

“Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action” by Simon Sinek

Some of the most notable leaders who have had the greatest influence have a similar motivation for the way they think, act and communicate. Rather than beginning at a more conventional starting point, the most innovative, influential leaders ask themselves why. They’ve realized none of the other details matter until people are able to understand why they should buy into a product, service or idea. This book is perfect for anyone looking to better their understanding of leading and inspiring others.

For the Influencer

“TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking,” by Chris Anderson

There’s no secret formula or rigid list of tips, but rather, a process that helps you discover your genuine delivery and innate potential for making powerful connections through speech. This is a great read for anyone wanting to develop as an effective public speaker.

 For the Entrepreneur

“Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike,” by Phil Knight

This book is perfect for anyone needing some entrepreneurial inspiration. Phil Knight started Nike with $50 he borrowed from his father. In the beginning, he sold low-cost running shoes out of the trunk of his Plymouth Valiant. That was 1962. Today, the company’s annual sales top $30 billion. Knight’s first-hand perspective is a powerful reminder that big dreams often start with humble roots.

 For the Innovator

“Originals: How Nonconformists Move the World,” by Adam M. Grant

Grant, a top-rated professor at Wharton, describes the habits of original thinkers and what it takes to stand out as a leader. His premise is that creativity and originality can be honed, not just innately possessed. With a forward by Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and author of “Lean In,” Grant’s “Originals” has been regarded as one of the best business books of 2016. It’s a compelling read from a great contemporary thinker and author.

 For the Advocate

“Behind The Red Door: Unlock Your Advocacy Influence And Success,” by Karen B. Moore

This book draws on Moore’s more than two decades of communications and advocacy wins to redefine advocacy and help you influence public policy, drive your business objectives and foster engagement in your brand equity. Moore, founder and CEO of Moore Communications Group, shines a light on why advocacy is such a vital tool to run a successful organization.

 For the Educator

“Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance,” by Angela Duckworth

Psychologist Angela Duckworth, whose TED talk has been viewed more than 9 million times, discusses the best predictors of success and argues that tenacity and perseverance, or grit, trump everything else. Her conclusion is that schools should be teaching how to persist in the face of adversity. This ability to confront failure, correct mistakes and move on is key to accomplishing our goals and is highly applicable in the business world as well.

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Scott Fennell

As Chief Operating and Financial Officer at CareerSource Florida Inc., the state’s public-private workforce policy and investment board, Scott Fennell directs the implementation of improvements that increase business awareness and engagement at the state and network-wide level. A certified public accountant with more than 15 years of experience in executive leadership, policy and budget development within the workforce and economic development arena, Fennell oversees the development of a $300 million annual budget for Florida’s workforce system and provides policy guidance for investments that support the board’s emphasis on data-driven decision-making, performance and outcomes. Fennell previously served as Chief Operating Officer of the Governor’s Office of Tourism, Trade and Economic Development, where he helped lead a team charged with strengthening Florida’s business climate, directing economic development efforts and attracting new businesses to the state.

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