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Books & Podcasts
Some of the things I read and listen to that may help you, too:
PEAK – if you’re like me, you have an interest in learning how to get better. K. Anders Ericsson’s work on human achievement dispels a lot about what we’ve heard in the mainstream media. Spoiler alert: Hollywood stories about genius are not exactly accurate! Dr. Ericsson’s decades of work reveal evidence-based insight into high achievers, and how we can learn from them to accelerate our own lives.
The Coaching Habit – if you find coaching awkward, or you’re a people leader who dislikes having to coach, this book by Michael Bungay-Stanier will make your life a lot easier.
ALI – a spectacularly written book about one of the greatest athletes of all time, Muhammad Ali. Jonathan Eig is a brilliant writer.
The Effective Manager – great evidence-based read on the fundamentals of management. Author Mark Horstman is an inspiring speaker who walks the talk!
Psycho-Cybernetics – hate the title, love the book. One of my all-time favourites, written in 1960 by Dr. Maxwell Maltz, a Columbia University trained plastic surgeon. Fascinating read about self-image and how your mind can help (or hinder) accomplishing your goals.
Last 8% Morning – led by co-founder of the Institute for Health and Human Potential, Dr. JP Pawliw-Fry, this has helped level set my days during the pandemic. Great way to start the day with focus and momentum.
The Prof G Show – interesting perspective on business from Scott Galloway, professor of marketing at NYU Stern School of Business.
Six Pixels of Separation – host Mitch Joel is a really interesting keynote speaker, and keeps his finger on the pulse of all things business, innovation, and technology.
Humans 2.0 with Mark Metry – mental health focused Global Top 100 show for entrepreneurs. Lots of amazing guests with sharp insights and honest reflections. Mark is a genuine guy who truly cares about what he’s doing.
3 Books – host Neil Pasricha is on a 15 year mission to uncover the 1000 most formative books in the world. Neil is an interesting guy who helps stretch your mind.