SQ Leadership Book Review

Breakfast with Seneca: A Stoic Guide to the Art of Living

By: David Fideler (Author)

Stoicism, the most influential philosophy of the Roman Empire, offers refreshingly modern ways to strengthen our inner character in the face of an unpredictable world.

Widely recognized as the most talented and humane writer of the Stoic tradition, Seneca teaches us to live with freedom and purpose.

His most enduring work, over a hundred “Letters from a Stoic” written to a close friend, explains how to handle adversity; overcome grief, anxiety, and anger; transform setbacks into opportunities for growth; and recognize the true nature of friendship.

In Breakfast with Seneca, philosopher David Fideler mines Seneca’s classic works in a series of focused chapters, clearly explaining Seneca’s ideas without oversimplifying them.

Best enjoyed as a daily ritual, like an energizing cup of coffee, Seneca’s wisdom provides us with a steady stream of time-tested advice about the human condition―which, as it turns out, hasn’t changed much over the past two thousand years.

 

Fixed.: How to Perfect the Fine Art of Problem Solving

By: Amy E Herman (Author)

An art historian and lawyer who uses works of art to teach us how to hone our perceptions and visual intelligence, presents a paradigm-shattering twist on problem solving that helps us find solutions to the problems we face every day.

As technology has become essential to our daily lives, our reliance on the internet and our electronic devices has exploded , short-circuiting our brains and weakening the critical skills we need to find solutions to difficult issues.

Amy Herman has developed a unique approach to problem solving  that uses works of art to revitalize our minds and help us think creatively.

She’s trained thousands of people from organizations around the world, including the FBI, CIA, Navy SEALs, the IMF, Scotland Yard, Interpol, and the State Department.

In Fixed., Herman outlines her step-by-step approach, providing a fresh set of tools to help us kickstart our critical thinking skills and enable us to find solutions to some of our most intractable problems.

Herman explains the artist’s use of the creative process and teaches us how to analyze paintings, sculpture, mixed media, photography, and contemporary art.

By learning how to look at these works more astutely, we hone our powers of perception and discover deep-seated truths about ourselves that often prevent clear-thinking and optimal decision making.

Once we recognize our biases, we can overcome them and see solutions we were previously blind to.

Herman’s approach doesn’t take an art degree—only the willingness to open our eyes and our minds.

Things go wrong all the time. Fixed. offers an innovative and proven way to see problems differently—and craft better solutions for productivity, profit and peace. 

 

10 Leadership Virtues for Disruptive Times: Coaching Your Team Through Immense Change and Challenge

By: Tom Ziglar (Author)

Tom Ziglar, CEO of Zig Ziglar Corp, shares ten leadership virtues that are essential for coaching employees through immense change and creating an environment of maximum potential and productivity.

With the world changing so rapidly, many leaders are struggling to find new ways to make a significant and positive impact on their team.

The key, says Tom Ziglar, is to consistently bring out the best in everyone by focusing on ten core virtues: kindness, humility, respect, persistence, selflessness, encouragement, positive expectations, self-control, firmness, and hope.

Delivering cutting-edge new research, wisdom gleaned from experience, and poignant insights from his work at Zig Ziglar Corp, Tom Ziglar identifies the communication styles that will keep everyone on the same page, regardless of their working environment.

He also emphasizes the importance of closing the “empathy gap” between management and staff in order to create a more connected team that operates to its fullest potential–and how developing each team member’s unique dreams, goals, and abilities sets up the company for success.

In 10 Leadership Virtues for Disruptive Times, Ziglar shows why “coach leadership,” instead of management leadership, is the best way to lead through immense change and challenge.

It is essential guidance for leaders who want to coach their teams through inevitable periods of disruption with the goal of helping them thrive at home and at work.

 

Swerve: Life Altering Wisdom from Saints, Masters, and People Like You and Me

By: Kevin Cullen (Author)

Have you ever had a conversation that literally changed your life?

Have you ever read something that fundamentally changed the way you looked at your life, your business, your situation, and those around you? Has someone ever said something to you that opened your eyes to a whole new possibility?

As a business consultant, Kevin Cullen was always looking for ways to approach business that allowed him to offer clients new access to their traditional way of thinking, speaking, being, and acting.

Virtually everything we know, we’ve learned from another. For most, this began with our parents—they taught us how to speak, walk, eat, and gave us the foundation for functioning in life.

As we grew older, others entered our life—relatives, teachers, playmates, and even strangers.

We are continually learning and discovering as we go through life, and hopefully those things we learn help us to be better people, improve the quality of our lives, and be more effective, satisfied, and fulfilled.

Throughout his life, Kevin had the unique opportunity to spend time with some amazing people—Mother Teresa, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, gurus, philosophers, business leaders, celebrities, teachers, and leading-edge thinkers, to name a few.

Some of the best lessons in this book are based on insights gained from these folks.

Kevin shares these conversations and stories with readers here so they, too, might gain some of the incredible benefits.

These lessons are not intended to provide answers, but rather to provoke an inquiry for you that will perhaps have you discover something for yourself…ultimately leading to a transformation in the way you live life.

 

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