The Advancing Leadership Blog

March 2014 #Shelfie

by TEC Chair, David Rubin

Introducing a new series on The Advancing Leadership Blog, #Shelfie. By now, you have no doubt heard about the current social media trend of posting “selfies” on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, etc. We have decided to elevate that concept and apply it to thought leadership. TEC Chair, David Rubin, is our first contributor to this series and shares reading recommendations from his bookshelf and what inspires him as a business leader and mentor. Share your own #shelfie with us on Twitter @TECCanada

Fierce Conversations, Susan Scott

Life is a series of conversations. This book has forever changed the way I have conversations. The better the conversations, the better the life. Go deeper, learn more, understand more and be understood. Make closer connections in your personal and business relationships. Take time to become familiar with the approaches Susan Scott puts forward and learn in a safe environment first. Happy “mining”.

To Sell is Human, Daniel Pink

I heard Dan Pink speak at the TEC/Vistage International Convention last year in Dallas. I had a great conversation with Dan which only added to my positive feelings about this book. He proposes a very convincing argument to support his belief that everyone is in sales. He uses social science and insights, some interestingly counter intuitive, to make his case. Next he goes on to give you some practical strategies on how to become a better sales person in your life. A great read especially for the reluctant sales person.

Difficult Conversations, Stone, Patton and Hearn

For years my favourite book, this is brilliant work by 3 Harvard Professors. It decodes conversations. Conversations are more complex than you may imagine. Once decoded, the authors give you a “simple” approach to enter into life’s most difficult conversations in a new way intended to generate more positive results. Get away from the blame game and start explaining what happened in your story without the need to get the other person to agree with you. Then, reframe the conversation toward problem solving to avoid it happening again. Read ‘Difficult Conversations’ when you find yourself stuck and getting nowhere in a conversation that really matters to you.


The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Patick Lencioni

This is my go to book for leadership team building and alignment. Written as a parable, Patrick Lencioni uses a story to help connect the reader to the lessons in the book. His goal is to get teams pulling on the same oar at the same time. Alignment. Identifying the dysfunction(s) of your team is the starting point, followed by techniques on how to overcome the dysfunction. If you want to go further with this approach, I recommend checking out the companion Field Guide.


The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams

I read the first book of four in this trilogy (I know) on a beach in Mexico. I found myself belly laughing as I read the story. It is sci-fi with so many unexpected twists and turns. It’s intelligent and makes you think about many human practices and events in a whole new way. If you like (ironic) humour this book is one to check out.

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