Man’s (second) Best Friend


I read a lot.  Not because I enjoy reading.  I’m personally still waiting for them to make all of the literary classics into full-length feature films.  I’d buy a ticket to Dostoyevsky’s Idiot starring Mark Wahlberg or a Pixar version of Love in the Time of Cholera, voiced by Antonio Banderas and Penelope Cruz.  I like my fiction on the big screen. 

I read because I am a student.  And when it comes to acquiring knowledge, nothing beats a book.  In less than 200 pages, you can read research that took thirty years to develop.  There is so much great information packed into a good book.  If you could change one thing about how you think, feel, or behave based on a truth you found in each book you read, think of who you would be after 50 books.  Fifty times wiser in 50 small things adds up to a much, much wiser you.

Since this is a blog about creative communication, you might expect me to suggest books on creativity to get you started.  But the thing is, the act of reading, reflecting on what you have read, and then changing is one of the most creative things you can do.  And, you get the benefit of hearing other people’s perspectives, which enhances your creativity.  

Here’s the book that has 30 years of research packed into less than 200 pages: The Truth About Leadership: The No-Fads, Heart-of-the-Matter Facts You Need To Know by James M. Kouzes and Barry Pozner (2010).  Kouzes and Pozner are well respected in the field of organizational leadership, and they have written numerous academic articles about their research.  This book is easy to read and full of practical advice about improving your leadership.  In the past few months, I have had an experience to which I have been able to apply their advice that failure is “one of the best teachers you can have.”  This is a new belief that I have added to my leadership wisdom.

What book have you read lately, and what has it added to your creativity and wisdom? 

“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend.

  Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.” —Groucho Marx


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