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Top 5 Blog Posts of 2015

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Dec 31, 2015 3:30:00 PM

 

 

As 2015 comes to a close and we gear up for a new year, we wanted to take a look back and share with you our top blog posts from this past year.

Enjoy the Soderquist Top 5 of '15.

 
 
 
 
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Topics: Leadership, Practical Tips & Tricks, Reading Recommendations

Recommendation #7: Multipliers

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Aug 29, 2014 9:00:00 AM

Within the past 12 months I attended one of the Soderquist Center’s own programs called Milestone. This particular Milestone session was specifically designed for Graduate Students. As is typical with course work, I was initially skeptical of the texts we were assigned to read for the class and Liz Wiseman’s Multipliers is one of the books we were assigned.

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Topics: Practical Tips & Tricks, Personal Development, Reading Recommendations

Recommendation #6: Outliers

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Aug 26, 2014 9:00:00 AM

With my new job has also come a 45 minute commute to and from work, which has given me the wonderful opportunity to enjoy audio books. My first choice was Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell—a book I have heard referenced dozens of times but had yet to read for myself. In this book, Gladwell challenges the common assumption that wildly successful people are about 90% talent or pure genius, and the remaining 10% is extraordinary opportunities they encounter. He argues—and subsequently supports with fascinating anecdotes—that success stories are largely a result of a series of extremely fortunate events. In the book, Gladwell writes: “[successful people] are invariably the beneficiaries of hidden advantages and extraordinary opportunities and cultural legacies that allow them to learn and work hard and makes sense of the world in ways others cannot.” The book looks at both the importance of timing as an opportunity and cultural legacy as a contributor to success. When we take a closer look, the greatest success stories aren’t always the “rags to riches” tales we most often hear. In Outliers, Gladwell explains why many of New York’s litigation attorneys come from Jewish families in the textile industry, why most professional Canadian hockey players were born in January and February, and how a near-doomed Korean airlines turned the industry around by understanding the power deference of its pilots.

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Topics: Practical Tips & Tricks, Personal Development, Reading Recommendations

Recommendation #5: Daring Greatly

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Aug 21, 2014 9:00:00 AM

“Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.”- Brene Brown, Daring Greatly

Fact. You need to read “Daring Greatly,” by Brene Brown. I read it about a year ago, and find myself continually referencing it to everyone I know today. To say that I am still being influenced and challenged as a leader by the ideas presented in this book would be an understatement. What I can tell you is that this book helped me begin to crack open the myth that vulnerability is weakness. The truth is, vulnerability is at the root of all emotions, and therefore, in refusing to be vulnerable, we are refusing to live life to the fullest. In refusing to be vulnerable, we are denying ourselves -and others- the exact thing that is most craved by humanity. Brene Brown establishes that, in order to live our lives with purpose and passion, we truly must engage with and confront our own vulnerability.

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Topics: Practical Tips & Tricks, Personal Development, Reading Recommendations

Recommendation #3: A Rare Find

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Aug 14, 2014 9:00:00 AM

By now, most of us are aware that one of the most pivotal points for our organizations is the talent we attract, develop, and retain.  In The Rare Find, George Anders takes the task of talent selection head-on and does a masterful job of identifying key pitfalls of traditional selection processes and their antidotes.  Written in the same style as Jim Collins’ Good to Great and Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers, The Rare Find is well-researched and shares powerful examples to illustrate better alternatives regarding talent selection.

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Topics: Powerful Influencers, Reading Recommendations

Recommendation #2: Unbroken

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Aug 14, 2014 9:00:00 AM

Every once in a while you read a good book and tell people that you just read a great book- but you only kind of mean it. Unbroken is not one of those books. When I say it’s good, I really mean it.  After reading it, I couldn’t say enough about it.  I told all my colleagues and friends that you had to read this book, and since reading, I often find myself reflecting on the lessons I learned and the encouragement I received through the story.

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Topics: Practical Tips & Tricks, Personal Development, Reading Recommendations

Recommendation #1: Managing the Millennials

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Aug 8, 2014 9:00:00 AM

A couple of weeks ago I was having dinner with a friend who was visiting from out of town.  She had lived here previously and had arranged a get together with some of her former colleagues, who I didn’t know, and some of our mutual friends.  During the course of the conversation, we ended up having a fairly heated discussion regarding managing employees who are in the beginning of their career – the millennials.  I listened while several professional women discussed the perceived problem of working with these employees who they could neither figure out how to motivate nor seem to understand.

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Topics: Practical Tips & Tricks, Reading Recommendations, Creating Culture

What to Read: A Month of Book Suggestions

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Aug 5, 2014 9:00:00 AM

I wouldn’t consider myself a true reader. Let’s face it, when the sun is out and the sky is blue, or when I find myself a small segment of “free time,” my first instinct is to get outside, not to pick up a book.

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Topics: Practical Tips & Tricks, Personal Development, Reading Recommendations

Book Review: The Heart of Leadership by Mark Miller

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Sep 30, 2013 9:00:00 AM

Like Mark's other books, The Heart of Leadership is a compelling narrative laced with leadership wisdom.

A young professional passed over for a promotion into management is set on a course to discover what makes leaders different than high-performing individual contributors.

Along the way, he learns about developing leadership character.

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Topics: Leadership, Powerful Influencers, Personal Development, Reading Recommendations