Category Archives: Inspirational

After reading these books, the reader has a sense of motivation and inspiration. As a result of the reading, they may also develop a strong personal commitment, as well as gaining a sense of energy and direction.

How will you measure your life?

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Citation for Book: Christensen CM, Allworth J, Dillon K. How Will You Measure Your Life?. HarperBusiness; 2012

Recommended by:  Kyle Turner, kyle.turner@pharm.utah.edu

Star Rating (1-5): 5

Review: How will you gauge the outcomes of your personal and professional life? What will success look like? In his book, How Will You Measure Your Life, Harvard business professor Clayton Christensen discusses how to find answers to these important questions. Using a series of real-life vignettes, Christensen applies the issues of the modern business world to personal and professional life as a means to discover answers to three important questions:

• How can I be sure I find satisfaction in my career?
• How can I be sure my relationships become enduring sources of happiness?
• How can I avoid compromising my integrity – and stay out of jail?

This lecture-turned-text covers subjects such as personal motivation and incentives, intentional planning vs. unexpected opportunity, aligning resources, strategy and values, long term relationship investment, creating a consistent culture, troublesome outsourcing, the impact of small decisions, and more!

Readers will find this book to be insightful, motivating and deeply reflective. Regardless of your personal or professional background, the theories and ideas presented will aid in peeling back the layers of your life and help you determine if your own ship is sailing to your desired destination.

This book belongs on every person’s shelf. Teachers and learners will find it invaluable as they investigate and teach self-awareness, ethics and values, goal setting, career planning and more.

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On Becoming a Leader

Bennis W. On Becoming a Leader. Basic Books: New York, 2009.

Recommended by:  Alan Spies, U of OK CoP

Star Rating:  5 (It was great!)

Review:  This may be the finest leadership book I have read. Not only is this book a classic but it also provides inspiration for any leader. I have used many quotes from this book and each time I go back and re-read this book, I gain additional insight. In discussing this book with students, I have found that each student really enjoyed reading this classic.

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Training Camp: A Fable About Excellence

Gordon, J. Training Camp: A Fable About Excellence. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2009.

Recommended by Jenelle Sobotka

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The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy

Gordon, J. The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2007.

Recommended by Jenelle Sobotka

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Tuesdays With Morrie

Albom, M. Tuesdays With Morrie. New York, NY: Random House, Inc, 1997.

Recommended by Jenelle Sobotka

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