3 Books, 2 Websites and 1 Blog – 2014

Wow – how time flies! Another year is close to completion. As always, I look forward to sharing with you some of my favorite reads and websites. Hope you enjoy this year’s entries. And let us know your favorites from 2014.

Happy Reading and Happy Leading!

 The Books

3dbookimage1How the World Sees You:  Discover Your Highest Value through the Science of Fascination, Sally Hogshead. New York: Harper Collins, 2014.

Those of you familiar with my website and my blog have heard me extol the many virtues of Sally Hoghead’s How the World Sees You and the Fascination Advantage® system. This book’s impact on its readers is phenomenal.

“Your personality is your natural weapon against distraction, competition, and commoditization. The more value you add, the less you have to compete on price, and the less likely you are to become a commodity.”

This book changes perspectives. I have seen evidence of individuals using their Fascination Advantage® to re-sculpt their lives. The difference (and level of fulfillment) is indeed fascinating.


ConfidenceCode3DCover-web-readyThe Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance – What Women Should Know, Katty Kay and Claire Shipman. New York: HarperCollins, 2014.

As you know, I spend a lot of time working with clients in the area of emotional intelligence.  During our Simmons Survey debriefs, we talk about confidence and its effect on relationships and effectiveness. Kay and Shipman’s research is an adjunct to these conversations as it investigates the subject of confidence and our ability to expand our behaviors in that area.

In essence, confidence is a choice. Yes, our genes do play a part. But confidence grows through “hard work, substantial risk, determined persistence, and sometimes bitter failure.”

“Confidence, ultimately, is the characteristic that distinguishes those who imagine from those who do.”

To all women, give yourself the gift of confidence by reading this book. (Kay and Shipman also have a free online Confidence Quiz. Take this quiz to measure your confidence level.) The authors prove that our brains can be rewired to be more confident. So please invest in yourself, your future, and then pass this inheritance on to your daughters.


What to Do When angled-cover_largeIt’s Your Turn (and it’s always your turn), Seth Godin. Canada: The Domino Project, 2014.

Seth Godin excels at pushing us to fail, to be thirsty, and to act. His latest book continues this momentum.  In Godin-style, the examples he uses guide you through overcoming fear.

He begins with his “broken escalator theory” – a paralyzing event for two executives (and a metaphor for how we all become stuck). Throughout this enjoyable read, the reader sees that choices are always available.

“Either you’re the creator or you’re the audience. Either you’re waiting your turn or you’re taking it.”


The Websites

v48tnqegh6doo58gg7lt  www.lifehacker.com

“Tips, tricks, and downloads for getting things done.”

This eclectic site provides the researcher with information in a variety of categories such as communication, personal finance, psychology, health, and do-it-yourself instructions.  With regular contributors and guest submissions, the site is a fun and informative place to visit.


logo   www.prezi.com

 “This is the moment when you make things click.”

We have all suffered through “death by PowerPoint”. Prezi will revitalize you and reincarnate your presentations. Give yourself the gift of designing your next presentation using the Prezi site. From big picture to detail view, the creator is able to easily display interrelated concepts. Easy to use and cloud-based so you may sync your presentation across your communication devices.

Bye-bye, PowerPoint. Hello, Prezi!


The Blog

logo-unite-ftr Richard Branson’s Virgin Unite

“Every great movement in the world starts with a tiny group of people who simply refuse to accept a situation.”

Without question, Richard Branson is infinitely interesting. From his entrepreneurial accomplishments to his innovative solutions to his giving spirit, he entertains and inspires. Virgin Unite is Branson’s philanthropic arm. The blog posts cover topics on leadership and advocacy, business innovation, and entrepreneurship.

Step outside of your immediate surroundings and join the global community. Regardless of your interests, Branson will mesmerize you with his passion and vision.

What books, websites, and blogs, impacted you this year? Please share in the comment section below.


4 Comments on “3 Books, 2 Websites and 1 Blog – 2014”

  1. Anne B Smith says:

    Being Mortal by Atul Gawande – chosen by Amazon as one of 20 Best Books for 2014

    “In Being Mortal, bestselling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending”.

    Although this does not fall into the realm of “Leadership Elements”, I feel it is a must read for those of us that are aging or have aging parents, family members or dear friends who are dealing with Life & Death matters. Since you invited us to list books we have read and that impacted us during this year, I decided to send this to you in your blog. Happy reading and your comments will be appreciated.

    • Susan Bowen says:

      Thank you so much, Anne, for your contribution. The subject is certainly one that all of us must face. I appreciate your addition to the list. I, for one, will put this on my top reads list for 2015.

  2. Susan,
    I like the look of your blog site redesign and love this post’s suggestions. Thank you.

  3. Susan Bowen says:

    Thank you, Merryn. I appreciate your kind words. Any favorite books you have come across this year? We’d love to hear what you are reading!

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