I periodically get asked about books or articles I’ve read, and any that I might recommend. I often find it hard to think of them on the spot so I’m going to start using this space occasionally to share a few. Here’s the first list, in no particular order:

  • The Dalai Lama on Why Leaders Should Be Mindful, Selfless, and Compassionate (article), by the Dalai Lama. What stood out in this article for me were two things: how the Dalai Lama refers to the building blocks of emotional intelligence using simple terminology any human can understand, and that he emphasizes that compassion can be learned. I especially enjoyed the last paragraph on the three types of compassionate leadership, and need to find more on the topic.

  • Story Driven: You Don’t Need to Compete When You Know Who You Are (book), by Bernadette Jiwa. This came highly recommended by one of my favorite authors, Seth Godin. For those of us who already embrace vision, mission, and values, the book is a little bit of “preaching to the choir.” My biggest takeaway, however, was when the author ties those three elements together into building a story for our company. This is a decent companion to Stand for Something: The Power of Building a Brand People Authentically Love (book), by Brian Burkhart (JuntoMentor), which I recommend reading first, and which has better reviews on Amazon ;-).

  • Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-Being (book), by Martin Seligman. The title alone might tell you why I read this book, and I can say that it didn’t disappoint. The author is regarded as the founding father of positive psychology and, therefore, emotional intelligence. In this book, he shares the science and experiments that changed even his thinking on what truly matters in life and, more importantly, what we can do to improve ours.

  • Paternal Love Can Look a Lot Like Entrepreneurial Love (article), by Daniel Akst. For decades, I’ve said half-jokingly that starting a business is the closest many men come to giving birth. This article tells the story of a Finnish study that adds some seriousness to that comment. Neuroscience researchers found that the brain activity and emotional intensity were fairly similar between entrepreneurs and fathers, leading to similar amounts of optimism, confidence, and yes, love.