On the reading list

by Michelle Lasley

Michelle Lasley is a mother, wife in Pacific Northwest learning to balance green dreams with budget realities.

March 11, 2012

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Categories: Family, Post a Day 2012

Michigan Blue Sky

Michigan Blue Sky (Photo credit: alexis22578)

Rereading Strengths Based Leadership, skimming through why it’s important to lead with trust, compassion, stability, and hope. This was recommended by a former co-worker.

I’m about half way through Wire to Wire a novel by a board member with my paying employer. It takes place in Michigan. It’s a dark look at my home state. I want to say, “Not the Michigan I grew up in!” But, I can’t put it down. I’m falling in love with the betrodden character, and I’m sensing the dark ending with the hinted foreshadowing. What’s strangest is that this author is an acquaintance. I wonder if it’d be like meeting Stephen King. A mild-mannered man with these dark creations at his finger tips…

Next on the shelf is The Sustainability Revolution: Portrait of a Paradigm Shift. A co-worker had this book on his desk. One day, I had to leave him a note – not something I normally do. I couldn’t help but pick it up. I asked if I could borrow it. I now have my own copy. I haven’t started it yet, but it’s on the shelf. Given that sustainability is my main area of focus…

Another co-worker (sensing a trend here?) linked a snapshot of this book (The Fundraising Habits of Supremely Successful Boards: A 59-Minute Guide to Assuring Your Organization’s Future). I found the snapshot very intriguing, as habit building always seems like good sense to me. It was a little spendier than I normally put out, especially for something that is supposed to take an hour to read. But, I like the logic thus far. I am hoping to apply the themes to all three organizations where I spend my time.

For continued self-discovery, I’ve got The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World on hand. I’ve actually left this one at work. It seems I work amidst a lot of introverts. Our office, I think is 75% introvert. This surprised me as I collected the responses from my informal poll. I sort of imagine the world divvying itself up neatly more or less 50/50. But, we also have a staff that is composed mostly of women. Not all the women are introverts.

I have a series of Facilitation books that I am skimming and rereading. I bought them a few weeks ago. I need to adjust the budget to allow for a book allowance.

Next up, on the shelf but not read:

Sometimes I wonder why I don’t read more. I schedule in time for certain “shows”. I know why though. Some days, my brain just needs to watch pretty pictures flash across a screen. My bedtime reading usually lasts about 10 minutes before I’m out, like a light.

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