If I had an hour to solve a problem and my life depended on it, I would use the first 55 minutes determining the proper question to ask, for once I know the proper question, I could solve the problem in less than five minutes.

Albert Einstein

Best Music for Working: Noon Pacific

Several studies have shown that certain types of music increase focus and productivity. A few weeks ago I found Noon Pacific and have been trying it out. I love it!  I use it several hours a day when I’m doing creative work, writing, or anything else that requires my attention. It blocks out background noise and is subtle but interesting enough to keep me moving. Got check it out!

Competing Against Luck: The Story of Innovation and Customer Choice (Harper Business, 2016)

Is successful innovation random? Is there a reproducible way to identify opportunities to serve people and solve problems that no one else is doing? Do customers really know what they want? Why are some companies and organizations one hit wonders while others have a history of innovation and success? These are some of the questions the authors answer in this well researched book. I appreciate the case studies and numerous real world examples given. If you like to think creatively, solve problems, and move your organization forward then you’ll enjoy this book. This book has a 4.6 star rating on Amazon.

Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work (Routledge , 2015)

It happens to all of us. We get comfortable, complacent, and lose momentum. It happens as individuals, to organizations, and industries. Whitney Johnson has an incredible personal story of how she went from an administrative assistant, to an equity analyst, to one of the most influential managers and business thought leaders of our time. If you’re in a place where you know things need to change, or a disruption is needed, then read this book! It has great insights for both individuals and organizations. 86% of the people on Amazon that read it gave it five stars.

Every Good Endeavor (Penguin Books, 2014)

What does it look like to live your faith out at work? Far too often we reduce it to putting a cross up in your cubicle or having a Bible on your desk. Life as Christian in the work place is so much more deep and meaningful. This is one of the best books I’ve ever read in helping Christians see their work as meaningful, valuable, and good. Even if you’re in a difficult environment or you don’t like what you do, Keller will give you a new perspective as you go into work each day. If you want to have a greater impact and a better understanding of how God wants to work in and through your work then check out this book! 82% of people on Amazon gave it 5 stars.

The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever (Box of Crayons Press, 2016)

If you want to be great at leading, coaching, consulting and helping develop others then you should read this book. We simply talk too much for others when trying to lead them. We hinder their growth, impose our own thoughts and ideas, and hold them back. Learn how to listen well and lead others by asking great questions. This book has 4.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon and 365 customer reviews.