In 2013, I read about how to lean in to the conversation, make content contagious, and most importantly open social media side doors that I did not even knew existed! Published authors during 2013 did not disappoint and I can’t wait to see what Simon Sinek has in-store with his upcoming release titled, “Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t.”
With almost every thought leader producing their own version of the facts, I have started to think very strategically about the books I add to my reading list. Many of the books I read last year just seemed to fall into my lap and I did not have a plan of what I wanted to accomplish with my reading. As a result, I was disappointed by a few of the books that did not offer a unique voice. Many authors quote each other too much and the examples they provide become a he said, she said running dialogue of praise.
One of the exceptions last year was a book by Ian Greenleigh titled, “The Social Media Side Door,” which offered a distinct perspective on how to make social media work for you and how to seek out those with the social proof to help you achieve your goals. He provided action steps, tips, and tricks to his readers that even involved reaching out to him directly. His approach was transparent and honest, which rang true with the premise of his book.
Below are 15 books that have made my 2014 reading list (only one is published in 2014). If you have any other recommendations, I would love to hear about them in the comments section.
If you attend Integrate this year, Gini Dietrich, one of the authors on my list, is going to be presenting topics from her new book “Spin Sucks.” In advance of attending, make sure you brush up on the material so that you have ample questions to ask during the Q/A discussion.
(The list below is in no particular order.)