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We at Value Shepherd recognize that your professional development will consist of reading. We have added a number of books that we recommend to the leaders we coach and to the students of our BRM, Service Management and Emotional Intelligence Classes. Some of the books have a video review (By Value Shepherd and Guests). The video review is intended to inform the viewer of the relevance the book has for aspiring leaders. 

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Atlas of the heart

Publisher: Random House

Publishing Date: 11/30/2021

Author: Brené Brown

A review from Value Shepherd and Guests. Learn how this book enhances skills for BRMs and others Leaders

This book can help enhance your leadership skills by:

Naming our emotions give us the power to regulate. It also give us the power to influence others. For more information read: Why BRMs need to develop Emotional Intelligence!

Reviews of Atlas of the heart

It’s a Brene Brown book and I had very high expectations, well, it delivered and then some. Book is very well written, thorough and organized. It has the perfect mix of storyline, reference points, comparisons and analysis. This book not only has the substance but the looks! Design, paper quality, pictures are all top notch. At first I found it ironic that a book about raw and messy emotions is that beautiful outside but probably that was exactly the point. It invites you to sit with the book and then with your emotions. Very well done.

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Dare to lead

Publisher: Penguin

Publishing Date: 10/09/2018

Author: Brené Brown

This book can help enhance your leadership skills by:

Reviews of Dare to lead

Dare to Lead makes us delve into the most vulnerable parts of ourselves. We all need to be vulnerable to be able to lead with confidence. I love the fact that all Brené’s books are backed up with research. Her keen sense of humor allows us to look at ourselves with honesty without becoming morbid. Great book and workbook.

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Emotional Intelligence 2.0

Publisher: Talent Smart

Publishing Date: 03/13/2009

Author: Travis Bradberry & Jean Greaves

This book can help enhance your leadership skills by:

Emotional Intelligence is a key competency for effective leaders. By developing stronger connections, blah blah

Reviews of Emotional Intelligence 2.0

“Emotional Intelligence 2.0 succinctly explains how to deal with emotions creatively and employ our intelligence in a beneficial way.” —The Dalai Lama

“Gives abundant, practical findings and insights with emphasis on how to develop EQ. Research shows convincingly that EQ is more important than IQ.” — Stephen R. Covey, author, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

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Feeling Seen: Reconnecting in a Disconnected World

Publisher: Collins

Publishing Date: 01/17/2023

Author: Jody Carrington

This book can help enhance your leadership skills by:

Reviews of Feeling Seen: Reconnecting in a Disconnected World

Dr. Jody once again hits the nail squarely on the head. There is so many opportunities to connect with the disconnected but we have forgotten how. Having a conversation is a lost art which must be reclaimed so we can once again acknowledge one another to create the energy to bring hope for a world in which we can live together with love, understanding and actions.

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No Bad Parts

Publisher: Sounds True

Publishing Date: 06/20/2021

Author: Richard Schwartz Ph.D.

This book can help enhance your leadership skills by:

This book offers insights into understanding and leading one’s internal system of parts, which can translate into better leadership skills. Here’s how it can help you become a better leader:

  1. Self-awareness and Emotional Intelligence: By exploring the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model, you learn about the different parts within yourself, including managers, exiles, and firefighters. This awareness helps you understand your motivations, fears, and reactions, increasing your emotional intelligence, which is crucial for effective leadership.
  2. Conflict Resolution: Understanding that people have various internal parts can help you navigate conflicts more effectively. You can apply this knowledge to resolve disputes in your team, recognizing that conflicts often arise from protective parts of individuals clashing, rather than the core selves.
  3. Empathy and Compassion: The book encourages empathy towards all parts of oneself, which can extend to others. As a leader, cultivating compassion helps in building stronger, more supportive relationships with your team, leading to a more cohesive and motivated workforce.
  4. Decision Making: By recognizing and addressing your internal parts, you can achieve a more balanced and centered state of mind. This equanimity allows for clearer, more thoughtful decision-making, a key component of leadership.
  5. Resilience and Stress Management: The IFS model provides tools for managing stress and healing trauma. Leaders who can effectively manage their own stress are better equipped to support their teams during challenging times, fostering a resilient and adaptable organization.

By integrating the principles from “No Bad Parts,” you can enhance your self-leadership, which naturally extends to how you lead others, promoting a healthier, more effective leadership style.

Reviews of No Bad Parts

I liked reading this right after the intro to IFS book by the same author since the intro gave me a good foundation. But this book stands on its own and Schwarz gives enough info on the general approach to help the novice reader get acquainted with the main premises. This one goes into more depth with some useful exercises that are provided in a helpful sequence.

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The Power of Body Language

Publisher: Nightingale Conant

Publishing Date: 04/20/2012

Author: Joe Navarro

This book can help enhance your leadership skills by:

Reviews of The Power of Body Language

Being new to learning about body language this audio book really kicked off my learning. The author is the leading authority on body language and gives easy to fallow instructions as well as good example of said body language. I also like how he states that body language is subjective EX) someone might have received bad news before interacting with you so what one might read as this person not interested in them is really them having a negative experience before talking with you.