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President's Pick

Here's a list of books I have recently read and found to be helpful, informative, or just plain entertaining. Enjoy.
 
Karen I. Miller
President and CEO

 
Touch Points by Douglas Conant and Mette Norgaard
Are you an experienced leader looking for ideas that can help you get better? Seeking advice on how to become the best leader you can be? This book is about leading in the smallest of moments.  This is a New York Times Bestseller book and I would agree. I had the opportunity to meet and work with both Doug and Mette at Leadership Week in 1997 and then recently reconnected with Mette in March 2013. They are both Level 5 leaders with a story to share.

Predictable Success by Les McKeown
Our management team had the privilege to meet and work with Les on our own strategic planning for The Farmers Bank. This book opened my eyes to the stages of most any business or non-profit and the framework to get to or stay in the stage called “predictable success.”   I highly recommend this book for any leader. 

The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer
This is a book to read, think about, and read again.  Often times while reading this book, I thought to myself that I do understand what the writer was explaining; and at the same time, I realized there was more depth to the passage that I did not fully understand.  Pursuing God reveals our human thirst for the divine and this book is a timeless classic.

Getting Things Done - The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen
If you are looking for tools to live your life more organized and with less stress, I have the book for you.  You will find specific ideas that I guarantee will assist you with increasing your productivity and decreasing your stress.  Read it TODAY!

Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo
A friend recommended I read this book.  So while on vacation, I picked up a copy and read it.  A week later there was a full page article in USA Today about this young boy, his family, and his experience in Heaven.  I encourage you to pick up a copy and read it for yourself (or call me and I'll let you borrow my copy).

Boards That Deliver by Ram Charan
If you serve on any corporate board, this is a book worth reading.  The challenges of serving on a board have been taken to a higher level the past ten years.  This book gives you sound advice, ideas, and tools to improve any board.

Jesus is My All in All by Mother Teresa
The reading of this book is one to savor over and over for a novena.   A novena is a devotion in which prayer is offered on nine consecutive days for a particular need, intention, or to prepare to celebrate a special feast. 

The Power Principle by Blaine Lee
This book is a life-shifting book for all people-one that goes beyond traditional ideas of force, fear, clever negotiating and deal making as primary sources of power with others. Dr. Lee explores how we can truly influence people with honor instead of giving up, giving in, or taking over.

The Speed of Trust - The One Thing That Changes Everything by Stephen M.R. Covey
Many people may see trust as a soft issue.  I had the pleasure of meeting Stephen Covey a few years ago and hearing him speak about this book.  After you read this book you will clearly understand the impact that a low trust or high trust environment has on any organization (from family life to the corporate world and all the groups in between).  This is a powerful book that I would highly recommend.

A Year by the Sea by Joan Anderson
This is an entrancing story of how one woman's journey of self-discovery gave her the courage to persevere in re-creating her life.  I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would highly recommend this for your "Book Club."  No doubt your discussion will be lively!

Home to Harmony by Philip Gulley
What a delightful read about small town life, common folk, and faith.  It will make you smile and maybe even laugh out loud.

The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks
Are you interested in being everything that God intended for you and your life?  "The Big Leap" helps you discover your Zone of Genius and the set of activities you are uniquely suited to do.  Quite an interesting read.  

Every Shot Must Have a Purpose by Pia Nilsson & Lynn Marriott
Now that golf season is in full swing, this is an encouraging book to impact your game.  Not only does this book have powerful techniques for improving your golf game, more importantly these techniques will have phenomenal results with your game of life. 

The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino
This book is a quick read about a spiritual journey for Hafid and his quest for wealth.  The story will touch your life and how you care for the lives around you.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
I read this book for the first time in the early 1990’s.  No other book (besides the Bible) has more dramatically impacted my life.  Solid wisdom of the ages that is organized in a usable format.

Proverbs

There are thirty-one (31) chapters to this book. Wise people read a chapter a day every day (based on the day of the month) and then repeat the book every month. A book that is filled with gems of wisdom.

Good to Great by Jim Collins

This book is the result of twenty-one (21) of the very best graduate students researching as a team, the components of "good" companies and "great" companies. The research clearly articulates the key determinates of greatness. A must read for anyone that desires their company to be great.

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

What a delightful read about Bill's experience of walking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trial, which stretches from Georgia to Maine. This is a laugh-out-loud adventure that provides opportunities to witness the astonishing landscape along with the majestic silliness of fellow human beings.