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What Books Do You Recommend for Saturday University?

Filed under: Work — by at 5:16 pm on Sunday, May 15, 2011

Construction of our new City Centre Public Library – the second largest in the Lower Mainland – began a year ago.

Construction of City Centre Library begins

Construction is nearly completed! The library will apparently open in August. The Official Grand Opening Celebration is scheduled for Saturday, September 24th, 2011.

City Centre Library nearly completed

I eagerly await!

i haven’t been lost in the stacks for hours, reading bits n pieces of what I discovered, since my university years, many moons ago. Darrell’s and mine first “date” was at the Vancouver Library. (That’s another story!)

Once the library opens, I am beginning Saturday University – an idea I’m borrowing from my friend Paul Merrill. Rather than spending mega bucks getting a Masters degree, Paul spent a few hours each Saturday at a local cafe, reading the books he wanted to and then found ways to implement the relevant nuggets in his own life and business. I love that idea!

I am looking forward to reading the books that people have mentioned to me and the ones I’ve seen but haven’t had a chance to read yet.

The thing is: I haven’t been keeping a list of these books. Ooops! The ones to readily come to mind are:

  • The Purple Cow by Seth Godin
  • Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek (the free preview was fascinating)
  • The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It by Michael E. Gerber
  • Tell to Win: Connect, Persuade, and Triumph with the Hidden Power of Story by Peter Guber (again, the sample was intriguing prospect

What books do you recommend to flesh out my Saturday University reading list? Everyone is welcomed to read along.

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Comment by Jana

May 17, 2011 @ 9:59 am

I don’t know what I would recommend for you, or even really for me. I’m spending my summer reading books about the civil rights movement and world history, which might not be relevant for your “masters” degree. 🙂 I look forward to hearing answers from other people though!!!

Comment by Glenda

May 17, 2011 @ 11:03 am

Jana, sounds like an interesting summer of reading lies ahead for you. Enjoy! Let us know what you end up reading.

Comment by Glenda

May 17, 2011 @ 12:09 pm

@SurreyLibrary tweeted: How about “Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion & Purpose” by Tony Hsieh? (founder of Zappos)

Comment by Glenda

May 17, 2011 @ 12:14 pm

So that all recommendations are listed in one place, I’m adding Paul Merrill’s recommendations here: Vaynerchuk’s “Thank You Economy” and Kawasaki’s “Enchantment”. Thanks Paul.

Comment by Mary McD

May 17, 2011 @ 9:14 pm

my two books I’m recommending now are “Getting Naked” by patrick Lencioni (about consulting – don’t get the wrong idea!) and “Rework” by Jason Fried and David Hansson (of 37Signals fame)… and if you want to meet someone as spirited as you, read Jeannette Walls’ “half Broke horses”, about her maternal grandmother.

Comment by Andrea

May 18, 2011 @ 7:26 am

I think my suggestions would depend on what you’re looking to “do” and learn.

My husband’s strongest business rec book is: The Five Dysfunctions of a Team. I haven’t read it yet, but he thinks everyone should!

But if you don’t know where you’re headed how about “I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was” – Barbara Sher. That one helped me many moons ago!

Just two off the top of my head!

Comment by Glenda

July 16, 2011 @ 6:20 pm

From @SheilaS via Twitter: Two excellent references on pricing: Rafi Mohammed & Alan Weiss (@BentleyGTCSpeed) My library had their books. HT @anndaly

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