I maintain a practice of uncovering books, lectures, films, articles and other information that shed light on some important aspect of what it means to work. This material is meant to inspire, educate and sometimes entertain. I share some of my findings here and update this on a regular basis.
"Effective Communication Skills", Great Courses by The Teaching Company
A recorded lecture series by Professor Dalton Kehoe that deeply explores the dynamics of interpersonal communication. While lengthy, this series is rich with insights and practical strategies for improving our basic communication in all aspects of our lives. Topics include the role of basic conventions (as in "hello, how are you?"), gender issues, relationship building, managing conflict, supervising, and leading.
"Transitions, Making Sense of Life's Changes" by William Bridges
Originally written in 1980 and now a classic, this book makes the essential distinction between changes in our outward circumstances and the inner "transition" that needs to occur in us in order to adapt successfully to change.
"Berkeley's Chez Panisse still on top" by Michael Bauer
An update on the 40 year old, world-renowned restaurant that was built on "heart, soul, and determination" and some unique business practices.
The Meadow, by James Galvin
A novel about a pristine and forbidding wilderness that demands competence and rigor above all else of those who try to make it their home.
Lazy B, by Sandra Day O'Connor and Alan Day
Sandra Day O'Connor tells of her upbringing on a cattle ranch in the harsh Arizona desert and describes in plain, direct language what it takes to survive and even have some fun.