WBN’s Good Reads List
Over the past few years, the WBN Business Book Club has read some great books led by some fascinating discussions. If you’re looking to be inspired, here are a few suggested by the book club.
- Deliver the Unexpected – Richard Robbins
- Lean In – Sheryl Sandberg
- Thrive – Arianna Huffington
- Our Turn – Kristine Stewart
- Checklist Manifesto – Atul Gawande
- The Unstoppable Business Women – Liz Wendling
- Start with Why – Simon Sinek
- Year of Yes – Shonda Rhimes
- Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy – Sheryl Sandberg
- You are a Badass – Jen Sincero
- Pivot – Adam Markel
- To Sell is Human – Daniel Pink
- The Productivity Project – Chris Bailey
- Daring Greatly – Brene Brown
- Makers – The New Industrial Revolution – Chris Anderson
- The Talent Code: Greatness Isn’t Born. It’s Grown. Here’s How – Daniel Coyle
- Big Magic – Elizabeth Gilbert
- David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants – Malcolm Gladwell
- The 7 Virtues of a Philosopher Queen: a Woman’s Guide to Living and Leading in an Illogical World – Barbara Stegemann
WBN Book Club Review: Option B by Sheryl Sandberg
On June 21, the WBN Book Club met for dinner at Kettle Drums, and of course for a book discussion. Our pick was Sheryl Sandberg’s Option B. Though it was written in the aftermath of the death of Sandberg’s husband, there are stories about overcoming all sorts of losses and failures.
Some big take-aways: Don’t be afraid to ask your friends about their loss – you won’t remind them of it because they are already thinking about it every day. Ask “how are you TODAY?” When moving through any kind of loss there are good days and bad days. Continue reading
WBN Book Club Review: Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes stimulated a lot of discussion at the WBN Book Club when we met at Charlotte Anne’s Restaurant this past May. Even people who had never watched her shows (Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder) loved the book. It was an interesting mix of humour, inspiration, business and personal development tips for women.
Shonda is a self-described introvert who fell into the rut of saying no to all things that were outside of her comfort zone. After hearing her sister say, “you never say yes to anything” she took that as a challenge and vowed to say “yes” to the things that scared her, for one full year. This did not mean saying yes to everything. In fact, she talked about “saying yes to no” on occasion. However, it was a fun reminder that we all face the temptation of letting things get too comfortable, when sometimes the change and excitement in life comes from taking a few risks. We shared stories of our own personal connection with the book and more than a few people shared their success when they tried this new approach themselves.
Watch Shonda Rhimes’ Ted Talk here: https://www.ted.com/talks/shonda_rhimes_my_year_of_saying_yes_to_everything