By: Mike McMonagle, mcklco mktg
If you made a New Year’s resolution this year, it’s likely that February finds you residing in one of two camps: those who have a solid streak going for their resolution(s), or, well, those who don’t. But here’s the thing – there’s no rule book dictating the 24-hour span that is January 1st as the lone open enrollment period for establishing good habits or embarking on paths of self-betterment. In other words, today is as good a day as any to get a move on towards any number of goals – including (but certainly not limited to) your own professional development.
Now if you find yourself hungry for some new material to help sharpen your mind, improve your business habits or fan your entrepreneurial flame, you’ve come to the right place. We polled the six recipients of our YPN Awards to learn what books, podcasts & TED Talks have made an impact on them, challenged them or otherwise helped them to grow professionally – all in hopes likewise inspiring you as you work towards making 2018 your most successful year yet.
READ: Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking (Susan Cain)
With at least one-third of people leaning more toward the introvert side of the introvert-extrovert spectrum, chances are high that you work with many (or you are one yourself). This book shows that a “quiet” leader can be just as effective as a loud, gregarious one as Susan Cain lays out a fascinating case for the power of introverts as leaders (i.e. Rosa Parks, Steve Wozniak, Albert Einstein, Larry Page). Backed by a great deal of evidence-based research, Cain discusses the importance of leaders who are contemplative, listen more than talk, and get their energy from quiet situations. This is essential reading for quieter individuals who might struggle to see themselves as leaders, or any manager looking to understand their team better.
Chloe McPhillips Rich
Vice President of Brand Strategy
2017 YPN Lead Award recipient
READ: Bootstrapping Your Business: Start and Grow a Successful Company with Almost No Money (Greg Gianforte)
This is a quick read and a valuable lens to look through when starting a new business. The insights, tactics and real-world examples do a fantastic job illustrating how you get a company off the ground with real validation before you begin scaling. It is not your typical Valley POV on startups and I think that’s why it’s so refreshing.
2017 YPN Innovate Award recipient
WATCH: ”How to Revive a Neighborhood with Imagination, Beauty, and Art” (Theaster Gates)
I’ve returned to this TED Talk countless times for inspiration and motivation. Lancaster City is facing a tipping point of investment and development, and making sure the community we’re building is accessible, inclusive, and equitable is, in my honest opinion, the most important challenge we have to face (and we haven’t yet). And in my further opinion, one of the best ways to achieve these things is through art: harnessing the power of emotion to weave together and tackle all the societal obstacles our community struggles with. Because, in the words of Mr. Gates: “Beauty is a basic service.”
Communications Manager, Lancaster County Community Foundation
2017 YPN Connect Award recipient
LISTEN: How I Built This
Leading an entrepreneurial organization or starting your own business is hard! The “How I Built This” podcast tells the stories of successful entrepreneurs, most of whom have had significant challenges along the way. Whenever I am feeling stuck, or tired, or unmotivated, I listen to this podcast to revive my spirit and get my entrepreneurial juices flowing again.
Interim Co-Executive Director, ASSETS
2016 YPN Innovate Award recipient
READ: Start With Why by Simon Sinek
WATCH: Start With Why
In your career or business, it is very challenging to wake up everyday and find true fulfillment in what you do, how you do it and believe it or not even who you do it with. Tasks will constantly become more and more challenging, people come with different personalities and baggage, and the demands of life will always be knocking at the door. However true purpose and calling starts with understanding why you do what you do. Living intentionally for your “Why” is where you can find purpose and contentment in living life to its fullest.
Vice President of Operations, Warfel Construction
2016 YPN Lead Award recipient
“Presidential” – a podcast produced by the Washington Post – is great for personal learning and development. Each episode is devoted to one former US president, and takes about 30 minutes to explore his life, career, legacy, and the successes and failures of his administration.
Staff Accountant, Ross Buehler Falk & Company
2016 YPN Connect Award recipient
By: Mike McMonagle, mcklco mktg