12 books for 12 months

“You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.” ― Charlie “Tremendous” Jones

I can distinctly remember the first time I heard this quote…it had such the ring of truth to it. And I’d have to agree that most of my personal growth can be directly attributed to the love, grace and, yes, the challenges that come from developing personal relationships with those around me – as well as the ideas, motivation and, yes, the challenges to my thinking that have come from books that I’ve read.

As a constant learner, I keep a pretty long “wish list” of books that I want to read. And this year I’ve selected 12 of them to read – one per month. I’d like to share those titles with you and encourage you to read some or all of them along with me. I’ll be posting helpful concepts and quotes from these materials on some of the Lancaster Civil social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) so if you “like” or “follow” one of those outlets you’ll be constantly inundated with all of my thoughts about these books – along with thrice-daily photos of my meals and silly quotes from my kids.

No, not really…but sharing what we’re learning might help us to meet new people and reinforcing the concepts that we’re learning…together. So without further ado, here are my 12 book picks for the 12 months of 2015.

January: Creativity Inc: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration

February: Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street

March: Fighting Traffic: The Dawn of the Motor Age in the American City

April: How to Win Friends and Influence People

May: Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder

June: Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter

July: Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream

August: The Year Without Pants: WordPress.com and the Future of Work

September: Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

October: Bikenomics: How Bicycling Can Save the Economy

November: The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done

December: Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion

At Lancaster Civil, we love to build community through the projects we build – through both the end product and the process that gets us there. These picks are designed to help improve both of these aspects – so I’m looking forward to another year of learning and growth!

So please share this list with like-minded friends and associates of yours who want to be better leaders, better followers, better planners, better business people and better designers and share your thoughts on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn – reading some of these books in the context of a community will help us get there…together.

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