Lifelong Learning Through Books

Author: Beth Elkin

Graduation season is upon us and hundreds of graduates will be leaving high school and college to start a new journey – most either furthering their education or starting their career. We know it can be tough to find the right gift for a new graduate, but since continuous learning is a component of JDA’s core value of Relentless, I asked several senior women leaders at JDA to recommend books that enlightened, inspired or helped in their continuous career journey. There are some good ones here – for new grads as well as all anyone who has a thirst for lifelong learning. Some of these are new to me, and I plan to read them myself! Following is what they shared:

Jill Clark, GVP, Talent Development and Diversity Officer

I recommend “The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business” by Charles Duhigg. This book takes a look at how habits are formed and how they can honestly be interpreted and used by individuals, companies, communities and even the U.S. military, which in fact is what led Duhigg on this quest to research this science further. It’s an insightful look into what you can do to change a habit. It also got me thinking about how leadership habits occur in organizations. It made me consider how can you diagnose your habits, analyze the triggers and then reprogram new healthier habits in place of the old. As a business and leadership coach, this idea intrigued me and led to greater insights as I coached and supported leaders on developing new habits. There are also some fabulous stories about companies using habits to both sell and predict when products would be purchased.

Jennifer Cook, GVP, HR Chief of Staff

I recommend “I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t)” by Brene Brown.  This book talks about the struggle we all have with shame and guilt and how to overcome it.  I think as women, we are particularly prone to this and the book helps identify what is shame versus guilt so you can learn to manage it and forgive yourself.  I think a lot of us go through this especially as we grow and have other competing responsibilities.  It is a bit deep at times, but good a good topic to get a handle on. The second book I would recommend is “The Power of Moments” by Chip Heath and Dan Heath. I haven’t fully completed it, but it

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