By now it seems repetitive to say that 2020 was a rough year. We all managed as best as we could, and whether we wanted to or not, we were pushed to learn a few new things, from technology to work from home to a ton of science of viruses and vaccines.
One of my ways of coping was retreating from my usual business and personal growth oriented books and favoring fiction instead. And in particular novels with a “feel good” factor. Along the way, I rediscovered that well-written novels can also have powerful lessons for leadership and growth. So this year’s list is a bit different, I hope you’ll enjoy the recommendations!
Also, at Sekkan we’ve put a lot of effort into sharing book recommendations around leadership and teambuilding and creating a bookshelf with these recommendations that we share on Goodreads. Check it out.
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MY THREE FAVORITE BOOKS IN 2020
Britt Marie was here, by Fredrik Backman.
Backman is the author of “A Man called Ove”, which you might have heard of, as it was turned into a movie (I’m hearing that “Britt Marie was here” has also inspired a movie, yay!)
Backman’s protagonists are both irritating and endearing and I finished this second book, much the same as the first one, with a warm heart and a contented sigh. Britt Marie in all her annoying need for order and cleanliness hides a big heart, and gives a few lessons on what we can accomplish when we do not take no for an answer.
The house on the cerulean sea. by TJ Klune.
I would have bought this book only by its appealing title, had I known nothing else about it. This little gem of a book is an ode to diversity and inclusion. In this case, mostly of magical creatures… The protagonist is a gray and boring bureaucrat who grows on you as he keeps trudging along even when confused, embarrassed, sweaty and feeling completely out of his comfort zone. Because there are things that need to be done, and he knows he’s the right person for the job.
The soul-sourced entrepreneur. by Christine Kane.
This last one is more in line with my usual reading style, as it’s a non-fiction book. I’ve done many of Christine Kane’s business workshops over the years and they have been key for my personal and professional growth, so I was curious to read her book. In it she distills many of the key lessons from her courses and shares a bunch of new, funny and inspiring stories. If you are struggling in your business, and it's not all about strategy, but about managing your own thoughts, this book is for you.
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