What are you reading over the holidays?

It’s holiday time! What are you reading?  What are you learning?

In Iceland everyone gives (and receives) books for Christmas. I have to admit I am quite jealous of this tradition. So, I took matters in hand and (will mostly) give books this year.  Most people who know me at all know I love books and I love to read.  Do you like reading?  It’s a great way to relax, and it’s one of my primary self-development methods.

I have an old friend who regularly greets her friends with the question, “What are you reading?”  This is one of my favorite questions because it assumes that the person is a learner and a reader.  I think we should be both.  So, the second question that goes with the first is “What are you learning?”

That really leads to pre-questions: Why are you reading these books?  What are your goals?  What books and articles are you reading that lead you to your goals? Also, what courses, lectures, YouTube videos, webinars might you be “attending” to reach your goals?

My reading and my goals

One of my biggest goals is always to work on being a better coach, supervisor and consultant for my clients, so I am reading coaching and supervision books and am in the middle of a finishing supervision course with EASC certification.

We are all constantly learning and changing and I believe change is possible for everyone.  

We learn via modeling: watching and mimicking others to learn new ways of doing things and responding to our circumstances.  Thus, we (I) should make sure I am being a positive model for others, my family and friends, my clients, my students…. We also learn via input (reading, for example).

So, what are your goals for 2019?  What are doing to reach those goals?  What are you reading and what are you learning?  

Keep on smiling -- and should you want to, join my group on LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/groups/7041402

Have a great holiday season!

Patricia Jehle              patricia@jehle-coaching.com


PS, here are some of the books I read in 2018:

Dare to Leadby Brene Brown

Safe Peopleby Dr. Henry Cloud and John Townsend

Boundaries for Leadersby Dr. Henry Cloud

Swayby Ori and Rom Brafman

Integrityby Dr. Henry Cloud

Tribe of Mentorsby Timothy Ferr

The Invention of Wingsby Sue Monk Kidd

Jesus Feministby Sarah Bessy

Independent Peopleby Hallor Laxness

The Mermaid Chairby Sue Monk Kidd

Go Set a Watchmanby Harper Lee

Grace Notesby Bernard MacClaverty

The Girl who Saved the King of Swedenby Jonas Jonasson

The House at the Edge of Nightby Catherine Banner

The Valley of Amazementby Amy Tan

Dragon Bonesby Lisa See


This is what’s on my table(what’s next or in the process):

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Changes that Healby De. Henry Cloud

The Resilience Factorby Karen Reivich and Andrew Shatte

When the Heart Waitsby Sue Monk Kidd

Grounded by Diana Butler Bass

It can’t Happen Hereby Sinclair Lewis

A different Kind of Happiness by Larry Crabb

Letters from a Skepticby Greg and Edward Boyd

Veritas by Dean Edstrom