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Stacy's Book NotesDo you have an ever-growing list of books to read, but can’t seem to check any off? Or, maybe you’re only hearing about the same five ‘must-read’ books making headlines on the New York Times Best Sellers list?

You’re not alone. I hear similar thoughts from my smart, talented and time-challenged clients all the time.

I share brief thoughts (think “Cliffs Notes”) on some of my favorite business, leadership and social science research books. Steering clear of those bestselling parenting or career books you already picked up on your own, I focus on bringing you insights I’ve found in unexpected books that are relevant and helpful to women and parents.

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happy at work, find flow
“If you want to be happy at work, find flow.” You’ve probably heard this advice before. But, what is flow? Let’s go to the source. In this book note, I summarize the key elements of flow as described in Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. He and his colleagues have conducted numerous studies…

Stacy’s Book Note: Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience


get control of your time
I decided to re-read my yellowed copy of Alan Lakein’s How to Get Control of Your Time and Your Life after having read several newer but disappointing time-management books. While published in 1973, its advice is not only succinct and helpful, but still relevant today. Consider these statements: “I feel like I waste so much…

Stacy’s Book Note: How to Get Control of Your Time and Your Life



excellent sheep
When I first heard about William Deresiewicz‘s Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life, I assumed it was yet another critique of Millennials. But, when a friend I respect strongly recommended it to me and loaned me his copy, I thought I’d give it a skim. I soon found I couldn’t put it down. Indeed, Deresiewicz does describe how elite…

Stacy’s Book Note: Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to ...


champion your ideas
In his latest book, Adam Grant suggests how you can better champion your ideas, especially if they go against the grain. In this book note on Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World, I tried to pick pointers that would be most helpful for women. Before moving forward, I should note that this book is not limited to…

Stacy’s Book Note: Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World


sense of wonder
As our lives get busier and our reliance on technology grows, our connection with nature becomes even more precious. As I’ve done in the past, I’ve opted for a quick and easy read as summer approaches. This time, I’m hoping key takeaways from The Sense of Wonder by Rachel Carson will help you get outdoors as much as you can.…

Stacy’s Book Note: The Sense of Wonder



self-compassion
Self-compassion is rarely a goal for most people. Instead, happiness and success are probably high most people’s list of desires. Yet, according to the research of Kristin Neff, Ph.D. and her colleagues, self-compassion is a key to emotional well-being, a more authentic sense of self-worth, more effective methods of motivation. Her book, Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being…

Stacy’s Book Note: Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself


untangled
I found Lisa Damour‘s book, Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood , so profoundly helpful that I am breaking my own (perhaps arbitrary?) rule about not writing book notes on parenting books. This book reassures parents by explaining how our daughter’s seemingly troubling and erratic behavior is part of normal adolescence and…

Stacy’s Book Note: Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood


Deep Work
On my third day of reading, Cal Newport‘s Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World, my younger daughter, said “Mommy, I get now that deep work is important, but do you have to talk about it so much?” The book provides so many practical strategies to knowledge workers in today’s overwhelming busy, fast-paced, and highly distracting digital age…

Stacy’s Book Note: Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World