You ever go to a conference and hear about some books that you must read? They sound amazing! So write the name down. And never buy them.
Me, too. So here’s a book list (in no particular order) in case you’ve misplaced yours:
- The Post-Boomer Chamber: Attracting Gen X and Millennial Leaders – Honestly it’s mostly survey answers, but a good insight to what potential & current member think about membership.
- Chamberology by Diane Probst – a self-proclaimed “all-in-one guide to maximizing your own and your chamber’s potential.”
- The Magicians of Main Street. America and its Chambers of Commerce, 1768- 1945 by Chris Mead – “This original history tells how pickup teams of American business people changed their communities and sometimes their nation and the world.”
- 13 Ways to Kill Your Community by Doug Griffiths – “Every Small Town Politician, Business entrepreneurs, concerned Citizens and Community Leaders should read this book to learn why some Communities continue to grow while others fail.” -said Rob Staffen
- The End of Membership as we know it, by Sarah Sladek – Membership isn’t dead – just stale.
- New Power: How Power Works in Our Hyperconnected World – and How to Make it Work for You by Henry Timms and Jeremy Heimans – many found this inspiring for wanting to make change.
- The Power of Moments by Chip & Dan Heath – because you want to create powerful memories for others in both your professional & personal life.
- The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin – a powerful letter to help you understand the history & culture of black individuals in the 60s.
- Intentional Living by John C. Maxwell – personal stories & insights to inspire you to make a difference in others’ lives.
- I See Stupid People: and They are Getting on My Last Nerve! by Cheryl Caldwell – because sometimes all you can do is laugh.
- The Matchmaker by Elin Hilderbrand – this is a romance novel, but I’m told a central character is a chamber exec.
- Networking on Purpose by Beth Bridges
- New! Advocacy Basics for Chambers of Commerce: The ABC’s of Government Relations by Kyle Jacobson
- Leadership is Language by L. David Marquet – real-world issues & exercises to rework the way you converse.
- Leadershift: The 11 Essential Changes Every Leader Must Embrace by John C Maxwell – practical advice for leaders to change for the better.
- Making Remarkable by Adam Legge – How to deliver purpose, inspire people and build a platform for exceptional results.
- Success Simplified – a compilation of thought provoking & practical strategies for business (and nonprofits) and life.
- A Leader’s Gift: How to Earn the Right to be Followed by Barry Banther – is filled with engaging stories to reinvigorate a compassionate leadership style.
- Bold New You: 6 Breakthroughs to Playing Bigger in Leadership, Business, and Life by Justin Patton – inspirational & practical, this book will help you get out of your own way.
- Arsonist in the Office by Pete Havel – prevent fires & protect yourself, from destructive coworkers to corrosive cultures.
- Axiom: Powerful Leadership Proverbs by Bill Hybels – if you prefer shorter reads, the thought-provoking short chapters can read on their own.
Multi-Book Author Recommendations
- A chamber membership pro, anything by Kyle Sexton
- Simon Sinek’s most popular book is Start with Why
- Daniel Pink has a few books available, but Drive was reccomended to me