Leadership Webinar – April 27

Effectiveness, Emotional Intelligence, Leadership, Webinars

I’m honored to be participating in a “Lessons in Leadership” webinar on April 27th, 2:00 pm ET, along with fellow Crucible Moments co-authors Steven Bell, Trevor Dawes, and Erin Smith.  Everyone who registers for the webinar by April 20th will also receive a complimentary copy of the book that also includes chapters by Maureen Sullivan, Char Booth, Brian Matthews, Kenley Neufield, and more!

For complete details and registration information see: http://www.missionbellmedia.com/lessons-in-leadership

Book Chapter Published: Influence is a Choice: Aligning Actions Toward Your Preferred Future

Effectiveness, Emotional Intelligence, Influence, Leadership

Crucible MomentsI’m pleased to share that I have a chapter, “Influence is a Choice: Aligning Actions Toward Your Preferred Future”, in Mission Bell Media’s new book, Crucible Moments: Inspiring Library Leadership.

You can see a preview of the book here.

I’d like to thank Steven Bell, Editor, for inviting me to offer a chapter along with the other authors, many of whom, including Trevor Dawes, Brian Matthews, Char Booth, Jon Cawthorne, Kenley Neufeld, Maureen Sullivan, and Steven himself,  have been inspiring me through their writing, speaking, and general thought leadership for years.  It’s an honor to have my writing alongside theirs in this wonderful volume.

I encourage you to check out this book because it is not your typical tome on library leadership.  Through a variety of personal stories and perspectives, leadership is presented as an “as lived” experience.  It is only by confronting, navigating, and reflecting upon our personal challenges –our crucible moments — that we clarify our values and develop a deep understanding of our own leadership strengths and deficits.

Highly recommend!



Self-Care, Happiness, Emotional/Social Intelligence: A bibliography

Creativity, Effectiveness, Emotional Intelligence, Health, Keynotes, Mindfulness, Presentations, Productivity, Self-Care, Sleep

I recently had the privilege of keynoting the Access Services conference on November 12, 2015 (slides available on slideshare.)   I offered to put together a bibliography of the articles and research that informed some of my points around emotional and social intelligence, mindfulness, happiness, health, stress, and effectiveness.  Here it is!

This bibliography skews more towards “popular” books, articles, and resources as opposed to clinical studies and academic research.  This was a conscious choice I made because so many of the “popular” articles contain links and references to the harder science, and I thought this approach would be of more value to the layperson or casual reader, while still providing a pathway into the research for those so inclined to dive deeper.

If there are books, articles, videos, workshops, or other resources that have been helpful to you, please share your recommendations in the comments section.

Thank you and enjoy!

Articles and Blog Posts


  • Becoming a Resonant Leader: Develop Your Emotional Intelligence, Renew Your Relationships, Sustain Your Effectiveness.  by Annie McKee, Richard E. Boyatzis, and Fran Johnston. Harvard Business Review Press, 2008.
  • Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence.  By Daniel Goleman. Harper Paperbacks, 2015.
  • Positivity: Top-Notch Research Reveals the Upward Spiral That Will Change Your Life.  By Barbara Frederickson. Harmony, 2009.
  • Resonant Leadership: Renewing Yourself and Connecting with Others through Mindfulness, Hope and Compassion. Harvard Business School Press,  2005.
  • The Scientific Power of Naps. Asap Science Video.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJ_f9onTTQE.
  • Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness (and World Peace).  By Chade-Meng Tan.  HarperOne, 2014.  (see also: https://www.youtube.com/user/Siyli)
  • The Upward Spiral: Using Neuroscience to Reverse the Course of Depression, One Small Change at a Time.  By Alex Korb.   New Harbinger Publications, 2015.
  • Working with Mindfulness – Research and Practice of Mindful Techniques in Organizations. (Kindle Only)  by Mirabai Bush, Jeremy Hunter, Daniel Goleman,  Richard Davidson, George Kohlrieser . More Than Sound, 2015.  http://www.amazon.com/Working-Mindfulness-Research-Techniques-Organizations-ebook/dp/B00E67LDQS .
  • Your Brain at Work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long.   By David Rock. HarperBusiness, 2009.

Other Resources

Lead the Change: Create Your Career Roadmap: Slides, Script, and Handouts

Coaching, Effectiveness, Emotional Intelligence, Influence, Keynotes, Leadership, Mindfulness, Presentations, Webinars

11/7/15 UPDATE — Archived presentation now available online:

This week I was honored to be the opening speaker for Library Journal’s new Lead the Change Leadership Academy.

My presentation focused on how to develop emotional and social intelligence competencies, how to use a basic coaching model to increase one’s effectiveness, and how to use the Intentional Change model to bring to life a vision of our ideal self.

  • The complete text of my talk are embedded in the notes field of my slides which are available on slideshare.
  • Full text of the talk is also available here.
  • I also created an interactive workbook as a supplement to the talk which will help you put the principles into practice.