Here’s what we think you (and your field) should be reading, listening to and utilizing in order to stay engaged, informed and one step ahead.
PODCAST / Coaching for Leaders
Dr. Dave Stachowiak
Produced weekly since 2011, Dr. Dave Stachowiak’s free Coaching for Leaders podcast draws from his global leadership academy and 15+ years of leadership at Dale Carnegie. The result is a collection of dynamic content with over 25 million downloads and the top search result for management on Apple Podcasts. Discover leadership insights and business strategies from researchers, bestselling authors and corporate leaders on subjects including negotiation, delegation and self-awareness.
VIDEO / TEDx Talk: How Great Leaders Inspire Action
In one of the top ten TEDx Talks of all time, bestselling author and inspirational speaker Simon Sinek explains how great leaders inspire action—namely, the compelling reasons that you should start with asking “why?” in everything your company does. An oldie but a goodie, this TEDx Talk is a must-see for any business leader who wants to think more strategically. Sinek’s approach is simple yet profound, serious yet entertaining. He thoughtfully proves that when it comes to business, people don’t buy what you do—they buy why you do it.
BOOK / The 5-Minute Gratitude Journal: Give Thanks, Practice Positivity, Find Joy
By Sophia Godkin, PhD
When your day is an overwhelming blend of meetings and projects, it can feel impossible to stop and smell the roses. The 5-Minute Gratitude Journal makes it easy to create a meaningful daily practice of giving thanks. With an inspiring quote, four unique writing prompts and a different affirmation to start each day, this journal will help you reflect thoughtfully on your life and all the reasons you have to be grateful—no matter how big or small. Give this journal to your management team to help create a culture of positivity!
APP / Lumosity
Instead of endlessly scrolling social media or playing mindless games on their phones, why not encourage your field to train their brains? Lumosity is the world’s most popular brain training program, using various games to help sharpen the user’s memory, processing speed, problem solving and other cognitive skills that fade over time. Available on the App Store and Google Play, the program adapts to the user’s unique strengths and weaknesses, serving up a variety of games to specifically help in the areas that need boosting.
BOOK / The Imposter Cure
Dr. Jessamy Hibberd
Have you ever felt unworthy of success? Like you’re just faking it—and are on the verge of being “found out”? If so, you’re not alone. While the phenomenon of imposter syndrome is surprisingly common at the C-Suite level, it is practically a given for entrepreneurs who are starting a new business. In this helpful guide, Dr. Hibberd explores the psychological causes and impact of imposter syndrome, presenting illustrative case studies and practical strategies for overcoming fears and insecurities. This resource will help your field recognize the potential stumbling blocks of self-doubt and build confidence in its place.
WEBSITE / U.S. Small Business Administration
The SBA, or Small Business Administration, is a federal service focused solely on providing small businesses with the tools they need to succeed. Though not all the resources on this website are applicable to direct sales, there is a wealth of information available for reference—from planning and launching your business to managing and growing it. The site’s “Learning Platform” offers free courses on business topics, and the “Local Assistance” tab provides various ideas of how to network in your community.
From the June 2022 issue of Direct Selling News magazine.