March Reading Roundup

In this special edition of our newsletter, we dive into a curated “Reading Roundup” featuring insightful reads that promise to enrich your leadership toolkit and provide you with fresh perspectives on managing teams, enhancing your coaching skills, and prioritizing mental health in the workplace. Whether you’re looking to refine your hiring processes, improve your coaching methods, or understand the importance of mental health awareness among leaders, this roundup has something for you.

1. The Mom Test by Rob Fitzpatrick

In “The Mom Test,” Rob Fitzpatrick delivers an indispensable guide to customer conversations that are truly informative. This book is a must-read for anyone looking to validate their business ideas without being misled by polite but unhelpful feedback. I appreciate Fitzpatrick’s straightforward approach to navigating discussions about your product or service, ensuring you get valuable insights without leading the conversation. It’s a crucial read for leaders aiming to make customer-centric decisions without falling into the trap of confirmation bias.

2. Hire Better People Faster by Ryan Englin and Jeremy MacLiver

Finding the right talent is a challenge that all leaders face. “Hire Better People Faster” by Ryan Englin and Jeremy MacLiver is a game-changer in this aspect. This book provides practical strategies and systems to streamline your hiring process, making it more efficient and effective. The authors’ insights into attracting the right candidates and making informed hiring decisions have the potential to transform your team’s dynamics and productivity. Their emphasis on cultural fit and strategic hiring resonates with my belief in building strong, cohesive teams.

I had the privilege of interviewing author Ryan Englin recently for Authority Magazine and the CARE to Lead® Video Series. You can watch the interview here and read the article here.

3. The Coaching Habit by Michael Bungay Stanier

Michael Bungay Stanier’s “The Coaching Habit” offers a treasure trove of wisdom for leaders looking to develop their coaching skills. By breaking down coaching into seven essential questions, Stanier guides readers on how to lead more impactful conversations that empower and engage their teams. This book has personally helped me adopt a more inquisitive and supportive leadership style, fostering a culture of continuous learning and development within teams. I recommend this read to my clients a lot!

Article Highlight: MSN Exclusive on Golfman Sachs’ Mental Health Training Initiative

An exclusive report by MSN revealed that Goldman Sachs is taking significant steps to address mental health issues in the workplace by mandating all managers to undergo training. This move underscores the growing recognition of mental health’s critical role in employee well-being and productivity. As leaders, it’s essential to be equipped with the skills to support our teams’ mental health, making this initiative a noteworthy example to follow. This article highlights the importance of proactive measures in creating a supportive and understanding workplace environment.

Why These Picks Matter

Each of these selections, from the insightful books to the pioneering article, reflects a facet of what I believe to be essential for modern leadership: understanding your customer, building the best team, continuously improving your coaching skills, and prioritizing mental health in the workplace. These reads not only offer valuable knowledge and strategies but also challenge us to reflect on and improve our leadership practices.


As we navigate the complexities of leadership in today’s fast-paced world, it’s crucial to keep learning and evolving. This “Reading Roundup” is a step towards that goal, providing you with resources to enhance your leadership skills, team dynamics, and overall workplace environment. I encourage you to delve into these recommendations and share your thoughts and experiences with our community. Together, let’s embrace these insights to become more effective, compassionate, and innovative leaders.

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