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  • Writer's pictureJenni Schierman


This week I thought I would do something a bit different. Since many of us are about to enter the holiday season and are also experiencing a bit of a second wave of restrictions or lockdowns, some new reading material might come in handy.

I am frequently asked “what are you reading” or “can you recommend a book you enjoyed"? Most people know that I am finishing a master’s program in executive coaching. This means a minimum of 3-5 new titles every 7 weeks are coming across my desk.

Additionally, I am a voracious reader and have been stockpiling other leadership, psychology, coaching and business books to read when I have free time.

For this reason, I thought it might be helpful to talk about a few of my most recent favorites.

If this is something that people enjoy, I can make it a more regular occurrence.


1. Supernormal: Childhood Adversity and the Untold Story of Resilience by Meg Jay

Meg Jay is a clinical Psychologist that looks at two decades of work with both students and clients and examines the often-untold story of the “family hero”. She does this in a very storytelling way that includes past patient examples while honoring their confidentiality. If you ever thought you were alone in your struggles, or that adversity was a bad thing you had to “overcome”, this will give you a new perspective. This is one of my favorite books I have ever read.

2. The Power of the Other: the startling effect other people have on you, from the boardroom to the bedroom and beyond – and what to do about it by Dr Henry Cloud

Dr Henry Cloud has written many books on the psychology of leadership. In this book he uses evidence from neuroscience as well as his own personal experience and shows how the most powerful skill we possess is cultivating and growing our personal and professional relationships. Dr Cloud has a way of including science, experience, and articulating it in a way that makes perfect sense.

This book was helpful for me in clarifying where I needed to strengthen some of my relationships and where I needed to allow others to take up less space. Great for leaders, team members, and anyone looking to improve their connections during these challenging times.


I often use books in my coaching practice while working with clients. If you or someone you know has been considering coaching, now is the time to get in touch. I will be taking on two additional clients with a December start. Just in time to jump start 2021 goals and development plans.

Click here to schedule your complimentary call today. I look forward to working with you!

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