It’s time for another installment of my bi-weekly email series. In each issue, I share three resources that I have found to be helpful for myself and/or my clients. As a former librarian and a current voracious gatherer of helpful information, I’m constantly listening to podcasts, reading books and articles, and watching various videos that spark my interest.

Listening:

One of the joys of my childhood was reading. This has remained true my whole life. But even more special was to have one of my parents or some other adult read me a story. LeVar Burton is the perfect reader of stories now that we are all grown up. Rachel Khong’s short story, “My Dear You,” is a wonderful melange of love, memory, letting go and the interaction between all three. I have a feeling that you will remember this story for a long while.

Reading:

She Has Her Mother's Laugh (cover)I haven’t finished reading “She Has Her Mother’s Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity,” yet, but each chapter is more beguiling than the last. Carl Zimmer tackles both the science and pseudoscience of heredity. He is a gifted storyteller and a marvelous educator. Find the connection between trees, sheep and eugenics. Learn about the perils of royal inbreeding. The more that we discover about the human genome, the more it behooves us to understand genetics and heredity. This book is an entertaining and engaging read based upon solid scientific research and understanding. If you want to understand heredity, this is an excellent place to start.

Watching:

Do you love to fail? No, neither do I. Yet our failure to embrace our failures robs us of important information and learning that can prevent future successes. In “Deconstructing Failure: Why It’s Crucial to Your Success,” Vikki Lassiter, MS powerfully talks about studying what has happened in “the problem space,” as an essential step in creating success in the future. One of the first questions she poses on the video has been gnawing at me now for days. “Does your organization have a failure protocol?” I’ve never worked in an organization that has one. How great it would be to expect failure and welcome it as a natural process of learning?

Thanks for taking the time to read this newsletter. If any of these resources elicited any thoughts or feelings that you’d like to share with me, please contact me. If you like these emails, feel free to share them with other coaches, friends, clients and people walking the transformational path.

See you again in two weeks,
Judy