“If you aren’t growing, you’re dying.”  Lou Holtz


Here at Bankers Crossing, we like to make sure we’re not stagnant when it comes to learning.  We all seek to expand our knowledge and understanding to implement strategies in the workplace and become our best selves.  So, this week, we are sharing our favorite, must-read books for professional growth. 

How to Win Friends and Influence People

Author: Dale Carnegie

Recommend by: Steve Pruitt

I like this book because it emphasizes the importance of putting others before yourself.   The biggest take-aways for me were 1) be genuinely interested in others and 2) show that you care about them. 

Since reading this book, I’m better able to work with others by respecting their opinions, listening more, and trying to see things from their perspective.    

Crucial Conversations: Tools For Talking When the Stakes Are High

Authors: Kelly Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler

Recommended by: Mindy Haas

This book helped me have better conversations, both personally and professionally.  Crucial Conversations not only encourages us not to avoid challenging conversations, but it also teaches us how to approach them to obtain successful outcomes.  

By implementing the techniques outlined in the book, I have been able to recognize when a conversation becomes “unsafe,” or potentially explosive.  I’ve learned how to steer it back to safety by apologizing, contrasting, and finding a mutual purpose in the conversation.  While I can’t control the other person’s reactions, I can control my own.  I can’t recommend this book enough!

Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do

Author Studs Terkel

Recommended by: Jim Pruitt

This collection of human experiences never fails to inspire me.  With many and varied stories of people in their work environment, it’s a study on endurance, grace, and humility.   I find it fascinating for the insights into the values and courage of others.  I’ve learned so much about how they have prevailed, succeeded and failed in their endeavors.  I recommend this book because we have much to learn from those who have gone before us. 

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