What’s on Val’s Bookshelf?

We’ve had such positive feedback from last month’s series of Val’s Favorite Coaching Questions that we decided to continue the trend. I have a feeling that it’s not only the information people appreciated, but also the chance to peek over my shoulder and see the view from someone else’s world. And I really value the opportunity to deepen our connection this way.

This month, the view is my bookshelf – more accurately, it’s the books that never make it back to my bookshelf because I refer to them so often. Instead, they’ve found a permanent home on my desk next the phone. Maybe you have a similar pile?

These are more than books to me – I’m always referring to them for inspiration, specific techniques and key perspectives. They’re transformational tools that span time (none of these are new books) and give me a fresh set of eyes to view whatever new situation has cropped up for me, my clients, my students and my trainers.

Even if it’s not a spiritual book (and none of these are), sometimes a good book gives you that piece that you felt like you’d been missing – like when you’re all done a puzzle and there’s still a whole in the middle. Books can complete that picture and bring some clarity.

The book I’m revealing today is the Wall Street Journal, Business Week and USA Today bestseller StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath.

The theme of playing to your strengths runs throughout my coaching practice and our training program, as well as my book, ebook and this blog. Whatever you are trying to accomplish, you will go further faster when you build on your strengths instead of focusing on fixing your weaknesses.

I love how this book, and the comprehensive self-assessment, helps people uncover their talents and begin the journey into a life where they can excel and be proud of their efforts and accomplishments.

One of the things I appreciate about the StrengthsFinder is that not only can you discover one person’s top five strength themes; you can take a whole team and plot out each individual member’s top five strength themes and see the patterns and gaps emerge in a very visual way.

Are you curious about my own top five strength themes? They are:

  • Strategic
  • Futurist
  • Maximize
  • Activator
  • Achiever

Stay tuned to find out the next book on the pile. In the meantime, what are the books that have inspired, guided and transformed you? Please “Like” our Facebook page and add your book recommendations.

What are the books that have inspired, guided and transformed you? Please “Like” our Facebook page and add your book recommendations there.

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J. Val Hastings

J. Val Hastings, MCC, is the Founder and President of Coaching4Clergy, which provides specialized training for pastors, church leaders and coaches. Val is the author of the book The Next Great Awakening: How to Empower God’s People with a Coach Approach to Ministry and the e-book The E3-Church: Empowered, Effective and Entrepreneurial Leadership That Will Keep Your Church Alive. Val currently holds the designation of Master Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation, the highest coaching designation.

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