Read Your Way to Success

Ken Marott, Senior Writer

A Recommended Reading List for Professional
and Personal Development

Just because you got a diploma, landed a job, or earned a promotion doesn’t mean that you’re finished learning. Change is a fixture of life, and we as professionals must be engaged in a constant state of discovery if we seek to excel, stay motivated, and improve the world around us.

At A.C. Fitzgerald & Associates, our staff embodies this principle. The experts you work with every day are lifelong learners who engage in continuous study to remain knowledgeable and informed. Below you will find a list of books that have inspired us in recent months – so much so that we’ve decided to share them with you!

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown
It seems that many nonprofits have the mission statement of “more” – more programs, more revenue, more impact. This often leads to staff burnout and results that are less than optimal. This book offers work and life tips to find balance in our overworked and overextended lives.
(Ann C. Fitzgerald, President)

 

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo
While materialism can invade both our personal and professional lives, learning how to get rid of unnecessary items is vital for productivity and peace. This book shares steps toward organizing your life and making room for the tasks, people, and things that really matter.
(Sarah Ferguson, Senior VP of Client Services)

 

The Artful Journey: Cultivating and Soliciting the Major Gift by William T. Sturtevant
Though out of print, The Artful Journey is a central work of the fundraising canon, offering an indispensable overview of prospect management, strategic cultivation, and the all-important ask. Many of today’s top fundraisers regard this book as a fundamental part of their education.
(Coley Jackson, Senior VP of Business Development)

 

Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges by Amy Cuddy
Harvard professor Cuddy weaves scholarly theory with real-life stories to show how we can be our best selves under pressure and encourage others to do so as well. This book shares tips on how to be authentic, build confidence, and boost productivity.
(Dr. Susan E. Mangels, Senior VP of Consulting Services)

 

Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want by Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy
Are you drifting through life as a spectator, or directing it with a firm purpose and mission in mind? This book is a step-by-step guide to simple and effective change that helps you become more intentional at work and home.
(Jonathan Moody, Vice President)

 

The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt
This accessible work of social psychology explores the many foundations of morality and ethics that lead people to value different things in their vision of a good society. You’ll learn to examine your organization’s work from the perspective of different audiences, a vital exercise in our complex culture.
(Megan Ritter, VP of Communications)

 

Kingdomality: An Ingenious New Way to Triumph in Management by Sheldon Bowles and Richard and Susan Silvano
Personality plays an indisputable role in the productivity of the workplace. This book helps readers learn about their true selves while gaining greater appreciation for the perspectives, temperaments, and skill sets that their colleagues bring to the table.
(David Kulivan, Senior Consultant)

 

Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life by Marshall B. Rosenberg, Ph.D.
Particularly relevant in our country today, this book contends that the fundamental root of interpersonal conflict is a lack of ability to listen to one another. Learn how to navigate complex work environments by building trust and preventing conflict.
(David Hoyt, Consultant)

 

Above the Line: Lessons in Leadership and Life from a Championship Season by Urban Meyer
As one of college football’s elite coaches, Urban Meyer is a master of the systems and values that promote commitment and success. In this book, Meyer shares his secrets on the importance of purpose, accountability, mastery – and most importantly, trust – to thriving at work and in life.
(Ken Marotte, Senior Writer)

 

Never Wrestle With a Pig and Ninety Other Ideas to Build Your Business and Career by Mark H. McCormack
Sports marketing mogul McCormack provides helpful and easily digestible workplace tips for those at every stage of their career. Over the course of 90 brief chapters, the reader learns how intelligence, creativity, and efficiency can contribute to their daily success.
(Andrea Beeman, Director of Research and Outreach)

 

Rambam’s Ladder: A Meditation on Generosity and Why It Is Necessary to Give by Julie Salamon
The Jewish rabbi Maimonides famously conceived the “Ladder of Charity,” which assigns different levels of giving to varying degrees of virtue. Here, Salamon explores the relative “ladder” of motivations behind charitable giving while revealing generosity’s impact on all involved.
(Samantha Audia, Client Relations Manager)

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