December 23, 2021

Our Coaches’ Reading List

Our Ops Boss® Coaches LOVE to read! Enjoy this list of the books we read in 2021. As you can see, it’s quite a long list so we asked the coaches to pick one favorite from the year to highlight.


Our Favorite Books of the Year

Coach Stephanie’s Favorite Book – Fix This Next by Mike Michalowicz

Why she likes it

Super practical advice for determining what’s wrong in any company and fixing it – in order of importance.

Coach Jessica’s Favorite Book – Think Again by Adam Grant

Why she likes it

I love everything by Adam Grant. This one is my second favorite of his (Originals is my favorite). From a very young age, we get set in our ways of how we look at things and make decisions. Adam challenges the 2-choice thought process (yes/no, right/left, red/green).  He shares the concept that to grow you actually need to rethink and unlearn.

Coach Elizabeth’s Favorite Book – Personality Isn’t Permanent: Break Free from Self-Limiting Beliefs and Rewrite Your Story by Benjamin Hardy

Why she likes it –

Some real estate teams are very focused on categorizing people by their personality type. They do that because they know certain personality types do well in certain roles and other types do poorly. What’s fascinating is that individuals get to decide how they want to be in the world; they don’t have to be only one thing forever.

Coach Hannah’s Favorite Book – The Power of Broke: How Empty Pockets, a Tight Budget, and a Hunger for Success Can Become Your Greatest Competitive Advantage by Daymond John

Why she likes it –

This book really digs into how our background, history, and struggles can impact and teach us how to run a successful business. Daymond John pulls from his own experience as well as the experience of lots of other successful individuals, setting up lessons learned through their struggles.

Coach Ellenmarie’s Favorite Book – The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More, and Change the Way You Lead Forever by Michael Bungay Stanier

Why she likes it –

This year I think the Coaching Habit was a book I read, re-read and referenced the most!  I loved the simple yet powerful questions that gave me the framework for meaningful conversations. Throughout the book there are reminders in creating the right habits, this definitely helped me realize certain triggers and create new habits.

Coach Christy’s Favorite Book was also The Coaching Habit.

Why she likes it – 

I’ve read this book multiple times. It’s powerful in its simplicity, with 7 simple questions that transform your conversations, help you get to the heart of the matter and effect change, whether with colleagues, friends or family. I like books that make it easy to take action. This one fits the bill.

The Full List of Books We Read in 2021

Do Over: Make Today the First Day of Your New Career – Jon Acuff

I Love It Here: How Great Leaders Create Organizations Their People Never Want to Leave – Clint Pulver

Soundtracks: The Surprising Solution to Overthinking – Jon Acuff

Chase the Lion: If Your Dream Doesn’t Scare You, It’s Too Small – Mark Batterson

Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, From Missiles to the Moon to Mars – Nathalia Holt

Pound the Stone: 7 Lessons to Develop Grit on the Path to Mastery – Joshua Medcalf

Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living – Shauna Niequist

How to Be a Great Boss – Gina Wickman

The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever – Michael Bungay Stanier

Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know – Adam Grant

Fix This Next: Make the Vital Change That Will Level Up Your Business – Mike Michalowicz

Upstream: The Quest to Solve Problems Before They Happen – Dan Heath

It Takes What It Takes: How to Think Neutrally and Gain Control of Your Life – Trevor Moawad

In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day: How to Survive and Thrive When Opportunity Roars – Mark Batterson

#GirlBoss – Sophia Amoruso

Rising Strong: How the Ability to Reset Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead – Brene Brown

Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make Competition Irrelevant – W. Chan Kim

Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life – Jordan B. Peterson

The Biggest Bluff: How I Learned to Pay Attention, Master Myself, and Win – Maria Konnikova

Trillion Dollar Coach: The Leadership Playbook of Silicon Valley’s Bill Campbell – Eric Schmidt

The Power of Awareness: Unlocking the Law of Attraction – Neville Goddard

Several Short Sentences About Writing – Verlyn Klinkenborg

The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement – Eliyahu Goldratt

The 5 AM Club: Own Your Morning. Elevate Your Life – Robin Sharma

The Leadership Journey: How to Master the Four Critical Areas of Being a Great Leader – Gary Burnison

Project Management for the Unofficial Project Manager – Kory Kogon

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance – Angela Duckworth

Untamed – Glennon Doyle

Wild and Free: A Hope-Filled Anthem for the Woman Who Feels She Is Both Too Much and Never Enough – Hayley Morgan

The Experience: The 5 Principles of Disney Service and Relationship Excellence – Bruce Loeffler

The Power of Broke: How Empty Pockets, a Tight Budget, and a Hunger for Success Can Become Your Greatest Competitive Advantage – Daymond John

Finish What You Start: The Art of Following Through, Taking Action, Executing, & Self-Discipline – Peter Hollins

The Power of a Praying Wife – Stormie Omartian

21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You – John Maxwell

Your Best Year Ever: A 5-Step Plan for Achieving Your Most Important Goals – Michael Hyatt

The Mountain is You: Transforming Self-Sabotage Into Self-Mastery – Brianna Wiest

Impact Players: How to Take the Lead, Play Bigger, and Multiply Your Impact – Liz Wiseman

Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success – Phil Jackson

The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results – Gary Keller

High-Performance Habits: How Extraordinary People Become That Way – Brendon Burchard

The Long Slide: Thirty Years in American Journalism – Tucker Carlson

You and Me Forever: Marriage in Light of Eternity – Francis Chan

Unashamed: Drop Your Baggage, Pick Up Your Freedom, Fulfill Your Destiny – Christine Caine

Outliers: The Story of Success – Malcolm Gladwell

Dream It! Do It! My Half-Century Creating Disney’s Magic Kingdoms – Marty Sklar

Greenlights – Matthew McConaughey

Clockwork: Design Your Business to Run Itself – Mike Michalowicz 

The Pumpkin Plan: A Simple Strategy to Grow a Remarkable Business in Any Field – Mike Michalowicz 

The Energy Bus – Jon Gordon

The Magnolia Story – Chip & Joanna Gaines

Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience – Mihaly Csikszentmihalyl

Triggered – Donald Trump Jr

The Emotion Code: How to Release Your Trapped Emotions for Abundant Health, Love, and Happiness – Dr. Bradley Nelson

The Mamba Mentality: How I Play – Kobe Bryant

Personality Isn’t Permanent: Break Free from Self-Limiting Beliefs and Rewrite Your Story – Benjamin Hardy

Effortless: Make It Easier to Do What Matters Most – Greg McKeown

The High 5 Habit: Take Control of Your Life with One Simple Habit – Mel Robbins

Free to Focus: A Total Productivity System to Achieve More by Doing Less – Michael Hyatt

Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers – Tim Ferriss

Creating Magic: 10 Common Sense Leadership Strategies from a Life at Disney – Lee Cockerell

Never Split the Difference: Negotiating as if Your Life Depended on It – Chris Voss

Lead Me Holy Spirit: Longing to Hear the Voice of God – Stormie Omartian

The Deadline Effect: How to Work Like It’s the Last Minute Before the Last Minute – Christopher Cox

Hyperfocus: How to Be More Productive in a World of Distraction – Chris Bailey

Millionaire Real Estate Agent – Gary Keller

SHIFT: How Top Real Estate Agents Tackle Tough Times – Gary Keller

For even more books, check out these posts!

Christy’s Ops Boss Reading List

5 “Must Reads” For Ops Bosses® (and their agents)


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