Our Top 12 Inspirational Authors, Thinkers and Stories

Posted on December 19, 2016

Presenting a list of our Top 12 Inspirational Authors, Thinkers and Stories that we reference and celebrate in our learning & development designs and environments here at Redwood&Co.

Follow the links to TedTalks, short films and websites below to find out more about these pioneering leaders in thought and action.

1. Dan and Chip Heath – Decisive, Made to Stick 
“To make our communications more effective, we need to shift our thinking from “What information do I need to convey?” to “What questions do I want my audience to ask?”

2. Otto Scharmer – Theory U: Leading From The Future As It Emerges
“I once asked one of the most successful leaders of the telecom industry what she considered to be the essence of her leadership work. She responded, “I am facilitating the opening process so my team can sense and seize emerging opportunities as they arise from the fast paced business environment we are operating in.”

3. Brené Brown Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, Courage Works
“Maybe stories are just data with a soul”

4. Kurt Vonnegurt- On The Shape of Stories
“Somebody gets into trouble, gets out of it again. People love that story. They never get sick of it.”

5. Hans Rosling – The Best Stats You’ve Ever Seen
“My interest is not data, it’s the world. And part of world development you can see in numbers. Others, like human rights, empowerment of women, it’s very difficult to measure in numbers.”

6. Margaret Heffernan – Dare to Disagree
“It’s a fantastic model of collaboration — thinking partners who aren’t echo chambers. I wonder how many of us have, or dare to have, such collaborators.”

7. Carol Dweck – Mindset
“In a growth mindset, challenges are exciting rather than threatening. So rather than thinking, oh, I’m going to reveal my weaknesses, you say, wow, here’s a chance to grow.”

8. Jim Hemerling – 5 Ways To Lead in an Era of Constant Change
“In a transformation, a leader needs to have a vision, a clear road map with milestones, and then you need to hold people accountable for results. In other words, you need to be directive. But in order to capture the hearts and minds of people, you also need to be inclusive. Inclusive leadership is critical to putting people first.”

9. Deborah Frieze – How I Became a Localist
“Trailblazers,are setting an example for the rest of us…If you’re an illuminator, then you love to tell stories,to shine a light on trailblazers’ efforts to create something new.”

10. Simon Sinek – Start With Why
“The best organizations foster trust and cooperation because their leaders build a Circle of Safety. This safe culture leads to stable, adaptive, confident teams, where everyone feels they belong.”

11. Ingrid Silva – From the Slums of Rio to New York’s Ballet Stage 
“I am grateful for all the opportunities I have had in the US but I am already thinking of how to change things in Brazil. My experience must make a difference not just for me but also for my home country. The kids who are in my situation should feel that they can also achieve the same things as I did.”

12. The Iron Nun – The 86 Year Old Sister Madonna Buder
“The [life lessons] that I’d look back and tell my twenty something self now are: It’s not what you say, it’s what you do; don’t pay attention to how old you are, only focus on how old you feel.”

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