Frisco’s Favorite Literature and Podcasts of 2023

Frisco’s Favorite Literature and Podcasts of 2023

January 8, 2024

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As we enter into 2024, we thought it pertinent to share the books, podcasts, and articles that have helped inspire our team’s growth and determination throughout 2023. The Frisco Woodline team is constantly looking for ways to improve not only professionally but in our personal lives as well. Because of this drive for change and self betterment, our team is always on the lookout for new and interesting reads or something to listen to that may spark a new way of thinking. With that in mind, we’ve shared a list consisting of books, podcasts, and article recommendations that our Frisco Woodline team has put together for those who are looking to change something up in 2024. Whether you are looking to adapt your leadership skills, learn how to better your negotiation tactics, or you are just interested in hearing from prominent industry individuals, we’ve got you covered!                              

Table of Contents

                                              Recommended Books


Good To Great By Jim Collins

The findings of the Good to Great study will surprise many readers and shed light on virtually every area of management strategy and practice. The findings include:

  • Level 5 Leaders: The research team was shocked to discover the type of leadership required to achieve greatness.
  • The Hedgehog Concept: (Simplicity within the Three Circles): To go from good to great requires transcending the curse of competence.
  • A Culture of Discipline: When you combine a culture of discipline with an ethic of entrepreneurship, you get the magical alchemy of great results. Technology Accelerators: Good-to-great companies think differently about the role of technology.
  • The Flywheel and the Doom Loop: Those who launch radical change programs and wrenching restructurings will almost certainly fail to make the leap.

“Some of the key concepts discerned in the study,” comments Jim Collins, “fly in the face of our modern business culture and will, quite frankly, upset some people.”

Perhaps, but who can afford to ignore these findings?

7 Habits Of Highly Effective People By Sean Covey

This beloved classic presents a principle-centered approach for solving both personal and professional problems. With penetrating insights and practical anecdotes, Stephen R. Covey reveals a step-by-step pathway for living with fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity—principles that give us the security to adapt to change and the wisdom and power to take advantage of the opportunities that change creates.

Outliers By Malcom Gladwell

In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of “outliers”–the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different?

His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing. Along the way he explains the secrets of software billionaires, what it takes to be a great soccer player, and what made the Beatles the greatest rock band.

Extreme Ownership By Jacko Wilnik

Two U.S. Navy SEAL officers who led the most highly decorated special operations unit of the Iraq War demonstrate how to apply powerful leadership principles from the battlefield to business and life.

Detailing the mind-set and principles that enable SEAL units to accomplish the most difficult missions in combat, Extreme Ownership shows how to apply them to any team, family or organization. Each chapter focuses on a specific topic such as Cover and Move, Decentralized Command, and Leading Up the Chain, explaining what they are, why they are important, and how to implement them in any leadership environment.

Never Split The Difference By Chris Voss

After a stint policing the rough streets of Kansas City, Missouri, Chris Voss joined the FBI, where his career as a hostage negotiator brought him face-to-face with a range of criminals, including bank robbers and terrorists. Reaching the pinnacle of his profession, he became the FBI’s lead international kidnapping negotiator. Never Split the Difference takes you inside the world of high-stakes negotiations and into Voss’s head, revealing the skills that helped him and his colleagues succeed where it mattered most: saving lives. In this practical guide, he shares the nine effective principles—counterintuitive tactics and strategies—you too can use to become more persuasive in both your professional and personal life.

Life is a series of negotiations you should be prepared for: buying a car, negotiating a salary, buying a home, renegotiating rent, deliberating with your partner. Taking emotional intelligence and intuition to the next level, Never Split the Difference gives you the competitive edge in any discussion.

Story Thinking – The New Science of Narrative Intelligence By Angus Fetcher

Every time we think ahead, we are crafting a story. Every daily plan―and every political vision, social movement, scientific hypothesis, business proposal, and technological breakthrough―starts with “what if?” Linking causes to effects, considering hypotheticals and counterfactuals, asking how other people will react: these are the essence of narrative. So why do we keep overlooking the story’s importance of intelligence in favor of logic?

This book explains how and why our brains think in stories. Angus Fletcher, an expert in neuroscientific approaches to narrative, identifies this capacity as “storythinking.” He demonstrates that storythinking is fundamental to what makes us human. Artificial intelligence can perform symbolic logic, rational deduction, and mathematical calculation, but it is incapable of deliberating in narrative. Drawing on new research in neuroscience and narrative theory, Fletcher explores the nature of imagination, innovation, and creativity. He provides concise answers to big questions: How does storythinking work? Why did it evolve? How can it misfire? What problems can it solve?

Dare to Lead By Brene Brown

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER – Brené Brown has taught us what it means to dare greatly, rise strong, and brave the wilderness. Now, based on new research conducted with leaders, change makers, and culture shifters, she’s showing us how to put those ideas into practice so we can step up and lead.

Atomic Habits By James Clear

No matter your goals, Atomic Habits offers a proven framework for improving–every day. James Clear, one of the world’s leading experts on habit formation, reveals practical strategies that will teach you exactly how to form good habits, break bad ones, and master the tiny behaviors that lead to remarkable results.



                                             Recommended Podcasts

On Purpose With Jay Shetty

Jay Shetty is a global bestselling author, award-winning podcast host of On Purpose, and purpose-driven entrepreneur, who has made an indelible impact on hearts and minds worldwide. With an astounding following of over 50 million across social media platforms, Jay Shetty possesses a talent for making purpose and ancient wisdom not only relatable but also practical and easily accessible. His journey of transformation and inspiration has touched the lives of millions across the globe.

How I Built This With Guy Raz

Guy Raz interviews the world’s best-known entrepreneurs to learn how they built their iconic brands. In each episode, founders share intimate moments of doubt and failure, and insights on their eventual success. How I Built This is a master-class on innovation, creativity, leadership and how to navigate challenges of all kinds.

Invest Like The Best

Conversations with the best investors and business leaders in the world. We explore their ideas, methods, and stories to help you better invest your time and money. Hear stock market and boardroom insights you can’t find anywhere else. If you’re a professional investor, CEO, entrepreneur, or business strategist, this is for you.

HBR Idea Cast

A weekly podcast featuring the leading thinkers in business and management.

Huberman Lab

Regularly ranked as the #1 health podcast in the world, Dr. Huberman discusses science and science-based tools for everyday life. New episodes are released every Monday.

The Morning Huddle With Stacey Holsinger and Chad Prinkey

Advancing the Construction Community through LinkedIn Live Discussions every Tuesday at 9:00 est. 

Women Talk Construction With Angela Gardner and Christi Powell

A podcast about helping women grow in the construction field and other non-traditional careers.


                                             Recommended Articles

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