Leadership Lit – Book Club & TED Talk Discussions

Leadership Lit is the Wake Forest Chamber’s book club that focuses on books and TED Talks related to business and leadership. The group is a great way to get to know other Chamber members in a small group setting. You’ll make connections, have intelligent conversations, and have your thoughts and opinions heard. Leadership Lit meets on the third Monday of every month in the North State Bank Community Room at the Chamber, 350 S. White Street, Wake Forest. Meetings are offered free of charge for all Chamber members.

2019 Leadership Lit Lineup

Check out what’s happening with Leadership Lit in 2019. Scroll down for a look at each month’s topic.

February 18 – TED Talk Viewing & Discussion

11:30: TED Talk

Noon – 1:00: Discussion

TED Talk: The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

Facilitated by Linda Vasquez, owner of Branding Your Passion and Wake Forest Area Chamber member

In The Power of Habit, award-winning business reporterCharles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. Distilling vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives that take us from the boardrooms of Procter & Gamble to the sidelines of the NFL to the front lines of the civil rights movement, Duhigg presents a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential. At its core, The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, being more productive, and achieving success is understanding how habits work. As Duhigg shows, by harnessing this new science, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives.

Register online: https://wakeforestchamber.chambermaster.com/eventregistration/register/17563

March 4 – Special Edition!

11:30 am – 1:00 pm: Workshop and discussion

Nonviolent Communication presentation and workshop, with guest facilitator Amber Harkey, BCC.

Amber is the founder and owner of Carolina Life Coaching and a Wake Forest Area Chamber member. She’ll facilitate an interactive workshop based on the book, Nonviolent Communication: A language of life, by Marshall Rosenberg.

Do you hunger for skills to improve the quality of your relationships, to deepen your sense of personal empowerment or to simply communicate more effectively? Unfortunately, for centuries our culture has taught us to think and speak in ways that can actually perpetuate conflict, internal pain and even violence. Nonviolent Communication partners practical skills with a powerful consciousness and vocabulary to help you get what you want peacefully. 

Based on this internationally acclaimed text, you’ll discover how the language you use can strengthen your relationships, build trust, prevent conflicts and heal pain. Revolutionary, yet simple, Nonviolent Communication offers you the most effective tools to reduce violence and create peace in your life—one interaction at a time.

All Chamber members are invited to participate in this special edition of our Book Club, Leadership Lit. Reading the book prior to the workshop is encouraged, but not required.

Register online: https://wakeforestchamber.chambermaster.com/eventregistration/register/17554

March 18 – Book Discussion

Noon- 1:00: Discussion

Book: Reset your Mindset by Natalie Eckdahl

Facilitated by Kayce Hodos, Licensed Professional Counselor and Wake Forest Area Chamber member

According to Natalie Eckdahl the author, everyone’s a mess, and no one is talking about it. Mindset issues get amplified because we think we are the only one dealing with them. Thousands of hours of coaching women entrepreneurs through her podcast and business BizChix has proven that everyone is struggling with mindset. Whether you’re an unknown entrepreneur just starting out or a celebrity in the limelight, we’re all secretly there. We are experiencing Imposter Syndrome, Fear of Failure, Fear of Success, Fear of Judgment, Limiting Beliefs and Money Mindset Issues.

While you may be used to slaying your goals, we don’t conquer mindset issues. We work through them and prepare for the next time we’ll revisit them. How? You R.E.S.E.T. Your Mindset with my proven, step-by-step framework. Join me as I share common mindset issues with stories of real women who have R.E.S.E.T. their mindset.

Register online: https://wakeforestchamber.chambermaster.com/eventregistration/register/17564

April 15 – TED Talk Viewing & Discussion

11:30: TED Talk

Noon – 1:00: Discussion

TED Talk: How Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google manipulate our emotions by Scott Galloway

Facilitated by Mark Thompson with Allstate Insurance

The combined market capitalization of these four companies is equivalent to the GDP of India. How did these four companies come to infiltrate our lives so completely? In a spectacular rant, Scott Galloway shares insights and eye-opening stats about their dominance and motivation — and what happens when a society prizes shareholder value over everything else.

Register online:
https://wakeforestchamber.chambermaster.com/eventregistration/register/17605

May 20 – Book Discussion

Noon- 1:00: Discussion

Book: Permission to Screw Up Kristen Hadeed

Facilitated by Dawn Daria, chief education officer for Flow Circus

The inspiring, unlikely, laugh-out-loud story of how one woman learned to lead–and how she ultimately succeeded, not despite her many mistakes, but because of them.

This is the story of how Kristen Hadeed built Student Maid, a cleaning company where people are happy, loyal, productive, and empowered, even while they’re mopping floors and scrubbing toilets. It’s the story of how she went from being an almost comically inept leader to a sought-after CEO who teaches others how to lead.
 

Permission to Screw Up dismisses the idea that leaders and orga­nizations should try to be perfect. It encourages people of all ages to go for it and learn to lead by acting, rather than waiting or thinking. Through a brutally honest and often hilarious account of her own strug­gles, Kristen encourages us to embrace our failures and proves that we’ll be better leaders when we do.

Register Online:
https://wakeforestchamber.chambermaster.com/eventregistration/register/17606

June 17 – TED Talk Viewing & Discussion

11:30: TED Talk

Noon – 1:00: Discussion

TED Talk: by Marcus Buckingham

Facilitated by Ann Welton, president of the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce

Description TBD

Register Online: https://wakeforestchamber.chambermaster.com/eventregistration/register/17607

July 15 – Book Discussion

Noon- 1:00: Discussion

Book: Dare to Lead by Brene Brown

Leadership is not about titles, status, and wielding power. A leader is anyone who takes responsibility for recognizing the potential in people and ideas and has the courage to develop that potential.

When we dare to lead, we don’t pretend to have the right answers; we stay curious and ask the right questions. We don’t see power as finite and hoard it; we know that power becomes infinite when we share it with others. We don’t avoid difficult conversations and situations; we lean into vulnerability when it’s necessary to do good work.

Four-time #1 New York Times bestselling author Brené Brown has spent the past two decades studying the emotions and experiences that give meaning to our lives, and the past seven years working with transformative leaders and teams spanning the globe. She found that leaders in organizations ranging from small entrepreneurial startups and family-owned businesses to nonprofits, civic organizations, and Fortune 50 companies all ask the same question.

Register Online: https://wakeforestchamber.chambermaster.com/eventregistration/register/17608

August 19 – TED Talk Viewing & Discussion

11:30: TED Talk

Noon – 1:00: Discussion

Book and TED Talk: GRIT by Angela Duckworth

In her instant, multi-month New York Times bestseller, Angela Duckworth shows anyone striving to succeed that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent, but a special blend of passion and persistence she calls “grit.”


The daughter of a scientist who frequently noted her lack of “genius,” Angela Duckworth is now a celebrated researcher and professor. It was her early eye-opening stints in teaching, business consulting, and neuroscience that led to her hypothesis about what really drives success: not genius, but a unique combination of passion and long-term perseverance.

In Grit, she takes us into the field to visit cadets struggling through their first days at West Point, teachers working in some of the toughest schools, and young finalists in the National Spelling Bee. She also mines fascinating insights from history and shows what can be gleaned from modern experiments in peak performance. Finally, she shares what she’s learned from interviewing dozens of high achievers—from JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon to New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff to Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll.

This is “a fascinating tour of the psychological research on success” (The Wall Street Journal).

Register Online: https://wakeforestchamber.chambermaster.com/eventregistration/register/17609

September 16 – Book Discussion

Noon- 1:00: Discussion

Book: Positioning by Al Ries and Jack Trout

Facilitated by Ryan Broughton, commercial relationship manager, Fidelity Bank

This 20th Anniversary Edition makes available to business and marketing professionals—including tens of thousands of Ries and Trout groupies, worldwide—the work that forever changed the way marketing strategy is done. This new edition features commentary from the authors that offers fresh insight into why “positioning” a product in a prospective customer’s mind is still the most important strategy in business, and includes numerous examples of campaigns that followed, or didn’t follow, Ries and Trout’s thinking.

Register Online: https://wakeforestchamber.chambermaster.com/eventregistration/register/17610

October 21 – TED Talk Viewing & Discussion

11:30: TED Talk

Noon – 1:00: Discussion

TED Talk: The Power of Introverts by Susan Cain

Facilitated by Dyana Paredes, business development manager at PureLine Plumbing

In a culture where being social and outgoing are prized above all else, it can be difficult, even shameful, to be an introvert. But, as Susan Cain argues in this passionate talk, introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and should be encouraged and celebrated.

Register Online: https://wakeforestchamber.chambermaster.com/eventregistration/register/17611

November 18 – Book Discussion

Noon- 1:00: Discussion

Book: Originals by Adam Grant

With Give and Take, Adam Grant not only introduced a landmark new paradigm for success but also established himself as one of his generation’s most compelling and provocative thought leaders. In Originals he again addresses the challenge of improving the world, but now from the perspective of becoming original: choosing to champion novel ideas and values that go against the grain, battle conformity, and buck outdated traditions. How can we originate new ideas, policies, and practices without risking it all?
 
Using surprising studies and stories spanning business, politics, sports, and entertainment, Grant explores how to recognize a good idea, speak up without getting silenced, build a coalition of allies, choose the right time to act, and manage fear and doubt; how parents and teachers can nurture originality in children; and how leaders can build cultures that welcome dissent. Learn from an entrepreneur who pitches his start-ups by highlighting the reasons not to invest, a woman at Apple who challenged Steve Jobs from three levels below, an analyst who overturned the rule of secrecy at the CIA, a billionaire financial wizard who fires employees for failing to criticize him, and a TV executive who didn’t even work in comedy but saved Seinfeld from the cutting-room floor. The payoff is a set of groundbreaking insights about rejecting conformity and improving the status quo.

Register Online:https://wakeforestchamber.chambermaster.com/eventregistration/register/17612

December 16 – TED Talk Viewing & Discussion

11:30: TED Talk

Noon – 1:00: Discussion

TED Talk: My Year of Saying Yes by Shonda Rimes

Shonda Rhimes, the titan behind Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder, is responsible for some 70 hours of television per season, and she loves to work. “When I am hard at work, when I am deep in it, there is no other feeling,” she says. She has a name for this feeling: The hum. The hum is a drug, the hum is music, the hum is God’s whisper in her ear. But what happens when it stops? Is she anything besides the hum? In this moving talk, join Rhimes on a journey through her “year of yes” and find out how she got her hum back.

Register Online: https://wakeforestchamber.chambermaster.com/eventregistration/register/17613