PATH Book Picks: Approach

The PATH Assessment® has four modes — Purpose, Approach, Thinking, and Habits — which identify our go-to problem-solving processes. Everyone accesses all the modes at different times, but we only have one dominant mode. We’ve put together the PATH Picks list to help you learn more about each of the modes and how to maximize them in different ways.

Approach is how you interact with your colleagues. It’s the way you talk to, work with, and relate to people. If you like connecting in a particular way, you are likely to think others want to connect in that way, too. Check out the books that have helped us grow our Approach traits:

1. Show Your Work

We love how Austin Kleon challenges us to share bits and pieces of our projects to grow and create community.

Show Your Work! is about why generosity trumps genius. It’s about getting findable, about using the network instead of wasting time ‘networking.’ It’s not self-promotion, it’s self-discovery—let others into your process, then let them steal from you. Filled with illustrations, quotes, stories, and examples, Show Your Work! offers ten transformative rules for being open, generous, brave, productive.

In chapters such as You Don’t Have to Be a GeniusShare Something Small Every Day; and Stick Around, Kleon creates a user’s manual for embracing the communal nature of creativity— what he calls the ‘ecology of talent.’ From broader life lessons about work (you can’t find your voice if you don’t use it) to the etiquette of sharing—and the dangers of oversharing—to the practicalities of Internet life (build a good domain name; give credit when credit is due), it’s an inspiring manifesto for succeeding as any kind of artist or entrepreneur in the digital age.” — Goodreads

2. Emotional Intelligence 2.0 

Emotional Intelligence helps us see that the foundation for success starts with being able to read a room.

“For the first time ever in a book, TalentSmart’s revolutionary program helps people identify their EQ skills, build these skills into strengths, and enjoy consistent performance in the pursuit of important life objectives. The book contains proven strategies from a decade-long effort to accurately measure and increase emotional intelligence. Trusted by upper-echelon leaders inside companies worldwide, these strategies will enable you to capitalize on the skills responsible for 58% of performance in all types of jobs.” — Goodreads

3. 4 Essential Keys to Effective Communication in Love, Life, Work–Anywhere!: A How-To Guide for Practicing the Empathic Listening, Speaking, and Dialogue Skills to Achieve Relationship Success

One of the hardest parts of working on a team is learning how your team communicates and needs to be communicated to. This book helps lay the foundation for understanding how different people communicate. 

“4 Essential Keys to Effective Communication in Love, Life, Work–Anywhere! is an excellent ‘How-To Guide’ teaching some of the basics for practicing the key skills that will help you identify and overcome communication barriers and achieve relationship success with the important people in your life–your spouse or partner, child or children, parents, siblings, friends, co-workers, customers–everyone! Plus, there are Self-Review Questions and Action Items at the end of several of the chapters.” — Amazon

4. How to Win Friends & Influence People

Dale Carnegie’s old-school advice can give you the confidence to go after whatever you want and be successful.

 “You can go after the job you want…and get it! You can take the job you have…and improve it! You can take any situation you’re in…and make it work for you!

Since its release in 1936, How to Win Friends and Influence People has sold more than 15 million copies. Dale Carnegie’s first book is a timeless bestseller, packed with rock-solid advice that has carried thousands of now famous people up the ladder of success in their business and personal lives.

As relevant as ever before, Dale Carnegie’s principles endure, and will help you achieve your maximum potential in the complex and competitive modern age.

Learn the six ways to make people like you, the twelve ways to win people to your way of thinking, and the nine ways to change people without arousing resentment.
” — Goodreads

5. I Hear You: The Surprisingly Simple Skill Behind Extraordinary Relationships

We love this quick and pragmatic read to help navigate communication with all the different kinds of relationships we have.

“Whether you’re looking to improve your relationship with your spouse, navigate difficult conversations at work, or connect on a deeper level with friends and family, this book delivers simple, practical, proven techniques for improving any relationship in your life.” —Goodreads

Don’t forget to read our Purpose, Thinking, and Habits picks!

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