Book, Films, & LinkedIn Learning

Jeffrey’s Professional Development Recommendations

Achor, S. (2018). Big Potential: How Transforming the Pursuit of Success Raises Our Achievement, Happiness, and Well-Being. New York: Currency.

Shawn Achor has written several books on the psychology of happiness.  Big Potential is a recent book that uses social science and relevant examples to upend the societal focus on individual achievement.  Instead, he argues that team success, gratitude towards others, and service to others are the pathways to individual success and happiness.  An uplifting read that will make you want to improve the way you lead.


Bunting, M. (2016). The Mindful Leader: 7 Practices for Transforming Your Leadership, Your Organization and Your Life. Australia: Wiley & Sons.

Improve your emotional intelligence and self-awareness, effectiveness as a leader, improve your decision making and creativity skills, and be more strategic.  All can be had through practicing mindfulness.  


Cain, S. (2012). Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. New York: Crown Publishers.

The author busts the myth that leaders must be extroverts, outgoing, and talkative.  Through research and examples, the author shares the importance of introverts on organizational decision making and idea cultivation, listening and inclusion, and serving others.  If you’re an introvert, you’ll learn more about yourself from this book.  If you’re an extrovert, reading this book will help you to better understand your colleagues, family and friends.


Christy, S. (2010). Working Effectively with Faculty: Guidebook for Higher Education Staff and Managers. Berkeley, California: University Resources Press.

Surveys by NACUBO show that of all the peer groups business officers work with, they struggle the most with faculty.  Effectively communicating and working with faculty is a necessary and learned skill.  This book shares examples and tips to work more effectively with faculty, explains the academic world, and provides examples to deal with common and sometimes difficult situations with faculty.


Cialdini, R. B. (2009 Fifth Edition). Influence: Science and Practice. Boston: Pearson/Allyn and Bacon.

A favorite book in MBA programs, through neuroscience and social psychology, the author explains ways to get to “yes.”  The techniques and examples will improve your ability to persuade, communicate, negotiate, and better understand. 


Pink, D. H. (2009). Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. New York: Riverhead Books.

A key part of leading people is understanding what motivates them.  The author explores the role of autonomy, mastery, and purpose as motivating factors, which has impacts on employee retention, engagement, and creating a brand that attracts peers and new employees to want work with you.

Chapman, Brenda and Mark Andrews (Directors). (2012). Brave.

Coogler, Ryan (Director). (2018). Black Panther.

Donaldson, Roger (Director). (2000). Thirteen Days.

DuVernay, Ava (Director). (2014). Selma.

Eastwood, Clint (Director). (2009). Invictus.

Johnston, Joe (Director). (1999). October Sky.

Marshall, Penny (Director). (1992). A League of Their Own.

Melfi, Theodore (Director). (2017). Hidden Figures.

Scott, Tony (Director). (1995). Crimson Tide.

Taylor, Tate (Director). (2011). The Help.

Washington, Denzel (Director). (2007). The Great Debaters.


Creating Your Personal Brand

Using Questions to Foster Critical Thinking and Curiosity

Leading with Purpose

Developing Credibility as a Leader

Equity First: The Path to Inclusion and Belonging

Root Cause Analysis: Getting to the Root of Business Problems

Transitioning from Manager to Leader

Coaching Yourself Through the Ambiguity of Leading

Building Your Visibility as a Leader

Statistics Foundations 1: The Basics

Statistics Foundations 2: Probability