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  • 1.  New Year, New Reading List!

    Posted 01-12-2023 10:07 AM
    I'm sure you've all heard "new year, new me" sometime over the past couple of weeks. Every year, I like to take a different spin on that phrase.  Since I've been gaining more and more responsibility at they company I work at, I've found myself diving into personal and professional development books more and more.  I started the year reading The Leadership Pipeline and have set a goal to read (finish!) at least one personal or professional development book a month.

    Are you reading any personal or professional development books in the coming year? What's on deck? I'll share mine below!

    This year I have:
    January - The Leadership Pipeline
    February - Scaling Up
    March - Radical Candor
    April - Drive
    May - Crucial Conversations
    June - Crucial Accountability
    July - Never Split the Difference
    August - The Culture Code
    September - Good to Great
    October - Seven Habits of Highly Effective People (it's a little bit of a cheat because it's a re-read)
    November - The Eighth Habit
    December - Atomic Habits

    Jennifer Sloan Ziegler Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE
    Ridgeland MS

  • 2.  RE: New Year, New Reading List!

    Posted 01-12-2023 12:40 PM

    I am currently reading "The Dark Tide - The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919" by Stephen Puleo.  While I have seen the plaque in memory of the incident in the North End, it never really occurred to me as an engineering disaster, let alone the failure of a steel structure.  The book is a full account detailing the construction of the 2.3 million gallon tank, it's failure, and the resulting aftermath.  At the time molasses was used to distill alcohol for munitions, which were in demand during the war.  After the war, the process was switched to produce rum in a final rush before prohibition took effect.  So in that way, societal pressures were a contributing factor to the cause.

    Chad Morrison P.E., F.ASCE
    Professional Engineer
    Greenville RI

  • 3.  RE: New Year, New Reading List!

    Posted 01-13-2023 09:51 AM
    That sounds interesting! If you haven't read anything by David McCullough you might want to check him out!

    Jennifer Sloan Ziegler Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE
    Ridgeland MS

  • 4.  RE: New Year, New Reading List!

    Posted 06-26-2023 10:58 AM

    You've got some excellent books here! I hope you've been making progress on this impressive list. I don't have much time to read these days, but I've been listening to tons of audiobooks. I've listened to both Seven Habits of Highly Effective People & Atomic Habits last year. 

    This year I've listened to: 

    The Compound Effect - Darren Hardy

    The Self-Aware Leader - John C. Maxwell

    The Five Levels of Leadership - John C. Maxwell

    Your Money or Your Life - Vicki Robin & Joe Dominguez 

    The Psychology of Money - Morgan Housel

    Cody Obropta P.E., M.ASCE
    Environmental Engineer
    Bangor ME

  • 5.  RE: New Year, New Reading List!

    Posted 06-27-2023 10:35 AM

    This is not by any means an engineering book, but one of the best books I have ever read was Man's Search for Meaning by Dr. Viktor Frankl. He is an Austrian Holocaust survivor who recounts how he was able to continue finding reasons to carry on despite the nightmare situation that he lived through.

    Christopher Seigel P.E., M.ASCE
    Civil Engineer