2021 Book Club

Posted by Jen Scholte Team on Monday, August 2nd, 2021 at 8:21am.

August Book Club - July Review

Hello and welcome to our August edition of the Jen Scholte Team Book Club.

July Review - Alter Ego Effect by Todd Herman 

Thank you for joining us for our August edition of the Jen Scholte Team Book Club. In the Month of July we read The Alter Ego Effect by  Todd Herman

I love this book and the idea behind an “Alter Ego”. It is something that I believe we all do naturally in some sense as children but don't necessarily dig deeper into why or what we are doing. Whether it's growing up playing sports, pretending to be your favourite player and trying to emulate their skills when you are with your friends in the backyard or Looking up to role models and celebrities while trying to mimic their mannerisms. This is something that is fun when we are younger and maybe we begin to think it is silly as we grow up but there is huge power in becoming a different character to be the best version of yourself in an area where you may not feel as confident.

Basically the Alter Ego Effect allows you to create your own “Super Powers” and bring them onto your playing field with you. If you are in the corporate world there may be business leaders that you look up to and admire. If you have a big meeting or a speech coming up that you are not fully confident about you can train yourself to become your alter ego and bring the characteristics you most admire and will best serve you onto the stage or to that boardroom table.

Your Alter ego can be a real person or someone completely made up. You can pick which qualities will best serve you and build those into your Alter Ego. When it comes time to show up and excel in your arena you will have the tools and confidence to compete and be the best version of yourself. This idea is something that may come naturally to us as children who are playing but in adulthood when the stakes are raised and there is something on the line this is something that takes work. With practice, pulling out our alter ego becomes easier and eventually we may even become the person we most admire and wish to be.

August Introduction - Daring Greatly by Berne Brown

For the month of August we are going to be reading Daring Greatly by Berne Brown. I really enjoyed her book Dare to Lead that we read back in June and wanted to continue reading her content to dig deeper into the message of being brave, putting yourself out there and growing through vulnerability.

As always I would love to hear your thoughts and opinions on any of the books we have read up to this point or recommendations for future books. I always appreciate a good book recommendation. Reading isn't something I have always enjoyed but since starting this book club and reading at least one book per month I am finding the process enjoyable. Especially in the category of self development, I am starting to notice a real difference in my mindset and outlook. 

Lets grow together. See you next month for our August book review!

-Andrew Little

July Book Club - June Review

Hello and welcome to our July edition of the Jen Scholte Team Book Club.

June Review - Dare to Lead

For the month of June we read Dare to Lead by Brene Brown. In this book Berne uses her research, stories and examples to explore how institutions can cultivate braver, more daring leaders and to embed the value of courage into their culture.

Berne Brown PhD, LMSW is a research professor at the University of Houston. She has spent the past two decades researching courage, vulnerability, shame and empathy. In any organization, the fear of failure and shame can lead people to hold back ideas, avoid risks and tough conversations. This stifles learning and creativity to hinder success in a world that demands continuous innovation. The book explores the idea of cultivating leaders who work towards learning or unlearning behaviours that will allow them to show up with their whole heart. Daring to lead means staying curious and asking the right questions. These leaders recognize the importance of leaning into vulnerability when necessary.

I enjoyed reading Berne’s book and this was my first introduction to Berne and her work. From this book I have discovered her Ted Talk and Netflix Special which I would highly recommend. If you are not a reader but want to explore this topic I will provide the link below to her Ted Talk titled “The Power of Vulnerability” which explores our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity.


July Introduction - Alter Ego Effect

For the month of July I have chosen to read The Alter Ego Effect by Todd Herman who I had the pleasure of seeing speak live at a conference in 2019 with our team. This is a re-read for me but I loved the idea of creating an alter ego to help yourself best show up on whatever your “playing field” may be. From athletes to CEO’s this can be a useful tool to learn and lean into and relates back to Berne’s studies on bravery and showing up.

As always I hope you will read along and share your thoughts with myself and our team. If you have recommendations for future books or wanted to share your thoughts on any of the books we have read so far we would love to hear from you at andrew@scholtehomes.com

- Andrew

June Book Club - May Review

Hello and welcome to our June edition of the Jen Scholte Team Book Club.

May Review - How to Win Friends and Influence People 

Last month we read How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. This book discussed topics such as making positive first impressions, becoming good conversationalists, how to effectively motivate or criticize others and how to approach conversations with the other persons feelings and ego in mind to maximize the results you hope to gain.

This was a book that I had read back when I was in college and I remember it having a big impact on me at the time. As I re-read this time around I must admit I didn't find it as inspiring. Perhaps I have matured and changed the way I think about things but I found some of the principles to be more common sense than when I read the book in my early 20s.

Nevertheless, How to Win Friends and Influence People is an excellent tool to get you thinking about how we approach conversation and relationships. The book provides many examples of how to apply its teachings in everyday scenarios both at work or in your personal life. The main take away from all the techniques mentioned is that you have to show up and be genuine with all of your connections. The book discusses ways to compliment or play to the ego of the person you are speaking with to get the result you want from that conversation but without genuinely caring about the person you are talking to or being sincere in your words, the outcome you are looking for will not come as easily and people will recognize what you are trying to do. I recommend this book to all who wish to get more from their human interactions or shift the way we think about others but please BE GENUINE, BE REAL, BE HONEST! 

June Introduction - Dare to Lead

For the month of June we will be reading Dare to Lead by Brene Brown. This is a book I have had on my desk for about a year now but have not gotten around to reading. I am hoping this compliments our last book “How to win friends and Influence People” as it explores similar topics of how we show up, how we influence those around us and how we define leadership.

I hope you choose to read along and share your opinions with myself and the team. As always, I love to hear your thoughts on the books we have read already this year, recommendations for future books and feedback on our virtual book club in general. I can be contacted at andrew@scholtehomes.com Thank you to all of you who have participated so far, have a wonderful start to your summer and I will be back next month to give my thoughts on Dare to Lead by Brene Brown.

- Andrew

May Book Club - April Review

April Review - The Magic of Thinking BIG

Last month we read The Magic of Thinking Big by David J Schwartz which was a book about training your mind, your reaction to setbacks, and your general outlook on life to propel you towards your goals. I enjoyed reading the lessons in this book and tricks to train your mind. Some of the ideology is a little bit outdated but the general message remains impactful.

“Believe it can be done. When you believe something can be done, really believe, your mind will find the ways to do it. Believing a solution paves the way to solution.”

To summarize the lessons taught in this book, It all comes down to mastering our Minds, How we respond, How we talk to ourselves, and mastering our thoughts to remain positive.

Success comes down to how you think. If you think negatively, you will get negative results and if you think positively, you will get positive results. Successful people know this and use the power of belief to live more fulfilling lives.Thinking big works like magic. It will open new ways of solving problems, encourage action, help you to conquer your fears, and even earn you the respect of your friends and peers.

Thinking big begins with believing in yourself.

May Introduction (How to Win Friends & Influence People)

For the month of May I will be reading an old favourite of mine titled How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. This book was originally published during the great depression and is equally impactful during good times and booming economies. Dealing with topics such as Making a good first impression, becoming a good conversationalist and making others happy to do what you want. I have been meaning to re-read this book for awhile now and look forward to reviewing this book next month.

As always, I hope you will read along, pick up a copy and provide your feedback on the book. Thank you to everyone who has participated in our book club so far and I am always interested in hearing recommendations for book to read moving forward. You can contact me at andrew@scholtehomes.com.

I hope you all enjoy the spring weather and find some time to get outside this month. See you next month.

- Andrew

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