What We’re Reading

What We’re Reading: Psychological Capital

What We’re Reading: Psychological Capital

What We’re Reading

Our commitment to education and our Four Capital Approach is evident through SFG’s Book Club. This fun tradition reinforces our Intellectual Capital. Team members choose non-fiction books to read and twice a year we get together as a team and present our “book reports”. We thought we’d share some of the books we’ve been reading related to the Psychological Capital in case any of these pique your interest.


Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry & Jean Greaves

The communication between your emotional and rational brains is the physical source of emotional intelligence. People with the highest levels of IQ outperform those with average IQs just 20% of the time, while people with average IQs outperform those with high IQs 70% of the time. The success is explained by Emotional Intelligence (EQ). EQ is not stagnant, it is something that can continually be worked on. This book provides individuals with a test to assess their EQ. It also provides skills and techniques to help individuals improve their self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management.


The Power of Habit: Why We Do and What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg

This book is about why habits exist, how they can be changed, and why some people and companies struggle to change, despite years of trying, while others seem to remake themselves overnight. To create a new habit, we need to put together a cue, a routine and a reward, and then cultivate a craving that drives the loop. Craving is what drives habits. And figuring out how to spark a craving makes creating a new habit easier.


An Invisible Thread: The True Story of an 11-Year-Old Panhandler, a Busy Sales Executive, and an Unlikely Meeting with Destiny by Laura Schroff

According to an old Chinese proverb, there’s an invisible thread that connects two people who are destined to meet and influence each other’s lives. Back in the late 1980’s Laura Schroff was a successful ad sales rep in Manhattan when she happened to walk by Maurice, an eleven-year-old panhandler who asked for spare change and like most New Yorkers, she kept on walking. But then in the middle of the intersection, she stopped, turned around and went back to the young boy and offered to take him to lunch. That was the beginning of a life-long friendship and how that friendship changed the course of both of their lives.


Julie & Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously by Julie Powell

Julie Powell resolves to reclaim her life by cooking in the span of a single year, every one of the 524 recipes in Julia Child’s legendary Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Along the way she discovers her determination and hidden talents in cooking and writing and living. It is a joyful story of one woman’s efforts to find meaning in her life.


Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

The book provides insight about introversion as well as research and studies on this topic. According to this book, at least one-third of the people we know are introverts and they tend to be undervalued in society and the workplace. Historically introverts are seen as mellow, withdrawn, anti-social, outliers, or even problem cases and not leaders, change makers, creative thinkers. The author introduces us to successful introverts who have made great contributions to society. The book also includes a list of helpful tips for parents of introverted children.


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