Tools for Learning and Leading

How do you consume information?  In today’s hyper-connected world, there are so many ways.  As I mentioned in my most recent post, it’s vital that we get comfortable using video to communicate our message.  For me, in addition to great videos on You-Tube and, I’m an information omnivore.  I still read paper-based books, but also consume web-based news sites, audio books (through, audio pod-casts, and electronic books via Kindle.

Many of you may have read my book, The Power and Promise of Pathways, which was released in print form last year.  The response has really been great and I’m happy it has helped so many education innovators think beyond just implementing strong pathway programs to thinking about the components of a Pathways System led by a Pathways Coalition.

For those of you and your colleagues who like the easy access of e-books, we have just released a Kindle version of The Power and Promise of Pathways. If interested, follow this link.

Here are two other books that have really influenced my thinking and growth, and I would highly recommend them.

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeon.  This book is very aspirational and practical.  It focuses on how to keep from being swamped by the pace and expectations of our culture, and to adopt the mentality of “Less But Better.”  By the way, McKeon narrates the version of this book, and I loved listening to this book as well as reading it.

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…And Others Don’t by Jim Collins.  This is one of the classic organizational and change management books of the last 50 years.  If you have never read it, please do.  If its been a few years, a re-read might refresh and refocus your work!

Keep reading and learning, so that you can keep leading well!

Hans Meeder is President of NC3T, the National Center for College and Career Transitions (  NC3T provides planning, coaching, technical assistance and tools to help community-based leadership teams plan and implement their college-career pathway systems and strengthen employer connections with education.

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