Summer Reading

After the winter we’ve had, I’m sure we all want summer to last as long as possible. If you are looking for reading ideas during those vacation flights or at the pool, here are the ones on my list for this summer: 1. ‘Change Your Questions Change Your Life’ This 2015 book was recommended to me by one of the young mentees in one of my corporate mentor programs. Author Marilee Adams shows how the kinds of questions we ask shape our thinking and can be the root cause of many personal and organizational problems. Based on decades of her research and experience, she shows how to quickly recognize any undermining questions that pop into your mind and reframe them to achieve positive and practical results. 2. ‘The Winner’s Guide to Negotiating: How Conversation Gets Deals Done’ Written by sports agent Molly Fletcher, who was a speaker at the Lansing Regional Chamber’s Economic Club luncheon last year and has been called “the female Jerry Maguire.” The book was on the reading list of one of the women in the local ATHENA WIN Executive Connections groups. Molly Fletcher is a top sports agent with two decades of experience, representing such famous sports figures as Tom Izzo, John Smoltz and Matt Kuchar. She says effective negotiation is rooted in establishing trust and building relationships one conversation at a time. Her proven approach comes down to doing five things well: setting the stage, finding common ground, asking with confidence, embracing the pause and knowing when to leave. 3. ‘The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World’ Philanthropist Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, shares the lessons she’s learned from the inspiring people she’s met during her work and travels around the world. For the past 20 years, she has been on a mission to find solutions for people with the most urgent needs, wherever they live. I am looking forward to diving into each of these interesting books. Happy reading and have a great summer, everyone!

Susan Combs

Susan Combs, MBA and Professional Certified Coach, works with coaching clients to create fresh starts, enhance their leadership skills and increase their confidence. She is an authorized licensee of the Fit Leader's Program. Susan provides one-on-one coaching, DiSC team-building training and manages corporate mentor programs. She lives in Lansing with her son, Max, and their golden retriever puppy. Visit or for more information.

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