Favorite Books

  • Brown, Brene. The gifts of imperfection: Let go of who you think you’re supposed to be and embrace who you are. Hazelden Publishing, 2010.

    Every day we are faced with messages and images from the world that tells us who we should be and what the perfect life should look like. If we live that perfect life, we will feel accepted and successful. In this inspiring book Brené Brown encourages us to explore what it would be like to embrace the gift of imperfection….an authentic life lived just as we are.

  • French, Kelley, and Tomas French. Juniper: The girl who was born too soon. New York: Little Brown, 2016.

    Two award-winning journalists share their story of becoming parents to their 23 week daughter. The experience provides healthcare providers insight on the parent perspective during an incredible journey.

  • Gawande, Atul. “The checklist manifesto: how to get things right. 2010.” Picador. UK.

    Dr. Gawande, a surgeon, shares history and how the utilization of checklists in various profession leads to improved safety in complex situations. There is a clear correlation how checklists can be utilized to improve medical care. This book is a must for any healthcare professional interested in quality improvement.

  • Kotter, John P., and Holger Rathgeber. Our iceberg is melting: Changing and succeeding under any conditions. Macmillan, 2006.

    An eight step process for successful change is presented by telling a fable. The steps illustrated in this story have been utilized by corporations and organizations to design change processes. It is a quick read that helps to establish core components of change for all team members.

  • Maxwell, John C. Twenty one indispensable qualities of a leader. Thomas Nelson Inc, 1999.

    Maxwell identifies twenty one qualities or characteristics that leaders should possess such as character, communication, competence, and courage to name a few. He also describes what each of these qualities look like in a leader with examples.

  • Saigal, Saroj. Preemie Voices: Young men and women born very prematurely describe their lives, challenges and achievements. FriesenPress, 2014.

    Dr. Saigal has complied a collection of short stories from extremely low birth weight (ELBW) infants born in the 1970’s & 1980’s who share what life is like as an adult and former ELBW.

  • Sullenberger, C., & Zaslow, J. (2009). Highest duty: My search for what really matters. New York: William Morrow.

    Captain Sullenberger became famous when he and the crew successfully landed a plane on the Hudson River after losing both engines. Although he describes and recommends the use of checklists, he also acknowledges his career passion in air safety was a key to the success.