One might think that the main job of a teacher is to transmit knowledge and to some extent this is so. However, the most important thing we can teach is the enthusiasm and a passion to learn that will open a door to knowledge forever. The summary of titles I list below is perfectly suited for professionals in the world of hospitality management who have a desire to succeed.
In this sense books are a great companion of life like a movie or a trip, that at some point perfectly reflects what you feel, what you want. There are a number of books that have provided me with great inspiration on both a personal as well as professional level. I often discuss their contents with my students at Les Roches Marbella and today I would like to share some of them with our readers of this blog.
Seven Habits for Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey.
This book is a classic that has not gone out of fashion, it has sold more than 15 million copies and is considered a bible of sorts to help us know each other better and to be more effective in our relationships. There is also a simpler version for teenegers created by the author’s son, Sean Covey. The shorter viersion for younger yeaders is both useful and practical at the same time, but does not enclose the entire message of the original book.
Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson
This is a fascinating parable that will teach you how to deal with change in your work and in your personal life. What I like about this book is that depending on the personal or professional period in which you read it, you will find different meanings and applications within a seemingly simple story of mice and cheese. The cheese symbolizes what you want in life and how you can pursue it.
The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma
This book is a fable of a person who decides to change his ways in order to have a more balanced life that is aligned with his personal values. Robin Sharma is an author known worldwide for books that always provide great life lessons.
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
Isaacson provides very relevant and inspiring insights into the personal and professional life of the late Steve Jobs. It is the result of three years of interviews with him before his untimely death. In my opinion, this is one of the most inspiring books on how to develop vision, leadership, customer relations, marketing and product developemt that can be found in the market.
Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi
I discovered this book by chance but it is an excellent manual on how to establish sincere and generous relationships where everyone has something to give and receive. It gives us a set of fundamental key networking strategies to enhance our relationships in a simple and practical way.
I hope you find reading gems helpful to mapping and guiding your professional life. Finally, I would like to end with a quote, “We get lost in books, but we also find ourselves in them”. Happy reading!