Learning is necessary for growth and development. There’s lots of great content out there, but it’s not always easy to find and we don’t always have the time to look for it.

So every month, I curate the great content that I find and share it with you here in monthly roundups.

During May, Casey Brown’s talk on pricing has prompted me to look into my own pricing strategies. Something which I continue to do into June. I have revisited The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People by Stephen Covey, which has reaffirmed my strong belief in helping other women, being helpful always, and being an attentive service provider. The Growth Show – especially the episode with Stefania Mallet provides more evidence that building strong and effective companies stems from strong leadership.

Video – Casey Brown

 

Nobody will pay you what your worth. They’ll only pay you what they think you’re worth. And you control their thinking.

Why you should watch it:

In this short (8:22) TED talk, Casey Brown tells you what questions you need to ask yourself to help you figure out your value. She also tells you how you can convey your value so that it doesn’t feel like bragging.

Thoughts:

It doesn’t matter what our status is – whether we’re a business owner, employee or job seeker,  it’s vital that we understand our strengths and what makes us unique. And while our strengths aren’t always clear to us – that is we know what we’re good at but we don’t always understand what our added value is, we have to remember that it’s easy to find out. It means that we have to reach out to people who are familiar with us and with our work and ask them. It means adopting a “no fear” attitude on the one hand together with a deep understanding that we are creating relationships.

Only after we understand what our value is can we continue to the next phase which is creating our message.

Stephen Covey  Book – The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People   

The difference between people who exercise initiative and those who don’t is literally the difference between day and night. I’m not talking about a 25 to 50 percent difference in effectiveness; I’m talking about a 5000-plus percent difference, particularly if they are smart, aware, and sensitive to others.

Why you should read it:

After reading this book you’ll walk away with so many amazing concepts like the “emotional bank account,” “time management matrix,” “abundance mentality” and once you start making a place for them in your life you’ll find yourself more focused and productive.

Thoughts:

Reading this book once isn’t enough. Its many powerful lessons need to be revisited. In many ways it helps us to understand ourselves better. And that’s most probably why it’s such an effective personal leadership book. We can’t possibly expect to lead others to success if we can’t lead ourselves there first.

Podcast – The Growth Show – The $21 billion niche Stefania Mallet caters to

Not every good business is also a good investment.

Why you should listen:

Apart from the fact that you’ll learn about an incredible tool that will make catering a business meeting anywhere in the US a cinch, in this episode of The Growth Show, Stefania Mallet, CEO of ezCater expounds the valuable lesson she learned about entrepreneurship from an investor who had just lost money yet promised to invest in her again.

Thoughts:

There are quite a few heartwarming moments in this episode. Stefania Mallet, who I hadn’t heard of prior to listening to this podcast, comes across as a most humble, kind and down-to-earth CEO. She really hits home with her message that people matter.

What great content did you come across in May? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.