Leadership Spine Poems as Reflective Practice: If Your Books Could Talk…

What does your bookshelf say about you? What if your leadership books could collaborate to support your growth? Spine Poems provide new perspective on your reading choices. The idea, take a quick look at your shelf, and use the spines to create a poem.

The exercise provides perspective your topics of choice and how they hang together. Give it a try. What are your books yearning to say?

I asked my online friends to play along. Here’s what their books are saying.

Leadership Spine Poems (Examples)

Be the Best At What Matters Most-David Dye

Create Distinction
Think Sideways
On Leadership
Make a Scene
The Mission Myth
Own the Stage

My Life as an Experiment- Alli Polin

On Becoming a Leader
The Best Advice I Ever Got
Life is a Verb
Real People, Real Change
You Already Know How to Be Great

Resonate-Roy Nickerson

Good to Great.
First Things First:
Who Moved My Cheese?
The On-Time, On-Target Manager–
The Elephant in the Room
Competing for the Future–
So You Want to Write
Leadership is Dead.

and mine.


Oh the thinks you can think
the mind on fire,
the art of possibility,
total immersion,
getting real.

Joining forces,
a problem from hell,
dancing with then thousand things,
running through the wall,
oh, the places you’ll go

Give it a try. Share your poems in the comments and/or upload your pics to Let’s Grow Leaders facebook page.

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Karin Hurt

Karin Hurt, is CEO of Let’s Grow Leaders and a former Verizon Wireless executive. Karin was named on Inc.’s list of 100 Great Leadership Speakers for Your Next Conference, the American Management Association List of 50 Leaders to Watch, and as a Trust Across America Top Thought Leader in Trust. She’s the award-winning author of two books, Winning Well: A Manager’s Guide to Getting Results— Without Losing Your Soul, and Overcoming an Imperfect Boss. She’s regularly featured in business publications including Fast Company, Entrepreneur, and Inc.


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  3. What a fun and resourceful topic!! As part of a leadership book club, we had the recent assignment of 5 team reads. I love the poem it created. Drive, Crossing the Chasm, Made to Stick, Fierce Conversations and Sway, the irresistible pull of irrational behavior. Thanks for sharing, your subscribers have some really strong spines!!

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