Books on the Counselor’s Nightstand

As members of the Society of Exchange Counselors, creativity is at the forefront of our daily thinking. But, how does creative thinking begin and subsequently become nourished over time?

I see that process as a “Journey of the Mind” which begins and ends with the things we read and experience every day. As our experiences vary by who we are and what we do each day so do the books we read to expand our horizons and keep our creative thinking on the cutting edge.

So, I got curious as to what books were on the nightstand of my fellow Counselors. Below is some information I gathered and thought I would share with Observer readers…

Enjoy your “Journey of the Mind”…

S.E.C. Members Books on their nightstand

Cliff Strand, S.E.C.

  • "Anyway" and "Do
    It Anyway"
    (Finding Personal Meaning in a Crazy World)

    Author: Dr. Kent M. Keith


    Both Books are based upon the "Paradoxical
    Commandments," written by Kent M. Keith in
    1968 as part of a booklet for student leaders. Since
    then the Paradoxical Commandments have circled the
    globe. They have been put on walls doors, featured
    in speeches and articles, preached from pulpits;
    they have been used by business leaders, military
    commanders, government leaders, parents, coaches
    and students. Mother Teresa thought the Paradoxical
    Commandments were important enough to put on the
    wall of her children’s home in Calcutta.

    The story of Mr. Kent Keith and what has happened
    since 1968 is nothing less than miraculous, I urge
    you to read both books, go to his website:

    As is the case with most books I read, I met the
    author first, this too was the case with Mr. Keith.
    I was first exposed to his books and his story when
    I heard him interviewed at the Crystal Cathedral
    by Robert Schuller. After talking with Mr. Keith
    I was compelled to read his books. Since then I
    have purchased copies for all our staff and have
    a poster of his "Paradoxical Commandments"
    hanging our reception area. I also sent a copy to
    Coach John Wooden. I have received nothing but positive
    responses from those who read the books.

    The Paradoxical Commandments:

    • People are illogical, unreasonable,
      and self-centered. "Love them anyway"
    • If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish
      ulterior motives. "Do good anyway"

    • If you are successful, you win false friends
      and true enemies. "Succeed anyway"
    • The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
      "Do good anyway"
    • Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable. "Be
      honest and frank anyway"

    • The smallest men and women with the smallest
      minds can shoot down the biggest men and women
      with the biggest ideas. "Think big anyway"
    • People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
      "Fight for a few underdogs anyway"
    • What you spend years building may be destroyed
      overnight. "Build anyway"

    • People really need help but may attack you if
      you do help them. "Help people anyway"
    • Give the world the best you have and you’ll
      get kicked in the teeth. "Give the world
      the best you have anyway"

Bob Elder, S.E.C. (retired)

  • Why COURAGE Matters

    Author: John McCain with Mark Salter


    This is a quick read with several stories about how
    plain folks, just like you and me, can rise to exceptional
    levels of courage when called for. I started to read
    one of the stories about the exploits of Roy Benavidez
    to a couple of my grandchildren only to learn that
    they had been studying about him in school. Of course,
    they go to Barbara Bush Middle School here in Texas.

Marilee Anderson, S.E.C.

  • Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done
    Authors: Larry Bossidy, and Ram Charan


    As I read the Execution, I was reminded of Don DuBeau’s
    question: "Who is going to manage the idea?"
    The most brilliant idea is not worth the paper it
    is written on if you can’t pull it off. That’s what
    this book is about. Whether you are a sole real estate
    practitioner or CEO of a fortune 100 company you will
    find this book to be full of practical and insightful
    advice on managing for RESULTS.

Jeri Dale

  • The Everlasting Hatred, the Roots of Jihad
    Author: Hal Lindsey



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