NEXUS Resource List

NEXUS continues to provide a proven curriculum paired with leadership topics each year.  The resources below have been used in the past or are recommendations from NEXUS leaders.



Title:                                                                                       Author(s):

How Great Leaders Get Great Results                            Baldoni, John

Asking to Win Booklet                                                         Biehl, Bobb

The Effective Board Member                                             Biehl, Bobb

Dream Energy                                                                      Biehl, Bobb

Masterplanning                                                                    Biehl, Bobb

Mentoring                                                                              Biehl, Bobb

30 Days to Confident Leadership                                     Biehl, Bobb

Team Profile Workbook                                                      Biehl, Bobb

The On My Own Handbook                                               Biehl, Bobb

Why You Do What You Do                                                 Biehl, Bobb

Balanced Life and Leadership                                           Birla, Madan

The One Minute Entrepreneur                                          Blanchard, Ken & Hutson, Don

Now, Discover Your Strengths                                          Buckingham, Marcus & Clifton, Donald

Go Put Your Strengths to Work                                         Buckingham, Marcus & Clifton, Donald

The 1 Hour Plan for Growth                                               Calhoun, Joe

Good to Great                                                                       Collins, Jim

Good to Great in the Social Sectors                                 Collins, Jim

Great By Choice                                                                  Collins, Jim & Hansen, Morton

Listen Up Leader!                                                                 Cottrell, David

Everyday Greatness                                                            Covey, Stephen & Reader’s Digest

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People                          Covey, Stephen

The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness           Covey, Stephen

Principle-Centered Leadership                                         Covey, S.R

The Mentor Leader                                                              Dungy, Tony

ShortTrack CEO                                                                   Edmundson, Ken & Sagar, Jim & Setchell, Nick

The Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make                              Finzel, Kans

True North                                                                             George, Bill

Outliers                                                                                  Gladwell, Malcolm

Tipping Point                                                                        Gladwell, Malcolm

Same Kind of Different As Me                                           Hall, Ron & Moore, Denver

Expect to Win                                                                       Harris, Carla

Winning Teams, Winning Cultures                                   Hart, Sean

Leadership without Easy Answers                                    Heifetz, Ronald A.

As Iron Sharpens Iron                                                         Hendricks, Howard & Hendricks, Williams

The Servant                                                                          Hunter, James

Selling Value                                                                         Hutson, Don

The One Minute Mentor                                                      Hutson, Don
Living Forward                                                                      Hyatt, Michael

The Elements of Mentoring                                                Johnson, Brad W. & Ridley, Charles, R.

How Good People Make Tough Choices                        Kidder, Rushworth

Rich Dad, Poor Dad                                                            Kiyosaki, Robert T. with Lechter, Sharon L.

The ONE Thing                                                                    Keller, Gary & Papasan, Jay

The Leadership Factor                                                        Kotter, J.P.

Leading Change                                                                  Kotter, John P.

Imagine-How Creativity Works                                          Lehrer, John

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team                                      Lencioni, Patrick

The Power of Full Engagement                                        Loehr, Jim & Schwartz, Tony

A Resilient Life                                                                     MacDonald, Gordon

QBQ! The Question Behind the Question:  Practicing Personal Accountability in Work and in Life                                                                                                            Miller, John

Leadership Secrets of the Rogue Warrior                       Marcinko. R

The Rogue Warrior’s Strategy for Success                     Marcinko. R

Shackleton’s Way:  Leadership Lessons from the Great Antarctic Explorer

Morrell, Margot, Capparell, Stephanie & Shackleton, Alexandra

Mentoring 101                                                                      Maxwell, John

Deep Work                                                                            Newport, Cal

Taking People With You                                                     Novak, David

The Pursuit of WOW!,                                                          Peters, T.

Lincoln or Leadership                                                         Phillips, D. T.

Strengths Based Leadership                                             Rath, Tom & Barry Conchie

StrengthsFinders 2.0                                                           Rath, Tom

Positioning:  The Battle for Your Mind                             Ries, Al

Horse Sense: How to Pull Ahead on the Business Track         Ries, Al & Trout, J.

Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun                               Roberts, W.

The Good Mentor                                                                 Rowley, James B.

Driven to Deliver-Nine Life Principles                              Smith, Harry

Leadership above the Line                                                 Sumner, Sharon

Never Order BBQ in Maine                                                 Tanner, Ken

This I Believe                                                                        Terkel, Studs, Allison, Jay & Gediman, Dan



13 Behaviors of a High Trust Leader Summary, Covey

The Cutts Group:  Lead From the Front, Leading Through Change

Change Capable Leadership by Bendixen, Campbell, Criswell, & Smith, Center for Creative Leadership

How to Develop your Emotional Intelligence for Better Communication by Eddie Baller, Early to Rise
Fast Company
Magazine, March 2006 10th Anniversary Issue

Security: Power to the People

Forbes: Developing Leadership Influence in Your Industry and With Your Team by Jenn Lofgren

Forbes:  How to Prevent Poor Ethical Decision Making

Forbes:  Expand Your Influence with 10 Timeless Leadership Lessons

Forbes:  Leading Change Management in the Modern Workplace by H.V. MacArthur

Harlem, poem by Langston Hughes

Harvard Business Review:  A Leader’s Framework for Decision Making

Harvard Business Review:  A New Approach to Funding Social Enterprises

Harvard Business Review:  A Story About Motivation” by Peter Bregman

Harvard Business Review: “A Way to Plan If You’re Bad at Planning” by Elizabeth Grace Saunders

Harvard Business Review:  Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer Life

Harvard Business Review:  Becoming the Boss

Harvard Business Review:  Building Your Company’s Vision

Harvard Business Review:  A Culture of Candor

Harvard Business Review:  How to Be an Inspiring Leader” by Eric Garton

Harvard Business Review:  How Will You Measure Your Life?

Harvard Business Review:  Instead of Making Resolutions, Dream

Harvard Business Review:  Leading Change, Why Transformation Efforts Fail

Harvard Business Review:  Managers and Leaders, Are They Different?

Harvard Business Review:  Radical Change, The Quite Way” by Debra Meyerson

Harvard Business Review:  Regret and Disappointment-Their Ethical Role

Harvard Business Review:  Seven Transformations of Leadership

Harvard Business ReviewSuccess that Lasts

Harvard Business ReviewThe Focused Leader

Harvard Business Review Blog Network:  The Magic of Doing One Thing at a Time

Harvard Business Review Blog Network:  Train Your Brian To Focus

Harvard Business Review:  Where Will We Find Tomorrow’s Leaders

Harvard Business Review:  Why Good Managers Make Bad Ethical Choices

Harvard Business Review: Why Leaders Lose Their Way

Harvard Business Review:  Why Transformation Efforts Fail

Harvard Business Review:  Why Mentoring Matters in a Hypercompetitive World?

Harvard Business School:  HBS Faculty on 2010’s Biggest Business Developments

Leadership Skill #2: Finding and Sharing Your Dream by Steve Tappin

Memphis Magazine, April 2008

            “Martin Luther King:  The Man, The Mountaintop”

Psychology Today:  Wired for Success-How to fulfill your Potential

Eye to Eye-How to Manage Generational Difference in the Workplace

U.S. World & New Report:  The Matter with Mainstream

“Think Big, Dream Bigger:  6 Lessons from Elon Musk to Change the World”




“10 Ways to Have a Better Conversation” by Celeste Headlee

“Develop a Plan, Make the Impossible Possible” by Amara Leggett, TEDx

“The Most Inspiring Speech:  The Wisdom of a Third Grade Dropout Will Change Your Life” by Rick Rigsby, Goalcast

“The Surprising Trust About What Motivates Us” by Daniel Pink, YouTube

“How I Built This with Guy Raz, Southwest Airlines:  Herb Kelleher” Podcast

“How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Discussing Race” by Jay Smooth,TedX

“How Legendary Leaders Speak” by Robin Sharma

“How to Find and Do Work You Love” by Scott Dinsmore, TED Talk

“How to Live Before You Die”, by Steve Jobs, TED Talk

“How to Speak so That People Will Want Listen”, by Julian Treasure, TED Talk

“How Great Leaders Inspire Action”, by Stewart Sinek

“Our Buggy Moral Code” by Dan Ariely, TED Talk

“The Dilemma of Discovery” Crosstown, TED Talk

“The Spring – The Charity Water Story” by Scott Harrison, YouTube

“What it takes to be a Great Leader” by Roselinde TorresTED Talk

“Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid to Dream” by Bob Goff PODCAST- Building a StoryBrand with Donald Miller


  • NEXUS Volunteers at the MidSouth Food Bank

    Members of the NEXUS Class of 2022 volunteered at the Mid-South Food Bank. The NEXUS volunteers helped prepare more than 6,500 pounds of food for distribution to those in need. Read More
  • Bill Seely Inspired at NEXUS

    Bill Seely, President and CEO of Varsity Spirit spoke to the NEXUS Class of 2022 at the November session on the topic of “Leading Through Change”. Bill shared his journey and the things he has learned along the way. He was intentional, humble, and honest with his message. Read More
  • Lauren Ready Speaks at NEXUS

    “You can be a leader no matter your title or position in a company.” -Lauren Ready The NEXUS Class of 2022 learned from Lauren Ready, Owner & Principal Storyteller of Forever Ready Productions at the October session. Lauren shared from her personal experiences about leading and building. Read More
  • NEXUS Learns About All Things Memphis

    James Armfield did an excellent job providing a better understanding of our city at the September NEXUS Session. You must know our city to lead our city. Memphis has many moments that matter for each of us. The Class of 2022 listened to a presentation about the history of Memphis and the positive attributes of our city. Participants were motivated about Memphis and challenged to lead within our city. Read More
  • New NEXUS Class – Class of 2022

    The Class of 2022 began their NEXUS experience on August 21 with an in-person NEXUS Orientation event. The successful event provided an opportunity for Mentors and Proteges to come together in a safe meeting environment. The Class of 2022 connected with fellow class participants, learned about individual strengths, and participated in mentor training. The impact of the Mentor/Protégé relationship and the interactive, teaching lessons from key Memphis leaders paired with... Read More
  • 1000 NEXUS Leaders

    NEXUS has now trained over 1000 principle-centered leaders equipped to lead our city. In May, the NEXUS Class of 2021 graduated; NEXUS was successful in providing an engaging and meaningful experience amidst a pandemic. Read More
  • Committed NEXUS Board of Directors

    The NEXUS Board of Directors recently hosted their annual Board Retreat. The leaders of NEXUS are more committed than ever. With COVID-19 changing the way NEXUS has looked this past year; Board members discussed and planned for upcoming NEXUS classes. Read More
  • Learning About LinkedIN

    NEXUS recently hosted a Workshop focused on “All Things LinkedIn”. This workshop included how to build your personal brand, networking tips, and we heard how corporations utilize LinkedIn for recruiting. We are that Gracie Leathers, Senior Executive Assistant at Mahaffey USA; Tracie Montgomery, Division Lead, Talent Partner, Talent Acquisition and Talent Advancement, US Electrification Business ABB, Inc; and Kerra Saine, Business Talent Partner, US Supply Chain and Procurement for Smith... Read More
  • NEXUS volunteers with Advance Memphis

    Members of the NEXUS Class of 2021 volunteered at the Advance Memphis warehouse. Volunteers helped paint, organize, and clean the warehouse to help maximize their daily operations. Read More
  • NEXUS has a Candid Conversation About D&I in Memphis

    In October, the NEXUS Class of 2021 hosted a panel of Memphis leaders that had a candid conversation about “Diversity and Inclusion in Memphis”. The Panelist included Corbin Carpenter, Owner & Managing Member, Carpenter Law; Leslie Coleman, Global Director, Diversity and Inclusion, International Paper; Terri Lee Freeman, President of the National Civil Rights Museum, George Robertson, Senior Pastor at Second Presbyterian Church and Jose Velasquez, Co-Founder and Managing Member at... Read More

Upcoming Events

December 31, 2021 - December 31, 2021
Support NEXUS in 2021!

Support NEXUS with a donation in 2021!  Celebrate your NEXUS Mentor or NEXUS Protégé by honoring them with a one-time

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December 2, 2021 - December 2, 2021
Talking with International Paper’s Tom Plath in December

The NEXUS Class of 2022 is having a conversation with Tom Plath, Senior Vice President-Human Resources and Global

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January 6, 2022 - January 6, 2022
Mid-South’s Food Bank President Cathy Pope to Speak in January

President and CEO of the Mid-South Food Bank Cathy Pope will speak at the January 6, 2022 NEXUS Session.  Cathy will be

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  • Kem Wilson, Jr. Principal, Kemmons Wilson Companies, NEXUS Mentor & NEXUS Board Member

  • ALANA HU PERKOVIĆ, Regional PR Business Partner, First Horizon Bank, NEXUS Alumni & NEXUS Board Member

  • Levernese Mell, Supply Chain Manager, International Paper, NEXUS Alumni & NEXUS Program Committee Volunteer

  • Lauren Brown, Sr. Liaison, Direct Marketing-Mass Marketing, ALSAC, NEXUS Protégé, Class of 2021

  • Steve French, Retired, NEXUS Mentor, Class of 2021

  • Ally Velderman, Director of Camps and Programs, Service Over Self, NEXUS Protégé, Class of 2021

  • Mario Cole, Assistant Project Manager, Nickson General Contractors, NEXUS Protégé, Class of 2021

  • Hanna Oysel, NEXUS Protégé, Class of 2020, Adams Keegan, Inc., Client Service Manager

  • Warren Ramson, NEXUS Protégé, Class of 2020, Absolute Storage Management, Inc., Property Account

  • Caroline Keubler, NEXUS Mentor, Class of 2020, Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, Director of Development