In 2018, we’re starting a new initiative to encourage all associates to participate in a reading club. The concept is to engage individuals from across the organization in a community-centered focus, for books that have the potential to raise the awareness and capabilities of the organization as a whole.

We have selected a handful of books to choose from. If you’d like to participate in the program, please send an email to Janet Lewis, letting her know which book you’d like to read and discuss, and she’ll put you onto the list for that book.

Hope you enjoy and please let us know your thoughts on this new program.

2018 Recommended Books

Here’s the list of books for the first initiative this year.

Mastery by Robert Greene

masteryMastery is an excellent look into the lives and habits of great achievers throughout time. In this book, author Robert Greene takes a deep dive into the world of genius-level mastery. He looks at a mix of leaders and innovators across time, including Darwin, Mozart and Ford, as well as contemporary leaders like Paul Graham and Fred Roach, among others.

After looking at the biographical facts, Greene derives a list of traits and characteristics common to all of the figures he studies, asserting that these traits are essential to the development of mastery, regardless of the skill, discipline, or objective involved.

This book is a great read and has a number of suggestions we think all of our associates could benefit from! You can get the book from Amazon, or listen to the Mastery audiobook.


The One Thing by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan

the one thingThe One Thing, by authors Gary Keller and Jay Papasan, is another great book on success and mastery. In this book, the authors look at how focusing on a single, revolutionary element can transform your life, making you more productive and able to achieve at a higher level in any discipline.

The key, the book asserts, is to simplify your life and draw your focus onto the single, most important thing to you. By narrowing your focus and getting rid of extraneous information, tasks, and materials, you can allow your brain to develop a capacity for insight that was not previously available to it.

This book is a wonderful look at the power of focus, and how to apply it to your life to see remarkable results and personal improvement.

Read it on Google or Get The One Thing mp3 from

* Public Power Facts —Thurston Public Power Initiative
* Thurston PUD Draft Fact Sheet – This document is based upon draft material originally put together by Thurston PUD staff.
* APPA – “Public Power: Shining a Light on Public Service”
* Public Power Costs Less
* Washington State Electric Rate Chart
* Refuting tax increase and other lies of the opponents to public power —Thurston Public Power Initiative

Articles related to Thurston Public Power Initiative

* “PSE says cost of takeover could reach a gazilion dollars!“—The Olympian, August 30, 2012
* “Should Thurston County switch to a public power system? Pro & Con“—The Olympian, July 26, 2012
* “Press Release Correcting the Olympian“—Thurston Public Power Initiative, July 20, 2012
* “Wash. County to vote on buying Puget Sound operations“—Platts Electric Power Daily, July 19, 2012
* “A little PUD goes big, or why you should pay attention to it this year“—Olympia Power & Light
* “Jim Lazar Responds to Questions on the Thurston Public Power Initiative“—Works in Progress, June 2012
* “The Democratic Right to Choose!“—Green Pages, Spring 2012
* “PSE backing group to fight Thurston power initiative“—The Olympian, May 10, 2012
* “The Daily Zero Gets It Wrong—Again”
* “Converting power supply to PUD no easy (or cheap) task“—The Olympian, May 6, 2012
* “Public Power Moves Closer to Reality in Thurston County“—Works in Progress, April 2012
* “Public Power at the Crossroads“—Works in Progress, March 2012
* “A Little Story About Mac and the Renter“—Green Pages, Winter 2012
* “Storm Shows Need for Change“—Works in Progress, February 2012
* “Why Public Power is Worth the Fight“—Works in Progress, January 2012
* WUTC Announcement of PSE’s May 2012 3.2% Rate Increase
* The True Cost of PSE Using Coal to Generate 54.7% of its Power

Public Power in Other Places

* We’re Almost Surrounded By Public Power!—The Northwest Energy Service Map
* Boulder, Colorado Votes FOR Public Power in 2011
* Utilities Face the “Age of the Consumer”

Public Power Associations

* Washington Public Utility Districts Association
* Public Power Council
* Utility Reform Project
* Northwest Public Power Association
* Northwest Power and Conservation Council
* American Public Power Association

Other articles

* “Electric utilities leave us in the dark“—USA Today, July 12, 2012
* “Beyond Corporate Capitalism“—The Nation, June 11, 2012