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Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success

By: Adam Grant

For generations, we have focused on the individual drivers of success: passion, hard work, talent, and luck. But today, success is increasingly dependent on how we interact with others. It turns out that at work, most people operate as either takers, matchers, or givers. Whereas takers strive to get as much as possible from others and matchers aim to trade evenly, givers are the rare breed of people who contribute to others without expecting anything in return.

The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way

By: Amanda Riply

How do other countries create “smarter” kids? What is it like to be a child in the world’s new education superpowers? The Smartest Kids in the World “gets well beneath the glossy surfaces of these foreign cultures and manages to make our own culture look newly strange….The question is whether the startling perspective provided by this masterly book can also generate the will to make changes” (The New York Times Book Review).

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

By: Angela Duckworth

In Grit, she takes us into the field to visit cadets struggling through their first days at West Point, teachers working in some of the toughest schools, and young finalists in the National Spelling Bee. She also mines fascinating insights from history and shows what can be gleaned from modern experiments in peak performance. Finally, she shares what she’s learned from interviewing dozens of high achievers—from JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon to New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff to Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll.


By: Arianna Huffington

Arianna Huffington’s personal wake-up call came in the form of a broken cheekbone and a nasty gash over her eye–the result of a fall brought on by exhaustion and lack of sleep. As the cofounder and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group–one of the fastest growing media companies in the world–celebrated as one of the world’s most influential women, and gracing the covers of magazines, she was, by any traditional measure, extraordinarily successful. Yet as she found herself going from brain MRI to CAT scan to echocardiogram, to find out if there was any underlying medical problem beyond exhaustion, she wondered is this really what success feels like?

A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life

By: Brian Grazer, Charles Fishman

Grazer has spent most of his life exploring curiosity through what he terms “curiosity conversations” with some of the most interesting people in the world, including spies, royals, scientists, politicians, moguls, Nobel laureates, artists…anyone whose story might broaden his worldview. These discussions sparked the creative inspiration behind many of his movies and TV shows, including Splash, 24, A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13, Arrested Development, 8 Mile, J. Edgar, Empire, and many others.

Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time

By: Brian Tracy

There’s an old saying that if the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that it’s probably the worst thing you’ll do all day. Using “eat that frog” as a metaphor for tackling the most challenging task of your day—the one you are most likely to procrastinate on, but also probably the one that can have the greatest positive impact on your life—Eat That Frog! shows you how to zero in on these critical tasks and organize your day. You’ll not only get more done faster, but get the right things done.

The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload

By: Daniel J. Levitin

The information age is drowning us with an unprecedented deluge of data. At the same time, we’re expected to make more—and faster—decisions about our lives than ever before. No wonder, then, that the average American reports frequently losing car keys or reading glasses, missing appointments, and feeling worn out by the effort required just to keep up.

A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future

By: Daniel H. Pink

Drawing on research from around the world, Pink (author of To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Motivating Others) outlines the six fundamentally human abilities that are absolute essentials for professional success and personal fulfillment–and reveals how to master them. A Whole New Mind takes readers to a daring new place, and a provocative and necessary new way of thinking about a future that’s already here.

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

By: Daniel H. Pink

Most people believe that the best way to motivate is with rewards like money—the carrot-and-stick approach. That’s a mistake, says Daniel H. Pink (author of To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Motivating Others). In this provocative and persuasive new book, he asserts that the secret to high performance and satisfaction-at work, at school, and at home—is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world.

The Road to Character

By: David Brooks

With the wisdom, humor, curiosity, and sharp insights that have brought millions of readers to his New York Times column and his previous bestsellers, David Brooks has consistently illuminated our daily lives in surprising and original ways. In The Social Animal, he explored the neuroscience of human connection and how we can flourish together. Now, in The Road to Character, he focuses on the deeper values that should inform our lives.

Creating Great Choices: A Leader’s Guide to Integrative Thinking

By: Jennifer Riel, Roger L. Martin

Jennifer Riel is an adjunct professor at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and a strategic adviser to senior leaders at a number of Fortune 500 companies. She is coauthor, with Roger Martin and A.G. Lafley, of the Playing to Win Strategy Toolkit (Harvard Business Review Press).
Roger Martin is an author, business school professor, and strategy adviser to CEOs. He is Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the Rotman School of Management, where he served as Dean from 1998 to 2013. He is a frequent contributor to Harvard Business Review and other leading publications and has published nine books, including Playing to Win and The Opposable Mind.

Good to Great

By: Jim Collins

The Challenge:
Built to Last, the defining management study of the nineties, showed how great companies triumph over time and how long-term sustained performance can be engineered into the DNA of an enterprise from the verybeginning.
But what about the company that is not born with great DNA? How can good companies, mediocre companies, even bad companies achieve enduring greatness?

Leading Change

By: John P. Kotter

Millions worldwide have read and embraced John Kotter’s ideas on change management and leadership.
From the ill-fated dot-com bubble to unprecedented M&A activity to scandal, greed, and ultimately, recession—we’ve learned that widespread and difficult change is no longer the exception. It’s the rule. Now with a new preface, this refreshed edition of the global bestseller Leading Change is more relevant than ever.

The Heart of Change: Real-Life Stories of How People Change Their Organizations

By: John P. Kotter, Dan S. Cohen

The Heart of Change is your guide to helping people think and feel differently in order to meet your shared goals. According to bestselling author and renowned leadership expert John Kotter and coauthor Dan Cohen, this focus on connecting with people’s emotions is what will spark the behavior change and actions that lead to success. Now freshly designed, The Heart of Change is the engaging and essential complement to Kotter’s worldwide bestseller Leading Change.

Chop Wood Carry Water: How to Fall In Love With the Process of Becoming Great

By: Joshua Medcalf

Some things you will learn…

  • No matter how it feels, you are always building your own house.
  • How and why you must surrender to the outcome in order to be at your best.
  • Why you never want to have your identity wrapped up in what you do.
  • Why your strength lies in faithfulness to the little things.
  • How to develop a heart posture of gratitude.
  • How to use the biggest challenges as a training ground for greatness.
  • Why the process is more important than the goal.
  • Why comparison is the thief of all joy.
  • How to develop a growth mindset.
  • Why talent is more of a curse than a blessing.


By: Malcom Gladwell

In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of “outliers”–the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different?

The Tipping Point

By: Malcom Gladwell

The tipping point is that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a small but precisely targeted push cause a fashion trend, the popularity of a new product, or a drop in the crime rate. This widely acclaimed bestseller, in which Malcolm Gladwell explores and brilliantly illuminates the tipping point phenomenon, is already changing the way people throughout the world think about selling products and disseminating ideas.

The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a 13-Year-Old Boy with Autism

By: Naoki Higashida

You’ve never read a book like The Reason I Jump. Written by Naoki Higashida, a very smart, very self-aware, and very charming thirteen-year-old boy with autism, it is a one-of-a-kind memoir that demonstrates how an autistic mind thinks, feels, perceives, and responds in ways few of us can imagine. Parents and family members who never thought they could get inside the head of their autistic loved one at last have a way to break through to the curious, subtle, and complex life within.

The Alchemist

By: Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho’s masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different—and far more satisfying—than he ever imagined. Santiago’s journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life’s path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams.

Scaling Up Excellence: Getting to More Without Settling for Less

By: Robert I. Sutton, Huggy Rao

Sutton and Rao have devoted much of the last decade to uncovering what it takes to build and uncover pockets of exemplary performance, to help spread them, and to keep recharging organizations with ever better work practices. Drawing on inside accounts and case studies and academic research from a wealth of industries– including start-ups, pharmaceuticals, airlines, retail, financial services, high-tech, education, non-profits, government, and healthcare– Sutton and Rao identify the key scaling challenges that confront every organization. They tackle the difficult trade-offs that organizations must make between whether to encourage individualized approaches tailored to local needs or to replicate the same practices and customs as an organization or program expands.

The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph

By: Ryan Holiday

The book draws its inspiration from stoicism, the ancient Greek philosophy of enduring pain or adversity with perseverance and resilience. Stoics focus on the things they can control, let go of everything else, and turn every new obstacle into an opportunity to get better, stronger, tougher. As Marcus Aurelius put it nearly 2000 years ago: “The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.”

Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging

By: Sebastian Junger

Decades before the American Revolution, Benjamin Franklin lamented that English settlers were constantly fleeing over to the Indians-but Indians almost never did the same. Tribal society has been exerting an almost gravitational pull on Westerners for hundreds of years, and the reason lies deep in our evolutionary past as a communal species. The most recent example of that attraction is combat veterans who come home to find themselves missing the incredibly intimate bonds of platoon life. The loss of closeness that comes at the end of deployment may explain the high rates of post-traumatic stress disorder suffered by military veterans today.

Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t

By: Simon Sinek

Imagine a world where almost everyone wakes up inspired to go to work, feels trusted and valued during the day, then returns home feeling fulfilled. This is not a crazy, idealized notion. Today, in many successful organizations, great leaders create environments in which people naturally work together to do remarkable things.

Start With Why

By: Simon Sinek

Sinek starts with a fundamental question: Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty from customers and employees alike? Even among the successful, why are so few able to repeat their success over and over?

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking

By: Susan Cain

At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over working in teams. It is to introverts—Rosa Parks, Chopin, Dr. Seuss, Steve Wozniak—that we owe many of the great contributions to society.

Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day

By: Todd Henry

Most of us fill our days with frantic activity, bouncing from task to task, scrambling to make deadlines and chase the next promotion. But by the end of each day we’re often left wondering if any of it really mattered. We feel the ticking of the clock, but we’re unsure of the path forward.
Die Empty is a tool for people who aren’t willing to put off their most important work for another day. Todd Henry explains the forces that lead to stagnation and introduces practices that will keep you on a true and steady course.

How to build a company where the best ideas win

By: Ray Dalio

What if you knew what your coworkers really thought about you and what they were really like? Ray Dalio makes the business case for using radical transparency and algorithmic decision-making to create an idea meritocracy where people can speak up and say what they really think — even calling out the boss is fair game. Learn more about how these strategies helped Dalio create one of the world’s most successful hedge funds and how you might harness the power of data-driven group decision-making.

Everyday Leadership

By: Drew Dudley

We have all changed someone’s life — usually without even realizing it. In this funny talk, Drew Dudley calls on all of us to celebrate leadership as the everyday act of improving each other’s lives.

Remember to say “thank you”

By: Laura Trice

In this deceptively simple 3-minute talk, Dr. Laura Trice muses on the power of the magic words “thank you” — to deepen a friendship, to repair a bond, to make sure another person knows what they mean to you. Try it.

Why I’m done trying to be “man enough”

By: Justin Baldoni

Justin Baldoni wants to start a dialogue with men about redefining masculinity — to figure out ways to be not just good men but good humans. In a warm, personal talk, he shares his effort to reconcile who he is with who the world tells him a man should be. And he has a challenge for men: “See if you can use the same qualities that you feel make you a man to go deeper,” Baldoni says. “Your strength, your bravery, your toughness: Are you brave enough to be vulnerable? Are you strong enough to be sensitive? Are you confident enough to listen to the women in your life?”

The Power of Vulnerability

By: Brené Brown

Shame is an unspoken epidemic, the secret behind many forms of broken behavior. Brené Brown, whose earlier talk on vulnerability became a viral hit, explores what can happen when people confront their shame head-on. Her own humor, humanity and vulnerability shine through every word.

How great leaders inspire action

By: Simon Sinek

Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership — starting with a golden circle and the question: “Why?” His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King Jr. and the Wright brothers.

What it takes to be a great leader

By: Roselinde Torres

The world is full of leadership programs, but the best way to learn how to lead might be right under your nose. In this clear, candid talk, Roselinde Torres describes 25 years observing truly great leaders at work, and shares the three simple but crucial questions would-be company chiefs need to ask to thrive in the future.

Inside the mind of a master procrastinator

By: Tim Urban

Tim Urban knows that procrastination doesn’t make sense, but he’s never been able to shake his habit of waiting until the last minute to get things done. In this hilarious and insightful talk, Urban takes us on a journey through YouTube binges, Wikipedia rabbit holes and bouts of staring out the window — and encourages us to think harder about what we’re really procrastinating on, before we run out of time.

The surprising habits of original thinkers

By: Adam Grant

How do creative people come up with great ideas? Organizational psychologist Adam Grant studies “originals”: thinkers who dream up new ideas and take action to put them into the world. In this talk, learn three unexpected habits of originals — including embracing failure. “The greatest originals are the ones who fail the most, because they’re the ones who try the most,” Grant says. “You need a lot of bad ideas in order to get a few good ones.”

The puzzle of motivation

By: Dan Pink

Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don’t: Traditional rewards aren’t always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories — and maybe, a way forward.

Tye-Dye Shirts

Designate a date, time, and suitable location. Buy supplies: – powdered dyes – shirts – rubber bands – soda ash – bins for soda ash solutions – plastic squeeze bottles to create dye mixes – plastic gloves. Create printed instructions on how to tie-dye and/or create different designs. Hang instructions around your event location. Determine how much to charge per event attendee — make sure you at least break even, but you’ll need to make a profit if you want to raise funds. Publicize for your event and get online or paper signups! Good luck:)

– Jasmine Tong-Seely, Past CASL State President

Spirit Gram

Spirit grams are a small token of appreciation a student, teacher, or school advisor can give to another person on campus to express their thanks and friendship. Spirit grams include goods such as candies, sodas, and other creative pieces. They are a great fundraiser for the holiday-related events and the different season such as fall seasons, winter holidays, and Valentine’s day. To start a spirit grams fundraiser, ask leaders in your leadership organization to donate candies and crafting supplies such as tissue paper, cardstock, ribbon, etc. that correlate to your themed holiday. Have workdays to put together the grams and sell them the week of the holiday or season! At my school, we sell everlasting roses in red and yellow for those who are interested in buying them for their significant other or friend. We sell/deliver them in either bouquets or singles to their homeroom classes.

– Tammy Pham, Past Southern Director

Raffle Tickets

My band is always looking for funds in order to fund for our trips that we take to play in exotic places and this year and last we have been doing a raffle! What happens is that there is cash prizes or gift cards up for grabs and what the students do is they check out tickets from our director to sell. At $10 a piece, every ticket sold will go toward the account for their trip, all the ten dollars of it. Not only is it fun to sell the tickets, but it is an opportunity to practice those selling skills!

– Olivia Yee, Past Northern Director

Lemonade Stand

I volunteer for the Let it Be Foundation and a fundraiser that we do is have lemonade stands around our city. We set the stands up on warmer days in front of grocery stores like Vons and Ralph’s and other local businesses. We asked past buyers if they’d like to have a glass of lemonade and we would make profits off of donations only (people are willing to give more when there is no set price). If you are not comfortable with having the funds based off of donation, you can have a set price of $1.00! You can say “Help our ASB get to Ontario this year for the CASL State conference!” or something along those lines.

– Jacob Quiroga, Past Web and Media Director

The ASB Cafe

My ASB has sold coffee, tea, oranges, muffins, and other breakfast snacks in the morning one day of every week. The sales always do really well! It’s a great fundraiser because it helps hungry students in the morning that skip breakfast & wakes up sleepy seniors. You can even sell hot dogs and other snacks after school for kids who have dinner on their own.

– Lizzie Landau, Past Southern Director

Car Wash

Car washes are very successful in the Antelope Valley as we are located in the desert and have winds reaching high speeds that dirty up cars quickly! For car washes, usually the presale tickets make the majority of the money. Each student can be responsible for selling a certain number of tickets, as well as advertising for the day of the event. Car washes can be located at your school, Vons grocery stores, local businesses, etc.

– Amanda Regalado, Past Southern Director

Make the Grade

Much like having sponsors donate a set amount of money per lap ran at a jog-a-thon, ASB students can ask people to sponsor them at a small amount ($2-$3) for every A and a smaller amount ($1-2) for every B they receive on their quarter or semester report cards.

Christmas Caroling

Take your ASB Christmas caroling, but instead of Christmas Carols, explain to them in song what you are raising money for (“We wish you would send us to CASL, We wish you would send us to CASL…”) and ask for donations.

CADA has several resources for all things student activities!

  • Distance Learning Free Resources from Friends: A listing of free resources being provided by CADA sponsors, affiliates, and friends during the coronavirus distance learning period. Find some great content you can use in your lessons.
  • Affiliate/Vendor Directory: Find a vendor for all your activity needs, i.e. DJ, Speaker, Fundraising, etc.
  • Alliance for Student Activities: Why does student activities matter? How does student activities provide a return on your investment? Research & Statistics – Do the Math Video & more.
  • CADA Store: Search our CADA Store for leadership books, CADA/CASL Memorabilia, Activity Ideas, and more!
  • CADA Newsletter: Quarterly newsletter w/ leadership ideas, the latest in CADA news, and more! Mailed to members in hard copy format.
  • CADA Podcast: Interviews with speakers and educators you can use at school.
  • Calendar: Calendar of all CADA/CASL events. Find leadership training events throughout the state all year round for both students & advisors!
  • CADA Roadmap: Your Road Map to improved climate and culture at your school. Click here for the Road Map and Road Map stops.
  • FCMAT Help Desk Archives: Frequently asked Financial questions.
  • Resource Library: Search hundreds of leadership lessons, forms, templates, & more to help you run your activities program.
  • Standards: CADA Standards document for student activities.
  • Hope International University: Administrative Credential and Masters Program at Hope International University

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