I’m often asked, “what do I use for (a specific process or product)?” or “could you recommend a book on (topic)?” On this page, you’ll find answers I give to clients, entrepreneurs, and audiences. ~Dr. Kathryn Bingham

Transparency First

Throughout the LEADistics and LEADistics Portal sites, I mention books, authors, research, and thought leaders. I only share texts and research I’ve read; I look for authors who apply appropriate due diligence and follow rigorous standards or demonstrate significant experience. Likewise, I only recommend resources when I have first hand experience with a product or resource and find these valuable.

Some (not all) resources use “affiliate” links. What this means is I will earn a small percentage if you decide to purchase or subscribe to a product I recommend. If you purchase a $10 book, for example, the vendor might share 50-70 cents.

Here’s why I started to ask for and share “affiliate” links: I invest time developing content that I want to be able to give away. The new Explorer Membership and Leadership Essentials course offer examples. The small earnings from affiliate links help to underwrite costs of offering free and low cost content.

All affiliate links are clearly identified. Thank you for considering using these for any purchases that you plan to make anyway.


All books mentioned in articles, posts, courses, and on our curated reading list include Amazon Associate links. I’m a fan of Amazon because (1) interested purchasers can compare the thoughts and evaluations of many readers before buying, (2) the costs tend to be really affordable—especially to book addicts like me, and (3) the “wish list” feature is an awesome way to park future reading ideas.

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Planners & Journals

Passion Planner. I’ve evaluated dozens of planners, and used this product for the past four years. Passion Planner is a full featured, yet affordable option that comes in multiple colors, Sunday or Monday start, and Academic, Calendar, and Undated options. Angelia Trinidad, the entrepreneurial founder, started her small business in San Diego, CA shortly after completing college. This planner has a huge following—the #PASHFAM, and the company supports schools, non-profits, and worthy individuals with their “get one, give one” program.

Freedom Journal and Mastery Journal. [Affiliate links] Want to achieve an ambitious goal in the next 100 days? Freedom Journal is for you! Want to become fantastically disciplined and productive? Mastery Journal is a perfect tool! I recommend these two journals all the time to coaching clients. The journals’ designer, John Lee Dumas, AKA “JLD,” is a veteran and entrepreneur who hosts the podcast EOFire (Entrepreneurs on Fire). Both journals use a 100 day format, divided into ten 10-day sprints. The Freedom Journal emphasizes focus, setting milestones, inspiration, overcoming obstacles, and employing supportive habits. The Mastery Journal facilitates achieving flow through unique routines, breaking daily objectives into timed sessions, and building an understanding of how to achieve productivity and discipline.

Tools & Applications

Acuity. [Affiliate link] Forget the back-and-forth email and phone exchanges to play scheduling tag. Acuity offers the simplicity of setting open blocks of time so your colleagues and clients can choose what works. This tool is easy to configure, sets up quickly, and offers a professional look and feel.

Trello. [Affiliate link] Communication, project and task management for individuals and teams. Trello use a board and card visual metaphor, and users can choose any grouping category to move tasks/items through a completion process. Process tags can be very simple: Tasks > In Process > Completed. Or To Do > Discussion > Delegated > Doing > Done. Cards support assignments to team members, checklists, activity updates, and more. Simply drag and drop cards from one category to another. I use Trello for Onboarding, Team assignments, Status calls.

Evernote. [Affiliate link] Over and over I heard “you need Evernote!” Clip websites, organize info, set up ticklers and lists, plan book content. I thought, no, I have other systems … until someone shared some Evernote GTD (Getting Things Done) templates. This has become an uber essential tool with so, so many uses. Evernote uses a “notes” and “notebook” metaphor for organizing. Attach images, pdf, and other files. The company has recently created an integration with Slack.

Zoom. Online conference calling, using audio only or video options. Schedule individual and group online meetings, with screen sharing tools. Record and post webinars. Really easy to use.

Use of productivity tools