RESOURCES & INSPIRATIONS
I love sharing some of my favorite books and resources. They inspire me and teach me.
Must-Reads for Everyone!
- Mindset – Carol Dweck
I was fortunate to meet Dweck and hear her speak at my daughter’s school. A growth mindset is the key to maximizing your full potential.
- The Art of Possibility – Benjamin and Rosamund Zander
I had the privilege of attending a presentation by Mr. Zander. I was mesmerized after two hours of listening to this incredibly fascinating man and watching him capture the notion that possibility truly can have huge impact in our personal and professional lives. Also a great reminder not to take ourselves too seriously – Rule #6!
Important Reading for Our Times
- Presence: An Exploration of Profound Change in People, Organizations, and Society – Peter Senge, Otto Scharmer, Joseph Jaworski, and Betty Sue Flowers
Brilliant ideas and collaboration on how to be a responsible citizen of the world.
- Immunity to Change: How to Overcome It and Unlock the Potential in Yourself and Your Organization – Kegan & Lahey
After reading the book I certified in the ITC model learning how to unlock my own immunity to change, which revealed profound insights.
- Language and the Pursuit of Happiness – Chalmers Brothers
Foundational in the SOAR certification, effective communication is the key to improving relationships, teamwork and results.
- Wherever You Go There You Are – Jon Kabat-Zinn
Published 20 years ago, this timeless introduction to mindfulness offers practices that are more useful today than ever before.
- Radical Acceptance – Tara Brach
If you’ve ever struggled to accept what is, to feel not enough, this book is rich with stories, research and practices that offer a path to living life with less suffering and more freedom.
- The Heartmath Solution: The Institute of Heartmath’s Revolutionary Program for Engaging the Power of the Heart’s Intelligence – Doc Childre, Martin, Beech
Did you know that the heart sends more information to the brain than the reverse? One of my mentor coaches said “We make impeccable decisions when we make them from the heart.” I’m beginning to understand that.
Classic Leadership Books & Authors
- Coaching for Performance – Sir John Whitmore
Full of wisdom and a coach approach for great management and leadership practices.
- Quiet Leadership – David Rock
Help people think better – Don’t tell them what to do!
- A Whole New Mind: Why Right Brainers Will Rule the World – Daniel Pink
- Drive – Daniel Pink
- To Sell Is Human – Daniel Pink
Pink’s writing style is light yet profound, no matter what topic.
- Switch: How to Change When Change is Hard – Chip & Dan Heath
We learn that small steps can create big change, for individuals and organizations.
- Good to Great – Jim Collins
- Built to Last – Jim Collins
- HBR 2001 Level Five Leadership – Jim Collins
- The Advantage – Patrick Lencioni
- The Five Dysfunctions of a Team – Patrick Lencioni
- The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary CEO – Patrick Lencioni
- The Three Signs of a Miserable Job – Patrick Lencioni
- Getting Naked: A Leadership Fable about Shedding the Three Fears that Sabotage Loyalty – Patrick Lencioni
You get the idea. Lencioni’s fables make the point of what it takes for organizational cultures to thrive, driving improved performance.
- The Inner Game of Stress – Timothy Galleway
- The Inner Game of Work – Timothy Galleway
Galleway started with the Inner Game of Tennis and realized those same coaching principles apply to work and every-day life.
- The Power of Story – Jim Loehr
- The Power of Full Engagement – Loehr, Schwartz
- The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working – Tony Schwartz
These are just a few of the great insights that Loehr and Schwartz deliver.
- Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill
It’s not about the money, it’s about the fortitude and self-confidence it takes to follow your dream, achieve your goals.
- HBR May 2014 From Purpose to Impact – Craig & Snook
This article clearly articulates the point that your leadership purpose is what makes you distinctive, what drives you to achieve.
- Career Distinction – William Aruda with Kirsten Dixson
- Ditch Dare Do! – William Aruda with Deb Dib
William, aka The Guru of Personal Branding, and his co-authors are well known in the field of career development.
- StrengthsFinder 2.0 and Strength Based Leadership – Tom Rath
Proven research from Gallup that when we spend our energy developing our strengths rather than correcting our deficiencies, we’re more successful and happier!
- New Passages – Gail Sheehy
An updated classic that explores the inner impulse toward change, where we assess our core values, social roles and career goals. What’s the meaning/purpose of it all?
- What Color Is Your Parachute? A Practical Manual for Job Hunters & Career Changers – Richard Bolles
A classic still relevant today.
- Power Networking: 59 Secrets for Personal & Professional Success – Fisher & Vilas
Networking is key to your career success.
- Joy on the Job – Doris Helge, PhD
- Change Your Questions, Change Your Life – Marilee Adams, PhD