Best Reads

Reading can take you anywhere and inform you in the privacy of your own time and thoughts. The following “best reads” are a unique compilation of content that has easily and immediately served the clients I have worked with. Some of the copyright dates might surprise you, but the information is timeless, classically potent and useful today…and always. We have in our historical midst those that can clearly and powerfully write what we need to know and learn. ENJOY. Would love to know what inspired or guided you from this list.

 

The 5 Dysfunctions Of A Team” by Patrick Lencioni – This is a classic on how teams do not work well together, the basis of what is needed and some really nifty behaviors that we see in each other and ourselves. 

 

101 Ways To Say Thank You”  by Kelly Browne – With this book, you have the option of choosing formal or funny. A great little book to have handy when you want to make the “thank you” special and memorable.  It is also priced in a way that you can also say thank you with a book on thanking…love that.  Give it as a gift to yourself or others.  But do remember to say “thank you”.

 

 

A Grateful Heart by M.J. Ryan is a tool to help readers reclaim and enrich the tradition of pausing before the evening meal to give thanks. Drawing from a range of religious and cultural practices, these 365 blessings celebrate friendship, love, peace, reconciliation, the body, nature, joy, and appreciation of the moment. This illustrated feast for the mind includes quotations from Martin Luther King Jr., Thich Nhat Hanh, Gandhi, Rumi, Mother Teresa, Helen Keller, Denise Levertov, the Bible, and the Tao Te Ching.

 

The Art of Happiness” by Dalai Lama XIV, Howard C. Cutler – Nearly every time you see him, he’s laughing, or at least smiling. And he makes everyone else around him feel like smiling. He’s the Dalai Lama, the spiritual and temporal leader of Tibet, a Nobel Prize winner, and an increasingly popular speaker and statesman. What’s more, he’ll tell you that happiness is the purpose of life, and that “the very motion of our life is towards happiness.” How to get there has always been the question. He’s tried to answer it before, but he’s never had the help of a psychiatrist to get the message across in a context we can easily understand. Through conversations, stories, and meditations, the Dalai Lama shows us how to defeat day-to-day anxiety, insecurity, anger, and discouragement. Together with Dr. Cutler, he explores many facets of everyday life, including relationships, loss, and the pursuit of wealth, to illustrate how to ride through life’s obstacles on a deep and abiding source of inner peace.

 

The Artist’s Way” by Julie Cameron, is the seminal book on the subject of creativity and realizing our dreams and purpose. An international bestseller, millions of readers have found it to be an invaluable guide to living a fulfilled life. Still as vital today—or perhaps even more so—than it was when it was first published one decade ago, it is a powerfully provocative and inspiring work. In a new introduction to the book, Julia Cameron reflects upon the impact of The Artist’s Way and describes the work she has done during the last decade and the new insights into the creative process that she has gained. Updated and expanded, this anniversary edition reframes The Artist’s Way for a new century.

 

The Beginners Guide to Apologizingby Collin Parks. Don’t let the cover of this book put you off the positive effects of apologizing. This book contains proven steps and strategies on how to draft, finalize and execute and well-crafted apology that will no doubt touch the heart of the person on the receiving end of the apology. Here’s an inescapable fact: An apology probably shows vulnerability, but that is considered a positive quality and doesn’t mean that you have accepted failure or such similar notion. It only means that your values and conscience is clear and you have the courage to accept and your mistake. Have no doubt that it takes immense courage and the right values for a person to come out and accept his mistake and apologize. And this is usually difficult because humans are ego – drive creatures by nature and to overcome the ego and take the step forward to own up to your mistake is a great thing to do.

 

Business Performance Excellence by Jeffry T. Luftig and Steven M. Ouellette is the complete model, integrating revolutionary new techniques with tried and tested approaches, covering the strategic, financial, systems, and human factors.The comprehensive case studies and worked examples presented can be applied to your business whatever your industry, benefiting your bottom line. Detailed coverage includes:·      

  • Strategic planning
  • Customer product rationalization
  • Restructuring and recalibrating
  • Customer quality assurance systems
  • The balanced scorecard
  • Critical performance measures
  • Benchmarking
  • Financial performance turnaround
  • Lean manufacturing
  • Creating value through people
 

Business Stripped Bare by Sir Richard Branson – Whether you are an executive, an entrepreneur, or are just starting out, Branson strips business down to show how you can succeed and make a difference.  Sir Branson creates clarity and ask questions at every step of his career and success. 

 

Co-Active Coaching” by Laura Whitworth – Laura’s book is definitely the book on which you can base a successful coaching conversation – all the questions on how and what to say and ask – I love this book and refer to it often.

 

Crucial Accountability by Patterson, Grenny, Maxfield, McMillan and Switzler – tools for resolving violated expectations, broken commitments and bad behavior. 

 

Crucial Conversations”  by Patterson, Grenny, McMillian & Switzler – this book takes the idea of having conversations and sharing difficult information to a new height – you won’t be able to hide from how it works and how it does not work to communication well.

 

Daring Greatly – From thought leader Dr. Brené Brown, a transformative new vision for the way we lead, love, work, parent, and educate that teaches us the power of vulnerability and courage.  A great read to start a new year.  Get to know yourself better in these pages and see how truly courageous you are already.

 

Declutter Your Inbox: 9 Proven Steps to Eliminate Email Overload” by S.J Scott. Are you buried under an avalanche of email? In our fast-paced world, it’s easy to allow hundreds–even thousands–of messages accumulate in your inbox. While email can enhance your personal communication, it can also turn into a huge time sink. Let email control you and it could lead to: low productivity, stress, distraction and a lack of focus on important projects.

 

Deep Breathing Exercises for Anxiety” by Angira Lisbon. Stress, panic, and anxiety are a part of daily modern life, and the longer they are ignored, the worse they become. While some people are lucky enough to find their own internal calm, most just pretend to be fine until these problems lead to graver health issues like heart complications, respiratory disorders, or panic attacks.  If you want to learn how to defeat anxiety and stress immediately, quietly, and without even having to physically isolate yourself from your surroundings, then this book is for you! 

 

The Effective Executive” by Peter Drucker (short, but powerful) is worth the read. Get the soft cover so you can underline and mark the passages that speak to you…that help you and your team and your organization be more effective. Drucker emphasizes knowing yourself and your talents/strengths and using your skills to the fullest. He also is a stickler for using your time well.  Knowing when and when you are not being effective with your time.

 

Getting Things Done” by David Allen is another of those classics about being your own resource and accountability.  He revolutionized time management and being timely with his techniques and tips for the BUSY professional. This is one of those books that you will tell your other peers “you know I read what David Allen said about getting things done and using time wisely and it really works”.  What could be better than that?

 

Getting To Yes”  (second edition) by Roger Fisher & William Ury – Negotiating can be difficult for all of us and the process of negotiating with others, your staff, the world (including teenagers) is made easier and truly understandable. 

 

Happy for No Reason: 7 Steps to Being Happy from the Inside Out” by Marci Shimoff – From the bestselling coauthor of Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul and a leading contributor to The Secret comes a fresh, new, and practical program for finding and maintaining true happiness. Try it, you will like it.

 

How to Book Meetings” by J. H. Hood. Have you just been asked to chair a meeting, or take the minutes, or set up a meeting agenda? Need some help? Would samples of an agenda or minutes be useful? What about some techniques for chairing a meeting or dealing with difficult people? Then this “How to …” book is for you. In it you will find:

  • how to decide whether there should be meeting 
  • how to set up the agenda
  • the importance of setting timeframes in the agenda—and sticking to them
  • how to make sure that time is not wasted and the important items are covered
  • how to chair the meeting
  • how to stop time wasters and to make sure you spend the right time on the right topics
  • how the minute taker can collect the right information during the meeting
  • how to write the minutes
  • how to get the best out of the participants
  • how to deal with difficult people
 

How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie For more than sixty years the rock-solid, time-tested advice in this book has carried thousands of now famous people up the ladder of success in their business and personal lives.

Three fundamental techniques in handling people

  • The six ways to make people like you
  • The twelve ways to win people to you way of thinking
  • The nine ways to change people without arousing resentment
 

Best new book out there on the way we are using technology – it is remarkable, valuable and eye opening. It is called “Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked. It just came out March 7, 2017 by Adam Alter “One of the most mesmerizing and important books I’ve read in quite some time. Alter brilliantly illuminates the new obsessions that are controlling our lives and offers the tools we need to rescue our businesses, our families, and our sanity.” —Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Originals and Give and Take.  

Welcome to the age of behavioral addiction—an age in which half of the American population is addicted to at least one behavior. We obsess over our emails, Instagram likes, and Facebook feeds; we binge on TV episodes and YouTube videos; we work longer hours each year; and we spend an average of three hours each day using our smartphones. Half of us would rather suffer a broken bone than a broken phone, and Millennial kids spend so much time in front of screens that they struggle to interact with real, live humans.  

 

The Leadership Journey By Gary Burnison (Author), Ken Blanchard (Afterword) charts a course through four critical areas of being a great leader. This book brings world-renown people and talent development expertise to bear in a discussion about ‘good’ versus ‘great’ leadership. Successful leadership at any level is about getting results, but how do the best of the best manage to consistently deliver bigger and better things? This book shares the ‘secret sauce’ of successful leadership, and provides an actionable framework for discovering—and developing—your own leadership skills and potential. By distilling the broad and complex topic of leadership into highly accessible points and discussions, The Leadership Journey is a perfect traveling companion for everyone along the leadership path.

 

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead” by Sheryl Sandberg. In Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg reignited the conversation around women in the workplace.

Sandberg is chief operating officer of Facebook and coauthor of Option B with Adam Grant. In 2010, she gave an electrifying TED talk in which she described how women unintentionally hold themselves back in their careers. Her talk, which has been viewed more than six million times, encouraged women to “sit at the table,” seek challenges, take risks, and pursue their goals with gusto.

Lean In continues that conversationcombining personal anecdotes, hard data, and compelling research to change the conversation from what women can’t do to what they can. Sandberg provides practical advice on negotiation techniques, mentorship, and building a satisfying career. She describes specific steps women can take to combine professional achievement with personal fulfillment, and demonstrates how men can benefit by supporting women both in the workplace and at home.

Written with humor and wisdom, Lean In is a revelatory, inspiring call to action and a blueprint for individual growth that will empower women around the world to achieve their full potential.

Let’s Stop Meeting Like This: Tools to Save Time and Get More Done” by Dick Axelrod, Emily Axelrod – Ugh—meetings. They’re where productivity goes to die, right? There has to be a better way. According to leading consultants Dick and Emily Axelrod, there is.

The Axelrods outline a flexible and adaptable system used to run truly productive meetings in all kinds of organizations—meetings where people create concrete plans, accomplish tasks, build connections, and move projects forward. They show how to design every aspect of a meeting so that real work actually gets done. Those who have adopted this system will never go back. Neither will you.

 

Simplify: How the Best Businesses in the World Succeed” by Richard Koch, Greg Lockwood, Perry Marshall. Investor and successful entrepreneur Richard Koch and venture capitalist Greg Lockwood have spent years researching what makes successful companies—such as IKEA, Apple, Uber, and Airbnb—achieve game-changing who status. The answer is simple: They Simplify.

 

Speaker’s EDGE: Secrets and Strategies for Connecting with Any Audience” by Darren LaCroix, Patricia Fripp, Craig Valentine, Mark Brown, Ed Tate – Get the Edge That Only the Masterminds Behind the World Champions’ EDGE Can Give You! Whether your next presentation is in front of three people in a boardroom or three thousand in a convention center, you can create the kind of connection that leaves all of your audiences wanting more. Quickly tap into 73 years of onstage experience from five world-famous speaker coaches. This powerful book will give you the tools to: – Improve your platform presence and take command of the stage.

 

Speak Like a CEO: Secrets for Commanding Attention and Getting Resultsby Suzanne Bates – An award-winning news anchor presents methods for better communication in any business environment

During her 20 years in broadcasting, award-winning news anchor Suzanne Bates conducted more than 10,000 interviews, during which she witnessed business leaders, politicians, and celebrities at their best and worst. Now a top CEO communication coach, Bates is renowned for her uncanny ability to transform even the shyest oratorical mouse into a public-speaking lion. In Speak Like a CEO, Bates:

  • Reveals the secrets for communicating in any situation
  • Describes simple techniques for acing speeches, presentations, media interviews, Q&A sessions, business meetings, and more
  • Outlines self-improvement plans that can easily be customized to your needs
  • Shares secrets from top leaders, including Mario Cuomo’s technique for overcoming stage fright and Colin Powell’s secret for projecting authenticity
 

 What Got You Here, Won’t Get You There by Marshall Goldsmith – You will learn the behaviors that use to make you successful and what behaviors and habits will help you create successful results and new skills.  

 

Women Don’t Ask  by Linda Babcock & Sara Laschever – Find out what it costs you to remain silent with your world.  Wonderful reminders of how good we can be.  It is a classic and powerful missive for all women. 

 

You Can Heal Your Life  by Louise L. Hay (90 years old this year) -This is one of my favorite people on this earth.  I have had this book on my bedstand for 25 years.  It looks like I dropped it under the lawnmower it is so beaten up.  Louise speaks to us with gentleness and love about how we treat ourselves and what is possible.  She is 90, in great health and in a new relationship with a guy who is 45 years younger than her…rock on Louise.

 

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