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 copywrite 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”.



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.


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, McMillan & 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.


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 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
   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. 


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.

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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