Recommended Readings

Personal Development

Triggers – Creating Behavior That Lasts – Becoming the Person You Want to Be
By Marshall Goldsmith
The author expertly examines the environmental and psychological triggers that can derail us at work and in our lives…and shows how we can overcome the trigger points in our lives and enact meaningful and lasting change.

Ego is the Enemy
By Ryan Holiday
This book shares stories, examples and strategies, from literature to philosophy to history of fascinating people who all reached the highest levels of success by conquering their own egos.

What Got You Hear Won't Get You There – How successful People Become Even More Successful
By Marshall Goldsmith
Helps successful people learn how to climb the last few rungs of the success ladder by focusing on subtle nuances that can make all the difference.

The Untethered Soul – The Journey Beyond Yourself
By Michael A. Singer
This book helps people discover how to free themselves from limitations and move beyond their boundaries.  This is truly one of the best books I have ever read.

Emotional Intelligence
By Daniel Goleman
In this book, Goleman reports on the psychology and neuroscience of our 'two minds' – the rational and the emotional and how together they shape our destiny.  Through examples, he outlines the five crucial skills of emotional intelligence and shows how they determine our success in relationships, work, and our physical well-being.

By Amy Cuddy
Based on Amy's 2012 TED Talk which shared her research how nonverbal behavior and snap judgments influence people.

Getting our Bodies Back
By Christine Caldwell
This book provides practical techniques to show how we can learn to listen to what our bodies are telling us, confront addictive habits, and learn to celebrate our inherent wisdom and elegance.

Focus:  The Hidden Driver of Excellence
By Daniel Goleman
The author delves into the science of attention, presenting a long overdue discussion of this mental asset that matters enormously for how we navigate life. 

Thinking Fast and Slow
By Daniel Kahneman
The author takes the reader on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think.  System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional.  System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. It's important to understand how these two systems shape our judgments and decisions.

A Path With Heart
By Jack Kornfield

From compassion, addiction, and psychological and emotional healing, to dealing with problems involving relationships, to the creation of a Zen-like simplicity and balance in all facets of life, this book speaks to the concerns of many modern spiritual seekers, both those beginning on the path and those with years of experience.


Developing the Leader Within You
By John Maxwell

This book shares timeless principles on leadership that will have a positive change in your life and your career as a leader.

Building the Bridge As you Walk On It
By Robert E. Quinn
This book communicates what Robert Quinn calls 'the fundamental state of leadership' and tells personal stories of leaders who have embraced deep change to reach this state.  The eight practices included in this book align closely with what I define as authentic leadership skills. 

Authentic Leadership – Discovering the Secrets to Creating Lasting Change
By Bill George
This book looks deeply and critically at vital questions such as, what are the purposes of the corporation and other organizations in today's world.  The focus is on building authentic leaders with high integrity who are committed to building enduring organizations. These leaders have a deep sense of purpose and are true to their core values.

Firms of Endearment – How World Class Companies Profit from Passion and Purpose
By Rja Sisodia, Jag Sheth, and David Bl Wolfe
This book shares a series of real-life vignettes from well-known companies that show compelling evidence that many of today's successful businesses foster intrinsic cultures that embrace values for all stakeholders as well as the shareholders and how these Firms of Endearment are blowing away the S&P 500 averages

Strategy and Planning

Traction – Get a Grip On Your Business
By Gino Wickman
Traction is a book for leaders and their management team that provides a powerful, practical, and simple system for running your business which the author calls the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS).  This system provides a method to define goals and strategies into successful operating plans to achieve business success.

The Profit Zone:  How Strategic Business Design Will Lead You to Tomorrow's Profits
By Adrian J. Slywotzky & David J. Morrison
Offers information on why 90% of businesses fail within 10 years and explains how and why high profit happens.

Execution:  The Discipline of Getting Things Done
By Larry Bossidy & Ram Charan
This book shows how to get the job done and deliver results – whether you're running an entire company or in your management job.  It shares how to close the gap between results promised and results delivered.

Making Strategy Work:  Leading Effective Execution and Change
By Warton School Publishing, Lawrence G. Hrebiniak
This is a great book to helping leaders understand how to overcome the difficult political and organizational obstacles that stand in their way of effective strategy execution. 

Corporate Lifecycles – How and Why Corporations Grow and Die and What To Do About It.
By Ichak Adizes
This book has been instrumental in much of my strategic work with clients by helping leaders understand where their organization is in the lifecycle and what needs to change in leadership, products/services, and the culture to thrive.

Non Profit Sustainability – Making Strategic Decisions For Financial Viability
By Jeanne Bell
This book provides a good view into preparing leaders to meet head-on the persistent challenges of impact and sustainability to help move non-profit organizations to a social profit model.


Conscious Business – How to Build Value Through Values
By Fred Kofman
Fred Kofman is a visionary teacher of Conscious Business.  He defines "Conscious business" as the ability to shine conscious awareness on every area of your work: in recognizing the needs of others, and expressing your own—in seeing the hidden emotional obstacles that may be holding your team back—in making good decisions under pressure—and even in delving into such "spiritual" questions as "Who am I?" and "What is my real purpose here?"

What Happy Companies Know:  How the New Science of Happiness Can Change Your Company for the Better
By Dan Baker

Integral Theory

No Boundaries
By Ken Wilbur
Provides an easily grasped presentation of a difficult subject – the nature of consciousness.

Change Management

Spiral Dynamics – Mastering Values, Leadership, and Change 
By Don Edward Beck and Christopher C. Cowan
Spiral Dynamics introduces a new model to describe the core intelligences and deep values that flow beneath what we believe and do.  It is applicable for leadership development and to improve organizational cultures.

Breakpoint And Beyond
By George Land and Beth Jarman
This is an older book, but still aligns very well with business today.  Breakpoint And Beyond weaves examples of science, nature, and business to help us understand the invisible forces of natural change normally occur at 'breakpoints' and how understanding these patterns can unlock growth potential for individuals and organizations.

Rewiring the Corporate Brain 
By Danah Zohar
This is a great book to bust old patterns that keep organizations stuck by offering a new way to think about, lead, and structure organizations for fundamental transformation.  Zohar demonstrates how people must change the thinking behind their thinking – rewire the structure of the corporate brain – to transform their organizations.

Appreciative Inquiry Handbook:  For Leaders of Change
By David Cooperrider and Diana Whitney
Appreciative Inquiry is one of today's most popular change methods and is essential for Conscious organizations due to its positive approach.  Every organization has something that works right -- things that give it life when it is vital, effective, and successful. AI begins by identifying this positive core and connecting organizational visions, plans, and structures to it in ways that heighten energy and inspire action for change.

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