Recommended Readings

Recommended Readings (with reading difficulty scale)

Reading Difficulty Scale

  1. Easy to read with little or no relevant background required.
  2. Below average in difficulty of reading.
  3. Average.
  4. Above average of difficulty in reading, some relevant background helpful.
  5. Difficult to read, requires focus and relevant background knowledge.

Personal Strength, Motivation, Organization, Happiness, and Well-Being

Personal Clarity and Strength Building

  • It's Not About the Bike - Lance Armstrong | 2.5
  • Learned Optimism - Martin Seligman | 3
  • The Resilient Spirits: Transforming Suffering into Meaning and Purpose - Poly Young Eisendrath | 3 (Buddhist perspective in much of the book)
  • Unlimited Power - Anthony Robbins | 3 (NLP perspective in much of the book)
  • The New PeopleMaking - Virginia Satir | 3 (therapeutic perspective)
  • Emotional Alchemy: How the Mind Can Heal the Heart - Tara Bennett-Goleman | 3.5 (Buddhist perspective in much of the book)
  • Emotional Intelligence - Daniel Goleman | 3
  • Mind-Bending Chats with Great Thinkers - June Darling | 5 (it's mine, I'm obviously biased - brief book that brings many points of view together to challenge and promote clarity of through regarding personal change and truth: psychology and philosophy throughout the book)
  • Iron John: A Book About Men - Robert Bly | 3 (uses ancient stories and legends)
  • The Path to Love - Deepok Chopra | 3 (Hindu perspective in much of the book)
  • Transformation of the Inner Man | 3.5 (Christian perspective throughout the book)
  • Talent Is Overrated / 2
  • Mindset - Carol Dweck / 3
  • Linchpin - Seth Godin / 2
  • Authentic Happiness - Seligman / 2
  • The Brain That Changes Itself - Norman Doidge / 2.5
  • Changing For Good - James Prochaska et al / 3
  • The How of Happiness - Sonja Lyubomirsky 2.5
  • Creating Your Best Life - Caroline Adams Miller - 2.5
  • Opening Up - James Pennebaker / 3
  • Five Questions That Change Everything - John Scherer / 2.5
  • The Geography of Bliss - Eric Weiner / 2.5
  • A Life Worth Living - Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi - 4.5
  • Spiritual Evolution - George Vaillant / 3
  • The Mind and The Brain - Jeffrey Schwartz / 4.5
  • Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain - Sharon Begley / 4.5
  • Taming Your Gremlin - Rick Carson / 2
  • The Passion Test - Janet Attwood / 2 (Eastern perspective)
  • Cure For The Common Life - Max Lucado / 2 (Christian perspective)
  • The Pursuit of Perfect - Tal Ben-Shahar / 3
  • The Talent Code - Daniel Coyle / 2.5
  • Drive - Daniel Pink / 3
  • Outliers - Malcolm Gladwell / 3
  • The Power of Failure - Charles Manz / 3
  • Predictably Irrational - Dan Ariely / 4
  • The Time Paradox - Phillip Zimbardo / 4
  • Average to A+ - Alex Linley / 3
  • It's Your Life What Are You Going To Do With It - Anthony Grant / 3 (lots of practical exercises written by a coach)

 

 

Organization and Life Balance

  • Getting Things Done - David Allen | 3
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People - Stephen Covey | 3
  • Getting It Done: How to Lead When You Aren't in Charge - Roger Fisher and Alan Sharp | 3
  • First Things First - Stephen Covey | 3
  • The Three Marriages - David Whyte / 3
  • Zen to Done - Leo Babauta / 3

Wellness

  • Fit or Fat - Covert Bailey | 3
  • Mind Body Medicine: How to Use Your Mind for Better Health - Daniel Goleman and Joel Gurin | 4
  • Love and Survival: The Scientific Basis for the Healing Power of Intimacy - Dean Ornish | 3.5
  • Pavlov's Trout - Paul Quinnett | 3.5 (for the fishers and those who want to understand and support them,psychology throughout much of the book)
  • The Power of Full Engagement - Jim Loehr / 2.5
  • Counterclockwise - Ellen Langer / 3

Interpersonal Strength and Competency

Communication

  • Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most, Douglas Stone - Bruce Patton, Sheila Heen | 3.5
  • Getting to Yes - Roger Fisher and William Ury | 3
  • Dialogue and the Art of Thinking Together - William Isaacs | 3
  • Getting Past No: Negotiating with Difficult People - William Ury | 3
  • Getting to Yes - Roger Fisher and William Ury | 3
  • The Magic of Dialogue - Daniel Yankelovich | 3
  • I and Thou - Martin Buber | 5 (Jewish Perspective in much of the book)
  • Coaching For Performance - John Whitmore / 2.5
  • The Seven Principles For Making Marriage Work / 2.5
  • Change Your Questions Change Your Life - Marilee Adams - 2.5
  • Leading With Question - Michael Marquardt / 2.5
  • Crucial Conversations - Kerry Patterson et al / 3.5
  • In The Company of Women - Pat Heim / 3
  • Connecting - Sherrod Miller / 4 (older book, but still great stuff)

Emotional and Personality Literacy

  • Emotional Intelligence - Daniel Goleman
  • Executive EQ; Emotional Intelligence in Leadership and Organizations - Robert Cooper and Ayman Sawaf | 4
  • Please Understand Me: Character and Temperament Types - David Keirsey and Marilyn Bates | 3
  • Emotional Intelligence 2.0 / 2
  • Positive Psychology - Chris Peterson / 3
  • Raising An Emotionally Intelligent Child - John Gottman / 3
  • Social Intelligence - Daniel Goleman / 3
  • Emotions Revealed - Paul Ekman / 3.5

Emotional Fitness and Structures to Support

  • Work Team Coaching: An Interpersonal Approach to High Performance | 3
  • Love and Survival: The Scientific Basis for the Healing Power of Intimacy - Dean Ornish | 3
  • The New People Making - Virginia Satir | 3
  • Sandbox Wisdom - Tom Asacker | 1
  • Positivity - Barbara Fredrickson / 2.5
  • The HeartMath Solution - Doc Childre / 3
  • The Power of Empathy - Arthur Ciaramicoli / 3
  • Parenting From The Inside Out - Daniel Siegel / 4
  • Raising Happiness - Christine Carter / 3 (parenting book, but general applicability)
  • The Mindful Brain - Daniel Siegel / 5

Leadership and Management Strength and Competence

Business

  • Big Bucks - Ken Blanchard and Sheldon Bowles | 2
  • Successful Manager¹s Handbook - Gebelein, Stevens, Skube, Lee, Davis, Hellervik | 4
  • The Boss's Survival Guide - Bob Rosner, Allan Halcrow, Alan Levins | 3
  • First, Break All the Rules: What the World¹s Greatest Managers Do Differently - Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman | 3
  • The Balancing Act - Patterson, Grenny, McMillan, and Switzler | 4
  • Follow This Path - Gallup Organization / 3
  • The E Myth Revisited Michael Gerber / 3
  • Hard Facts, Dangerous Half-Truths & Total Nonsense - Robert Sutton / 4

 

Vision, Mission, Purpose, Alignment, Action

  • Practice What You Preach - David Maister | 3
  • First Things First - Stephen Covey | 3
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People - Stephen Covey | 3
  • Leading from the Inside Out (NR)
  • Sandbox Wisdom - Tom Asacker | 2
  • Deep Change, Discovering The Leader Within - Robert Quinn / 3
  • Inside Drucker's Brain - Jeffrey A. Krames / 3
  • The Leadership Challenge - Kouzes & Posner / 4.5
  • Iconoclast - Gregory Berns / 5
  • Creating Shared Vision - Marjorie Parker / 2
  • Three Signs of a Miserable Job - Patrick Lencioni - 2.5
  • The Little Big Things - Tom Peters - 2.5 (big book, but broken into priceless brief comments)

Group Learning, Employee and Customer Relationships

  • Getting It Done: How to Lead When You¹re Not in Charge - Roger Fisher and Alan Sharp | 3
  • Work Team Coaching: An Interpersonal Approach to High Performance - Steve Herbelin | 3
  • The Fifth Discipline -  Peter Senge | 3.5
  • The Team Handbook - Peter Scholtes, Brian Joiner, and Barbara Streibel | 3
  • Leading Up, Michael Useem | 4 (current and historical event perspective in much of the book)
  • Executive EQ: Emotional Intelligence in Leadership and Organizations - Robert Cooper and Ayman Sawaf | 3
  • Empowerment Takes More Than a Minute - Ken Blanchard | 2
  • The No Asshole Rule - Robert Sutton / 2.5
  • Positive Leadership - Kim Cameron / 3
  • NurtureShock - Po Bronson / 2.5 ( parenting perspective, but applicable to learning in general)
  • Management - Peter Drucker / 3
  • Setting The Table - Danny Meyer / 2.5 (primarily about remarkable customer service and what supports it)
  • Leading Teams - J. Richard Hackman / 4
  • Peak - Chip Conley (primarily about remarkable customer service and what supports it)

 

 

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