Looking for some good books to read? The recommendations below are just a few of my current favorites. Hopefully, you enjoy them as much as I do.
Lift: The Fundamental State of Leadership, by Ryan W. Quinn, Robert E. Quinn
Provides practical relatable tools. The Quinns describe leadership as a state of mind that anyone can cultivate and have a higher sense of well-being AND effectiveness.
True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership, by Bill George
Leadership is not a value neutral endeavor. Bill’s real life experience as well as interviews with extraordinary executives regarding how to stay tuned into your own compass is a must read.
Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader, by Herminia Ibarra
I am a big believer in the experiments for all of my clients. The first question they always get from me is what have you tried lately and what did you learn? This book provides the research background behind the action first model.
How to Be a Positive Leader: Small Actions, Big Impact, by Jane E. Dutton, Gretchen M. Speitzer
Full of practical tips that will change your day for the better. I challenge you to try out one of the ideas in the book every day for one week and see what happens.
10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works--A True Story, by Dan Harris
Are you an intense achievement oriented and competitive person? You will relate and learn from Dan Harris. I did.
Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts--Becoming the Person You Want to Be, by Marshall Goldsmith, Mark Reiter
Great practical insights. It is not just you, but how you interact with your environment that impacts whether change is sustainable. Learn what triggers you to behave in the ways you want to behave. You can also learn how to metaphorically put your hand on the trigger!
The Pursuit of Perfect: How to Stop Chasing Perfection and Start Living a Richer, Happier Life, by Tal Ben-Shahar
Some of us perfectionists equate being perfect with being excellent. Perfectionism can actually get in the way of excellence. This book will help you at work and in your overall life.
Drive: The surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, by Daniel H. Pink
Dan translated decades of psychological research on motivation into the key insights that you need to know as a manager. Want to unlock the motivation within yourself and your people? Read Drive.
Teaming: How Organizations Learn, Innovate, and Compete in the Knowledge Economy, by Amy C. Edmondson
Superb take on teamwork in the 21st century. You cannot go to a team development with me without learning about the work of Amy Edmondson. The concept of psychological safety alone has the power to transform the way you interact with others.
Me, Myself, and Us: The Science of Personality and the Art of Well-Being, by Brian R. Little PhD
Learn about personality psychology from the brilliant Brian Little. This book is a standout because of the cutting edge research, unique wit, and wonderful storytelling. Read it and have a better understanding of all your selves.
Are You Fully Charged?: The 3 Keys to Energizing Your Work and Life, by Tom Rath
Your physical and mental energy is a precious resource. Spend it wisely and keep it high. Tom takes us through key research and practices that will keep you lively on a physical and mental level. Clue the two are connected!
Radically Receptive Meditation, by Megan McDonough
Most of my action oriented clients roll their eyes at the mere mention of meditation. This book is for you if the idea of sitting still is just not something you can even think about. You cannot read this book without having a broader perspective on your own mind and you don’t have to sit still to do it!