Book Recommendations

Reading books and publications is an essential learning tool for personal and professional development. They are a great resource for finding new, creative ways to learn through others’ experiences. Below are some books that I recommend adding to your reading list. I will periodically post new books on this page along with a short review. Check back often to keep up to date on these reading materials.

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Emotional Intelligence 2.0

Emotional Intelligence 2.0Authors: Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves

Amazon Rating: 4 Stars

Gaining control of our emotions and funneling our energy in a positive manner is difficult for many people. In my coaching practice I help people better understand who they are (self-awareness) and to harness the power of change. Changing our behavior is a process with important steps along the way. Emotional Intelligence 2.0 is a great way to frame this process and to fine-tune the decisions we make when encountering difficult situations.

I purchased this book because I am always seeking more knowledge on how we work as humans. The authors fulfill this need for me and they offer great ideas on how I can help people become more effective in their professional and personal lives.

This is a great book for people who are contemplating changing a behavior or eliminating a habit.

You can purchase the book online on Amazon or your favorite book store.

The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever

The Coaching HabitAuthor: Michael Bungay Stanier

This is a great book for anyone in a position to coach or mentor individuals. The author lays out great ways to be a better listener and ask better questions. At the core of the book are seven questions that can be used every day during our interactions with people (The Kickstart Question, The AWE Question, The Focus Question, The Foundation Question, The Lazy Question, The Strategic Question, and The Learning Question). These questions, combined with other great tips are valuable resources that I intend to use going forward.

Drawing on years of experience training more than 10,000 busy managers from around the globe in practical, everyday coaching skills, Bungay Stanier reveals how to unlock your peoples’ potential. He unpacks seven essential coaching questions to demonstrate how–by saying less and asking more–you can develop coaching methods that produce great results.

I highly recommend this book to anyone in a leadership position.

You can purchase the book online on Amazon or your favorite book store.

The Culture Solution: How to Achieve Cultural Synergy and Get Results in the Global Workplace

Author: Deirdre B. Mendez

Foreign assignments are both rewarding and challenging. This was the case for me when I was on assignment in South America. Dr. Mendez’s new approach provides useful and practical tools based on real-word situations.

The Culture Solution is the book to provide businesspeople a step-by-step system to manage and recognize for themselves the cultural factors that affect international relationships and global partnerships. Using the new method of Cultural Analysis created by Deirdre Mendez, international managers can solve problems and create cultural synergies that produce the most productive international teams, projects and alliances.

I highly recommend this book to anyone considering an assignment overseas.

You can purchase the book online on Amazon or your favorite book store.

Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work

Disrupt YourselfAuthor: Whitney Johnson

Category: Personal Development

I participated in a coaching webinar and Whitney was one of the speakers. She was very engaging and had some great ideas on personal development. I bought the book and it was a great read. Her personal background and professional history is inspiring. Her book puts to words what many people should consider using in their professional lives.

Whitney Johnson wants you to consider this simple, yet powerful, idea: disruptive companies and ideas upend markets by doing something truly different–they see a need, an empty space waiting to be filled, and they dare to create something for which a market may not yet exist.

You can purchase the book online on Amazon or your favorite book store.

Executive Coaching for Results: The Definitive Guide to Developing Organizational Leaders

Executive Coaching for ResultsAuthors: Brian O. Underhill,‎ Kimcee McAnally,‎ John J. Koriath

Category: Coaching / Executive Coaching

I ran across this book in the winter of 2018 and it was full of great information for coaches, Human Resource professionals and people involved in Learning and Development areas. I highly recommend this to those that are evaluating whether or not coaching should be adopted and if so in which areas.

Throughout, the authors provide numerous examples from major organizations such as Dell, Johnson and Johnson, Intel, and Wal-Mart. Offering practical learning, best practices, and illuminating case studies, this is the first definitive guide to the effective use of executive coaching in the corporate environment.

You can purchase the book online on Amazon or your favorite book store.

Executive Coaching with Backbone and Heart: A Systems Approach to Engaging Leaders with Their Challenges

Executive Coaching with Backbone and HeartAuthor: Mary Beth A. O’Neill

Category: Coaching / Executive Coaching

As an Executive and Business coach I am always looking for best practices and ideas that can up my game and improve my coaching ability. This book was of particular interest because it takes a different approach than most book. For example, the author is not a big fan of personality assessments like DISC, MBTI and Hogan. I like data so I tend to gravitate towards these tools. This book also has some real-life coaching examples using real scenarios with anonymous characters. It’s a bit expensive but a good read none-the less.

Coaching high-powered executives requires something extra. Executive coaches must become partners whose emotional investment in business outcomes equals that of their clients. They must have the strength and courage to face an organizational leader in a time of crisis and speak the unvarnished truth. They must be a force to be reckoned with. They have to have backbone and heart.

You can purchase the book online on Amazon or your favorite book store.

Great at Work: How Top Performers Do Less, Work Better, and Achieve More

Great at WorkAuthor: Morten Hansen

A great, fact-filled book on how top performers are more effective and how the role of “working smarter” helps individuals be more effective, have more time on their hands and suffer less stress overall.

Each chapter contains questions and key insights to allow you to assess your own performance and figure out your work strengths, as well as your weaknesses. Once you understand your individual style, there are mini-quizzes, questionnaires, and clear tips to assist you focus on a strategy to become a more productive worker. Extensive, accessible, and friendly, Great at Work will help you achieve more by working less, backed by unprecedented statistical analysis.

You can purchase the book online on Amazon or your favorite book store.

Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box

Author: The Arbinger Institute

This books id different than any other business book I have read. This is a fictional story about a man who faced challenges on the job and with his family. It is a story that most people can relate to and it has some good concepts and ideas. The authors expose the fascinating ways that we can blind ourselves to our true motivations and unwittingly sabotage the effectiveness of our own efforts to achieve success and increase happiness.

This new edition has been revised throughout to make the story even more compelling. And drawing on the extensive correspondence the authors have received over the years, they have added a section that outlines the many ways that readers have been using Leadership and Self-Deception to improve their lives and workplaces—areas such as team building, conflict resolution, and personal growth and development, to name a few.

You can purchase the book online on Amazon or your favorite book store.

The Partnership Charter: How To Start Out Right With Your New Business Partnership (or Fix The One You’re In)

The Partnership CharterAuthor: David Gage

Maintaining partnerships, whether a personal partnership or a business partnership, is a difficult thing to do. It takes effort on behalf of all partners to make it work but sometimes effort is not enough. Laying out a good foundation in the form of a charter, with clear roles and responsiblities helps enrich the partnership and it improves the odds of success.  I ran across this book by David Gage and I thought it was very useful to anyone in a business partnership.

In The Partnership Charter, the author offers a comprehensive guide to the art of establishing and maintaining a business partnership. The centerpiece of his approach is the Partnership Charter, a document that clearly outlines the goals, expectations, responsibilities, and relationships of the principals. The charter identifies potential sources of conflict and how they will be resolved. The Partnership Charter dispels common myths and presents a practical framework for launching, building, and sustaining a thriving business partnership.

You can purchase the book online on Amazon or your favorite book store.

The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact

Authors: Chip Heath, Dan Heath

I’m a believer that moments help shape lives and makes us who we are. Good moments and bad moments alike. The book explains that our most memorable positive moments are dominated by four elements: elevation, insight, pride and connection. If we can embrace these elements then we can conjure more moments that matter. This will help shape our future versus living in a cause-and-effect world dominated by moments we don’t control.

This book delves into some fascinating mysteries of experience: Why we tend to remember the best or worst moment of an experience, as well as the last moment, and forget the rest. Why “we feel most comfortable when things are certain, but we feel most alive when they’re not.” And why our most cherished memories are clustered into a brief period during our youth.

You can purchase the book online on Amazon or your favorite book store.

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

QuietAuthor: Susan Cain

As someone who has a clear preference for introversion, I was intrigued by this New York Times best seller. The book answered a lot of questions that I’ve had throughout my life and, especially during my professional career. The book also offers a historical perspective on society’s preference for extroversion and how introversion was treated as a mental illness or something that needed a remedy.  A must read for those of you with a preference for introversion or for anyone leading teams.

In Quiet, Susan Cain argues that we dramatically undervalue introverts and shows how much we lose in doing so. She charts the rise of the Extrovert Ideal throughout the twentieth century and explores how deeply it has come to permeate our culture. She also introduces us to successful introverts—from a witty, high-octane public speaker who recharges in solitude after his talks, to a record-breaking salesman who quietly taps into the power of questions. Passionately argued, superbly researched, and filled with indelible stories of real people, Quiet has the power to permanently change how we see introverts and, equally important, how they see themselves.

You can purchase the book online on Amazon or your favorite book store.

Stand Out: How to Find Your Breakthrough Idea and Build a Following Around It

Stand OutAuthor: Dorie Clark

I ran across Dorie in a WBECS online webinar-based coaching conference. I was impressed by her knowledge and the fact that she has managed to create a special niche for her practice. She is an accomplished writer, blogger and author. I enjoyed reading this book as it sparked a lot of “what if’s” for me. Perhaps some day I too will write a book…

Too many people believe that if they keep their heads down and work hard, they’ll be recognized as experts on the merits of their work. But that’s simply not true anymore. To make a name for yourself, you have to capitalize on your unique perspective and knowledge and inspire others to listen and take action. But becoming a “thought leader” is a mysterious and opaque process. Where do the ideas come from, and how do they get noticed?

You can purchase the book online on Amazon or your favorite book store.

Triggers: Creating Behavior that Lasts, Becoming The Person You Want to Be

Authors: Marshall Goldsmith and Mark Reiter

Amazon Rating: 4.5 Stars

This book is written by bestselling author and world-renowned executive coach Marshall Goldsmith. One of the towering figures in my industry. In this book, he examines the environmental and psychological triggers that can derail us at work and in life.

I purchased this book because I want to be more versed on how to make permanent behavioral changes. Changing behavior is a critical element in personal and professional development. The book provides some great ideas on how to make the right changes that last so you can become the person you want to be.

This is a great book for people who are contemplating changing a behavior or eliminating a habit.

You can purchase the book online on Amazon or your favorite book store.

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Have a great day!

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