Expanded Reading List

Expanded Reading List

Recommended Business/Self-Development

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Speak the Truth and Point to Hope: The Leader’s Journey to Maturity

Lisa Marshall

A powerful invitation to consider what it takes to be a grown-up leader today.

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Smart Work: The Syntax Guide for Mutual Understanding in the Workplace

Lisa Marshall & Lucy Freedman

Offers a detailed and easily grasped understanding of the behaviors that will bring out the best in every one.

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The Thin Book of Trust: An Essential Primer for Building Trust at Work

Charles Feltman

The Thin Book of Trust provides a simple, powerful framework and language for trust. Filled with examples, it shows readers how to consistently build, maintain and, when necessary, restore strong trust in today’s complex, fast-paced and demanding work environment.

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Saying No: A User’s Manual

Karen Bading

Saying No is the first is a series of “user’s manuals” for the five fundamental declarations, no, yes, I don’t know, gratitude and forgiveness. It explores the importance of being able to decline in order to say yes to what matters.

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Saying Yes: A User’s Manual

Karen Bading

Saying Yes explores a range of topics, from day to day practices for asking for what you want and negotiating promises you can keep, to the Radical Yes of your mission and purpose in the world.

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Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress Free Productivity

David Allen

David Allen provides the clearest and most practical take on time management I’ve found to date. His methodology stands alone in its consistency with how our brains function. I can personally vouch that he’s helped me, along with countless clients, achieve higher productivity and lower stress.

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Leadership and Self-Deception

The Arbinger Institute

This volume is a short, but a powerful tool for recognizing the stories that keep us stuck in old patterns. The authors ask the question: Do you treat other people as humans or as objects? They show how that choice defines relationships at work and at home.

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Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When the Stakes are High

Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan and Al Switzler

Crucial Conversations offers highly useful insights and tools for developing the critical skills necessary to create safe environments for communication, and to be able to have difficult conversations that achieve positive results.

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Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

Carol Dweck

Dweck distinguishes two fundamental mindsets: growth, which revolves around flexibility, feedback and learning, and fixed, which focuses on innate talent and perfectionism. She shows empirically how adopting a growth mindset positively affects success both professionally and personally.

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The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

Malcolm Gladwell

The Tipping Point is based on the premise that little changes can have big effects; when small numbers of people start behaving differently, that behavior can ripple outward until a critical mass or “tipping point” is reached, changing the world.

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Tribal Leadership: Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization

Dave Logan, John King, Halee Fischer-Wright

A fascinating look at corporate tribes, groups of 20–150 people within a company that come together on their own rather than through management decisions, how those groups form and how their fundamental view of life shapes the outcomes they achieve.

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Forgive for Good

Frederic Luskin

Luskin, a practicing psychologist and cofounder of the Stanford University Forgiveness Project, shows why forgiveness is important for mental and physical health and offers practical steps to make the journey from grievance to healing.

Recommended Brain/Biology

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Descartes’ Error: Emotion, Reason and the Human Brain

Antonio Damasio

Descartes famously said, “I think, therefore I am.” Neurologist Antonio Damasio’s classic work predates the current popular neuroscience craze by over a decade, but remains a relevant and engaging read. Drawing on neurobiology, Damasio shows the central role of emotions in human cognition.

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Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life

Dachner Keltner

Born to Be Good takes us on a journey through scientific discovery, personal narrative, and Eastern philosophy. Positive emotions, Keltner finds, lie at the core of human nature and shape our everyday behavior—and they just may be the key to understanding how we can live our lives better.

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The Promise of Sleep: A Pioneer in Sleep Medicine Explores the Vital Connection Between Health, Happiness, and a Good Night’s Sleep

William Dement

“We are a sleep-sick society,” says William Dement. Our cavalier attitude toward the necessity of good sleep routinely damages our day-to-day performance and wellbeing. At worst, it puts us at grave risk for injury and even death. In The Promise of Sleep, Dr. Dement aims to remedy that by making the latest sleep information accessible to health professionals and lay readers.