The Dream Manager – Matthew Kelly

A business parable about how companies can achieve remarkable results by helping their employees fulfill their dreams.

Managing people is difficult. With disengagement and turnover on the rise, many managers are scratching their heads wondering what to do. It’s not that we don’t dream of being great managers, it’s just that we haven’t found a practical and efficient way to do it. Until now…


Corps Business: The 30 Management Principles of the U.S. Marines – David H Freeman

Fast. Motivated. Hard-hitting.

That’s what every business wants to be. And that’s why the U.S. Marines excel in every mission American throws at them, no matter how tough the odds. In Corps Business, journalist David H. Freeman identifies the Marine’s simple but devastatingly effective principles for managing people and resources — and ultimately winning. Freedman discusses such techniques as “the rule of three,” “managing by end state,” and the “70% solution,” to show how they can be applied to business solutions.


The Power Of Story – Change Your Story Rewrite Your Destiny In Business And In Life – Jim Loehr

In his groundbreaking new book, Dr. Jim Loehr, New York Times bestselling coauthor of The Power of Full Engagement, examines the way we tell stories about ourselves to ourselves — and, most important, the way we can change those stories to transform our business and personal lives.


Endurance – Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage To The Antarctic – Alfred Lansing

An inspiring story that for me highlights the power of a leader with unquenchable drive and optimism; all that in a true story that makes anything a screen writer could come up with look tame.


The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom

Eddie is a grizzled war veteran who feels trapped in a meaningless life of fixing rides at a seaside amusement park. His days are a dull routine of work, loneliness, and regret.

Then, on his 83rd birthday, Eddie dies in a tragic accident, trying to save a little girl from a falling cart. He awakens in the afterlife, where he learns that heaven is not a lush Garden of Eden, but a place where your earthly life is explained to you by five people. These people may have been loved ones or distant strangers. Yet each of them changed your path forever.


Tuesdays With Morrie – Mitch Albom

Newspaper sports columnist Mitch Albom recounts the time spent with his 78-year-old sociology professor, Morrie Schwartz, at Brandeis University, who was dying from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Albom, a former student of Schwartz, had not corresponded with him since attending his college classes 16 years earlier.

Schwartz’s and Albom’s conversations canvas acceptance, communication, love, values, openness, and happiness. Albom emphasizes the importance of forging a culture of one’s own to transcend the tyranny of popular culture, suggesting that the media are preoccupied with death, hatred, violence and depression. Misquoting his favorite poet, W. H. Auden, Schwartz insists we must “love each other or perish”.


The Wisdom of Forgiveness – The Dalai Lama and Victor Chan

This is the extraordinary documentation of the evolving friendship between the Dalai Lama and the man who followed him across Ireland and Eastern Europe, on a pilgrimage to India’s holy sites, and through the Dalai Lama’s near fatal illness. On this remarkable journey Victor Chan was awarded an insight into His Holiness-his life, his fears, his faith, his compassion, his day-to-day practice-that no one has reported before. We’ve heard the public voice of His Holiness–now we are invited to listen in on his personal explorations, and to take instruction on the Tibetan art of living.


Don’t Be Nice, Be Real – Kelly Bryson, MFT

Don’t Be Nice, Be Real! is a lively, light approach to a deadly serious subject-our lives. It combines humor, radical wisdom, and new culture spirituality to teach the mechanics and spirit of Nonviolent Compassionate Communication to cure “Niceitis,” a hereditary disease. The author has shown that nonviolent communication works wonders, in even the roughest of situations. He’s used it with street gangs in San Diego, combined groups of Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland, Palestinians and Israelis in the Middle East, and among the Croats, Serbs, and Muslims of the Balkans during the Bosnian war.


Beyond Success: The 15 Secrets to Effective Leadership and Life Based on Legendary Coach John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success – Brian D. Biro and John R. Wooden

Building upon the fundamental principles devised by Coach John Wooden, Brian D. Biro presents an accessible system for leadership development. With anecdotes, excercises, and Wooden’s philosophy, the author captures the essence of Wooden’s Pyramid of Success and the secrets behind each of the pyramid’s building blocks.


The Shallows – What The Internet Is Doing To Our Brains – Nicolas Carr

“Is Google making us stupid?” When Nicholas Carr posed that question, in a celebrated Atlantic Monthly cover story, he tapped into a well of anxiety about how the Internet is changing us. He also crystallized one of the most important debates of our time: As we enjoy the Net’s bounties, are we sacrificing our ability to read and think deeply?


Brave Questions – Dr. Alan Zimmerman

Anyone who has worked with me knows how strongly I feel about the power of thoughtful questions as it relates to any relationship; leader, teacher, employee, parent, spouse, friend. Dr. Zimmerman has created a wonderful little book just loaded with questions that will drive conversations that I guarantee will deepen the nature of every relationship you have.