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Below are listed books that inform and inspire our work. We customize and share the research, ideas and tools to apply to our client's situation. (Click on the book or title below to order from Amazon.com)

LEADERSHIP -- GENERAL
The Corporate Mystic - A Guidebook for Visionaries with Their Feet on the Ground
by Gay Hendricks and Kate Ludeman. Presenting pithy advice, memorable quotations, and enlightening examples drawn from interviews with "top corporate mystics, " this guide shows how to tap the power of integrity, vision, and intuition to enhance the power and creativity of your leadership.
The Empowered Manager
by Peter Block. Excellent translation of the principles of accountability within a typical hierarchical organization structure. He coins the phrase "positive politics" and "intrapreneurship."

Leaders
by Warren Bennis and Burt Nanus

Why Leaders Can't Lead
by Warren Bennis. Further insight into corporate culture and how an unconscious conspiracy exists to block true leadership.
How to Think Like a CEO
by D.A. Benton. 22 vital traits you need to be at the top
The Five Temptations of a CEO
by Patrick Lenconi. A short leadership fable that makes a compelling case for leaders to risk being authentic (i.e. vulnerable) in order to connect with and inspire others.

Servant Leadership
by Robert Greenleaf. A journey into the nature of legitimate power and greatness

Emotional Intelligence : Why It Can Matter More Than IQ
by Daniel Goleman. A well researched case base on new knowledge in the realm of brain neuroscience, which reveals the overriding importance of EQ vs. IQ in distinguishing highly effective, successful leaders. Goleman makes the case that emotional intelligence can be learned.
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ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP
Good to Great - Why Some Companies Make the Leap and others Don't
by Jim Collins. Thoroughly research and filled with accessible summaries, this book provides some counter-intuitive revelations for leaders and corporate strategists.
Built to Last
by Jim Collins and Jerry Porras. Another well-research effort by these Stanford Business Professors, this book lays out the case that vision and values count, and provides a roadmap for visioning and planning in any organization.
Leadership and the New Science: Learning about Organization from an Orderly Universe
by Margaret Wheatley. This book sheds light on many of the dichotomies that affect organizations most - order and change, autonomy and control, structure and flexibility, planning and innovation
Leading Change
by John Kotter. This leadership guide identifies and eight-step process that companies go through to achieve their goals. It also details change issues, the force behind successful change, and future trends for organizations.
The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook - Strategies and Tools for Building a Learning Organization
by Peter Senge, et. al. This participative book offers tools, techniques, exercised, ideas and stories to help put Senge's groundbreaking theories into practice.
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TEAM LEADERSHIP
The Wisdom of Teams - Creating the High Performance Organization
by Jon Katzenback and Douglas Smith. This well-researched book reveals the practices and attributes that distinguish truly peak-performing teams, and offers important distinctions for choosing when to be, and not to be, a team.
The Five Dysfunction of Teams
by Patrick Lenconi. Written in the fable form, this book makes accessible a simple framework for diagnosis and curative action of various team dysfunctions.
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CHANGE AND TRANSITIONS
Transitions
by William Bridges. Useful for anyone needing help managing their internal "transition" in the midst of life changes - e.g. changes in job, roles, bosses, etc. This easy to read book provides a framework to allow the feeling of "lostness" to be used productively and creatively to generate powerful new beginnings.
Managing Transitions
by William Bridges. A guidebook for helping teams and organizations manage the transitions of change.
When Things Fall Apart - Heart Advice for Difficult Times
by Pema Chodron. This Buddhist nun articulates practical wisdom and advice for being open and attentive to the abundant possibilities present in any change, and for avoiding the pain and suffering that comes from resistance.
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CREATIVITY

Flow and Creativity, and
Finding Flow
by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. The author's fascinating research dissects what it is to be in the state of "flow", as when an athlete is "playing unconscious," and how to access that state on purpose.
Creativity in Business
by Michael Ray. This provides insights and methods for stopping your "creativity-stoppers" and freeing up your intuition.
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SELF-EXPLORATION
Focusing
by Jean Gendlen. Skills based book, excellent for learning your own natural processes.
The Internal Frontier: The Internal Frontier - Creating the Personal Transformations that Lead to Success
by Morris Schechtman
The Enneagram Made Easy
by Renee Baron and Elizabeth Wagele. This amusingly illustrated book provided "easy access" to the most ancient system for discovering the nine type of people, with implications for the healthiest realization of each type's potential.
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LEADERSHIP IN GENERAL LITERATURE
Be Quick but Don't Hurry
by Andrew Hill with John Wooden. This reveals and distills the teachings of one of the great coaches of all time, John Wooden. Hill, a former basketball player for Wooden at UCLA, shares the teachings that brought Wooden's teams unparalleled success on the court, and fueled Hill's success in business.
Founding Brothers - The Revolutionary Generation
by Joseph Ellis. This Pulitzer Prize winner follows several story lines involving America's "founding fathers" during the tenuous, fragile time in our countries formatting following the revolutionary war. Parallels to contemporary leadership challenges abound, and the examples of our forefathers inspire.
A Distant Mirror
by Barbara Tuchman. This definitive history of the calamitous 14th century reveals many timeless leadership lessons - seen in "the long view."
Eyewitness to Power
by David Gergen. The author served as a senior advisor four different Presidents of the United States, from Nixon through the Clinton administrations. Gergen's journalistic eye reveals myriad leadership lessons up-close from the each of the modern American presidents.
Who Says Elephant's Can't Dance - Inside IBM's Historic Turnaround
by Louis Gerstner. Gerstner's story after pulling off one of the most complex and thorough turnaround of all time, provides many lessons for anyone involved in massive organizational change. The IBM turnaround included strategy, technology, and culture. Gerstner starts out his journey saying, "The last think IBM needs is a 'Vision.'", and end up saying, "Culture is not the most important thing; it is the only thing."
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SPIRIT AND LEADERSHIP
The Heart Aroused
by David Whyte. Poetry and the preservation of soul in corporate America.
Love and Profit - the Art of Caring Leadership
by James Autry. Filled with practical advice, this anecdotal handbook is about inspiring high achievement without sacrificing the human spirit. Autry addresses such issues as how to put the office aside at the end of the day, learning how to quit, and how to survive the spells when business is bad.
Leadership is an Art
by Max DePree. This thoughtful book offers a humanistic look at successful leadership.

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