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Recommended readings

Cutting for Stone

by Abraham Verghese

“Cutting for Stone is a beautifully written coming-of-age novel weaving family, hospital and house staff, patients, community, disease, and country into a complex tapestry. It incorporates love, lust, trust, betrayal, commitment, emigration, faith, poverty, life, death, hope, dreams, fears, and just about every other big theme you can imagine without ever becoming predictable, manipulative, or clichéd. It's an epic story that feels intimate and cozy and enveloping. There is gentle humor, emotional turmoil, and great personal triumph throughout the book.” A very original piece of fiction. My heart was beating rapidly as I came to the final pages.

The Leader as a Mensch: Become the Kind of Person Others Want to Follow

by Bruna Martinuzzi

The uniqueness of Leader as a Mensch: Become the Kind of Person Others Want to Follow is Bruna Martinuzzi’ s ability to universally assimilate the word mensch into today's leadership lexicon. Fluent in six languages, a global workplace coach, and a mensch ( a person of integrity and honor) herself . “Her affinity to the human elements of growth and change will have a global and lasting effect on all of our tomorrows.” Great read for coaches, speakers, mentors and all leaders.

The Namesake: A Novel

by Jhumpa Lahiri

The name is the one word in the world that represents who we are,” says Jhumpa Lahiri, born Nilanjana Sudeshna. “Yet it’s not something we chose for ourselves. It’s something our parents give us; a form of intergenerational giving and taking.” Lahiri writes about a tradion-bound family who moves from India to Massachusetts. Their American-born son bears the burden of his heritage – and an unusual name. Lahiri is a young writer with tremendous maturity and insight who “breathes unpredictable life into the page.” (New York Times) Her people stories jump from the page and helped me to visually imagine these imaginary people’s lives.

The Five Things We Cannot Change: And the Happiness We Find by Embracing Them

by David Richo

Richo writes a lucid and thought-provoking book which tells us:

1. Everything changes and ends.

2. Life is not always fair.

3. Things do not always go according to plan.

4. Pain is a part of life.

5. People are not loving and loyal all the time.

So if we recognize these realities and stop resisting them we can open our lives "to discover our greatest gifts." Includes practical exercises.

Real Leaders Don't Do PowerPoint: How to Sell Yourself and Your Ideas

by Christopher Witt

Real Leaders Dont Do PowerPoint - Author/speaker, Chris Witt, tells us that being a leader means you present yourself and your ideas with more impact, in his about to be published book, Real Leaders Don’t do PowerPoint: How to Sell Yourself and Your Ideas. The book is not entirely against PPt; it’s about presenting your ideas as powerfully as possible. Are you a Leader/CEO who wants to speak to advance your organization’s success and enhance your reputation? Are you an Aspiring Leader who is looking to get up the leadership ladder? Or are you a Senior-Level-Technical Expert (engineers, researchers, programmers, analysts) who want to present yourselves/ideas to a wider (non-technical) audience more effectively? Then this book is for you. You can learn more about the book (and read sample chapters) at wittcom.com/index_book.htm

The Alchemist

by Paul Coelho

"'In order to find the treasure, you will have to follow the omens. God has prepared a path for everyone to follow. You just have to read the omens that he left for you.' Before the boy could reply, a butterfly appeared and fluttered between him and the old man. He remembered something his grandfather had once told him: that butterflies were a good omen. The book is peopled with gypsies, old men, kings, warriors, desert-dwellers, and an alchemist, who describes Santiago's fate if he decides to settle for less than his dream. Destiny conspires with ambition to move him to realize his potential. A familiar theme in a New Age package."

Small Giants : Companies That Choose to Be Great Instead of Big

by Tim Sanders

"I was asked to review this book and read every word, looking for a catchy reviewer's phrase, a sale's hook. I couldn't find it. Instead, I was blown away from page one. I found myself engaged by new ideas and countless take-home plays, as well as thinking about different strategies and directions I can use in my organizations. I have never read a book with more real-life right-on experiences than this one. Jack Stack, author of The Great Game of Business

Love is the KillerApp;How to win Business and Influence Friends

by Tim Sanders

Is love really all you need? Tim Sanders, director of Yahoo's in-house think tank, believes love is the crucial element in the search for personal and professional success. Sander's advice is to be a "lovecat," which despite the cutesy moniker is his sincere and surprisingly practical prescription for advancement both inside and outside the office. It starts with amassing as much usable knowledge as possible, which he explains can be done by religiously carving out time to read and then poring through as many cutting-edge books in your field as possible. It follows with an emphasis on networking to the extreme. Sanders offers concrete suggestions, from compiling a super list of contacts to ensuring all are regularly stored in an always-accessible format. And he concludes by advocating a true mindset of compassion, which he says involves sharing this knowledge with those contacts and ultimately helping anyone who in one way or another may ultimately help you.

The Power of Now

by Ekhart Tolle

Ekhart Tolle's message is simple: living in the now is the truest path to happiness and enlightenment. And while this message may not seem stunningly original or fresh, Tolle's clear writing, supportive voice, and enthusiasm make this an excellent manual for anyone who's ever wondered what exactly "living in the now" means. Foremost, Tolle is a world-class teacher, able to explain complicated concepts in concrete language. More importantly, within a chapter of reading this book, readers are already holding the world in a different container—more conscious of how thoughts and emotions get in the way of their ability to live in genuine peace and happiness.

A Carrot A Day

by Adrian Gostick & Chester Elton

Employees fed a steady diet of carrots focus better on company goals. They spot new opportunities faster. They have longer employment life spans (translation: lower turnover). And they can lift companies higher than you might have dreamed possible.
In this engaging and often hilarious book, recognition experts Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton offer you 365 easy-to-use recognition ideas, hints and pieces of advice. Read one a day and you will become a better leader-a manager who is able to tap the power of recognition to build a stronger workplace where people come, stay and are committed to your goals.

Get Clients Now!

by C. J. Hayden

Business coach C.J. Hayden, lays out a very precise marketing and sales system actually designed to be completely customized for optimal effectiveness by anyone in the service industry. Employing a "cookbook model" to help readers create this individualized action plan, it first shows how to determine which ingredients are missing from current marketing and sales activities and then suggests the specific tools and tactics that will immediately get a successful effort underway. The truly unique part of this book, however, begins in chapter 6, which breaks down Hayden's explicit four-week system into 28 separate sections that are meant to be read and acted upon one day at a time.

The Myth of Excellence: Why Great Companies Never Try to Be the Best at Everything

by Fred Crawford, Ryan Mathews

The Myth of Excellence: Why Great Companies Never Try to Be the Best at Everything Why great companies never try to be the best at everything. Authors Fred Crawford and Ryan Mathews say "excel at everything…and fail." Great companies never try to be the best at everything. "Human values are the contemporary currency of commerce." This is a big idea that the consumer is boss. Customers are demanding that business recognize them as individuals. Treat me with respect and dignity and courtesy.

Secrets of Self-Employment: Surviving and Thriving on the Ups and Downs of Being Your Own Boss

by Sarah Edwards, Paul Edwards

Sarah and Paul Edwards discuss surviving and thriving on the ups and downs of being your own boss. Informative and inspirational on self employment. Good for those who left a security paycheck behind and the struggles around the emotional side of being your own boss. Good tips on time, money and freedom.

After the Ecstasy, the Laundry: How the Heart Grows Wise on the Spiritual Path

by Jack Kornfield

The rich harvest of an entire generation's spiritual work in the West, After the Ecstasy, the Laundry is one of the most authentic and convincing accounts ever written of the lifelong path of inner transformation. Written by a Buddhist teacher and meditation master of international renown, this moving and fascinating book also draws on the firsthand experiences of dedicated leaders and practitioners within the Christian, Jewish, Hindu, and Sufi traditions. The result is a uniquely intimate and honest understanding of how the modern spiritual journey unfolds-and of how we can prepare our own hearts for awakening.

Confessions of Shameless Self Promoters

by Debbie Allen

Author Debbie Allen shares secrets, unique ideas and strategies of 68 Marketing Gurus in her book, Confessions of Shameless Self Promoters. I share my secret on page 123.

Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

by Stephen R. Covey

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Powerful Lessons in Personal Change was a groundbreaker when it was first published in 1990, and it continues to be a business bestseller with more than 10 million copies sold. Stephen Covey, an internationally respected leadership authority, realizes that true success encompasses a balance of personal and professional effectiveness, so this book is a manual for performing better in both arenas. His anecdotes are as frequently from family situations as from business challenges.