Book Reviews and Links

Allen, David, Getting Things Done - The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, 2001.
Natural and not overly complicated suggestions about how you can get more accomplished with less effort.

Arbinger Institute; Leadership and Self-Deception — Getting out of the box, 2000, 2002.
A business novella examining how self-awareness can lead to extraordinary performance.

Baker, Dan, Ph.D. and Stauth, Cameron, What Happy People Know --- How the New Science of Happiness Can Change Your Life for the Better, 2004.
A no-nonsense look at the qualities of happiness and the tools you can use to get there.

Baldrige , Letitia; New Manners for New Times, 1990 and 2003.
Advice on graceful professional and personal behavior based on a lifetime’s experience in the highest diplomatic, political and business circles.

Beck, John C., and Mitchell Wade; Got Game — How the Gamer Generation is Reshaping Business Forever, 2004.
The influence of video games on a new generation of professionals proves surprisingly positive.

Begley, Sharon; Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain, 2007.
Neuroscience supports millennia of experiential evidence that physical and mental exercise can improve cognitive function and psychological health.

Benson, M.D., Herbert and Proctor, William, The Break-out Principle, 2003.
An exploration of the biological trigger than can convert conflict into high performance whether you are alone in your office, undertaking an athletic challenge, or leading a group meeting.

Benson, M.D., Herbert, with Proctor, William, Beyond the Relaxation Response, 1984.
In minutes a day, you can interrupt the cycle of anxiety and alleviate some of today’s most serious health problems.

Buzan, Tony with Buzan, Barry, The Mind Map® Book – How to Use Radiant Thinking to Maximize Your Brain’s Untapped Potential, 1996.
A non-linear approach to illustrate the parts of your most complicated project, to summarize the work of your committee, or to plan your future.

Carson, Rick, Taming Your Gremlin, 2003.
A useful — and even fun — place to begin to quiet that annoying voice in your mind that whispers self-limiting and even frightening generalizations about you and your potential.

Chaleff, Ira; The Courageous Follower — Standing Up To & For Our Leaders, 2003.
How leaders can transform their own and their organization’s performance by empowering the individuals they lead.

Chopra, Deepak & Tanzi, Rudolph; Super Brain – Unleashing the Explosive Power of Your Mind to Maximize Health, Happiness, and Spiritual Well-Being.

Chopra, Deepak; The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, 1994.
An approach to creating affluence by employing the transformational value of intelligence.

Corcoran, Barbara with Bruce Littlefield; Use What You’ve Got, 2003.
Practical, humorous and no-nonsense perspectives from a self-made woman whose real estate business turns over more than $2 Billion a year.

Cooperrider, David L. and Whitney, Diana, Appreciative Inquiry: A Positive Revolution in Change, 2005.
A short guide to using an organization’s strengths, capabilities, resources, potentials and assets to strategize and implement change.

Covey, Stephen R.; The 8th Habit — From Effectiveness to Greatness, 2004.
A sometimes flawed but worthwhile sequel to the Covey classic “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”

Crowley, Chris & Lodge, Henry S. M.D.,Younger Next Year for Women and Younger Next Year, 2006 and 2004.
Messages for women who want to live longer, healthier and sexier lives.

Davich, Victor N., The Best Guide to Meditation, 1998.
A good introduction for regular people who want to give meditation a try.

Davidson, Richard & Begley, Sharon; The Emotional Life of Your Brain of Your Mind to Maximize Health, Happiness, and Spiritual Well-Being.

Dement, M.D., Ph.D., William C., and Vaughan, Christopher, The Promise of Sleep – A Pioneer in Sleep Medicine Explores the Vital Connection Between Health, Happiness, and a Good Night’s Sleep, 1999.
An Aauthoritative overview of how to sleep better and why sleep habits are more important to longevity than diet or exercise.

Dychtwald, Ph.D., Ken and Kadlec, Daniel J.The Power Years, 2005.
Helpful insights if you’re starting to prepare for the next phase of your life.

Emerald, David, The Power of TED * (*The Empowerment Dynamic), Updated 2009.
Parables conceived to help readers recognize and avoid limiting their potential by casting themselves as victims.

Gladwell, Malcolm, The Tipping Point – How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, 2000.
Why major changes in society so often happen suddenly and unexpectedly, catch on like wildfire and spread like epidemics.

Goleman, Daniel; Social Intelligence — The New Science of Human Relationships, 2006.
An examination of what being not just intelligent about our relationships, but also intelligent in them can mean to our personal and professional accomplishments.

Haidt, Jonathan, The Happiness Hypothesis — Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom, 2005

Hannon, Kerry, What's Next? Follow Your Passion and Find Your Dream Job, 2010.

Heath, Chip & Heath, Dan, Switch — How to Change Things When Change is Hard, 2010.

Heckler, Richard Strozzi, Holding the Center, 1997
A lovely little book exploring ways in which we are connected to places, to communities and to our own bodies.

Hendricks, Gay, Ph.D., and Ludeman, Kate, Ph.D.,The Corporate Mystic, 1996.
How to emulate Corporate Mystics......leaders who operate from a base of integrity, pursue their visions with passion and compassion, and evoke the full potential of those with whom they come in contact.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler, M.D.; The Art of Happiness — A Handbook for Living, 1998.
The great teachings of the East’s most important spiritual guide reframed to be readily grasped in the context of Western life.

Kingston, Karen, Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui, 1998.
An anecdotal account of how and where psychological and physical clutter accumulates, why it is so bad for you and how you can clear it from the zones in your life including your body.

Koch, Richard, The 80/20 Principle: The Secret to Success by Achieving More with Less, 1998.
How to identify and make sure you are spending your time and effort on the vital few factors in your enterprise instead of the trivial many.

Langer, Ellen J. Mindfulness, 1989.
A series of essays that describe in simple language, and raise a number of intriguing questions about the difference between “mindful” and “mindless” activity, and exploring what that difference could mean to the way we work and live.

Langer, Ellen J. On Becoming An Artist — Reinventing Yourself Through Mindful Creativity, 2005.
How mindful creativity can change your life through producing joy, providing a window into ones self and revealing a pathway to discovering others.

Leonard, George; Mastery — The Keys to Success and Long-Term Fulfillment, 1992.
How a Zen and Aikido master intertwines the physical and spiritual to promote attainment of one’s full potential.

Loehr, Jim and Schwartz, Tony, The Power of Full Engagement – Managing Energy, Not Time, is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal, 2003.
Useful tips from a program that was designed to enhance the performance of professional athletes and now helps executives create and balance energy.

Maurer, Ph.D., Robert, One Small Step Can Change Your Life - The Kaisen Way, 2004.
An introduction to the Kaizen approach to management, illustrating how many small steps can result in continuous improvement, and ultimately in great change.

Maurine, Camille and Lorin Roche, Ph.D.; Meditation 24/7, 2004.
Techniques to enjoy the values of meditation despite a schedule that makes traditional meditation impossible.

Maxwell, John C.; The 360 Degree Leader, 2005.
Succinct principals for practicing leadership where ever you are in your organization.

Mindell, Phyllis, Ed.D., How to Say It for Women: Communicating With Confidence and Power, Using the Language of Success, 2001.
How women may undercut their own success by using the wrong words or gestures creating an impression of uncertainty, and how to change that.

Morgenstern, Julie, Organizing from the Inside Out – The Foolproof System for Organizing Your Home, Your Office, and Your Life, 1998.
Clutter can waste your time, drain your energy, repel your friends and colleagues, and keep you bogged down, so create environments that enable you to live, work and relax exactly as you want to.

Pink, Daniel H.; A Whole New Mind, 2005.
A compelling suggestion that we are in transition from the Information Age to the Conceptual Age, one in which creative capabilities will rival analytical skills in importance and one for which we must prepare by evolving our own creative capacities.

Pink, Daniel H.; Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, 2009.
A fascinating exploration of why the best way to motivate ourselves and others is to address the human need for self-direction, competence and purpose.

Pollan, Stephen M., and Levine, Mark, Second Acts – Creating the life you really want, building the career you truly desire, 2003.
Reinventing your life, regardless of your age or career phase, by putting your dream into words which become your new Mission Statement.

Post, Peggy, Emily Post’s Etiquette, 17th Edition, 2004.
Like the original 1922 edition, the book offers advice on how to manage formal situations, like weddings and dinner with the boss, but also goes much further, however, to address common concerns of today’s world, like handling rudeness, road rage, life on the internet and office gossip.

Rath, Tom and Clifton, Ph.D., Donald O., How Full is Your Bucket? -- Positive Strategies for Work and Life, 2004.
Simple strategies for “bucket filling,” — for creating positive moments at work and in life whether you are seeking more clients, a broader circle of friends, or a happier family.

Robey, Dan, The Power of Positive Habits, 2003.
Hints for creating 81 specific habits that collectively could help you to "reach all the goals in your life automatically."

Rosenthal, Norman E. MD; Winter Blues, Revised Edition, 2006.
The winter-time blues is real — Seasonal Affective Disorder exists and can be controlled.

Sandberg, Sheryl, Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead

Seligman, Martin E. P., Ph.D.; Learned Optimism — How to Change Your Mind and Your Life and Authentic Happiness — Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment, 1990 and 2002.
A re-exploration of the true power of positive thinking with the psychologist whose 5 year old daughter told him “If I can stop whining, you can stop being a grouch.”

Seligman, Martin E. P.; Authentic Happiness, 2003.
How individuals, organizations and even nations can rise above crisis and misfortune by cultivating the nurturing traits that are a part of the natural ethos; kindness, humor and optimism.

Smith, Hyrum W., The 10 Natural Laws of Successful Time and Life Management, 1994.
One of many books providing an exploration of ways to get better control of your schedule.

Tracy, Brian; Eat That Frog!, 2001.
Tackling the most difficult task before you first thing can improve your performance the rest of the day.

Trafford, Abigail, MyTime – Making the Most of the Rest of Your Life, 2004.
How to approach an entirely new development stage in our life cycle made possible by bonus decades of good health and vitality.

Ursiny, Tim; The Coward’s Guide to Conflict — Empowering Solutions for Those Who Would Rather Run Than Fight, 2003.
Ursiny says that conflict can be a good, and offers exercises to help you manage it.

Wheeler, Claire Michaels, MD, Ph.D.; 10 Simple Solutions to Stress, 2007.
Managing stress is increasingly important to personal and professional wellbeing and new medical insights are increasing the tools available to help us overcome stress.

Whitmore, Jacqueline; Business Class, 2005.
Proper etiquette in the technologically sophisticated provides powerful, practical and profitable skills that can help you get a job, keep it and succeed at it.

Dr. Wiseman, Richard; The Luck Factor, 2003.
Do we really make our own luck? Richard Wiseman thinks so and offers ways to do it.

Winston, Stephanie, Organized for Success, 2004.
Interviews with successful executives about the time management and organization processes that helped them achieve success.

Zander, Benjamin and Zander, Rosamund Stone, The Art of Possibility, 2002
A how-to manual for changing your perspective, becoming more centered and sailing “into a vast universe of possibility,” from the differing points of view of an orchestra conductor and a family therapist.

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