Books to Educate & Inspire!

Reading can be a powerful way to learn new ideas and concepts from some of the best thought leaders out there.  It can also be a way to slow down and take some time for yourself.  ​

Below are a list of books that I have found helpful or insightful.  I've added hyperlinks to Amazon if you would like more information and included their littel description to give you more information.

 

fWe may use some of these in our work together, but I would invite you to explore any that interest you!  If you have suggestions to add to the list, please email info@innovations-consulting.com and we'll be happy to do so!

Books

2 Second Lean by Paul A. Akers

It's a practical way to improve your life every day by making a simple two-second improvement. Join author, business expert, radio show host, and international speaker Paul A Akers, as he takes you on a LEAN journey that will transform every aspect your life - from your home to the office.

The 3x5 Coach by Dave Baney

Whether you’re an executive officer, a department manager, or a shift supervisor, you have a clear understanding of your team members’ top accountabilities. Without clear communication, your team may not share that understanding. They may have entirely different views on their job responsibilities and even why they’re getting paid. This disconnect between managerial and staff opinions can devastate productivity, performance, and team morale. In The 3 x 5 Coach, market strategist and leadership expert Dave Baney offers a simple, direct solution to this problem.

Braving the Wilderness by Brene' Brown

“True belonging doesn’t require us to change who we are. It requires us to be who we are.” Social scientist Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW, has sparked a global conversation about the experiences that bring meaning to our lives—experiences of courage, vulnerability, love, belonging, shame, and empathy. In Braving the Wilderness, Brown redefines what it means to truly belong in an age of increased polarization. With her trademark mix of research, storytelling, and honesty, Brown will again change the cultural conversation while mapping a clear path to true belonging.

Dare to Lead by Brene' Brown

Leadership is not about titles, status, and wielding power. A leader is anyone who takes responsibility for recognizing the potential in people and ideas and has the courage to develop that potential.  

When we dare to lead, we don't pretend to have the right answers; we stay curious and ask the right questions. We don't see power as finite and hoard it; we know that power becomes infinite when we share it with others. We don't avoid difficult conversations and situations; we lean into vulnerability when it's necessary to do good work.  

The Hero Effect by Kevin Brown

HEROES ARE EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE WHO CHOOSE NOT TO BE ORDINARY! The world needs people who lead, love, and serve at a higher level. People who help us dream big dreams, achieve great things, and leave us better than they found us. People who exceed expectations and defy comparison. Those who make even the harshest critics stop in their tracks and admire the work. The Hero Effect™ is a personal revelation that also holds profound implications for business. The Hero Effect is an insightful narrative that challenges conventional thinking and reveals a brand-new paradigm in the world of everyday heroes.

High Performance Habits by Brendan Burchard

To become a high performer, you must seek clarity, generate energy, raise necessity, increase productivity, develop influence, and demonstrate courage. This book is about the art and science of how to practice these proven habits. If you do adopt any new habits to succeed faster, choose the habits in this book. Anyone can practice these habits and, when they do, extraordinary things happen in their lives, relationships, and careers. Whether you want to get more done, lead others better, develop skill faster, or dramatically increase your sense of joy and confidence, the habits in this book will help you achieve it. 

Smart Tribes by Christine Comaford

All leaders want to outperform, outsell, and outin­novate the competition. And most teams are fully capable of doing so. The problem: we consistently say and do things that spark unconscious fears and keep our people stuck in their Critter State. This primitive fight, flight, or freeze mode distills all decision mak­ing to one question: What will keep me safest? 
Lying low, sucking up, procrastinating, and doing a good enough job may keep employees breathing, but it doesn’t make for vital organizations. Leaders have to get their people unstuck and fully engaged, replacing their old, limiting mental patterns with new patterns that foster optimal performance.

The Customer Service Revolution by John R. DiJulius III

In The Customer Service Revolution, DiJulius points out how numerous companies have made Customer service their biggest competitive advantage, are dominating their industries, and have made price irrelevant. As a result of this Customer service revolution, people are being treated differently, better, and in a way like never before. This is a result of how companies and management are treating their employees and how employees are treating each other and the Customer--which ultimately permeates into people's personal lives at home and in their communities

Uncommon Candor by Nancy Eberhardt

IN BUSINESS AND IN LIFE: THE SHORTEST DISTANCE BETWEEN TWO POINTS IS STRAIGHT TALK! Candor doesn’t necessarily come naturally. It requires practice, but one can learn the behaviors and authentic ways of speaking that tap into the power of candor. With her executive experience, Nancy knows how to help people build success from the inside out. She coaches them to understand their passions, identify a vision, and follow through with velocity. If you feel you are working harder than ever but falling short on your desired results, Uncommon Candor will give you a fresh and nononsense approach for moving the needle. Strategic thinking and execution planning only work when leaders talk straight about what is working and what is not

Inspiration Deficit Discorder by Jonathan H. Ellerby, Ph.D.

Envision your health, your relationships, and your work . . . all fueled by a sense of vitality and freedom. In this practical, easy-to-read book, you’ll learn simple steps that have already helped thousands of people from all walks of life discover the incredible energy and daily peace they were born to experience. It’s not about giving you other people’s answers; it’s about helping you find your own, and having the tools to put them into action. Learn why an inspired life is critical to your health and happiness.

who's got your back by Keith Ferrazzi

Disregard the myth of the lone professional “superman” and the rest of our culture’s go-it alone mentality. The real path to success in your work and in your life is through creating an inner circle of “lifeline relationships” – deep, close relationships with a few key trusted individuals who will offer the encouragement, feedback, and generous mutual support every one of us needs to reach our full potential. Whether your dream is to lead a company, be a top producer in your field, overcome the self-destructive habits that hold you back, lose weight or make a difference in the larger world, Who’s Got Your Back will give you the roadmap you’ve been looking for to achieve the success you deserve.

never eat alone by Keith Ferrazzi

In Never Eat Alone, Ferrazzi lays out the specific steps—and inner mindset—he uses to reach out to connect with the thousands of colleagues, friends, and associates on his contacts list, people he has helped and who have helped him. And in the time since Never Eat Alone was published in 2005, the rise of social media and new, collaborative management styles have only made Ferrazzi’s advice more essential for anyone hoping to get ahead in business.

From Debbie Ford, the author whose inspiring words have helped millions of readers, Courage has the power to change your life. A tried-and-tested, process-driven approach to conquering our fears, accepting our flaws, and tapping into our potential, Courage will help readers discover the confidence they need to accomplish anything.

Courage by Debbie Ford

The Answes Are Within You by Debbie Ford

This story, a collection of self-limiting beliefs, manufactures a false self and casts a shadow that prevents us from achieving success in many areas of our lives. As she explains, "the key is to stop chasing the feel-good moments and make peace with our stories so we can understand, accept, and embrace everything in the past that has caused us pain." When we find the courage to look into our painful stories, and embrace them for both the losses as well as the gains we have experienced, we can then open to the divine plan for our lives.

The corporate world is filled with executives, men and women who have worked hard for years to reach the upper levels of management. They’re intelligent, skilled, and even charismatic. But only a handful of them will ever reach the pinnacle -- and as executive coach Marshall Goldsmith shows in this book, subtle nuances make all the difference. These are small "transactional flaws" performed by one person against another (as simple as not saying thank you enough), which lead to negative perceptions that can hold any executive back. Using Goldsmith’s straightforward, jargon-free advice, it’s amazingly easy behavior to change.

 Let's face it: we all know people who are downright irrational. No matter how hard you try to reason with them, it never works. So what's the solution? How do you talk to someone who just won't listen? What can you do with an unrealistic boss, an angry spouse, or an overly emotional friend? You can't win by ignoring the insanity-and you can't argue it away. But you can stop it cold. 

Finding & Keeping Love by Harville Hendrix PhD

Whether you're still looking for that special person or you're already in a committed relationship, here is a program to help you better understand yourself, your partner, and the vital ingredients for deep and lasting love. The Imago Approach: Understand Love at Its Deepest Level. What causes us to fall in love? Although you may have a conscious idea of the traits you're attracted to, Harville Hendrix teaches that there is an even more powerful force in the subconscious mind that defines your ideal partner: the "Imago."

Love 'Em or Lose 'Em by Beverly Kaye & Sharon Jordon-Evans

 Let's face it: we all know people who are downright irrational. No matter how hard you try to reason with them, it never works. So what's the solution? How do you talk to someone who just won't listen? What can you do with an unrealistic boss, an angry spouse, or an overly emotional friend? You can't win by ignoring the insanity-and you can't argue it away. But you can stop it cold. 

Lead Yourself First by Raymond M. Kethledge & Michael S. Erwin

To find solitude today, a leader must make a conscious effort. This book explains why the effort is worthwhile and how to make it. Through gripping historical accounts and firsthand interviews with a wide range of contemporary leaders, Raymond Kethledge (a federal court of appeals judge) and Michael Erwin (a West Pointer and three-tour combat veteran) show how solitude can enhance clarity, spur creativity, sustain emotional balance, and generate the moral courage necessary to overcome adversity and criticism. Anyone who leads anyone--including oneself--can benefit from solitude.

Permission to Screw Up by Kristen Hadeed

This is the story of how Kristen Hadeed built Student Maid, a cleaning company where people are happy, loyal, productive, and empowered, even while they’re mopping floors and scrubbing toilets. It’s the story of how she went from being an almost comically inept leader to a sought-after CEO who teaches others how to lead.

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni

In The Five Dysfunctions of a Team Patrick Lencioni once again offers a leadership fable that is as enthralling and instructive as his first two best-selling books, The Five Temptations of a CEO and The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive. This time, he turns his keen intellect and storytelling power to the fascinating, complex world of teams.

Building a Storybrand by Donald Miller

Whether you are the marketing director of a multibillion-dollar company, the owner of a small business, a politician running for office, or the lead singer of a rock band, Building a StoryBrand will forever transform the way you talk about who you are, what you do, and the unique value you bring to your customers.

Dodging Energy Vampires by Christiane Northrup, M.D. 

Highly sensitive people—or empaths—see life through the eyes of compassion and caring. They were born that way. As a result, they carry a tremendous amount of inner light. But they’re also the favored prey of "vampires" who feed off empaths’ energy and disrupt their lives on every level—physical, emotional, and financial.In Dodging Energy Vampires, Christiane Northrup, M.D., draws on the latest research in this exciting new field, along with stories from her global community and her own life, to explore the phenomenon of energy vampires and show us how we can spot them, dodge their tactics, and take back our own energy.

Making Life Easy by Christiane Northrup, M.D. 

Making life flow with ease, and truly feeling your best, is about far more than physical health; it’s also about having a healthy emotional life and a robust spiritual life. When you view your physical well-being in isolation, life can become a constant battle to make your body "behave." When you acknowledge the deep connection between your beliefs and your biology and start to tune in to the Divine part of yourself, it’s a whole new ballgame—and the first step in truly making your life easy.

The Empath's Survival Guide by Judith Orloff MD

What is the difference between having empathy and being an empath? "Having empathy means our heart goes out to another person in joy or pain," says Judith Orloff, MD. "But for empaths it goes much further. We actually feel others’ emotions, energy, and physical symptoms in our own bodies, without the usual defenses that most people have." With The Empath’s Survival Guide, Dr. Orloff offers a practical tool set to help sensitive people develop healthy coping mechanisms in our high-stimulus world―while fully embracing the empath’s gifts of intuition, compassion, creativity, and spiritual connection.

 A Hidden Wholeness by Parker J. Palmer

Mapping an inner journey that we take in solitude and in the company of others, Palmer describes a form of community that fits the limits of our active lives. Defining a “circle of trust” as “a space between us that honors the soul,” he shows how people in settings ranging from friendship to organizational life can support each other on the journey toward living “divided no more.”

The Art of Extreme Self-Care by Cheryl Richardson

This updated edition of Cheryl's best-selling handbook The Art of Extreme Self-Care brings her message home to readers in a fresh and compelling way. Her practical, action-oriented program outlines 12 strategies to transform your life one month at a time, each one challenging you to alter one behavior that's blocking your path. 

Take Time for Your Life by Cheryl Richardson

America's #1 personal coach offers an inspiring, practical, seven-step program to help you create the life you want.  Packed with useful exercises, checklists, personal stories, and a wealth of resources, Cheryl Richardson's program will show you how to step back, regain control, and make conscious decisions about the future you'd like to create. Take time for your life--and begin living a life that you love.

With a practical, warm, and welcoming approach, intuitive life and business coach Kerri Richardson guides you to accept your clutter as a natural manifestation of your mind, body, and spirit looking out for yourself. It is your soul calling out for you invest in self-care and to face the fears holding you back from being your best self. Richardson dives into the most common categories of physical clutter and provides efficient and effective steps for clearing the space for your physical, mental, and spiritual well-being to flourish. But more than house and home, Richardson encourages you to clear out the clutter of relationships and habits that have been occupying your time and energy for too long.

Employees want to know how they are performing and they crave real, honest feedback. For many leaders, the idea of telling someone that they are behaving inappropriately or failing at their job can be overwhelming. How do you know the right words to use or the best time to deliver your message? Honest and direct performance feedback is the key to building trust between you and your team and the best way to drive results.

In Sheep's Clothing by Dr. George K. Simon Ph.D.

Dr. George Simon knows how people push your buttons.  Your children--especially teens--are expert at it, as is your mate.  A co-worker may quietly undermine your efforts while professing to be helpful, or your boss may prey on your weaknesses.  Manipulative people have two goals: to win and to look good doing it.  Often those they abuse are only vaguely aware of what is happening to them.

The Infinite Game by Simon Sinek

How do we win a game that has no end? Finite games, like football or chess, have known players, fixed rules and a clear endpoint. The winners and losers are easily identified. Infinite games, games with no finish line, like business or politics, or life itself, have players who come and go. The rules of an infinite game are changeable while infinite games have no defined endpoint. There are no winners or losers—only ahead and behind.

Start With Why by Simon Sinek

 Sinek starts with a fundamental question: Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty from customers and employees alike? Even among the successful, why are so few able to repeat their success over and over?

The Work of Leaders by Julie Straw, Mark Scullard et al

The culmination of six years of research and development, The Work of Leaders presents a simple structure that neatly captures the complexity of contemporary leadership. The goal of this book is to make this wealth of leadership insight accessible to anyone who wants better results as a leader.

The work that leaders do—the work that really matters—is boiled down to three areas: crafting a vision, building alignment, and championing execution. Vision, Alignment, and Execution are "magic words." They strike a chord that turns the goal of leadership into tangible steps.

The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout

We are accustomed to think of sociopaths as violent criminals, but in The Sociopath Next Door, Harvard psychologist Martha Stout reveals that a shocking 4 percent of ordinary people—one in twenty-five—has an often undetected mental disorder, the chief symptom of which is that that person possesses no conscience. He or she has no ability whatsoever to feel shame, guilt, or remorse. One in twenty-five everyday Americans, therefore, is secretly a sociopath. They could be your colleague, your neighbor, even family. And they can do literally anything at all and feel absolutely no guilt.

The Path Made Clear by Oprah Winfrey

Everyone has a purpose. And, according to Oprah Winfrey, “Your real job in life is to figure out as soon as possible what that is, who you are meant to be, and begin to honor your calling in the best way possible.”

That journey starts right here.

What I Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey

 Organized by theme - joy, resilience, connection, gratitude, possibility, awe, clarity, and power - these essays offer a rare and powerful glimpse into the mind of one of the world's most extraordinary women. Candid, moving, exhilarating, uplifting, and dynamic, the words Oprah shares in What I Know for Sure shimmer with the sort of wisdom and truth that listeners will turn to again and again.