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Janet’s Favorite Books


Enlightened Leadership: Getting to the Heart of Change.  Ed Oakley and Doug Krug.  A wonderful leadership book, especially for implementing change.

Leadership Made Simple.  Doug Oakley and Doug Krug.  A great model for leading groups and teams using important questions.

First, Break All the Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently.  Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman.  Required reading for my manager clients.

Leadership and The New Science.Margaret Wheatley.  An eloquent classic.

Turning to One Another: Simple Conversations to Restore Hope to the Future.  Margaret J. Wheatley.  Anything she writes is superb grist for the leadership mill.

The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life.  Rosamund Zander and Benjamin Zander. 
A truly inspiring read from the unique perspective of an orchestra conductor.

Stewardship: Choosing Service Over Self-interest. 
Peter Block.  Another of my favorite books on leadership. 

Now, Discover Your Strengths.  Marcus Buckingham & Donald O. Clifton.  A great book from those Gallup folks on the power of focusing on the strengths of your employees, not their weaknesses.

Fierce Leadership.  Susan Scott.  Should be required reading for any business owner or manager.  Discover the worst “best practices” in any organization.

What Got You Here Won’t Get You There: How Successful People Become Even more Successful.  Marshall Goldsmith.  Written by the top executive coach in the country – another “must-read” for executives!


Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most.  Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton of the Harvard Negotiation Project. Practical, hands-on tools for handling those courageous, scary conversations at home and at work.

Crucial Conversations.  Patterson, Grenny, McMillian, Switzler.  Communication model for talking when the stakes are high.  One of the best in the field.

Crucial Confrontations.  Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler.  Concrete communication tools for resolving broken promises, violated expectations and bad behavior.

Getting Together: Building Relationships As We Negotiate.  Roger Fisher and Scott Brown of the Harvard Negotiation Project.

Okay, I love everything these folks write!  This book expands on their book Getting to Yes – the best book on negotiation. 

Fierce Conversations: Achieving Success at Work and In Life, One Conversation at a Time.   Susan Scott.  A powerful, pragmatic book that focuses on creating authentic, real dialogue and exploring issues.

Speak Peace In A World Of Conflict.  Marshall B. Rosenberg.  How to use non-violent communication in all areas of your life.

Business Owners:

The E-Myth Revisited. 
Michael Gerber.  A classic must-read for any business owner. 

Selling the Invisible.  
Harry Beckwith.  A must-read for anyone in a service business.

The Answer: Grow Any Business, Achieve Financial Freedom and Live an Extraordinary Life.  John Assaraf and Murray Smith.  How to use your mind and imagination to start and grow your business.

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity.  David Allen.  A classic and the best book on managing your time and energy to be productive.

Peak: How Great Companies Get Their Mojo from Maslow.  Chip Conley.  A successful model for meeting the needs of employees and customers.


A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future.  Daniel Pink.

Career Renegade: How To Make A Great Living Doing What You Love.  Jonathan Fields.

Crossing the Unknown Sea: Work as a Pilgrimage of Identity.  David Whyte.  Actually, ANY book by David Whyte, Fortune 500 consultant and poet.

Secrets of the Millionaire Mind: Mastering the Inner Game of Wealth.  T. Harv Eker.

The Four Agreements:  A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom.  Don Miguel Ruiz.

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