Suggested Reading
New Suggestions

Influence, The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B. Cialdini, PhD.
This book is an oldie, but new to me. Mr. Cialdini originally did three years of participant observation. Though there are thousands of tactics to get to yes, the majority fall into six major categories. It helps me understand why I buy so many boxes of cookies and wrapping paper!

Crucial Confrontations by Kerry Patterson byJoseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler
My favorite takeaway from this book is challenging (in a good way) each of us to view the situation from the other person’s point of view. “Why would a reasonable, rationale and decent person do that?” I think of this question every time before I speak to our home builder.

How She Does It: How Women Entrepreneurs Are Changing the Rules of Business Success by Margaret Heffernan
This book highlights stories of women who have succeeded ‘their way” in starting successful businesses. Heffernan identifies patterns that are different from some of the traditional masculine leadership styles. These leadership skills have nothing to do with gender, but everthing to do with successfully understanding how to succeed.

Categories of Reading List





Organization Effectiveness

Personal Mastery

Personal Development



·  The Extraordinary Leader: Turning Good Managers into GreatLeadersby John H. Zenger

  • The Leadership Challenge by James M. Kouzes & Barry S. Posner
  • Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies by James C. Collins and Jerry I. Porras
  • The Leadership Pipeline: How to Build the Leadership Powered Company by Ram Charan, Stephen Drotter and James Noel

·   Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box by The Arbinger Institute

·  Leadership from the Inside Out: Becoming a Leader for Life by Kevin Cashman 

·   Leadership Is an Art by Max DePree

·  Authentic Leadership: Rediscovering the Secrets to Creating Lasting Value by Bill George


  • First, Break All the Rules by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman
  • Good to Great by Jim Collins
  • Management Challenges for the 21st Century by Peter F. Drucker
  • Leading Change by John P. Kotter
  • Love ‘Em or Lose Emby Beverly Kaye and Sharon Jordan-Evans
  • Now Discover YourStrengths by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton
  • Managing Transitions: Making the Most of Change by William Bridges


  • The Wisdom of Teams by Katzenbach & Smith
  • Teamwork: We Have Met the Enemy and They Are Us by Matt Starcevich and Steven Stowell


·     Crucial Confrontations by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler

·      Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most by Douglas Stone, Bruce Stone and Sheila Heen

·     Straight Talk by Eric F. Douglas

  • Dialogue -- Rediscover the Transforming Power of Conversation by Linda Ellinor and Glenna Gerard
  • Fierce Conversations by Susan Scott
  • Turning to One Another by Margaret J. Wheatley

 "Organizational Effectiveness"    

  • In the Middle by Barry Oshry
  • Winning in Fast Time: Harness the Competitive Advantage of Prometheus in Business and Life by John A. Warden III and Leland A. Russell
  • The Human Equation: Building Profits by Putting People First by Jeffrey Pfeffer
  • Working with Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman
  • The Inner Game of Work by Thomas Gallwey
  • The Fifth Discipline Fieldbookby Peter Senge et al.

 "Personal Mastery"

·  Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More than IQ by Daniel Goleman

· The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People by Stephen Covey

 "Personal Development"

  • Soul without Shame by Byron Brown
  • Loving What Is by Byron Katie


  • Influence, The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B. Cialdini, PhD.