Bookshelf

I have compiled this virtual book shelf of books that have either changed my life, changed the way I think or confirmed the way I think.  I want to share this valuable resource with you and if you have any to share, please e-mail me so that I can add it to the shelf to share.

The Art of WarThe War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield ~ Amazon

Bestselling novelist Steven Pressfield identif ies the enemy that every one of us must face, outlines a battle plan to conquer this internal foe, then pinpoints just how to achieve the greatest success. The War of Art emphasizes the resolve needed to recognize and overcome the obstacles of ambition and then effectively shows how to reach the highest level of creative discipline.

The Black SwanThe Black Swan:The Impact of the Highly Improbable Fragility by Nassim Nicholas Taleb ~ Amazon

A black swan is a highly improbable event with three principal characteristics: It is unpredictable; it carries a massive impact; and, after the fact, we concoct an explanation that makes it appear less random, and more predictable, than it was. The astonishing success of Google was a black swan; so was 9/11. For Nassim Nicholas Taleb, black swans underlie almost everything about our world, from the rise of religions to events in our own personal lives.

The Big ShortThe Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis ~ Awazon

The real story of the crash began in bizarre feeder markets where the sun doesn’t shine and the SEC doesn’t dare, or bother, to tread: the bond and real estate derivative markets where geeks invent impenetrable securities to profit from the misery of lower–and middle–class Americans who can’t pay their debts. The smart people who understood what was or might be happening were paralyzed by hope and fear; in any case, they weren’t talking.

 

The Power to ConnectThe Power To Connect: Creating Communication That Gets Results by Teresa Easler and Chuck Easler ~ Amazon

Today our senses are bombarded with more information than at any other time in history. And we have less time to filter and evaluate the information we receive. You are at the center of this tornado, trying to communicate. How can you break through the clutter to deliver your message? The Power to Connect is a no-nonsense, insightful look at human communication that gives you the keys to design and deliver powerful communication that gets results. The Power to Connect is for everyone—whether you’re in marketing, medicine, government, financial services or software.

The Rise of SupermanThe Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance by Steve Kotler ~ Amazon

In this groundbreaking book, New York Times–bestselling author Steven Kotler decodes the mystery of ultimate human performance. Drawing on over a decade of research and first-hand reporting with dozens of top action and adventure sports athletes like big wave legend Laird Hamilton, big mountain snowboarder Jeremy Jones, and skateboarding pioneer Danny Way, Kotler explores the frontier science of “flow,” an optimal state of consciousness in which we perform and feel our best.

Life in Half a SecondLife in Half a Second: How to Achieve Success Before it’s too Late by Matthew Michalewicz ~ Amazon

Truthful and hard hitting, Life in Half a Second is the first “fact-based” formula for achieving success in life and business. Proven through thousands of studies and decades of research, it presents the five doors you must walk through to achieve success in your career, business, or personal life.

The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business is Selling Less of MoreThe Long Tail: Why the Future of Business is Selling Less of More by Chris Anderson ~ Amazon

“The Long Tail” is a powerful new force in our economy: the rise of the niche. As the cost of reaching consumers drops dramatically, our markets are shifting from a one-size-fits-all model of mass appeal to one of unlimited variety for unique tastes. From supermarket shelves to advertising agencies, the ability to offer vast choice is changing everything, and causing us to rethink where our markets lie and how to get to them. Unlimited selection is revealing truths about what consumers want and how they want to get it, from DVDs at Netflix to songs on iTunes to advertising on Google.

A Whole New MindA Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the World by Daniel H. Pink~Amazon

The future belongs to a different kind of person with a different kind of mind: artists, inventors, storytellers-creative and holistic “right-brain” thinkers whose abilities mark the fault line between who gets ahead and who doesn’t. Drawing on research from around the world, Pink (author of To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Motivating Others) outlines the six fundamentally human abilities that are absolute essentials for professional success and personal fulfillment–and reveals how to master them. A Whole New Mind takes readers to a daring new place, and a provocative and necessary new way of thinking about a future that’s already here.

The Power of WhyThe Power of Why by C. Richard Weylman~Amazon

Does your competitor always get the sale, even though your products and service are just as good, if not better? Why are some companies’ once-trusted brands now deemed worthless? Do you have to continually sell to your existing customers as though they are brand new ones? After many years of diligent research and work with a wide range of clients, consultant and speaker C. Richard Weylman has the answer to these questions.

The 4-Hour WorkweekThe 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss~Amazon

Forget the old concept of retirement and the rest of the deferred-life plan–there is no need to wait and every reason not to, especially in unpredictable economic times. Whether your dream is escaping the rat race, experiencing high-end world travel, earning a monthly five-figure income with zero management, or just living more and working less, The 4-Hour Workweek is the blueprint.

AbundanceAbundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think by Pete Diamandis and Steven Kotler~Amazon

We will soon be able to meet and exceed the basic needs of every man, woman and child on the planet. Abundance for all is within our grasp. This bold, contrarian view, backed up by exhaustive research, introduces our near-term future, where exponentially growing technologies and three other powerful forces are conspiring to better the lives of billions.

Cultivating The Middle Class MillionaireCultivating the Middle-class Millionaire by David A. Geracioti and Russ Alan Prince ~ Amazon

Financial advice for wealthy clients about their financial managers business decisions that affect them.

 

Start With WhyStart With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone To Take Action by Simon Sinek ~ Amazon

Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty? In studying the leaders who’ve had the greatest influence in the world, Simon Sinek discovered that they all think, act, and communicate in the exact same way-and it’s the complete opposite of what everyone else does. People like Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, and the Wright Brothers might have little in common, but they all started with why.

David and GoliathDavid and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell ~ Amazon

Three thousand years ago on a battlefield in ancient Palestine, a shepherd boy felled a mighty warrior with nothing more than a stone and a sling, and ever since then the names of David and Goliath have stood for battles between underdogs and giants. David’s victory was improbable and miraculous. He shouldn’t have won. Or should he have?

 

Wired to CareWire To Care by Dev Patnaik ~ Amazon

In this essential and illuminating book, top business strategist Dev Patnaik tells the story of how organizations of all kinds prosper when they tap into a power each of us already has: empathy, the ability to reach outside of ourselves and connect with other people. When people inside a company develop a shared sense of what’s going on in the world, they see new opportunities faster than their competitors. They have the courage to take a risk on something new. And they have the gut-level certitude to stick with an idea that doesn’t take off right away. People are “Wired to Care,” and many of the world’s best organizations are, too.

 

Tribes by Seth GodinTribes by Seth Godin ~ Amazon

A tribe is any group of people, large or small, who are connected to one another, a leader, and an idea. For millions of years, humans have been seeking out tribes, be they religious, ethnic, economic, political, or even musical (think of the Deadheads). It?s our nature. Now the Internet has eliminated the barriers of geography, cost, and time. All those blogs and social networking sites are helping existing tribes get bigger. But more important, they?re enabling countless new tribes to be born?groups of ten or ten thousand or ten million who care about their iPhones, or a political campaign, or a new way to fight global warming.

 

The Wisdom of CrowdsThe Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowiecki ~ Amazon

In this fascinating book, New Yorker business columnist James Surowiecki explores a deceptively simple idea: Large groups of people are smarter than an elite few, no matter how brilliant–better at solving problems, fostering innovation, coming to wise decisions, even predicting the future. With boundless erudition and in delightfully clear prose, Surowiecki ranges across fields as diverse as popular culture, psychology, ant biology, behavioral economics, artificial intelligence, military history, and politics to show how this simple idea offers important lessons for how we live our lives, select our leaders, run our companies, and think about our world.

 

 

Good to GreatGood to Great by Jim Collins ~ Amazon

The Challenge:
Built to Last, the defining management study of the nineties, showed how great companies triumph over time and how long-term sustained performance can be engineered into the DNA of an enterprise from the verybeginning.

But what about the company that is not born with great DNA? How can good companies, mediocre companies, even bad companies achieve enduring greatness?

The Study:
For years, this question preyed on the mind of Jim Collins. Are there companies that defy gravity and convert long-term mediocrity or worse into long-term superiority? And if so, what are the universal distinguishing characteristics that cause a company to go from good to great?

Small GiantsSmall Giants by Bo Burlingham ~ Amazon

In Small Giants, veteran journalist Bo Burlingham takes us deep inside fourteen remarkable companies that have chosen to march to their own drummer. Burlingham shows how the leaders of these small giants recognized the full range of choices they had about the type of company they could create. And he shows how we can all benefit by questioning the usual definitions of business success.

 

 

Getting Naked by Patrick LencioniGetting Naked by Patrick Lencioni ~ Amazon

  • Offers a key resource for gaining competitive advantage in tough times
  • Shows why the quality of vulnerability is so important in business
  • Includes ideas for inspiring customer and client loyalty
  • Written by the highly successful consultant and business writer Patrick Lencioni

This new book in the popular Lencioni series shows what it takes to gain a real and lasting competitive edge.

 

What Clients Love: A Field Guide to Growing Your Business by Harry BeckwithWhat Clients Love: A Field Guide to Growing Your Business by Harry Beckwith ~ Amazon

What Clients Love will help you stand out from the crowd-and sell anything to anyone. From making a pitch to building a brand, from designing a logo to closing a sale, this is a field guide to take with you to the front lines of today’s business battles. Filled with real tales of success and failure, it shows you how to: * Fly a Jefferson Airplane. Everyone knows there’s a Jefferson Monument, but a Jefferson Airplane? A brilliant, attention-grabbing name often includes the unexpected and the absurd. * Strike with a Velvet Sledgehammer. It’s not a hard sell. It’s not exactly soft. Selling well means finding the fine line between modesty and bragging, and driving the message home.

 

Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua FoerMoonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything by Joshua Foer ~ Amazon

An instant bestseller that is poised to become a classic, Moonwalking with Einstein recounts Joshua Foer’s yearlong quest to improve his memory under the tutelage of top “mental athletes.” He draws on cutting-edge research, a surprising cultural history of remembering, and venerable tricks of the mentalist’s trade to transform our understanding of human memory. From the United States Memory Championship to deep within the author’s own mind, this is an electrifying work of journalism that reminds us that, in every way that matters, we are the sum of our memories.

 

Capitate Your Kids By Dr. John E. WhitcombCapitate Your Kids By Dr. John E. Whitcomb ~ Amazon

“Capitation” is a financial term used in the health-care field to describe a  contract in which doctors and hospitals are paid a fixed amount each month to  care for a population of patients. Humorous and realistic, this innovative book  applies the same concept to families, showing parents how to teach teens money  management by giving them control of the money they would normally spend on them  for school, fees, travel, clothing, and entertainment. Here is a step-by-step  plan for guiding parents painlessly through the process of teaching their  children financial responsibility: teens sign a contract detailing their  responsibilities, and within the parameters of this contract, parents agree not  to interfere with their fiscal choices.

 

Human Action by Ludwig von MisesHuman Action: A Treatise on Economics by Ludwig von Mises ~ Amazon

In the foreword to Human Action: A Treatise on Economics, Mises explains complex market phenomena as “the outcomes of countless conscious, purposive actions, choices, and preferences of individuals, each of whom was trying as best as he or she could under the circumstances to attain various wants and ends and to avoid undesired consequences.” It is individual choices in response to personal subjective value judgments that ultimately determine market phenomena—supply and demand, prices, the pattern of production, and even profits and losses. Although governments may presume to set “prices,” it is individuals who, by their actions and choices through competitive bidding for money, products, and services, actually determine “prices”. Thus, Mises presents economics—not as a study of material goods, services, and products—but as a study of human actions. He sees the science of human action, praxeology, as a science of reason and logic, which recognizes a regularity in the sequence and interrelationships among market phenomena. Mises defends the methodology of praxeology against the criticisms of Marxists, socialists, positivists, and mathematical statisticians.

The Rational OptimistThe Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves by Matt Ridley ~ Amazon

For two hundred years the pessimists have dominated public discourse, insisting that things will soon be getting much worse. But in fact, life is getting better—and at an accelerating rate. Food availability, income, and life span are up; disease, child mortality, and violence are down all across the globe. Africa is following Asia out of poverty; the Internet, the mobile phone, and container shipping are enriching people’s lives as never before. In his bold and bracing exploration into how human culture evolves positively through exchange and specialization, bestselling author Matt Ridley does more than describe how things are getting better. He explains why. An astute, refreshing, and revelatory work that covers the entire sweep of human history—from the Stone Age to the Internet—The Rational Optimist will change your way of thinking about the world for the better.

The Power of Habits: Why We Do What We Do in Life and BusinessThe Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg ~ Amazon

A young woman walks into a laboratory. Over the past two years, she has transformed almost every aspect of her life. She has quit smoking, run a marathon, and been promoted at work. The patterns inside her brain, neurologists discover, have fundamentally changed. Marketers at Procter & Gamble study videos of people making their beds. They are desperately trying to figure out how to sell a new product called Febreze, on track to be one of the biggest flops in company history. Suddenly, one of them detects a nearly imperceptible pattern—and with a slight shift in advertising, Febreze goes on to earn a billion dollars a year. An untested CEO takes over one of the largest companies in America. His first order of business is attacking a single pattern among his employees—how they approach worker safety—and soon the firm, Alcoa, becomes the top performer in the Dow Jones. What do all these people have in common? They achieved success by focusing on the patterns that shape every aspect of our lives.

 

True professionalism: The courage to care about your people, your clients and your careerTRUE PROFESSIONALISM : The Courage to Care About Your People, Your Clients, and Your Career by David H. Maister ~ Amazon

Professional firms are forever trying to get their people to act like professionals — to do the right things. Though their various incentives may create employee compliance, these don’t often encourage excellence. David Maister, the world’s premier consultant to professional service firms, vigorously challenges professionals to examine this essential, yet under-addressed question: What is true professionalism? His answer is clear: It is believing passionately in what you do, never compromising your standards and values, and caring about your clients, your people and your own career. In clear and compelling terms, Maister shows that this approach is not only ethical but also conducive to commercial success.

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm GladwellBlink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell ~ Amazon

Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant-in the blink of an eye-that actually aren’t as simple as they seem. Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept? Why do some people follow their instincts and win, while others end up stumbling into error? How do our brains really work-in the office, in the classroom, in the kitchen, and in the bedroom? And why are the best decisions often those that are impossible to explain to others?

 

Family: The Compact Among Generations by Jay HughesFamily: The Compact Among Generations by James E. Hughes Jr. ~ Amazon

Why do some families thrive for generations? What accounts for the sad deterioration that others experience? This book takes families and the professionals who serve them beyond the now widely accepted practices offered in Family Wealth and offers a view of Hughes’s panoramic insights into what makes families flourish and fail. It lays out the basis for the vision of family governance the author has been developing through his work and research. His advice addresses not only what to do but how to think about the complex issues of family governance, growth, and stability and the ongoing challenge of nurturing the happiness of each family member.

Great by ChoiceGreat by Choice by Jim Collins and Morten T. Hansen ~ Amazon

The new study Great by Choice distinguishes itself from Collins’s prior work by its focus not just on performance, but also on the type of unstable environments faced by leaders today. With a team of more than twenty researchers, Collins and Hansen studied companies that rose to greatness—beating their industry indexes by a minimum of ten times over fifteen years—in environments characterized by big forces and rapid shifts that leaders could not predict or control. The research team then contrasted these “10X companies” to a carefully selected set of comparison companies that failed to achieve greatness in similarly extreme environments.

 

think and grow rich by Napoleon HillThink and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill ~ Amazon

A must for anyone wanting to improve their lives and their positive thinking. There have been more millionaires and indeed, billionaires, who have made their fortunes as a result of reading this success classic than any other book every printed. NAPOLEON HILLS’s “Think and Grow Rich” is the authors most famous work. This is the COMPLETE Reference Book. A true masterpiece with the fundamentals of the Success philosophy.

 

mans search for meaning by viktor e. franklMan’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl ~ Amazon

When Beacon Press first published Man’s Search for Meaning in 1959, Carl Rogers called it “one of the outstanding contributions to psychological thought in the last fifty years.” In the thirty-three years since then, this book – at once a memoir, a self-help book, and a psychology manual – has become a classic that has sold more than three million copies in English language editions. Man’s Search for Meaning tells the chilling and inspirational story of eminent psychiatrist Viktor Frankl, who was imprisoned at Auschwitz and other concentration camps for three years during the Second World War. Immersed in great suffering and loss, Frankl began to wonder why some of his fellow prisoners were able not only to survive the horrifying conditions, but to grow in the process. Frankl’s conclusion – that the most basic human motivation is the will to meaning – became the basis of his groundbreaking psychological theory, logotherapy. As Nietzsche put it, “He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.”

 

support economy by Shoshana Zuboff and James MaxminThe Support Economy by Shoshana Zuboff and James Maxmin ~ Amazon

A dazzling blend of business vision, history, social psychology, and economics, The Support Economy starts with a compelling premise: People have changed more than the corporations upon which their well-being depends. In the chasm that now separates the new individuals from the old organizations is the opportunity to forge a capitalism suited to our times and so unleash a vast new potential for wealth creation.

 

 

strengths finder 2.0 by tom rathStrengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath ~ Amazon

Do you have the opportunity to do what you do best every day?  Chances are, you don’t. All too often, our natural talents go untapped. From the cradle to the cubicle, we devote more time to fixing our shortcomings than to developing our strengths.  To help people uncover their talents, Gallup introduced the first version of its online assessment, StrengthsFinder, in 2001 which ignited a global conversation and helped millions to discover their top five talents.  In its latest national bestseller, StrengthsFinder 2.0, Gallup unveils the new and improved version of its popular assessment, language of 34 themes, and much more (see below for details). While you can read this book in one sitting, you’ll use it as a reference for decades.

 

MBA of selling in the real world by harvey mackayThe Mackay MBA of Selling in the Real World by Harvey Mackay ~ Amazon

The legendary Harvey Mackay is back with the sum total of decades of sales know-how-teaching go-getters how to make the sale and hit the numbers, day in and day out. Covering everything from how to find the right mentor to earning the loyalty of your customers to overcoming rejection, Mackay delivers road-tested, real-world selling advice that has stood the test of time. In a digital world, the human touch has never been more decisive. And nobody connects with customers, readers, and audiences better than Harvey Mackay.

 

 

practice made perfect Mark Tibergien and Rebecca PomeringPractice Made Perfect by Mark C. Tibergien and Rebecca Pomering ~ Amazon

When financial advisers need guidance on running their business, they turn to Mark Tibergien, the most prominent, most respected authority and hands-on consultant on the science and practice of managing financial advisory firms. Together with Moss Adams colleague and principal Rebecca Pomering, they have combined their years of research and analysis to write the definitive book on the subject.

 

 

brain rules by John MedinaBrain Rules by John Medina ~ Amazon

See how the brain works while using it in the process of reading this book! Most of us have no idea what’s really going on inside our heads. Yet brain scientists have uncovered details every business leader, parent, and teacher should know – like that physical activity boosts your brain power.  How do we learn? What exactly do sleep and stress do to our brains? Why is multi-tasking a myth? Why is it so easy to forget – and so important to repeat new information? Is it true that men and women have different brains? In Brain Rules, Dr. John Medina, a molecular biologist, shares his lifelong interest in how the brain sciences might influence the way we teach our children and the way we work. In each chapter, he describes a brain rule – what scientists know for sure about how our brains work – and then offers transformative ideas for our daily lives.

switch by chip and dan healthSwitch by Chip and Dan Heath ~ Amazon

Why is it so hard to make lasting changes in our companies, in our communities, and in our own lives? The primary obstacle is a conflict that’s built into our brains, say Chip and Dan Heath, authors of the critically acclaimed bestseller Made to Stick. Psychologists have discovered that our minds are ruled by two different systems—the rational mind and the emotional mind—that compete for control. The rational mind wants a great beach body; the emotional mind wants that Oreo cookie. The rational mind wants to change something at work; the emotional mind loves the comfort of the existing routine. This tension can doom a change effort—but if it is overcome, change can come quickly.

 

design driven innovation by roberto vergantiDesign Driven Innovation by Roberto Verganti ~ Amazon

Until now, the literature on innovation has focused either on radical innovation pushed by technology or incremental innovation pulled by the market. In Design-Driven Innovation: How to Compete by Radically Innovating the Meaning of Products, Roberto Verganti introduces a third strategy, a radical shift in perspective that introduces a bold new way of competing. Design-driven innovations do not come from the market; they create new markets. They don’t push new technologies; they push new meanings.

 

 

built to lastBuilt to Last by Jim Collins and Jerry I. Porras ~ Amazon

“This is not a book about charismatic visionary leaders. It is not about visionary product concepts or visionary products or visionary market insights. Nor is it about just having a corporate vision. This is a book about something far more important, enduring, and substantial. This is a book about visionary companies.” So write Jim Collins and Jerry Porras in this groundbreaking book that shatters myths, provides new insights, and gives practical guidance to those who would like to build landmark companies that stand the test of time.

 

 

ultimate resource 2The Ultimate Resource 2 by Julian Simon ~ Amazon

Arguing that the ultimate resource is the human imagination coupled to the human spirit, Julian Simon led a vigorous challenge to conventional beliefs about scarcity of energy and natural resources, pollution of the environment, the effects of immigration, and the “perils of overpopulation.” The comprehensive data, careful quantitative research, and economic logic contained in the first edition of The Ultimate Resource questioned widely held professional judgments about the threat of overpopulation, and Simon’s celebrated bet with Paul Ehrlich about resource prices in the 1980s enhanced the public attention–both pro and con–that greeted this controversial book.

 

diffusion of innovationDiffusion of Innovations by Everett M. Rogers ~ Amazon

In this renowned book, Everett M. Rogers, professor and chair of the Department of Communication & Journalism at the University of New Mexico, explains how new ideas spread via communication channels over time. Such innovations are initially perceived as uncertain and even risky. To overcome this uncertainty, most people seek out others like themselves who have already adopted the new idea. Thus the diffusion process consists of a few individuals who first adopt an innovation, then spread the word among their circle of acquaintances–a process which typically takes months or years. But there are exceptions: use of the Internet in the 1990s, for example, may have spread more rapidly than any other innovation in the history of humankind. Furthermore, the Internet is changing the very nature of diffusion by decreasing the importance of physical distance between people.