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Leading With Emotional Courage: How to Have Hard Conversations, Create Accountability, And Inspire Action On Your Most Important Work – Peter Bregman

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Leading With Emotional Courage: How to Have Hard Conversations, Create Accountability, And Inspire Action On Your Most Important Work – Peter Bregman

"If we're willing to feel everything, we can do anything."

Great leadership aligns teams, inspires action, and achieves results, it sounds simple, but it is a challenge that is not for the faint of heart. What makes it hard is not knowing what to say or do; it is whether you are willing to experience the discomfort, risk, and uncertainty of sayin…

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Revisiting the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People for New Times

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Revisiting the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People for New Times

I read, skim and listen to a lot of books! When I look back at the past year, I think I have tallied almost 200. Some of them are truly life-changing, some are forgettable, and some of them only have one or two nuggets, and you end up asking, "Why did I read that whole book just to get those two concepts?" I love it when a book stays with you, and it becomes a part of your way of life. These are the books that, once you finish…

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Conversational Intelligence: How Great Leaders Build Trust and Get Extraordinary Results

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Everything happens through conversation! Conversations go far beyond mere exchanges of information. They affect your relationships and your view of the world. Good conversations foster stronger, positive relationships, whereas bad ones can destroy relationships. Judith Glaser discusses how to move beyond fear and distrust to have a more meaningful, deeper connection with people. She categorizes conversations on three levels, from transactional to transformational. 

Asking discovery questions is…

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The Code of the Extraordinary Mind: 10 Unconventional Laws to Redefine Your Life and Succeed on Your Own Terms

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Most people live their lives based on limiting beliefs about pretty much everything, and we inherit and pass on these beliefs from generation to generation. But what if you could remove these outdated ideas? What would your life look like if you could forget the rules of the past and redefine what happiness, purpose, and success mean for you? 

The Code of the Extraordinary Mind is a book that will have you look at the world through a different lens, and once you see it, you can’t unsee it! 

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The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life

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Ok, I have a confession, I read this book about five years ago, and I have re-read it twice since then. 

It’s truly a fantastic book, and it has reserved a spot on my "Leaders are Readers" book list. There are so many great insights that will change how you look at life, but the most powerful one is that “Everything in life is an invention.” 

Think about that for a minute! If you choose to look at your life in a new way, then suddenly, your challenges change. One of the best ways to do this is…

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Disrupt Yourself: Master Relentless Change and Speed Up Your Learning Curve

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When you disrupt yourself, you are walking into the unknown, exposing yourself to the risk of failure. Disrupt Yourself was published in 2015, but it is a book that is just as meaningful for our current times. Whitney Johnson applies Clayton Christensen’s concept of “disruptive innovation” to careers and personal development. She makes the compelling case that managing the S-curve of learning can help you make sense of and redefine your career path. The “S-curve” has slow growth at first, then e…

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Art Thinking: How to Carve Out Creative Space in a World of Schedules, Budgets, and Bosses – Amy Whitaker

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Art Thinking: How to Carve Out Creative Space in a World of Schedules, Budgets, and Bosses – Amy Whitaker

"If you are making a work of art in any field, you aren't going from point A to point B. You are inventing point B."

Amy Whitaker draws on art, psychology, science, business, and technology to help you generate new ideas in the practical world. She proposes using a mindset she calls "art thinking" to harness the joy and creative thought of making art with the structure and organiza…

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Unlocking Leadership Mindtraps: How to Thrive in Complexity – Jennifer Garvey Berger

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Jennifer Garvey Berger often hears the common plea from leaders "I know that complexity and uncertainty are testing my instincts, but I don't know which to trust. Is there some way to know what to do when I can't know what's next?" Unlocking Leadership Mindtraps is the answer to this question. For thousands of years, instincts, honed by evolution, helped humans survive. Today, those instincts threaten your success at work and in life. These evolutionary "mindtraps" impair your decision making an…

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The Book of Mistakes: 9 Secrets to Creating a Successful Future – Skip Prichard

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"Our thoughts can empower or imprison. They empower when we try something new, and they imprison when we let them convince us to stay comfortable." 

Have you ever wondered why some people seem to catch all the breaks and win over and over again? What do the super successful know? What is standing between you and your wildest dreams? The Book of Mistakes will take you on an inspiring journey, following an ancient manuscript with powerful lessons that will transform your life. You will meet David…

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Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less – Greg McKeown

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“Your obligation is to the highest point of contribution you can make.” 

What if doing less, and having less, actually leads to more fulfillment and higher achievement? Essentialism is more than a time-management strategy or a productivity technique. It is a systematic discipline for discerning what is absolutely essential, then eliminating everything that is not, so we can make the highest possible contribution toward the things that really matter. 

By forcing us to apply more selective crite…

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