THE ICARUS DECEPTION by Seth Godin

(YOU SHOULD READ THIS AND PRETTY WELL ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING EVER WRITTEN BY SETH GODIN!)

In Seth Godin s most inspiring book, he challenges readers to find the courage to treat their work as a form of art

Everyone knows that Icarus s father made him wings and told him not to fly too close to the sun; he ignored the warning and plunged to his doom. The lesson: Play it safe. Listen to the experts. It was the perfect propaganda for the industrial economy. What boss wouldn t want employees to believe that obedience and conformity are the keys to success?

But we tend to forget that Icarus was also warned not to fly too low, because seawater would ruin the lift in his wings. Flying too low is even more dangerous than flying too high, because it feels deceptively safe.

The safety zone has moved. Conformity no longer leads to comfort. But the good news is that creativity is scarce and more valuable than ever. So is choosing to do something unpredictable and brave: Make art. Being an artist isn t a genetic disposition or a specific talent. It s an attitude we can all adopt. It s a hunger to seize new ground, make connections, and work without a map. If you do those things you re an artist, no matter what it says on your business card.  Godin shows us how it s possible and convinces us why it s essential.


THE UNTETHERED SOUL by Michael A. Singer


What would it be like to free yourself from limitations and soar beyond your boundaries? What can you do each day to discover inner peace and serenity? The Untethered Soul -now a #1 New York Times bestseller-offers simple yet profound answers to these questions. Copublished with the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) The Untethered Soul begins by walking you through your relationship with your thoughts and emotions, helping you uncover the source and fluctuations of your inner energy. It then delves into what you can do to free yourself from the habitual thoughts, emotions, and energy patterns that limit your consciousness. Finally, with perfect clarity, this book opens the door to a life lived in the freedom of your innermost being.


PLAYING BIG by Tara Mohr


A groundbreaking women's leadership expert and popular conference speaker gives women the practical skills to voice and implement the changes they want to see in themselves and in the world

In her coaching and programs for women, Tara Mohr saw how women were "playing small" in their lives and careers, were frustrated by it, and wanted to "play bigger." She has devised a proven way for them to achieve their dreams by playing big from the inside out. Mohr s work helping women play bigger has earned acclaim from the likes of Maria Shriver and Jillian Michaels, and has been featured on the Today show, CNN, and a host of other media outlets.


DARLING, YOU CAN'T DO BOTH by Janet Kestin and Nancy Vonk


From two of the real women behind Dove s Campaign for Real Beauty, a creative, fresh and brutally honest guide to making it in the working world on your own terms. Janet Kestin and Nancy Vonk have built their careers on unconventional creative thinking. As ad agency leaders behind Dove s Campaign for Real Beauty, they famously championed stripping away the photo retouching and false perfection that force women to conform to narrow beauty stereotypes and leave them feeling lacking. After years of rethinking brands, they decided to focus on rethinking the way women work or, in many cases, the way work doesn t work for women. They ve tackled the problem in their hallmark style: by turning expectations upside down and shaking them. Soundly.


PERSUASION by Arlene Dickinson

At thirty-one, Arlene Dickinson found herself stranded. Recently divorced, she had only a high school diploma, no savings and no clue how she was going to feed four young children. But just one year later, she was a partner in Venture Communications. Ten years on, she was CEO, poised to grow the business into one of Canada''s largest independently owned marketing firms. Today, as a co-star of the CBC hit Dragons'' Den, she is one of the country''s most sought-after female entrepreneurs. The secret of her journey from poverty to the corner office? The art of persuasion.

Blending her own frank stories with compelling social science, she explains how to persuade both in the boardroom and in everyday life: the crucial importance of a particular kind of listening; how to get people to buy into your ideas; how to attract followers and deal with naysayers; the art of storytelling; how to turn mistakes to your advantage; and how to seize opportunities where others see only roadblocks.


THE LEADER WHO HAD NO TITLE BY Robin Sharma

For more than fifteen years, Robin Sharma has been quietly sharing with Fortune 500 companies and many of the super-rich a success formula that has made him one of the most sought-after leadership advisers in the world. Now, for the first time, Sharma makes his proprietary process available to you, so that you can get to your absolute best while helping your organization break through to a dramatically new level of winning in these wildly uncertain times.


Regardless of what you do within your organization and the current circumstances of your life, the single most important fact is that you have the power to show leadership. Wherever you are in your career or life, you should always play to your peak abilities. This book shows you how to claim that staggering power, as well as transform your life and the world around you in the process.


DELIVERING HAPPINESS by Tony Hsieh

In DELIVERING HAPPINESS, Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh shares the different lessons he has learned in business and life, from starting a worm farm to running a pizza business, through LinkExchange, Zappos and more.  Fast paced and down-to-earth, DELIVERING HAPPINESS shows how a very different kind of corporate culture is a powerful model for achieving success – and how by concentrating on the happiness of those around you, you can dramatically increase your own.


It's all standard operating procedure at Zappos, the online retailer that's doing over $1 billion in gross merchandise sales annually. After debuting as the highest-ranking newcomer in Fortune Magazine's annual "Best Companies to Work For" list in 2009, Zappos was acquired by Amazon in a deal valued at over $1.2 billion on the day of closing.


THE NO COMPLAINING RULE by Jon Gordon

Negativity in the workplace costs businesses billions of dollars and impacts the morale, productivity and health of individuals and teams. "In The No Complaining Rule: Positive Ways to Deal with Negativity at Work, Jon Gordon, a bestselling author, consultant and speaker, shares an enlightening story that demonstrates how you can conquer negativity and inspire others to adopt a positive attitude." Based on one company s successful No Complaining Rule, the powerful principles and actionable plan are practical and easy-to-follow, making this book an ideal read for managers, team leaders and anyone interested in generating positive energy.


THE ENERGY BUS by Jon Gordon

The Energy Bus, an international best seller by Jon Gordon, takes readers on an enlightening and inspiring ride that reveals 10 secrets for approaching life and work with the kind of positive, forward thinking that leads to true accomplishment - at work and at home. Jon infuses this engaging story with keen insights as he provides a powerful roadmap to overcome adversity and bring out the best in yourself and your team. When you get on The Energy Bus you ll enjoy the ride of your life!


THE SEVEN HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE by Stephen Covey

One of the most inspiring and impactful books ever written, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has captivated readers for 25 years. It has transformed the lives of Presidents and CEOs, educators and parents  in short, millions of people of all ages and occupations.


THE NO ASSHOLE RULE by Robert Sutton

A book based on a popular essay written for the Harvard Business Review. It sold over 115,000 copies and won the Quill Award for best business book in 2007.  The theme of this book is that bullying behaviour in the workplace worsens morale and productivity. A rule is suggested to screen out the toxic staff the no asshole rule. The author insists upon use of the word asshole since other words such as bully or jerk do not have the same impact.


"There's an emotional reaction to a dirty title. You have a choice between being offensive and being ignored."

Robert Sutton


FLOURISH by Martin Seligman

This book will help you flourish.  With this unprecedented promise, internationally esteemed psychologist Martin Seligman begins Flourish, his first book in ten years and the first to present his dynamic new concept of what well-being really is. Traditionally, the goal of psychology has been to relieve human suffering, but the goal of the Positive Psychology movement, which Dr. Seligman has led for fifteen years, is different - it's about actually raising the bar for the human condition.


Flourish builds on Dr. Seligman s game-changing work on optimism, motivation, and character to show how to get the most out of life, unveiling an electrifying new theory of what makes a good life for individuals, for communities, and for nations. In a fascinating evolution of thought and practice, Flourish refines what Positive Psychology is all about.


With interactive exercises to help readers explore their own attitudes and aims, Flourish is a watershed in the understanding of happiness as well as a tool for getting the most out of life. On the cutting edge of a science that has changed millions of lives, Dr. Seligman now creates the ultimate extension and capstone of his bestselling classics, Authentic Happiness and Learned Optimism.


DARING GREATLY by Brene Brown

Researcher and thought leader Dr. Brene  Brown offers a powerful new vision that encourages us to dare greatly: to embrace vulnerability and imperfection, to live wholeheartedly, and to courageously engage in our lives.



In Daring Greatly, Dr. Brown challenges everything we think we know about vulnerability. Based on twelve years of research, she argues that vulnerability is not weakness, but rather our clearest path to courage, engagement, and meaningful connection. The book that Dr. Brown s many fans have been waiting for, Daring Greatly will spark a new spirit of truth and trust in our organizations, families, schools, and communities.


LEAD WITH LUV by Ken Blanchard and Colleen Barrett

Once, there was a remarkable person who led with love. Her company succeeded where its competitors struggled. Its customers were loyal, its employees loved to work there, and it was profitable year after year, for decades. This loving leader began her career as an executive secretary, yet the company's founder chose her to succeed him as president. When asked why, he said, "Because she knows how to love people to success." She is Colleen Barrett, President Emeritus of Southwest Airlines. Lead with LUV is an extraordinary, wide-ranging conversation between Barrett and the legendary Ken Blanchard, author of The One Minute Manager. Drawing on personal experience, Barrett and Blanchard reveal why leading with love is the most powerful way to lead and how it can help you achieve truly amazing levels of performance.


DO THE WORK by Stephen Pressfield

Our enemy is not lack of preparation; it''s not the difficulty of the project, or the state of the marketplace or the emptiness of our bank account. The enemy is resistance. The enemy is our chattering brain, which, if we give it so much as a nanosecond, will start producing excuses, alibis, transparent self-justifications and a million reasons why he can''t/shouldn''t/won''t do what we know we need to do.  Start before you're ready.


THE WAR OF ART - BREAK THROUGH THE BLOCKS AND WIN YOUR INNER BATTLES by Stephen Pressfield

Author Steven Pressfield was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad in September 1943. He graduated from Duke University in 1965 and joined the Marine Corps. Before becoming a full-time writer, he worked as a copy writer, taxi driver, bartender, tractor-trailer driver, fruit picker, and worked on oil rigs. He then moved to California and began writing screenplays. In 2000, his debut novel, The Legend of Bagger Vance, was made into a movie starring Matt Damon and Will Smith. He primarily writes military historical fiction set in classical antiquity. Most of his novels are told from the first-person perspective of the main character.


ELEMENTS OF WIT by Benjamin Errett

We ve all been in that situation where we need to say something clever, but innocuous; smart enough to show some intelligence, without showing off; something funny, but not a joke. What we need in that moment is wit that sparkling combination of charm, humor, confidence, and most of all, the right words at the right time.


Elements of Wit is an engaging book that brings together the greatest wits of our time, and previous ones from Oscar Wilde to Nora Ephron, Winston Churchill to Christopher Hitchens, Mae West to Louis CK, and many in between.


With chapters covering the essential ingredients of wit, this primer sheds light on how anyone introverts, extroverts, wallflowers, and bon vivants can find the right zinger, quip, parry, or retort or at least be a little bit more interesting.


THE LAW OF ATTRACTION by Michael Lossier

Have you noticed that sometimes what you need just falls into place? Perhaps you''ve met the perfect client or life partner merely by being at the right place at the right time. On the other hand, there are some people who find themselves in one terrible relationship after another or who seem unable to shake off their bad luck.

These experiences are evidence of a very powerful force. It''s called the Law of Attraction, and right now it''s attracting people, jobs, situations, and relationships to you. The Law of Attraction can be defined as: I attract to my life whatever I give my attention, energy, and focus to, whether positive or negative.



This is a list of books that I have really enjoyed, and found extremely helpful in one way or another.  They are not listed in any particular order, and these are not reviews, although I may eventually get around to reviewing them someday :) I have just taken the copy that I found with each on their respective Amazon pages, and have hyper-linked the title in case you wish to buy a copy!

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