Top Books of 2014


This book was written by my coach, mentor and teacher. It is very thoughtful and beautifully written. Brendon challenges us on every page to be our very best version of ourselves. After providing meaningful context on freedom, fear and motivation, he makes 9 declarations that are provocative and worthy of deliberate reflection. So many people told me this was their favorite book and I finally read it! The story is compelling and so are the underlying messages about life.
To me, this is one of the most important books written on the psychology of success.  Understanding the difference between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset is like switching on the light in a dark room. It provided such important insight for helping more people reach more of their potential. I had the pleasure of hearing Patrick Lencioni describe his ideas about how companies can achieve a competitive advantage via high performing cohesive teams. I am honored to be an authorized representative for facilitating The 5 Behaviors of a Cohesive Team that enables organizations to do that. This is an important book for anyone in leadership.
I heard Alyse Nelson speak about the work of the organization she leads and just had to read this book. I’m so glad I did. The stories of women who are changing the world through outstanding acts of courage and leadership is so inspiring—and humbling. This book by my friend Ruth Ross is a must read for anyone that is struggling with their own level of engagement at work or that of their team, as well as for any leader who wants to avoid disengagement on the part of the team. Ruth’s insightful stories and practical advice have made her a sought after speaker in organizations across the county.
Using our mistakes and failures as a way to learn and grow can be painful. In this book, the authors share some valuable lessons learned through other people’s mistakes. Great insights for leaders and aspiring leaders. Simon Sinek has written a book with a brilliant insight about inspiring yourself and others to take action. I also recommend his Ted Talk on the subject. Very powerful stuff.
This book arrived on my doorstep on the very morning I learned of this great leader’s passing. Mandela is one of my heroes and Stengel’s tribute to the important insights he gained in the years they collaborated on Mandela’s autobiography is just beautiful. We all can learn a lot from studying Mandela. By the author of Happy For No Reason, another favorite of mine. Shimoff provides the steps for creating a life of unconditional love and the reasons why we should work on them. The stories that inspire her inspire me too and the exercises are  practical and powerful.
After literally collapsing under the weight of her success – money and power – she set out to create a new metric of success by creating a life of well-being, wisdom, wonder and giving. If nothing else, Arianna will convince you of the need to take better care of yourself.