A baker's dozen of my favorite books. 

Finding Flow, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyl:  An impressive large scale study that supports the need for clear goals and immediate, relevant feedback

Working Identity, Herminia Ibarra:  Integration of our old and our new selves is transformational work and this reinvention practice grounds us, allows us to make new connections

Buddha’s Brain, Rick Hanson:  Great look at activating and “installing” positive traits.  Exercises are relevant and powerful.

Bouncing Back, Linda Graham:  Flexibility is the key to resiliency; good exercises to rewire old coping strategies that don’t work so well anymore.

Leadership Passages, James Noel:  Passages are predictable, intense and change your perspective; outlines various scenario processes – stretch assignments, new leadership, significant failure.

Beyond the Wall of Resistance, Rick Maurer:  Clarifying intentions (not goals) is most powerful learning; includes great tools for getting started and keeping change alive

Crucial Conversations, Kerry Patterson:  Great tools for creating mutual purpose, moving to action, persuading, and mastering stories.

Chained to the Desk, Bryan Robinson:  Insightful work on identifying workaholism in yourself, normalizing, and moving away from being “drunk on work”

Conversational Intelligence, Judith Glaser: Words we use are rarely neutral, all have histories for listener, and cause us to bond/trust or break rapport.   

Leadership and the Art of Struggle, Steven Snyder:  Making sense of a chaotic world, Dowling’s Tension Map and reinventing yourself exercises invaluable to regaining balance.

Transitions, William Bridges:  Great clarity in his definitions of endings, neutral, finishing and new beginnings; insightful outline of transition process.

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Patrick Lencioni:  Outlines a powerful model and actionable steps to overcome common hurdles and build a cohesive, effective team.

Broadcasting Happiness, Michelle Gielan:  Includes keys for communicating with negative people, creating contagious optimism, reducing your stress, and becoming resilient.