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ResourceRoom: Our Top Ten Most “Dog-Eared” Books for 2016

Posted by Cristina Filippo on 09/21/2016
As an avid lover of books, over the years we have accumulated bookshelves loaded with amazing books.  However, as you know, there are some books that are never read, some that are skimmed over, and some that get used over and over because they either puts what we have always believed in writing or challenges us in a way that changes our paradigm.
 We are constantly being asked for good resources and wanted to give you some of our favorite books so far this year.  We realize there are obvious classics out there and some amazing books that we haven’t even read (email us with your favorites!), but we at least wanted to share some of the books that we referenced more than others in the past year.  Have fun reading!
  1. Mastering Leadership:  An Integrated Framework for Breakthrough Performance and Extraordinary Business Results
 By Robert Anderson and William Adams
For most leaders today, complexity is outpacing their personal and collective development. Most leaders are in over their heads, whether they know it or not. The most successful organizations over time are the best led.  While this has always been true, today escalating global complexity puts leadership effectiveness at a premium. Mastering Leadership involves developing the effectiveness of leaders—individually and collectively—and turning that leadership into a competitive advantage
  1. A Call to Conscience:  The Landmark Speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King
By Clayborne Carson and Kris Shepard
This book includes the text of Dr. King's best-known oration, "I Have a Dream, " his acceptance speech for the Nobel Peace Prize, and "Beyond Vietnam, " a compelling argument for ending the ongoing conflict. Each speech has an insightful introduction on the current relevance of Dr. King's words by such renowned defenders of civil rights as Rosa Parks and the Dalai Lama, among others.
  1. Firms of Endearment:  How World-Class Companies Profit from Passion and Purpose
By Raj Sisodia, David Wolfe and Jag Sheth
Today’s best companies get it. From retail to finance and industries in between, the organizations who recognize that doing good is good business are becoming the ultimate value creators. They’re changing their culture and generating every form of value that matters: emotional, experiential, social, and financial. And they’re doing it for all their stakeholders. Not because it’s simply politically correct, because it’s the only path to long-term competitive advantage.
  1. Leading at the Speed of Growth:  Journey from Entrepreneur to CEO
By Katherine Catlin & Jana Matthews
Learn how to take your company to the next level of growth through the stories of over 500 successful entrepreneurs. The authors expertly guide you through the three stages of entrepreneurial growth: initial growth, rapid growth, and continuous growth. Personal stories told by successful entrepreneurs reveal the hows and whys of evolving as a leader at each stage, identifying red flags, vital signs, and secrets of sustained growth.
  1. Executive Presence:  The Missing Link Between Merit and Success
By Sylvia Ann Hewlett
You can have the experience and qualifications of a leader, but without executive presence, you won't advance. EP is an amalgam of qualities that true leaders exude, a presence that telegraphs you're in charge or deserve to be. Articulating those qualities isn't easy, however.  Filled with eye-opening insights, analysis, and practical advice for both men and women, mixed with illustrative examples from executives learning to use the EP, Executive Presence will help you make the leap from working like an executive to feeling like an executive.
  1. Scaling Up:  How a Few Companies Make It…and Why the Rest Don’t
By Verne Harnish
This book has practical tools and techniques for building an industry-dominating business. These approaches have been honed from over three decades of advising tens of thousands of CEOs and executives and helping them navigate the increasing complexities (and weight) that come with scaling up a venture. This book is written so everyone -- from frontline employees to senior executives -- can get aligned in contributing to the growth of a firm.
  1. An Everyone Culture: Becoming a Deliberately Developmental Organization
 By Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey
What if a company did everything in its power to create a culture in which everyone—not just select “high potentials”—could overcome their own internal barriers to change and use errors and vulnerabilities as prime opportunities for personal and company growth? These authors have found and studied such companies—Deliberately Developmental Organizations. A DDO is organized around the simple but radical conviction that organizations will best prosper when they are more deeply aligned with people’s strongest motive, which is to grow.
  1. Originals:  How Non-Conformists Move the World
By Adam Grant
Using surprising studies and stories spanning business, politics, sports, and entertainment, Grant explores how to recognize a good idea, speak up without getting silenced, build a coalition of allies, choose the right time to act, and manage fear and doubt; how parents and teachers can nurture originality in children; and how leaders can build cultures that welcome dissent. Learn from an entrepreneur who pitches his start-ups by highlighting the reasons not to invest, a woman at Apple who challenged Steve Jobs from three levels below, an analyst who overturned the rule of secrecy at the CIA, a billionaire financial wizard who fires employees for failing to criticize him, and a TV executive who didn’t even work in comedy but saved Seinfeld from the cutting-room floor. The payoff is a set of groundbreaking insights about rejecting conformity and improving the status quo.
  1. Start With the Why:  How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action
By Simon Sinek
People like Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, and the Wright Brothers had little in common, but they all started with WHY. They realized that people won't truly buy into a product, service, movement, or idea until they understand the WHY behind it.  This book shows that the leaders who've had the greatest influence in the world all think, act, and communicate the same way -- and it's the opposite of what everyone else does. Sinek calls this powerful idea The Golden Circle, and it provides a framework upon which organizations can be built, movements can be led, and people can be inspired. And it all starts with Why.
  1. The Upside of Your Dark Side: Why Being Your Whole Self – Not Just Your “Good” Self – Drives Success and Fulfillment
By Todd Kashdan and Robert Biswas-Diener
Happiness experts have long told us to tune out our negative emotions and focus instead on mindfulness, positivity, and optimism. Researchers Todd Kashdan, Ph.D., and Robert Biswas-Diener disagree. Positive emotions alone are not enough. Anger can make us creative, selfishness can make us brave, and guilt can be a powerful motivator. The real key to success lies in emotional agility.

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