Lovely reader David suggested I create a list of the work-and-business-related books I recommend most frequently to clients, friends and the occasional passerby. “What a grand idea!” I exclaimed, after reading David’s email suggestion.
In making this list, I first thought to sort them by category or subject matter but then realized that many of the overlap and reinforce one another. Plus, sorting is hard work.
So, below find the 20 books I recommend most frequently and heartily:
For those who are starting anything new: The First 90 Days: Proven Strategies for Getting Up To Speed Faster and Smarter by Michael Watkins
For those who want to get organized, be more efficient and freaking nail it: Nine Things Successful People Do Differently by Heidi Grant Halvorson
For those who need to focus on interpersonal relationships and communications: No One Understands You And What To Do About It by Heidi Grant Halvorson
For those who may be an eensy bit glass-half-empty: Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D.
For those making change: Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes by William Bridges
For those who aspire to go bigger: The Talent Code: Greatness Isn’t Born. It’s Grown. Here’s How. by Daniel Coyle
For those changing jobs: Career Strategy: Find A Job, Grow A Career by Michele Woodward
For those who want to amp up their motivation, or the motivation of others: Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink
For those who want to influence others: The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make A Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell
For those who feel swamped when having difficult conversations: Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High by Patterson, Grenny, et al.
For those who would like to lead or who are leading: The Soul of Leadership: Unlocking Your Potential for Greatness by Deepak Chopra
For those who might find themselves stuck and dealing with deep-rooted shame: Daring Greatly:How The Courage To Be Vulnerable Transforms The Way We live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown, Ph.D.
For those who might have tiny perfectionism and control issues: The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed To Be And Embrace Who You Are by Brené Brown, Ph.D.
For those who need to understand forgiveness: How Can I Forgive You? The Courage to Forgive, The Freedom Not To By Janis Abrams Spring, Ph.D.
For those who’d like to understand why men hog the remote: What Could He Be Thinking? by Michael Gurian, Ph.D.
For those who seek meaning and purpose: Man’s Search For Meaning by Viktor Frankl
For those dealing with loss and grief: The Geography of Loss: Embrace What Is, Honor What Was, Love What Will Be by Patti Digh
For those focusing on integrity, honor and their own alignment: The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide To Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz
For those who would like to write: Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott
For those women finding themselves in mid-life crisis: When The Heart Waits: Spiritual Direction for Life’s Sacred Questions by Sue Monk Kidd
Are there other books I recommend? Sure, but these are the ones that most often get recommended to my clients as they work toward their goals. And, just a note, every link you see on this post is directly to Amazon.com. If you purchase through one of these links, I will make a small commission (very small, trust me). Just want to be upfront about that.
I’m looking forward to hearing what you think about these books – have you read them? Have they affected your life?
I sure hope so. Because they certainly have affected mine in ways large and small, and continue to do so every single day.