These books are selected by my clients for having been especially inspirational and helpful for them.
The Art of War by Sun Tzu
Originally written in 6th century China as a treaty on warfare strategy, its lessons have been applied to modern business and managerial strategies. With its deep insights the compact version is also a source of support for people going through tough emotional times.
Awareness by Anthony De Mello
The author and Jesuit Priest teaches us to welcome the challenge of knowing ourselves and living the “aware” life. Mixing Christian spirituality, Buddhist parables, Hindu breathing exercises, and psychological insights, de Mello’s words of hope come together in a grand synthesis.
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby
Written by the former editor of French Elle after he had a stroke and became paralyzed and unable to speak. He communicated this book by blinking his eye, which makes for a very profound, extraordinary perspective on life.
The 15 Second Principle by Al Seconda
This book will kick start creative actions in almost any scenario you can imagine. Full of tools to help you realize your dreams, goals and task…..15 seconds at a time. Seconda does not offer a quick fix, but helps us to shift our thinking fundamentally.
Getting to Yes by Roger Fisher and William Ury
A classic on the art of win-win negotiation, offering a concise, step-by-step proven strategy to come to mutually acceptable agreements in every sort of conflict. Straight out of Harvard and translated into 20 languages, it has broadly influenced negotiation literature.
Learned Optimism by Martin Seligman
For Seligman the answer to successful and happy living lies in one’s learned “explanatory style”, that is, the way one internally interprets and explains external events and one’s relationship to them. The book provides simple tests and procedures to allow readers to “learn optimism”.
Mastery by George Leonard
Drawing on Zen philosophy and his expertise in the martial art of Aikido Leonard shows us how the process of mastery can help us attain a higher level of excellence and a deeper sense of satisfaction and fulfillment in our daily lives.
The Number by Lee Eisenberg
Most everyone has a “Number” and it is a life-defining issue: How much money do you need to secure the rest of your life? This wise, funny, and highly readable book will help you answer the biggest questions of all: What should you do with the rest of your life, and at what cost?
One Minute Manager by Kenneth Blanchard and Spencer Johnson
Over 10 million copies sold and 10,000 copies still selling each month makes it one of the bestselling books on management in history. An easily read story demonstrating three very practical management techniques that will help you know how to apply them to your own situation.
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
In this world-wide bestseller, Tolle, one of today’s foremost spiritual teachers, shows readers how to recognize themselves as the creators of their own pain, and how to have a pain-free existence by living fully in the present.
The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck
Written in 1978, the first book by this author, a pioneer of spiritual psychology, remains a classic in self-help literature. Peck describes the attributes that make for a fulfilled human life, talking about the importance of discipline, love and graces.
The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People by Stephen R. Covey
Stephen Covey, an internationally respected leadership authority, realises that true success encompasses a balance of personal and professional effectiveness, so this book is a manual for performing better in both arenas.
Soul Without Shame: A Guide to Liberating Yourself from the Judge Within by Byron Brown
Using straightforward language and examples form everyday life, Brown shows readers where the inner judge comes from, how it operates, why it trips us up, why there is a belief people need it and more. A deceptively compelling, systematic and clear distillation of basic superego analysis.
Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert
A very interesting look into the human psyche and the quest for happiness. Harvard professor Gilbert reveals his take on how our minds works, and how the limitations of our imaginations might be getting in the way of our ability to know what happiness is.
The Thinkers Toolkit by Morgan D. Jones
An invaluable resource for any manager or professional, this book, written by a former CIA employee, offers a collection of fourteen proven, practical methods for simplifying any problem and making faster, better decisions every time.
Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes by William Bridges
Since first published 25 years ago, this book is still one of the most important reads for people going through transition, and has helped hundreds of thousands of readers cope with their issues by providing an elegantly simple yet profoundly insightful roadmap of the transition process.
Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
As much the story of a dying man getting clear on life’s essence and of the transformation of a younger man finding himself, this heart-warming chronicle of conversations between the author and his old professor in his final days forces you to take a pause from life’s rat-race and find meaning in yours.
Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson
Change can be a blessing or a curse, depending on your perspective. The message of Who Moved My Cheese? is that all can come to see it as a blessing, if they understand the nature of cheese and the role it plays in their lives.
Women Who Run With Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes
A source of comfort and inspiration to women throughout the world. Estes, a Jungian analyst, uses nineteen folk tales to help women restore neglected intuitive abilities and reconnect with the wild woman hidden inside of herself, offering solutions to the pitfalls of modern womens’s lives.
Working Identity by Herminia Ibarra
Through countless inspiring stories Ibarra provides a breakthrough in how we can go about refining our lives and changing our careers, showing how to transition from uncomfortable to successful careers.
Write It Down, Make It Happen: Knowing What You Want And Getting It by Henriette Anne Klauser
Klauser explains how simply writing down your goals in life is the first step towards achieving them. Full of stories of ordinary people, down-to-earth tips and easy exercises.
Yudayajin Daifugo No Oshie by Ken Honda (in Japanese)
An old man’s view on how to achieve success in a happy manner by focusing on living the way you are rather than striving for material gains. A very popular book in Japan.