BOOKS

THE OBSTACLE IS THE WAY
Ryan Holiday

Ryan Holiday brilliantly applies the wisdom and words of stoic philosophers and our greatest leaders to the realities of our modern life. Inspired and inspiring on so many levels, if you are facing an issue or obstacle in life and struggling to find your way through it, this book is a brilliant partner to renew your thinking about it, inspire creative solutions and propel you forward. READ IT.

THE WAR OF ART, BREAK THROUGH THE BLOCKS AND WIN YOUR INNER CREATIVE BATTLES
Steven Pressfield

If you’re looking to breakthrough in your life, your work, your parenting – whatever – this book is a no bullshit voice to help and inspire you to fully honor yourself and do that thing you long to do. It’s like the ultimate coach to keep it real. READ IT.

THE RISE OF SUPERMAN, DECODING THE SCIENCE OF ULTIMATE HUMAN PERFORMANCE
Stephen Kotler

If you want to up your game through your mind-set, this is a great read. Kotler, founder of the Flow Genome Project, studies the intersection of psychology and ultimate performance and chronicles breakthrough performance in extreme sports over the last 20 years. Bonus: It’s full of practices to help you get your flow on. READ IT.

THE LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE
 James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner

Long held by many as the ultimate guide to leadership that sits on every CEOs and leadership coach shelf for reference, this book totally nails it on the model and practice of leadership. READ IT.

MAN’S SEARCH FOR MEANING
Victor E. Frankl

Probably the most highly regarded read on living a life of purpose. From a psychologist who survived four Nazi concentration camps, including Auschwitz, this book doesn’t tell you “Hey, it could be worse, man.” Frankl’s wisdom inspires you to embrace suffering and find your own purpose from it. READ IT.

FLOW, THE PSYCHOLOGY OF OPTIMAL EXPERIENCE
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

The original book on flow states – a state of intense focus where one loses track of time and experiences deep, continuous creativity, productivity and performance. Companies from Facebook to Patagonia are all embracing the possibilities of flow to enhance productivity and joy in the workplace. READ IT.

START WITH WHY
Simon Sinek

This popular read is all about living and leading with purpose. Sinek goes deep on three areas of his model – the why, the how and the what. He builds a robust argument using leaders and leading companies like Apple for the transformational benefits of living and leading with purpose, or starting with your “Why.” READ IT.

RUN FAST. EAT SLOW.
Shalane Flanagan and Elyse Kopecky

Shalane Flanagan’s resume is fathomless. Today, she runs is one of the fastest women in the world in the marathon. And Elyse is the mastermind of her nutrition. This is the bible for eating real, whole foods that make your perform at the next level. READ IT.

EMOTIONAL AGILITY, GET UNSTUCK, EMBRACE CHANGE, AND THRIVE IN WORK AND LIFE
Susan A David, Ph.D

Articulate and science based, David talks about we can achieve new levels of performance through techniques to proactively manage our inner experience – thoughts, feelings and dialogue. Between stimulus and response there is choice and David gives practical advice on how to insert our values and make choices that expand our life, not contract it. READ IT.

ENDURANCE, SHACKLETON’S INCREDIBLE VOYAGE
Alfred Lansing

The story of Shackleton’s epic expedition to the south pole, this book tells an incredible story of endurance, commitment, creativity, integrity, decision-making, team work and much more. The lessons of this story for leaders and life are fathomless. READ IT.

DRIVE, THE SURPRISING TRUTH ABOUT WHAT MOTIVATES US
Daniel Pink

Tapping research from leading experts on motivation, Pink offers an energized narrative on what really motivates us as humans – autonomy, mastery and purpose. Whether its you, and an innovation team, or a giant organization, this book unlocks the truth of how to create the conditions for ultimate performance. READ IT.

LET MY PEOPLE GO SURFING
Yvonne Chouinard

Patagonia is a legendary brand looking to transform commerce. “Reluctant businessman” and founder of Patagonia, Yvonne Chouinard chronicles the journey of Patagonia bringing you deeply into the heart and soul of the company and its purpose. For those looking to lead with purpose or bring purpose to your company, brand or business, Patagonia is the model. READ IT.

THRIVE
Brendan Brazier

Brazier, founder or Vega, ultra-distance athlete, vegan and wellness advocate, brings together a thoughtful and pragmatic read on how to thrive with a plant based whole foods driven lifestyle. He gives you the science, menus and hundreds of recipes. Just a great book to step into a whole new level of living well. READ IT.

BOYS IN THE BOAT, NINE AMERICANS AND THEIR EPIC QUEST FOR GOLD AT THE 1936 OLYMPICS
Daniel James Brown

Working class boys at University of Washington rise up and form the gritty oarsmen who transcend adversity and paddle their way all the way to Berlin to show Hitler who’s boss. Too many lessons in here on leadership, teamwork and life to note.  READ IT.

FAST FOOD NATION, THE DARK SIDE OF THE ALL-AMERICAN MEAL
Eric Schlosser

Even as an athlete, I didn’t always have a great diet. Actually, I worked at Frito-Lay when I read this book and it changed my life. This book inspired a long list of other books and documentaries on our challenged food system, including my latest favorite Cowspiracy (www.cowspiracy.com) READ IT.

FORKS OVER KNIVES, THE COOKBOOK
Del Sroufe and Isa Chanda Moskowitz

Eating a plant-based diet literally transformed my energy, wellness and performance in all aspects of my life. This book makes it easy and appetizing to eat a plant-based diet and, in the process, accelerate your positive impact on the world. My personal eating bible. READ IT.

POSITIONING, THE BATTLE FOR YOUR MIND. 
Al Reis and Jack Trout

While a classic with somewhat dated illustrations, this is a good foundational read about the principals of positioning, why it’s important, how it works, and what it delivers. READ IT.

TRUE NORTH
Bill George and Peter Sims

This book can transform your leadership and your life. A well-structured and engaging read with pragmatic, actionable guidance that inspires and helps you access and develop your authentic and best version of yourself as a leader. READ IT.

 

BUILT TO LAST 
Jim Collins and Jerry Porras

Built to Last, Jim Collins and Jerry Porras. As two Stanford B-School professors, Collins and Porras led research that showed an enduring business is built upon a core purpose/ideology, a relentless drive for progress, and an organization inspired and focused on advancing that core every day. READ IT.

THE LEAN START-UP
Eric Reis

The Lean Start-up, Eric Reis. Great lessons from a Silicon Valley start-up vet on the new iterative, agile model for building, refining and launching winning businesses and products. READ IT.

 

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