Articles & Books


Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation
 by John Carlin

The inspiring story of how Nelson Mandela and how he lead a new nation through the management of meaningful symbols.

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Team of Rivals
 by Doris Kearns Goodwin

A must read for all Leaders this gloriously written Pulitzer prize winning book not only provides insights into Lincoln and his presidency, it is a masterful primer on leadership.

What Got You Here Won't Get You There

What Got You Here Won't Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful
 by Marshall Goldsmith

Goldsmith, an executive coach to the corporate elite, pinpoints 20 bad habits that stifle already successful careers and offers hard-edged suggestions on how to stop doing them. An excellent resource for executives and those who coach them.

At the Crossroads

At the Crossroads: Not for Profit Leadership Strategies for Executives and Boards
by Philip Coltoff

An indispensable guide to the complex art of nonprofit leadership and management. An excellent read for Executive Directors, Board members, and those who work with nonprofit organizations.

Leadership and the New Science: Disovering Order in a Chaotic World
by Margaret J. Wheatley

Pushing the thinking about leadership and organizations into a new dimension. Comparisons and contrasts are uniquely offered regarding Newtonism, Quantum Physics and Leadership.

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don't
by Jim Collins

Learn how to become a "Level 5 Leader" to help your company move from good to great. Many examples of successful companies and what they have in common is presented in this powerful book.

Leadership is an Art
by Max Depree

De Pree looks at leadership as a kind of stewardship, stressing the importance of building relationships, initiating ideas, and creating a lasting value system within an organization.

The Future of Work

Thinking for a Living: How to Get Better Performances And Results from Knowledge Workers
by Thomas H. Davenport

Insight into how knowledge workers think, how they accomplish tasks, and what motivates them. Maximize the brain power that fuels organizational success.

A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future
by Daniel H. Pink

Daniel Pink argues the workplace terrain is changing yet again and power will inevitably shift to people who possess strong right-brain qualities.

Organizational Strategy

The Rise and Fall of Strategic Planning
by Henry Mintzberg

Why the strategic planning so often falls short and how to fix it.

Strategy Bites Back
by Henry Mintzberg, Bruce W. Ahlstrand, and Joseph Lampel

A readable book offering insightful reflections on the component parts of business strategy.

Scenario-based Planning

The Art of the Long View: Planning for the Future in an Uncertain World
by Peter Schwartz

A guidebook for a scenario-planning approach to managing uncertainty and predicting the future of your marketplace.

Scenarios: The Art of Strategic Conversation
by Kees vanDerHeijden

Considered by some the definitive work in the field of scenario planning, Scenarios provides in-depth analysis and application of the concept of the "strategic conversation."


Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High
by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan and Al Switzler

A seven-step approach to handling difficult conversations with confidence and skill.

Fierce Conversations: Achieving Success at Work and in Life One Conversation at a Time
by Susan Scott

This book includes several exercises and tools to teach readers how to overcome barriers to meaningful communication, increase clarity, improve understanding, and handle strong emotions-on both sides of the table. Full of stories, metaphors, and useful ideas to implement now.

Powerful Conversations: How High Impact Leaders Communicate
by Philip J. Harkins

This book is packed with goal-oriented strategies, tools, and real-life examples from great leaders. Mastering the three outcomes of a Powerful Conversation will help you exercise more control over your interactions and greatly enhance both your leadership skills and your success.

Leading with Questions: How Leaders Find the Right Solution By Knowing What To Ask
by Michael J. Marquardt

A book that helps leaders examine the role of questions and questioning in their leadership.


Competing on Analytics: The New Science of Winning
by Thomas H. Davenport and Jeanne G. Harris

How to use analytics as new tools to identify your most profitable customers and offer them the right price, to accelerate product innovation, to optimize supply chains, and to identify the true drivers of financial performance.

Super Crunchers: Why Thinking-By-Numbers is the New Way To Be Smart
by Ian Ayres

In order to succeed—even survive—in our data-based world, you need to become statistically literate.

by Michael Lewis

Moneyball is a quest for the secret of success in baseball and a tale of the search for new baseball knowledge—insights that will give the little guy who is willing to discard old wisdom the edge over big money. An enjoyable read about the way analytics can make a difference in your view of business.

Change and Human Behavior
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A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life
by Parker J. Palmer

This book is a treasure—an inspiring, useful blueprint for building safe places where people can commit to "act in every situation in ways that honor the soul."

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
by Malcolm Gladwell

A book about how change can occur and the central roles in driving that change.

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Predictably Irrational, Revised and Expanded Edition: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions
by Dan Ariely

A fun and fascinating book on how people tend to behave quite irrationally, but in highly predictable ways.

Innovator's Dilemma
by Clayton Christensen

A set of rules for capitalizing on the phenomenon of disruptive technologies. How major business leaders can lose everything with the introduction of a new technology.

The Wisdom of Crowds
by James Surowiecki

Why the many are smarter than the few and how collective wisdom shapes business, economics, societies, and nations.

Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard
by Chip Heath and Dan Heath

A wonderful book that gives a simple model of how leaders can facilitate change in changing times. It addresses the rational, emotional, and process elements of driving dramatic change.

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
by Daniel H. Pink

An excellent read on what really motivates people and how organizations can maximize productivity and increase engagement in their workforce.

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable
by Patrick Lencioni

A parable that serves up the basic issues confronting all teams. Has a survey at the end that helps teams assess their own level of functionality around the issues of trust, conflict, commitment, accountability, and results.

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