Books

 

The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work: A Practical Guide from the Country’s Foremost Relationship Expert

John Gottman’sThe Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work: A Practical Guide from the Country’s Foremost Relationship Expert

Gottman is one of the leading minds in the field of marriage and relationship research. He has run the Gottman Institute for past 40 years, completing in-depth research into what makes a healthy relationship so healthy, and what causes unhealthy relationships to ultimately fail. 

Click here to view a blog article written about how this resource can help in an office setting.

 

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

Patrick Lencioni’s book, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team. Expertly written, Lencioni lays out the 5 fundamental behavior patterns of a thriving and successful team, and what those patterns look like when dysfunctional.

The book is an incredibly easy and enjoyable read. It is a must-have with remarkable insights for aspiring and current leaders alike. Few books are able to educate so effectively as FDT. 

Throughout the book, Lencioni lays out his 5 dysfunctions of a team: absence of trust, fear of conflict, lack of commitment, avoidance of accountability, and inattention to results.

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Start With Why 

The first book written by Simon Sinek, Start With Why is a must-read. 

It is a quick book, but the point he makes is essential to running a business with impact and having a fulfilling career. Much of what we talk about her at Inciting Purpose echoes Sinek’s points in this book. 

Sinek uses examples like Apple, Microsoft, and Southwest Airlines to drive home the lesson that companies who act out of their purpose make more impact and are more successful than those companies focused on the bottom line.  

The book, while redundant at times, makes a very important point about business. Making ethics-based decisions will more often lead you to success.

 

Leaders Eat Last

Also written by Sinek, Leaders Eat Last is a remarkable look at what it takes to be a true leader. Specifically, Sinek looks at what separates those in leadership positions from true leaders. He uses multiple examples from companies and the military to explain how true leaders are given the immense responsibility to protect those under their care.

It doesn’t take an individual in a leadership position to lead. True leadership is found in the way you take care of those around you and the trust they have toward you.

 

Man’s Search for Meaning

Written in 1946 by Viktor Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning spends its first half chronicling Frankl’s horrific experiences being imprisoned in Auschwitz. He retells the struggles experienced, lives lost, and the lessons learned about purpose to the human soul.

Frankl’s words on the power of purpose are universal. No matter the circumstances of your challenges, Frankl’s wisdom will help you reconnect to your unique purpose. He calls for us to recognize that true purpose is only possible when we recognize and connect to something bigger than ourselves. When a greater purpose is found we find fulfillment and the will to continue.

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Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success

In this book, the author, Adam Grant, explains his research and findings of our actions with regards to our social environment. He describes in detail that the human race can be separated into three types of people: Givers, Matchers, and Takers. Throughout this book, Adam builds an argument that shows how Givers, due to their interactions with others and how they motivate themselves, are the most successful overall in their professional careers and personal lives.

 

Now, Discover Your Strengths

Written by Marcus Buckingham and Donald Clifton, this fantastic book discusses the results from a massive Gallup Organization research project. The project identified 34 distinct talents that, when properly encouraged, become essential strengths for a workforce. With this information, Buckingham and Clifton set out to spread their belief that companies must focus on developing the unique strengths of their staff rather than fix their weaknesses.

Developing an online test, they help companies identify the top 5 talents of each employee. They then guide leadership and management in the best ways to lead their diverse workforce. Along with this book, I would strongly recommend StrengthsFinder 2.0. It is an updated explanation of the Gallup research and the strengths finder test.

 

People Styles at Work…And Beyond: Making Bad Relationships Good and Good Relationships Better

In People Styles at Work, Robert and Dorothy Bolton describe how unique our communication styles can be and how many struggles we face in the workplace can be traced back to a misunderstanding of communication. Robert and Dorothy lead the reader through the process of understanding what communication styles are and how to identify your own and those of others. When leadership and management teams are able to better understand the communication styles of our coworkers, we can more effectively communicate our needs and ideas.