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What books should you be reading?
The decision is yours but you might be interested to find out what others think are key books from a survey we conducted in 1999.


Here is a list of books that we have read and reviewed: 
The Accelerated Learning Handbook
by Dave Meier  (Reviewed April/2001)
The Consultant's Calling :  Bringing who you are to what you do

by Geoffrey M. Bellman (Reviewed February/2000)
Better Boundaries: Owning and Treasuring Your Life
by Jan Black and Greg Enns (Reviewed September/2001)
Developing the Leader Within You
by John C. Maxwell (Reviewed October/2001)
Difficult Conversations 
by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton and Sheila Heen (Reviewed June/99 and update October/99)
Edward De Bono's Smart Thinking/Cassette
by Edward De Bono,  (Reviewed October/00)
Executive Coaching with Backbone and Heart : A Systems Approach to Engaging Leaders with Their Challenges 
by Mary Beth O'Neill  (Reviewed May/2001)
Get Clients Now!
by C.J. Hayden
(Reviewed June/2001)
The Guru Guide
by Joseph Boyett and Jimmie Boyett (Reviewed May 2000)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Book 4) 
by J. K. Rowling (Update September/ 2000)
How To Be A Star At Work

by Robert E. Kelly
(Reviewed August/99)
Leadership and the New Science
by Margaret J. Wheatley
(Reviewed January/2000)
Leading Systems:  Lessons from the Power Lab
by Barry Oshry
(Reviewed December/99)
Life Strategies: Doing What Works, Doing What Matters
by Phillip C. McGraw, Ph.D. (Reviewed July/99)
Live Rich
by Stephen M. Pollan and Mark Levine. (Reviewed November/99)
Love and Profit:  The Art of Caring Leadership
by James A. Autry (Reviewed April/2000)
Managing Upside Down: The Seven Intentions of Value-Centered Leadership
 by Tom Chappell  (Reviewed Nov/00)
Masterful Coaching Fieldbook
by Robert Hargrove (Reviewed February/2001)
Now, Discover Your Strengths 
by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton (Reviewed March/2001)
The 9 Ways of Working
 by Michael Goldberg (Reviewed July/2000)
The Power of Now
 by Eckhart Tolle (Reviewed Dec/2000)
The Pursuit of Prime
by Ichak Adizes, Ph.D. (Reviewed Sept/99)
Take Time for Your Life
 by Cheryl Richardson (Reviewed Sept/00)
A Short Guide to a Happy Life
by Anna Quindlen
(Reviewed January/2001)
The Social Life of Information
by John Seely Brown and Paul Duguid. (Reviewed August/00)
Soul Stories
by Gary Zukab (Reviewed July/01)
What did You Say? : The Art of Giving and Receiving Feedback 
by Charles N. Seashore, Edith Whitfield Seashore and Gerald. M. Weinberg (Reviewed June 2000)
Who Moved My Cheese? : An Amazing Way to Deal With Change in Your Work and in Your Life
by Spencer Johnson, Kenneth H. Blanchard
(Reviewed August/01)


Recommendations:

This is a must have book for my library.
Worth reading. It made me think.
Has some ideas, but . . .
My time could have been much better spent.
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Developing the Leader Within You

Developing the Leader Within You by John C. Maxwell, 
Thomas Nelson; second edition 2000, ISBN: 0785266666

I have a bad habit.  Someone recommends a specific book to me and I will often buy a different one by the same author.  Sometimes it is because I have forgotten the book title, but more often, it is because the book is on sale.  That should be my first clue.  That's what happened a few months ago with Gary Zukab's book.

This was a wonderful surprise. I thoroughly enjoyed all of this book.  It was an easy read full of wonderful quotes and stories and lists.  I will be using this regularly for quotes or quick bullet lists in my training workshops and presentations.  Very pithy indeed.  The only reason it gets three not four balls is that some readers might find it full of platitudes and lacking substance.  Perhaps this might be a valid complaint, but I didn't find it that way for me personally.

The book is well laid out with various fonts and sizes that surprisingly is not distracting.  It is easy to follow and has a review section at the end of each chapter.  There is apparently an on-line leadership skills assessment survey.  Unfortunately the link showed up as an error for me and when I tried to load the home page it froze my computer twice so I gave up trying

Developing the Leader Within You is a great introduction to the broad concept of leadership as opposed to management.  It may be presented with the author's bias as Maxwell does tend to make sweeping statements.  However, his views are usually backed up with references but not always. I can highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand more about the principles of leadership on an organizational and personal level.

RFH (01/10)

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