Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Book Recommendations Some of Julie's favorites
By Julie Cohen, Professional Certified Coach
Here are books that Julie often recommends to clients and a short blurb as to why. She loves to talk about books, so please post below your comments, questions and recommendations for additions.
- Where Ever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn – A great introduction to meditation and mindfulness.
- Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn – THE book for developing a mindfulness meditation practice. It’s the ‘textbook’ used for University of Pennsylvania’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Programs.
- Authentic Happiness by Martin Seligman – From the founder of the Positive Psychology movement; introduces concepts of signature strengths and values in action for greater happiness.
- Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi – A fairly academic look at the state of optimal experience, Flow. Can be applied to all facets of your life.
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey – Now a ‘classic.’ Introduces important concepts of ‘Urgent vs Important’, and ‘Sharpening the Saw’ to name a few.
- The Art of Possibility by Benjamin Zander and Rosamund Zander – A wonderful way to look at the world.
- First, Break All the Rules by Marcus Buckingham – How to be a good manager developed from lots of data from the Gallup Organization.
- Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham – Important focus on what we do well, and includes an online assessment of your strengths – StrengthsFinder.
- Leadership and the One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard – Simple introduction to Situational Leadership. Powerful leadership concepts in an easy read.
- The Power of Full Engagement by Tony Schwartz and Jim Loehr – Unique approach to greater effectiveness by managing our energy, instead of time. Fantastic concept of creating rituals.
- Getting Things Done by David Allen – THE book for creating a system to do what the title says, “GET THINGS DONE.” Simple yet powerful. I use the ‘know the one thing you need to do next’ concept on projects all of the time!
- Co-Active Coaching by Whitworth et. al. – For those interested in coaching as a profession or just want to learn more about what coaching is and how to do it well, this is the book. Great introduction to a coaching model, skills and tools.
- Get Clients Now by CJ Hayden – Actionable system to build your service-based business. Clear process in a workbook format to get your business ‘out there’ so clients can hire you.
- Secrets of Power Salary Negotiation by Roger Dawson – Small book with lots of tips on how to effectively negotiate your salary.
- The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron – Bringing more creativity into your life, whether you are an artist, or not.
- Eat. Pray. Love by Elizabeth Gilbert – Before the movie, there was this book. Memoir of a woman seeking peace, meaning and balance. Shares her fantastic geographic, emotional and spiritual journey.
- Time to Think by Nancy Kline – The author introduces her concept of a “Thinking Environment” and how to create one. It’s a place were people are heard, and they listen – and where they accomplish individually and as a team. Important to leaders, their teams and their organizations.
- Learned Optimism by Martin Seligman – Learn the differences between pessimists and optimists, the benefits of being optimistic, and how to bring more optimism to various facets of your life.
- A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future by Dan Pink – Author shows how a more creative and less linear way of thinking is needed for future success. Introduces new ‘six senses’ that he encourages all to develop: design, story, symphony, empathy, play and meaning.
- The Assertiveness Workbook by Randy J. Paterson, PhD – Have recommended this to clients who lack self-confidence, avoid conflict and keep quiet when they have valuable insight to share. This workbook provides a step-by-step method to greater assertiveness.
- What Got You Here Won’t Get You There by Marshall Goldsmith – World-renowned executive coach shares 21 habits that get in the way of success and how to address them. Introduces “feed-forward” instead of feedback and the importance of apologizing. Quick, easy read with info you can use immediately.
- Your Work, Your Life … Your Way: 7 Keys to Work-Life Balance by Julie Cohen, PCC – My book – a coaching approach to designing your work and life situation on your terms. An accompanying workbook is available, too.
- Organizing From the Inside Out by Julie Morgenstern – Strategies, tips and action plans to organize every space in your life and work. Also includes pitfalls to avoid and tools for success.
- Working Identity by Herminia Ibarra – The sub-title of this book is: Unconventional Strategies for Reinventing Your Career. Very useful for experienced professionals looking to move into a different area of work. Big idea – you need to change your environment and your network in order to work in a new field.
- Back on the Career Track by Carol Fishman Cohen and Vivian Steir Rabin – A seven step process to help stay-at-home mothers get back to the world of employment. Includes strategies, resources and success stories.
- One Person/Multiple Careers by Marci Alboher – The author coined the phrase “The Slash Effect” to describe the creation of a customized career of sometimes complementary, sometimes disparate positions/jobs/businesses. Great case studies of people who’ve done it.
- Crucial Conversations by Patterson et al – A must-read for anyone facing tough conversations, at work or at home. And, a primer for effective communication skills in general.
- What Should I Do with My Life? By Po Bronson – A question asked by many of us. A collection of stories of people who have grappled with this question and made unique choices. Lesson learned: There is no one right way!
- Mommy Wars by Leslie Morgan Steiner – Perspectives from mothers who have made different choices – to leave a career to raise children or to remain on a career path with children – and the challenges and benefits that go with each.