Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Book Recommendations Some of Julie's favorites

Professional Effectiveness

Professional Effectiveness

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.

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