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Recommendations for the Best Personal Growth Books


I can't stress this enough: You've got to motivate yourself in order to motivate your team. You don't motivate people, they motivate themselves (or they don't). If you model motivated behavior, so will your team! Read on for a few suggestions on books to help you make it great!

You Can Experience...A Purposeful LifeJames Emery White

I recently finished this book, and I strongly recommend it. Pastor White does a fantastic job of reminding us that our call to serve the Lord can come in many shapes, sizes, and colors. I think the biggest thing I learned from this book is that you don't have to be a pastor to serve the Lord and make a difference in the world. By focusing on serving the Lord, you can, as the title says, experience a purposeful life. I know it's definitely helped me re-focus my energies on the right things, instead of just things.

21 Indispensable Qualities of Leadership: Becoming the Leader Others Will FollowJohn C. Maxwell

From Amazon.com's review:Why do some people consistently inspire others to follow their lead? In The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader, Maxwell identifies these top traits as character, charisma, commitment, communication, competence, courage, discernment, focus, generosity, initiative, listening, passion, positive attitude, problem-solving, relationships, responsibility, security, self-discipline, servanthood, teachability, and vision--and then defines them in ways that readers can absorb and utilize.

I can't say it much better than that. The way Maxwell breaks down leadership qualities into easy to understand character qualities is absolutely fantastic. Character is what defines a leader, and these traits are what people of character have. A must-read for leaders in any position.

Now, Discover Your Strengths Marcus Buckingham

It's great to read a book that helps you find what you're strong in and encourages you to work to make those stronger, instead of working against what you know you're good at. You have to buy this book to take the personal survey. A great follow-up to First Break All the Rules, and one I encourage anyone who isn't sure where her/his strengths are. I would encourage you to even buy a copy for each of your team, so they can take the StrengthsFinder test.

Five Patterns of Extraordinary Careers Spencer Stuart

A remarkable book about how to stand out from your peers and have a better career. My favorite lesson: It's better to ask for forgiveness after the fact than it is to ask for permission ahead of time.

Who Moved My Cheese? Spencer Johnson

Of course, what book list would be complete without this book all about CHANGE (or is it just about cheese?) Another book that is well worth the listen, but also worth reading.

7 Habits of Highly Effective PeopleSteven Covey

Another must have in your leadership library. If you read a lot of books, you're practicing one of Covey's habits, "sharpening the saw." I'm also looking forward to reading about the 8th Habit but I haven't picked it up yet.

How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci Discover Your Genius: How to Think Like History's Ten Most Revolutionary Minds Michael Gelb

I've met Michael, and he is so on the mark with his writings. Learn how to think more creatively and be more artistic (yes, that is important no matter what your position, or what you family or bosses tell you)

The Brand You 50Re-imaginePursuit of Wow!Tom Peters

Tom Peters is a new favorite author of mine, and one who is has motivated me to work on many new projects in 2005.

What Should I Do With My Life?Po Bronson

A book that tells us that it's okay NOT to know what you want to do, and that even the people we think are completely happy may not be, but also that we make our own happiness, it all depends on how you deal with it. Buy the paperback because it has 7 new stories!

Rhinoceros SuccessScott Alexander

This was recommended to me by my last manager, and is an incredibly quick read. It's all about leading, and how sometimes you have to do the unpopular (change usually) to make a difference and stand out as a leader. Be a rhino!

Advanced RhinocerologyScott Alexander

This books is a nice sequel to Rhinocerous Success and I enjoyed it a great deal. A few things it reminded me of is that leaders are often under attack from all sides, and it's important to watch your own back because often nobody else will.

Phil Gerbyshak leads a team of IT help desk professionals in Milwaukee, WI, and finds that sharing his knowledge is a crucial component in his success as a leader and as a person. Phil's personal philosophy is paraphrased from Tim Sanders' fantastic book Love is the Killer App: "Share your knowledge, your network, and your love. The rest will follow." Read more of Phil's musings at http://makeitgreat.blogspot.com


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New York Times

Dollar General Questions Motivation of Rival's CEO
New York Times
Photo. Together with Family Dollar, Dollar General would have almost 20,000 stores and more than $28 billion in revenue.Credit Eric Gay/Associated Press. Chief executives routinely pledge to do what's best for their investors, especially when it comes ...
Is family pride behind a dollar store's rebuffed takeover bid?Fortune

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AFC using rough 2013 campaign as motivation for this fall
SaukValley.com
"It was definitely a shock," senior lineman/linebacker Kevin Kurz said, "and it's a lot of motivation for this year. We've cut some of the slack from last season, basically saying, 'This is what we're doing, and this is how we're doing it, and you have ...

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Dave Weber brings motivation to local schools
Port Clinton News Herald
Christie Ontko of Put-in-Bay School shows a sign as part of a positive-reinforcement exercise. (Photo: Craig Shoup/News Herald ). CONNECTTWEETLINKEDINCOMMENTEMAILMORE. PORT CLINTON – More than 700 educators and administrators flocked ...



Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies

Bostrom on Superintelligence (6): Motivation Selection Methods
Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies
The first is to adopt some form of “capability control”, i.e. limit the intelligence's capabilities so that, whatever its motivations might be, it cannot pose a threat to human beings. We reviewed various forms of capability control in the previous ...



Jays using disappointment of 2013 as motivation
Jefferson City News Tribune
But the journey north also gave the Jays some added motivation entering the offseason. “I think it has definitely fueled the fire — especially when you sit back and start looking and you're like, 'Oh my gosh, that team used that momentum to carry ...

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Me my motivation and my game-programmers life
GameDev.net
I have made several game-prototypes which got to a state where you can see a bit of the game - no good graphics at all, but basic stuff was working fine so far and then... i just lost the motivation and dont know what to do anymore. Thats really ...



Clemson DT Watkins returns with new motivation outlook after losing friend
FOXSports.com
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson defensive tackle Carlos Watkins is determined not to forget that fatal car wreck that cost him a childhood friend -- and forever changed his perspective on life and football. Watkins was riding to a cookout not far from his ...

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Ortiz: Fans key motivation to recent hot streak
Comcast SportsNet New England
Although the Red Sox have been struggling throughout the 2014 season, David Ortiz continues to swing a hot bat over the past month. Jessica Moran caught up with the 38-year-old designated hitter to ask what keeps him going through such a difficult ...

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Difficulty assessing effort drives motivation deficits in schizophrenia, study ...
EurekAlert (press release)
The research, detailed in an article published this week in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology, can assist health professionals in countering motivation deficits among patients with schizophrenia and help those patients function normally by breaking up ...

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Scottish Daily Record

Kilmarnock won't have to look far for motivation against Motherwell.. we all ...
Scottish Daily Record
Kilmarnock won't have to look far for motivation against Motherwell.. we all want to play in Ayrshire derby, says Rory McKenzie. Aug 22, 2014 13:56; By Dailyrecord.co.uk; 0 Comments. McKENZIE knows the rivalry with Ayr United as well as anyone given ...

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