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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


MORE RESOURCES:

PsychCentral.com (blog)

5 Steps to Increase Motivation
PsychCentral.com (blog)
For many of my clients, they are referring to not having the motivation to perform basic life responsibilities such as paying bills, cleaning the house, making calls, and taking care of their health. When do they get motivated? When they are in the ...



Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Evaluate on motivation
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Teachers should be evaluated based on how well they can motivate their classrooms. Evaluations should take into account two main criteria: 1. Assignment completion rate: Each classroom would have a set number of homework assignments per school year.



Cole Hamels Trade Talk 'Motivation' For Red Sox Pitching Staff
NESN.com
“I think it does motivate them. But aside from motivation, we actually do feel like we got a very strong pitching staff. “We want to identify those guys who have the best chance to be that ace going forward,” Cherington added. “But until that happens ...

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Sunbury Daily Item

Selinsgrove wrestlers use childhood trips to Hershey as motivation
Sunbury Daily Item
Selinsgrove wrestler Nate Bingaman, right, takes down coach Seth Martin while preparing for this year's state wrestling tournament. SealStates2.jpg. Robert Inglis/The Daily Item. SealStates2.jpg. Selinsgrove wrestler Drew Boob, top, works out with ...



Santa Barbara Independent

Review: Zero Motivation
Santa Barbara Independent
This device — along with the film's sudden tonal shifts, playful camerawork, and clever score — lends Zero Motivation a certain comic-book feel, which is grounded by relatable performances from the female-dominated ensemble and Lavie's smart script.



KARE

Motivation Monday: How to deal and heal Plantar Fasciitis
KARE
Mostly imporantly, do not wait to treat this injury. The longer you wait the worse it gets and the longer it will take to heal. In today's Motivation Monday Fitness Expert Chris Freytag shares solutions to help heal Plantar Fasciitis. For more ...



ESPN FC

Dyche: No extra push for Ings vs. Liverpool
ESPN FC
Burnley boss Sean Dyche expects Danny Ings to deliver another high-calibre performance on Wednesday -- but not one additionally motivated by the fact the opposition will be the striker's reported suitors Liverpool. The Reds are among several clubs to ...
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers used fear of sack as motivationSports Mole
Sean Dyche insists Danny Ings will have no extra motivation against LiverpoolSquawka Football News
Liverpool look to maintain Champions League chargeYahoo Singapore News
Football.co.uk
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velonews.competitor.com

Roche understands Contador's motivation to take on Giro-Tour double
velonews.competitor.com
Nicholas Roche admires former teammate Alberto Contador's ambition for the Giro-Tour double. Now riding for Team Sky, Roche (shown here in a 2013 Tinkoff training camp) feels Contador needed a new challenge. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com ...



Daily Republic

Nursing convention gives extra motivation, insight
Daily Republic
Not everyone would compare nursing school to the reality show "Survivor," but Holly Hoffman did. Hoffman, a Eureka native who was a contestant in the 2009 season of "Survivor: Nicaragua," was the motivational speaker on Friday at Nursing Student ...



Student Motivation and Awareness Tour Builds Stronger Communities
Marketwired (press release)
Canada's most successful student-led social justice organization is setting out on its annual tour to motivate and engage thousands of students across Ontario and Quebec to build stronger communities. Students Against Migrant Exploitation (S.A.M.E.) is ...

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