Here are a few books that I have in my library that I thought I’d share.  I’ve made a few notes to give some insight into the value.  You’ll find a longer list on my website at  Please let me know what others you think important to add.

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz (1997) ISBN 978-1-878424-31-0

I heard Don Miguel Ruiz speak in Tucson somewhere around 2002.  I had not read the book yet but attended the talk with a friend who had.  Ruiz was not your typical motivational speaker.  He was very quiet and a bit boring – until something he said struck a chord and I thought, “Pay attention!”  These 4 Agreements – so simple and so profound.  They are agreements I continue to practice and strive to live by.

Good to Great by Jim Collins (2001) ISBN 0-06-662099-6

Great work!  Collins uses simple terms and clear writing to give insight into his research and findings of what it takes to be a “level 5 leader.”  My copy of this book is quite worn from my frequent review, reference and recommendation.  I love this stuff!

Leadership on the Line by Ronald A. Heifetz and Marty Linsky (2002) ISBN 1-57851-437-1

One of my clients recommended this book and each time I recommend it, I am reminded of a great leader.  I am especially fond of Chapter 3 – Get on the Balcony. It is so easy to be caught up in the chaos of our daily lives.  It is critical to find perspective. 

The Fifth Discipline by Peter M. Senge (1990) ISBN 0-385-26094

I moved to Tucson in 1991 and to join a new organization.  As part of our formation as a team, our CEO assigned the leadership to present “team building” activities or concepts to the group.  I had recently read Senge’s “The Fifth Discipline” and was hooked.  I vividly recall my presentation, which was about enrollment and commitment.  This work continues to resonate and serve as a guide in my own work with individuals and organizations.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling (1999) ISBN 0-439-06486-4

 I really enjoyed all of the Harry Potter books.  My daughter was quite young when the first book came out and I remember reading it with her.  We have enjoyed the series as a family that really extended to a community of her friends and their families.  I especially like Albus Dumbledore’s message to Harry in Chamber of Secrets (p. 333) when he says, “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

(Original post Jan. 21, 2010)