I am a reader. I don’t tweet. I like old school, printed, bound, three-dimensional, paperback preferable, books. I like biographies (auto and other), Oprah Book Club books, pop fiction, social science, self-help, neuroscience, adult learning, coaching, leadership, management, history books.
Some books that shaped my mind:
- Anything Shakespeare. I pulled my first all-nighter at 12 when I wrote twenty pages on Twelfth Night. The human condition captured in 15th century olde English haiku.
- Susan Brownmiller’s Against Our Will: Men, Women and Rape. Alongside Betty Friedan, the feminist that made me a feminist at 17, and taught me about the legacy of patriarchy, and about how words matter.
- Eckhart Tolle’s The New Earth. You are the boss, not your mind. Learn about non-judgement, non-attachment, non-reaction.
- Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love. Come on. The divine is in you, not out there.
- Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking, Fast and Slow. Massive accomplishment to finish, and worth it. Must read if you are in any form of helping services. The chapter on game theory lingers with me.
- Nancy Kline’s Time to Think. Pioneer book for the coaching field. Don’t break the silence, if you cannot improve it.
- Carol Dweck’s Growth Mindset. So necessary for parents, schools, corporations, adults.
- Anything from Bob Kegan and Lisa Lahey – they are my board of directors. Immunity to Change, Languages of Leaders and Everyone Culture.
- Anything from Marshall Goldsmith – I like his practicality. Triggers and What Got You Here, Won’t Get You There.
- Yuval Harari’s Sapiens and Home Deus. History matters.