Books

Facing Codependence, by Pia Mellody

facing codependencePia Mellody is an authority in the fields of relationships and addictions; she is a Senior Clinical Advisor for The Meadows, a multi-disorder facility specializing in the treatment of trauma andaddictions. Her book Facing Codependence: What It Is, Where It Comes from, How It Sabotages Our Lives is a very insightful work on human psychology that will surely help you learn something new about yourself or those around you. Read more ⇉

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How To Keep Up Your Energy Levels?

the power of full engagementThis article is in continuation to The Power of Full Engagement, related to the book of the same name authored by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz, in which we discussed how to expand our physical and mental capacities using athletic principles. Here, we’ll talk about the importance of physical energy and how it is often overlooked, given our sedentary lifestyles. Read more ⇉

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The Power Of Full Engagement, by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz

the power of full engagement“Energy, not time, is the fundamental currency of high performance.”

In The Power of Full Engagement, authors Jim Loehr (world-renowned performance psychologist, co-founder of the Human Performance Institute), and Tony Schwartz (journalist, founder of The Energy Project) defend the thesis that “Energy, not time, is the fundamental currency of high performance.” Read more ⇉

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The art of asking, by Amanda Palmer

the art of askingAmanda Palmer is a popular American singer-songwriter. In her book The Art of Asking she shares some of her life experiences and lessons learned. Amanda became popular after raising nearly $1.2 million via Kickstarter in one of the most successful comparable crowdfunding campaigns. Her story is inspirational because for her, success, fame and social recognition came only after years of being a street performer and acting for tiny audiences in hidden bars. Read more ⇉

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Tiny Beautiful Things, by Cheryl Strayed

The Tiny beautiful ThingsCheryl Strayed is an American writer who became famous writing under the pseudonym of “Sugar” for the blog The Rumpus. Following the popularity of her posts, she kind of became an online advisor on life and love, and engaged a large number of followers who, in addition to astonishingly beautiful and on spot responses to their letters, found a special motivation in the mystery of not knowing who was actually behind the such “Sugar”. Read more ⇉

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A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children, by James Webb and Others

A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children

A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children

Parenting and leadership are closely connected, which is reason enough for us to be interested in the topic.

Being a parent makes you confront some of your weaknesses and shadows in an unavoidable way. Our kids need our best versions at all times and they act as mirrors for us to identify whether we are doing our job well. Moreover, they create a sense of urgency like perhaps no other stimulus can. A five-year old child cannot wait until he turns seven for his parents to improve their parenting skills. He would have changed forever and missed a significant phase in his development. Our children need our best possible version NOW. Read more ⇉

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Listening To Midlife, by Mark Gerzon

“We yearn to live our unlived lives.”

Listening to midlife

Listening To Midlife, by Mark Gerzon

“Midlife crisis” is a topic of relevance for most of us, at some point in our lives. For some, it comes in the mid-thirties, while for others it may come in the forties, or even fifties. In Listening to Midlife, Mark Gerzon does an outstanding job of describing this important transformational period that most people in modern society go through.

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Learned Optimism, by Martin Seligman

Learned Optimism, by Martin Seligman

Learned Optimism, by Martin Seligman

Optimism is an important facet of good leadership and personal development. In Learned Optimism, father of positive psychology Martin Seligman explains what differentiates optimists from pessimists. The differences, he implies, lie in the manner the two groups perceive and analyze incidents and their environment with respect to themselves. Read more ⇉

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Have You Found Your “Element”? By Sir Ken Robinson

The Element by Sir Ken Robinson

The Element by Sir Ken Robinson

“(…) if we can each find our Element, we all have the potential for much higher achievement and fulfillment.”

Do I love what I do? Does my work help fulfill my true desires and my deep personal needs? Am I able to find the space to address my true passions? These are deep questions many of us raise to ourselves when we find some time for reflection and look at ourselves in the mirror. In attempting to answer them, it is not uncommon for other, deeper and more complex to answer questions to appear: What is my real passion? Do I have one? If I had infinite freedom to choose exactly what I want to do, what is it that I would choose? Read more ⇉

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Delivering Happiness, by Tony Hsieh

Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh

Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh

“Zappos’ vision: Delivering happiness to customers, employees and vendors.”

In his book Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose, Zappos’ CEO Tony Hsieh talks about his fascinating entrepreneurial life. From growing worms in his parent’s backyard, to the acquisition of Zappos by Amazon in a deal valued at over $1.2 billion, Hsieh went through many entrepreneurial experiences, including a pizza business while in college, quitting Oracle after 5 months to set up his own web-design company with a friend, and creating an internet advertising company – LinkExchange– that he ultimately sold to Microsoft.

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