Personal Growth

  • Quiet

    By Susan Cain

    Cain argues that we dramatically undervalue introverts and shows how much we lose in doing so. She charts the rise of the Extrovert Ideal throughout the twentieth century and introduces us to successful introverts–from a witty, high-octane public speaker who recharges in solitude after his talks, to a record-breaking salesman who quietly taps into the power of questions. Quiet has the power to permanently change how we see introverts and, equally important, how they see themselves.
  • Synchronicity, The Inner Path of Leadership

    By Joseph Jaworski

    This book chronicles the author’s personal journey to a deeper understanding of leadership. Almost a “leadership sampler” of ideas and perspectives on leadership, the author traces his steps over several years as he struggles to identify what leadership is and how we can use it to collectively shape our future. The works/authors he cites and the brief summaries he gives of each are the highlights of the book.
  • Deep Change

    By Robert Quinn

    This book nicely balances personal change and organizational change, and explains why the latter won’t occur without the former. Quinn demonstrates the crucial importance of deep change as the path to self-understanding and the key to revitalization of the organization. 
  • Man’s Search for Meaning

    By Viktor Frankl

    Frankl was an Austrian psychiatrist who gave a moving and horrifying account of his imprisonment in Auschwitz and other Nazi death camps. Stressing man’s freedom to transcend suffering and find a meaning in life regardless of circumstances, he shows why asking the question: “What’s the meaning of life?” is self-centered, short-term thinking. Rather, life asks us everyday: “What difference will you make? What meaning will you bring?” The manner in which we answer that question determines our influence, our success and our happiness. Named by the New York Times as one of the 100 “Most Influential Books of the 20th Century”. 

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