We suggest the following books to be used in conjunction with the CreativQuest programs. The title of the book links to an on-line store for purchasing.

On the Brain:

Change Your Brain, Change Your Life
Daniel G. Amen, M.D., Three Rivers Press, New York, 1998.
How is your ANT population? (Automatic Negative Thoughts)
“Your thoughts really matter. They can either help or hurt your deep limbic system.” Daniel Amen, M.D.
This is only one of the gems from this book written for those trying to understand anxiety and depression… but, what about your healthy high performing leadership mind? Control the ANTS!
For some exercises on optimizing brain function, check out pages 301-305 for Do’s and Don’ts…

On Intelligence
Jeff Hawkins, Times Books, New York, 2004.
Hawkins, the creator of the Palm Pilot, is after Artificial Intelligence and focuses on the cortex of the brain as the center of intelligence. This sheathing (about the thickness of 4 or 5 playing cards) surrounds the brain. It creates the mind, a notion that Francis Crick espoused in his work, The Incredible Hypothesis.

First, Break All The Rules
Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman, Simon and Schuster, New York, 1999.
Lots of data and conclusions on what effective managers do… the brain research starts on page 79 and includes the world’s great managers mantra:
“People don’t change that much. Don’t waste time trying to put in what was left out. Try to draw out what was left in. That is hard enough.”
Not sure if I totally agree with their conclusions, but a fascinating read.

How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci
Michael Gelb, Bantam Dell, New York, 1998.
Seven steps to genius every day. This book builds on the work of Howard Gardner’s Frames of Mind and his challenge that intelligence is more than just math and language ability. Inspiring read.

Mind Gym
Gary Mack, Contemporary Books, McGraw Hill, New York, 2001.
A sport’s psychologist’s look at the “inner game” of the athlete and the need to exercise your mind as well as your body to achieve optimum performance.

On Leadership and Culture by Design©:

The Winning Mindset for Leadership:
Unlocking Your Potential in Business, Sports, and Life

Dennis Alimena, iUniverse, 2008.
What makes people successful in life? Contrary to popular belief, it’s not having the right connections or the right amount of money in the bank account. Instead, it depends upon a winning mindset.

Good to Great
Jim Collins, Harper Collins Publishers, New York, 2001.
Arguably, the best business book written in decades. New and fresh insights on effectively leading large complex organizations. Among them – the Hedgehog Principle, Stockdale Paradox, Humility and Iron Will… do not only read this, but digest it and connect it to your own leadership journey… call us if you need some help!

Blink
Malcolm Gladwell, Little, Brown, and Company, New York, 2005.
The power of thinking without thinking is a great subtitle to this book that relates to the power of our “gut reactions” to our world. This is a great barometer for leaders and don’t forget to read through to the end of the book where we are reminded of how wrong our “gut reaction” can be as well. Wisdom is knowing when to trust the gut and when not to…

The Power of Full Engagement
Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz, Free Press, New York, 2003.
Managing energy, not time, is the key to healthy high performance. This is the message of this book on treating the business executive as a world-class athlete and training to take on the tasks of the busy executive. Some people feel stressed, but this book has you break down your world into chunks where you may see that you are under-stressed in some areas and over-stressed in others. Helpful reminders and good research and anecdotes.

On Self-Leadership:

The Four Agreements
Don Miguel Ruiz, Amber-Allen Publishing, San Rafael, CA. 1997.
Toltec wisdom for everyday success. A trained Western physician gets an insight into what his true calling is… sharing the wisdom of his ancestors:
1. Be Impeccable with your word
2. Don’t take anything personally, people project…
3. Don’t make assumptions, ask questions…
4. Always do your best, in sickness and in health…

Fierce Conversations
Susan Scott, Viking Penguin, 2002
Much needed work around having honest and passionate conversations in the workplace. Success, one conversation at a time, is a great place to start for healthy high performance. Also, these conversations need to take place during times of change to better align effort and resources.

On Philosophy:

The Art of Leadership Second Edition
Dr. George Manning and Kent Curtis, McGraw-Hill Irwin, 2007
A good literature search on the broad topics and history of leadership.

The Phoenix Principles
V. Randolph Brown, Janet Butler Reid, New Village Publishing, 2005
This is a blueprint to faithful execution of a strategy. Although this is a diversity example, it could be applied to any initiative.

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team
Patrick Lencioni, Josey-Bass, 2002
A fable of a new leader and a high tech team that needs to progress through all dysfunctions to find high performance.

The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader
John C. Maxwell, Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1999

Due North! Strengthen Your Leadership Assets®
Jylla Moore Foster

Project Leadership
Timothy J. Kloppenborg, Arthur Shriberg, Jayashree Venkatraman, Management Concepts, 2003

Practicing Leadership, Principles and Applications, Third Edition
Arthur Shriberg, David L. Shriberg and Richa Kumari, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2005

The Power of Full Engagement
Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz, Free Press, New York, 2003.

Presence: Human Purpose and the Field of the Future
Peter Senge, Joseph Jaworski, C. Otto Scharmer, and Betty Sue Flowers, The Society for Organizational Learning, 2004.

The Power of Focus
Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and Les Hewitt, Health Communications, Inc. Deerfield Beach, Florida, 2000.

On Becoming a Leader
Warren Bennis, Addison-Wesley Publishing Co. 1989.

The Forgotten Half of Change
Luc de Brabandere, Dearborn Trade Publishing, 2005.

Management of the Absurd
Richard Farson, Simon and Schuster, New York, 1998.

The Empowered Manager
Peter Block, Jossey-Bass Publishers, San Francisco, 1987.

Freakonomics
Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, Harper Collins, 2005.

What The CEO Wants You to Know
Ram Charan , Crown Business Books, New York, 2001