More Books on Belonging, Leadership and more


How do we lead in tough times?  We are clear on our purpose and create a sense of belonging and ownership.  Bringing people together for a common cause.


Empowerment Takes More Than a Minute Paperback – October 10, 2001

by Ken Blanchard (Author), John P Carlos (Author), Alan Randolph (Author)

Super short novel format. Why top-down methods often fail and why empowerment builds a stronger team.

How to Know a Person: The Art of Seeing Others Deeply and Being Deeply Seen

by David Brooks  | Oct 24, 2023

David Brooks is an opinion writer for the NYTimes.  Here, he tries to cut through politics to help us all become more human.  “To accurately know another person,” he says, we have “to let them feel valued, heard, and understood.” He then shows us how we can learn to do so.

The Connector Manager: Why Some Leaders Build Exceptional Talent – and Others Don’t

by Jaime Roca and Sari Wilde  | Sep 17, 2019

Based on a massive study of four kinds of managers: teachers, cheerleaders, task-oriented, and connectors.  Connectors far outperform the others. They start where employees are and help them find others to help them move ahead.

The Gift of Influence: Creating Life-Changing and Lasting Impact in Your Everyday Interactions

by Tommy Spaulding  | Sep 20, 2022

Positive, uplifting book.  Great stories.  Chock full of ideas on how to Inspire and motivate others.



The 4 Disciplines of Execution: Revised and Updated: Achieving Your Wildly Important Goals

by Chris McChesney, Sean Covey, et al. | Apr 20, 2021

I re-read this one. It answers the question of how we actually deliver on the goals we set. Focus on a very few Wildly Important Goals (WIGs). Act on lead measures, the ones that predict the outcomes you want. Keep a super simple, compelling scorecard: Did I do the two things that matter this week … or not? Create a cadence of holding each other accountable.

Culture Shock: An unstoppable force is changing how we work and live—Gallup’s solution to the biggest leadership issue of our time.

by Jim Clifton and Jim Harter  | Jun 26, 2023

Gallup’s big idea is that employee engagement drives productivity.  Good managers engage employees and make them a part of their success.  Conflict over COVID blocked engagement.  Now, we need to recapture the hearts and minds of employees.

The Experience Mindset: Changing the Way You Think About Growth

by Tiffani Bova and Tom Peters | Jun 6, 2023

The “experience mindset” includes both the customer and employee experiences. You can’t exploit one for the other; they go hand in hand.

How Big Things Get Done: The Surprising Factors That Determine the Fate of Every Project, from Home Renovations to Space Exploration and Everything In Between

by Bent Flyvbjerg and Dan Gardner  | Feb 7, 2023

This is a keeper. It is another answer to the puzzle of how to turn goals into reality. 99% of big projects fail to deliver on time, on budget, and on promises. What works? Start with the end in mind. Plan well. Work the bugs out. Replicate. Build a team.

Simple Truths of Leadership: 52 Ways to Be a Servant Leader and Build Trust

by Ken BlanchardRandy Conley, et al. | Oct 17, 2023

Great value. Takeaways on almost every page.  A lifetime of wisdom wrapped up in a short read.

The HeART of Laser-Focused Coaching: A Revolutionary Approach to Masterful Coaching

by Marion Franklin  | Sep 25, 2019

4.7 rating on 863 ratings.  Didn’t do that much for me.  It struck me as a know-it-all.  I took away some good points.  I am glad I read it. It’s certainly not the best coaching book I’ve read.

When Everyone Leads: How The Toughest Challenges Are Seen And Solved

by Ed O’Malley and Julia Fabris McBride  | Jan 31, 2023

It’s the best book I’ve read on adaptive leadership.  Authors head up a change management institute in Kansas City.  They simplify big ideas and illustrate them well with case stories from their clients.

Who Not How: The Formula to Achieve Bigger Goals Through Accelerating Teamwork

by Dan Sullivan and Benjamin Hardy | Oct 20, 2020

Successful people don’t figure it out for themselves; they collaborate with others.  Don’t spend all your time shoring up your weaknesses.  Find those who have the answers.  Start with WHO.

Winner Sells All: Amazon, Walmart, and the Battle for Our Wallets

by Jason Del Rey  | Jun 20, 2023

The Compelling back-and-forth story about how Amazon and Walmart keep challenging each other for first place. Great stories about risks, rewards, innovation, and knowing when to keep trying and when to go in a different direction.  Shows, time and again, how iterative learning can turn ideas into results.



Empress of the Nile: The Daredevil Archaeologist Who Saved Egypt’s Ancient Temples from Destruction

by Lynne Olson  | Feb 28, 2023

Nancy Pearl (Book Lust to Go) recommends books for travelers.  I read Empress of the Nile before my hoped-for trip to Egypt, which was canceled due to the Gaza conflict.  It is an excellent book about a French woman who accomplished the impossible.

Knowing What We Know: The Transmission of Knowledge: From Ancient Wisdom to Modern Magic

by Simon Winchester  | Apr 25, 2023

I’ve read nearly everything Simon Winchester writes.  This one he wrote from home during COVID-19, and it shows.  He lacks the verve and first-hand reporting he is known for.

The Art of More: How Mathematics Created Civilization

by Michael Brooks  | Jan 18, 2022

Who would have guessed? This is a compelling page-turner on the history of math. Surprisingly, the concept of zero is only 2000 years old and made it to Europe only in the 1200s. Without zero accounting, loans, and business as we know it was impossible.


by David McCullough  | Aug 20, 2003

McCullough turns every book into a compelling story. Here, he makes Truman come to life—a small-town haberdasher who performed well on the world stage.



Democracy Awakening: Notes on the State of America

by Heather Cox Richardson  | Sep 26, 2023

A historian shares 150 years of our story to tell us how we got to where we are.  What we are experiencing today is not entirely new.  We’ve lived through similar challenges before.

Myth America: Historians Take On the Biggest Legends and Lies About Our Past

by Kevin M. Kruse and Julian E. Zelizer  | Jan 3, 2023

Twenty edited chapters on a variety of myths … The New Deal … The Great Society.  It is somewhat uneven regarding grain size and the skill of the author.  There are some excellent chapters, and some are not so great.

Ours Was the Shining Future: The Story of the American Dream

by David Leonhardt  | Oct 24, 2023

This is a super long book. It uses big data and great journalism to unpack our American story. Fifty years ago, we could expect 90% of us to do better than our parents. Today that is seldom the case.

Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism

by Anne Applebaum  | Jul 21, 2020

The author tells of the rise of the far right from Poland to Hungary, the UK, Spain, and America, why we crave autocratic leadership, and what it might mean for our future.



Disruptive Thinking: A Daring Strategy to Change How We Live, Lead, and Love

by T. D. Jakes  | May 9, 2023

An activist pastor shares multiple examples of thinking outside the box to overcome hardship and racism to create more significant opportunities.

NIV, Maxwell Leadership Bible, 3rd Edition, Hardcover, Comfort Print: Holy Bible, New International Version

by Thomas Nelson and John C. Maxwell  | Mar 12, 2019

John Maxwell, a famous writer and speaker on leadership, shares spiritual insights from the Bible.

The One-Year Mini for Leaders

by Jim Seybert  | Oct 1, 2007

One thought a day—biblical insights connected to leadership stories and principles to live by.



The Door-to-Door Bookstore: A Novel

by Carsten Henn | Jul 4, 2023

This is a heartwarming tale of a small-town bookstore. It tells the story of how an old bookseller and a precocious 9-year-old girl find each other, literally and figuratively, in the books they read and share with others.

Ellis Island Paperback –

by Kate Kerrigan (Author)

This is a heart-wrenching tale of Irish immigration to the US, the hardships of staying, leaving, and returning, and how to make a life despite incredible odds.

Orcas Intrigue (The Chameleon Chronicles Book 1)

I am a sucker for hometown books.  I’ve read all of J.A. Jance’s books about Seattle, my hometown.  This series is set on Orcas Island, where my wife grew up, and we vacation each summer.  The whimsical storyline draws you in.  I read all five in the series.  Beach reads.  There is no heavy lifting here.

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