|•||Courage to Create, Rollo May - In the late 1980’s a colleague and I presented a workshop called,
Using the Camcorder Creatively. We had very different ideas on creativity. I decided to read
about creativity and found this classic on creativity.
|•||Kick in the Seat of the Pants or Whack on the Side of the Head, Roger von Oech - Great
exercises to get you thinking differently.
The Artist’s Way, Julia Cameron - I read this is 2000 and again in 2010 with a “Creative Cluster.”
Each member of the group made decisions to enhance their lives in numerous ways because of
|•||Mountains Beyond Mountains, Tracy Kidder - Awesome true story about how one man, Dr. Paul
Farmer, changed medicine by looking at systemic issues of disease. You’ll be inspired by his
commitment, passion and determination to make change.
|•||Community, The Structure of Belonging, Peter Block - Peter was a presenter in one of my
classes at Pepperdine. His work changed the culture of our class. Powerful stuff! He says there
are six important conversations that transform groups (and the key word here is transform).
Conversations are the way that humans think together. If you don’t like what is going on…Change
the conversation. Here are the six: Invitation, Possibility, Dissent, Commitment, Ownership and
Gifts. Peter also wrote The Answer to How is Yes. I remember that when I read this I shook my
head in a yes motion the whole book. I really resonated with his thinking.
|•||Breakpoint and Beyond, George Land and Beth Jarman - I first learned about change theory from
George and Beth. George provides a framework for thinking about the process of change or the
stages of change by using nature as the model. Really good stuff!
|•||Deep Change: Discovering the Leader Within, Robert Quinn - I liked the exercises in this book,
very thought-provoking on a personal level and you could also apply them to your organization.
|•||Appreciative Inquiry, Jane Magruder Watkins and Bernard Mohr - Not only does Jane provide theory,
but a step by step on using the process in multiple settings. I also like the Thin Book on
Appreciative Inquiry by Sue Annis Hammond, great summary of the process.
|•||Mining Group Gold, Tom Kayser - I found this in the early 90’s. It was recommended by George
Land’s group, Leadership 2000. Great tips and I still refer to it.
|•||The Team Handbook, Peter Scholtes - This book has just about anything related to teams and is a
great reference book.
|•||The Wisdom of Teams, Jon Katzenbach - I was rummaging through the business section of airport
bookstore and found this gem. Jon provides tons of examples of teams, what they were doing that
was working, what wasn’t working and how to get through the situation.