creativity_book Creativity, by Mihaly Csikszentmihaly
The sub-title Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention may remind you of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s book called Flow, an experience of mindful enjoyment in an activity. This book is focused on creativity as a process and way of living. Based on interviews with nearly 100 creative people, Mihaly offers a compelling view of what it takes to be creative and how to apply those insights to enriching our lives.
mansearchformeaning_book Man’s Search for Meaning, by Viktor E. Frankl
This book is a classic account of a concentration camp survivor’s conscious approach to setting his intention and shaping his view of reality during one of the most horrible human experiences. Mr. Frankl provides a powerful mirror for us as we adapt to reality while seeking to create something remarkable.
pathofleastresistance The Path of Least Resistance, by Robert Fritz
This book is one of my touchstones for any career or life change. Mr. Fritz applies what he knows about creating music to life. When I first read the book, the most interesting advice that was totally resonant with my way of operating was “ If you don’t know what you want—make it up!”
tippingpoint Tipping Point, by Malcolm Gladwell
Many business professionals have either read this book or heard about it. It shares a way of thinking about getting the market to “tip” to embrace a new idea, trend, or social behavior. While most examples are in the domain of retail business, the concepts are relevant for each of our attempts to bring something new into existence as we anticipate resistance or battle a complex set of stakeholders.
markingtime Marking Time, by Herbert Rappaport
An exceptional book that lays out a research-based concept of how we perceive and work with and in time, Marking Time stimulates your thinking and offers practical tools and concepts. The Rappaport Time Line (RTL) is a tool that sparks personal insight into how we think about time and our life. Through real people’s stories, Dr. Rappaport presents his concept of telepression, a way we avoid the future, which is central to our ability to create desired outcomes.
anewearth A New Earth, by Eckhart Tolle
Globally recognized on Oprah’s Book Club, Eckhart Tolle is a spiritual leader who offers a way of thinking about who you are that is both ancient and grounded in practical reality. In particular, he works with a concept he calls our “pain body,” that part of us that seems to unexplainably take us over with fear or unproductive behavior—often our barriers and counter-forces to creating what we say we want.