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A few weeks ago, I shared a list of my favorite books on leadership and career. I thought you might enjoy a few more while you’re seeking some relief from juggling work, teaching and caregiving or just need something new to do and think about.

My fellow coaches at Crosworks have some favorites, too. Here’s a handful of books they’ve found inspirational and thought provoking through the years.

Radical Candor by Kim Scott – This Google and Apple alumna has earned international fame with her vital approach to effective leadership practice based on caring personally and challenging directly, about soliciting criticism to improve your leadership and also providing guidance that helps others grow.

The One Thing by Gary Keller and Jay Papsan – The One Thing is all about getting better clarity and focus in your life and work. Learn the tricks to cut through the clutter, achieve better results in less time, dial down stress, and master what matters to you.

Transitions by William Bridges – This best-selling guide for coping with changes in life and work was named one of the 50 all-time best books in self-help and personal development. With a rating like this, I think I’ll read it!

Good to Great by Jim Collins – A book that withstands the test of time. What are the distinguishing characteristics that cause a company to go from good to great? Over five years, Jim Collins and his research team analyzed the histories of 28 companies, discovering why some companies make the leap to greatness and others don’t.

Insight: Why We’re Not as Self-Aware as We Think, and How Seeing Ourselves Clearly Helps Us Succeed at Work and in Life by Dr. Tasha Eurich – Amazon says, “the first definitive book on the science of self-awareness, Insight is a fascinating journey into everyone’s favorite topic: themselves.” Did you know that, according to a Harvard study, 95% of people believe they are self-aware and only 10-15% really are?

We’d love to hear from you as well…any books that made a real difference in your approach to leading at work or in life? We’ll use your suggestions next time.

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