Megatrends 2010, The Rise of Conscious Capitalism, Patricia Aburdene

This book, at its time and prime, was one of the first to stress the importance of the new trends taking place in the world of business. Not only were people looking inward to determine “who they are” but so were businesses.  The importance of the “idea” – and the importance of values over just “profit” for the sake of profit, made this a unique concept in 2010.  This concept was key in my small business consulting; stressing the importance not only of knowing who you are, but how you want your business to be known as well and what that “looked like” in its execution.

What Do You Do With An Idea,  Kobi Yamada

A book for children, but adults should listen in.  It is the time for innovation and renovation and it starts with innovation and the courage to listen and try.

The 8th Habit, Stephen R. Covey

I find it interesting that Covey’s Leadership books are classified in book stores under both Business and Self Help.  All of his books have helped me in the business arena, but The 8th Habit influenced me greatly with the concept of finding your own voice.  It told me that I was “on track” with knowing who you are as a key component to business success and being your own leader.

The Soul of Money,  Lynn Twist

This book has become one of my core books regarding beliefs.  It is so much more than just a book about money. It is about scarcity thinking and how that belief drives so much of our behavior.  It also has given me much insight into Vision and how our thoughts about ourselves can change everything we decide to do with our lives.

Daring Greatly, Brene Brown

This wonderful book teaches us to embrace who we are; the vulnerable imperfect sides of ourselves and using those aspects as strengths to engage courageously in the world.  It solidly reinforced my theory of Essential Leadership – leading from the knowledge of “who you are.”

Turning to one another, Margaret J. Wheatley

All of Margaret Wheatley’s books emphasize the need for us to listen to each other as a healing for the world. She inspires me with every word to continue to expect the best from the world by listening to what others have to say, and understand why what they say is important to each of us.

The Celestine Prophecy Series of books,  James Redfield,

The Celestine Prophecy: An Adventure,

The Tenth Insight; Holding the Vision,

The Secret of Shambhala; In Search of the Eleventh Insight

The Celestine Vision: Living in New Spiritual Awareness

When I read these books for the first time, I considered them fun, a little “light” but a good read and interesting concept. I now consider them ground breaking and realize they were presented in a lighthearted way to get the world’s attention.  If they are on your shelf, I respectfully offer that you may want to go back and give them another look. They hold powerful information.

Seth Speaks, Jane Roberts

This was the first channeled book I had ever read other than the Bible.  It took me a very long time to read it, because I found myself thinking “What if this is true?” all the way through the book. While I thought I was continuing to read, I realized that I was still back a chapter or two, wondering about what I had just read.  If you are strong in your beliefs, a book like this gives you an opportunity to see if other ideas make any sense to you.  You can dismiss or embrace its concepts, but it helps you rediscover what you know to be true versus what you were taught to be true.

Conversations With God Series of Books,  Neale Donald Walsch

Conversations with God, Books 1,2,and 3.  

 Any of the Conversation with God books will once again challenge you to review your beliefs.  Why is that important?  Because your beliefs determine your actions.  Whether it be your personal life,  your business, your social network, everything coming into your life is due to what you believe.  These books keep you thinking and re-evaluating what thoughts are driving the “happenings” in your life.

Everyone Communicates, Few Connect,  John C. Maxwell

John C. Maxwell has fabulous books on Leadership and on understanding yourself.  This book especially supports “Connecting Resources” and helps people learn how anyone can learn to connect with others.