Barking Up the Wrong Tree: The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success Is (Mostly) Wrong
By Eric Barker. HarperOne, 2017.
Amusing and useful insights into success in life and work. Barker knows the research and presents it clearly.
Make Peace with Your Mind: How Mindfulness and Compassion Can Free You from Your Inner Critic
By Mark Coleman, foreword by Tara Brach. New World Library, 2016.
How to recognize and understand your inner critic—then move it off stage to get on with your life.
Strengths Based Leadership: Great Leaders, Teams, and Why People Follow
By Tom Rath and Barry Conchie. Gallup, 2008.
A well-researched manual including a link to the online StrengthsFinder assessment, with advice for leading from each of the 34 named strengths.
Awake at Work: 35 Practical Buddhist Principles for Discovering Clarity and Balance in the Midst of Work’s Chaos
By Michael Carroll. Shambhala, 2004.
Examples: “Avoid idiot compassion,” “Study the six confusions,” “No blame.”
Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
By David Allen. Penguin, 2015.
A classic, practical guide to organizing your work so you can relax and be productive.
True Refuge: Finding Peace and Freedom in Your Own Awakened Heart
By Tara Brach. Random House, 2013.
About knowing what’s true and not being captive to negative emotions.
The Pathfinder: How to Choose or Change Your Career for a Lifetime of Satisfaction and Success
By Nicholas Lore. Touchstone, 2011.
A practical workbook for designing a career you love.
Over 40 & You’re Hired!
By Robin Ryan. Penguin, 2011.
A good practical guide to how employers are likely to see older applicants, and how to respond. Caveat: the resumes are too crowded, as is often the case with these books.
The Procrastinator’s Guide to Getting Things Done
By Monica Ramirez Basco. Guilford Press, 2010.
A sympathetic guide to why we procrastinate and how to change.
Daniel Goleman– emotional intelligence skills for leaders and others
Presencing – “a growing community creating awareness-based social technologies for change makers around the world”