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Suggested Reading


The Arbinger Institute. Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2000.

Birkman, Roger, Ph.D. True Colors. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1995. An introduction to The Birkman Method® for discovering your personality type.

Blanton, Brad, Ph.D. Radical Honesty: How to Transform Your Life by Telling the Truth. New York: Dell Publishing, 1994. A "rough and tumble" look at the power of telling the truth.

Brehony, Kathleen A. Awakening at Midlife: Realizing Your Potential for Growth and Change. New York: Riverhead Books, 1996. An excellent look at growth during midlife.

Harris, Bud, Ph.D. Sacred Selfishness: A Guide to Living a Life of Substance. Maui, HI: Inner Ocean Publishing, 2002.

Henry, Jim. The Privilege of a Lifetime: Finding Love, Wholeness and Fulfillment Through the Greatest of Human Adventures, Being Yourself. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada: Boundary Press, 1998. From a Jungian perspective, Henry addresses the importance of being authentic.

Hudson, Russ and Riso, Don Richard. The Wisdom of the Enneagram: The Complete Guide to Psychological and Spiritual Growth for the Nine Personality Types. New York: Bantam Books, 1999. This is my favorite book on the Enneagram. It includes the full Enneagram instrument so that you can determine your type.

Johnson, Robert A. Inner Work: Using Dreams and Active Imagination for Personal Growth. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1986. An excellent guide for dream work.

Keyes, Ken. Handbook for Higher Consciousness. Coos Bay, OR: Living Love Publications, 1975.

Kingma, Daphne, Rose. Loving Yourself: Four Steps to a Happier You. Boston, MA: Conari Press, 2004.

Pearce, Terry. Leading Out Loud: The Authentic Speaker, the Credible Leader. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1995.

Zukav, Gary. The Heart of the Soul: Emotional Awareness. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2001. Suggests "emotional awareness" is a key component in creating authentic power.

Zukav, Gary. The Seat of the Soul. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1989. Discusses our evolution from five-sensory humans into multi-sensory humans.


Adrienne, Carol. The Purpose of Your Life. New York: Eagle Brook, 1998. An excellent guide for uncovering your life's purpose.

Allegretti, Joseph G. Loving Your Job, Finding Your Passion: Work and the Spiritual Life. New York: Paulist Press, 2000.

Fortgang, Laura Berman. Living Your Best Life: Ten Strategies for Getting from Where You Are to Where You're Meant to Be. New York: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam, 2001.

Kusher, Harold. When All You've Ever Wanted Isn't Enough: The Search for a Life that Matters. New York: Simon & Schuster, Inc., 1986.

Levoy, Gregg. Callings: Finding and Following an Authentic Life. New York: Three Rivers Press, 1997. Beautifully written, one of my favorites.

Markova, Dawna. I Will Not Die An Unlived Life: Reclaiming Purpose and Passion. Berkeley, CA: Conari Press, 2000.

Palmer, Parker J. Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers, 2000.


McNally, David and Speak, Karl, D. Be Your Own Brand: A Breakthrough Formula for Standing Out from the Crowd. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishing, Inc., 2002.

Montoya, Peter with Vandehey, Tim. The Brand Called You. CA: Personal Branding Press, 2002.

Roffer, Robin, Fisher. Make a Name for Yourself: Eight Steps Every Woman Needs to Create a Personal Brand Strategy for Success.


Ailes, Roger, with Jon Kraushar. You Are the Message. New York: Doubleday, 1988.

Alessandra, Tony, Ph.D. Charisma: Seven Keys to Developing the Magnetism that Leads to Success. New York: Warner Books, 2000.

Alessandra, Tony, Ph.D. and O'Connor, Michael J., Ph.D. The Platinum Rule: Discover the Four Basic Business Personalities — and How They Can Lead You to Success. New York: Warner Books, 1996. One of the best books around about understanding personality types in business.

Boothman, Nicholas. How to Make People Like You in 90 Seconds or Less. New York: Workman Publishing, 2000.

Dyer, Wayne W. The Power of Intention: Learning to Co-create Your World Your Way. CA: Hay House, Inc., 2004.

Giblin, Les. How to Have Confidence and Power in Dealing with People. NJ: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1956.

Glickstein, Lee. Be Heard Now! Tap into Your Inner Speaker and Communicate with Ease. New York: Broadway Books, 1998.

Hamlin, Sonya. How To Talk So People Listen: The Real Key to Job Success. New York: Harper & Row Publishers, 1988.


Almaas, A.H. The Unfolding Now: Realizing Your True Nature through the Power of Presence. Boston: Shambhala, 2008.

Bach, Tara, Ph.D. Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha. New York: Bantam, 2003.

Bridges, William. Transitions: Making Sense of Life's Changes. New York: Addison-Wesley Company, 1980.

Cope, Stephen. Yoga and the Quest for the True Self. New York: Bantam, 1999. Even if you're not into yoga, this is a must-read for spiritual/self development.

Dispenza, Joseph. The Way of the Traveler: Making Every Trip a Journey of Self-Discovery. CA: Avalon Travel Publishing, Inc., 2002.

Hendrix, Harville, Ph.D., Getting the Love You Want. New York: Henry Holt and Company , LLC, 1998.

Katie, Bryon. Loving What Is: Four Questions that Can Change Your Life. New York: Harmony Books, 2002.

Thesenga, Susan. The Undefended Self: Living the Pathwork of Spiritual Wholeness. Madison, Virginia: Pathwork Press, 1994.

Tolle, Eckhart. The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment. Novato, CA: New World Library, 1999.


Boldt, Laurence C. Zen and the Art of Making a Living. New York: Compass, 1999.

Bolles, Richard Nelson. What Color Is Your Parachute? Berkeley: Ten Speed Press, 1972. Easy to read, an excellent guide for finding the right job for you.

McDaniel, Lynda, Words @ Work, Walnut Creek, CA: Association for Creative Business Writing, 2009.

Pink, Daniel H. A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future. New York: Riverhead Books, 2005.


Godin, Seth. Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us. New York: Portfolio, 2008.

Port, Michael. Book Yourself Solid. Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Son, 2006.