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Ushering Motivation and Behavior Change into the 21st Century


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How to Build a Thriving Culture at Work: What’s Science Got to Do With It?


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Stuck in the Status? Overcome an Unhealthy Workplace Culture


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Health for Every Body: Weight at the Workplace – Shifting the Paradigm, Part 1


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Health for Every Body: Weight at the Workplace – 10 Things You Can Do Right Now, Part 2


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Leveraging the FUSION of Organizational Development and Employee Wellbeing to Create a Thriving Workplace Culture


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Our Favorite Reads, Groups, Blogs and Websites

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Changing Paradigms   •   Rethinking Motivation and Getting People to Change   •   Employee Wellbeing   •   Organizational Wellbeing   •   Our Favorite LinkedIn Groups, Blogs & WebsitesHealth Care


Changing Paradigms

The Invisible Gorilla — How Our Intuitions Deceive Us by Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons
Reading this book will make you less sure of yourself—and that’s a good thing. In “The Invisible Gorilla,” Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons, creators of one of psychology’s most famous experiments, use remarkable stories and counterintuitive scientific findings to demonstrate an important truth: Our minds don’t work the way we think they do. We think we see ourselves and the world as they really are, but we’re actually missing a whole lot.

Paradigms: The Business of Discovering The Future by Joel Arthur BarkerHow would you like to spot future trends before the competiton? We all know the rules for success in our business or professions, yet we also know that these rules — paradigms — can change at any time. What Joel Barker does in “Paradigms: The Business of Discovering the Future” is explain how to spot paradigm shifts, how they unfold, and how to profit from them.

The Turning Point: Science, Society, and The Rising Culture by Capra, Fritjof
Expands focus to show how the revolution in modern physics foreshadows a similar revolution in many other sciences and a corresponding transformation of world views and values in society. In particular, he explores paradigm shifts in biology, medicine, psychology, and economics. The book has been published in 25 editions in 16 languages.

The Chalice and The Blade: Our History, Our Future by Riane Eisler
The phenomenal bestseller, with more than 500,000 copies sold worldwide, now with a new epilogue from the author — “The Chalice and the Blade” has inspired a generation of women and men to envision a truly egalitarian society by exploring the legacy of the peaceful, goddess-worshipping cultures from our prehistoric past.

Making a New Science by James Gleick
James Gleick explains the theories behind the fascinating new science called chaos. Alongside relativity and quantum mechanics, it is being hailed as the twentieth century’s third revolution.

Seven Life Lessons of Chaos: Spiritual Wisdom from the Science of Change by Briggs and Peat
If you have ever felt your life was out of control and headed toward chaos, science has an important message: Life is chaos, and that’s a very exciting thing! In this eye-opening book, John Briggs and F. David Peat reveal seven enlightening lessons for embracing the chaos of daily life.

How Can I Help: Stories and Reflections on Service by Paul Ram Dass and Gorman
Not a day goes by without our being called upon to help one another — at home, at work, on the street, on the phone… We do what we can. Yet so much comes up to complicate this natural response: “Will I have what it takes?” “How much is enough?” “How can I deal with suffering?” “And what really helps, anyway?”

An Ethic For Health Promotion: Rethinking The Sources of Human Well-Being by David R. Buchanan
What are the goals of health promotion and the most appropriate means of achieving them? The prevailing view is that these goals are to prolong life and reduce mortality rates. Since the leading causes of morbidity and mortality are now largely attributable to lifestyle behaviors — smoking, diet, exercise, etc. — the means of achieving reductions in heart disease, cancer, strokes, diabetes and other chronic conditions are to identify more effective techniques for changing people’s behavior.

Love and Survival: 8 Pathways to Intimacy and Health by Dean Ornish
We all know that intimacy improves the quality of our lives. Yet most people don’t realize how much it can increase the quality of our lives — our survival.

Healthy Pleasures by Robert E. Ornstein and David Sobel
Written by a physician and psychologist-brain researcher, this delightful book synthesizes the latest findings of immunobiology, genetics, and psychology to show that we have been genetically programmed to enjoy what is good for us — including sex, a big hug, a good laugh, a good cry, an occasional meal of steak and fries, and more.

Secrets of Feeding A Healthy Family by Ellyn Satter
Ellyn Satter’s “Secrets of Feeding a Healthy Family” takes a leadership role in the grassroots movement back to the family table. More a cooking primer than a cookbook, this book encourages singles, couples, and families with children to go to the trouble of feeding themselves well.

Big Fat Lies: The Truth About Your Weight and Your Health by Glenn Gaesser
Fat can be fit! This is the first paperback edition of “BIG FAT LIES” which was published in hardcover by Fawcett Columbine in 1996 and has been unavailable for several years. Here’s proof that people can be overweight and still be fit and healthy.

Healthy Bodies: Teaching Kids What They Need To Know by Kathy Kater
“This powerful program teaches children the skills they need to manage food and weight successfully for the rest of their lives. The smiles and sense of confidence radiating from children who have had these lessons speak for themselves.” — Karin Kratina, PhD, RD, Author.

Beyond A Shadow of A Diet: The Therapist’s Guide to Treating Compulsive Eating Disorders by Judith Matz and Ellen Frankel
This accessible volume will guide therapists of all disciplines through step-by-step treatment of compulsive eating. The authors introduce the new research related to health, weight, fitness and diet failure, and then discuss a treatment method which advocates eating as guided by physiological signal: eating when you are hungry and stopping when you are full. The book offers tools for therapists to recognize compulsive eating patterns, use their training to address underlying psychological difficulties, and implement therapeutic principles for healing.

First, Break All The Rules: What The World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman
The greatest managers in the world seem to have little in common. They differ in sex, age, and race. They employ vastly different styles and focus on different goals. Yet despite their differences, great managers share one common trait: They do not hesitate to break virtually every rule held sacred by conventional wisdom. They do not believe that, with enough training, a person can achieve anything he sets his mind to. They do not try to help people overcome their weaknesses. They consistently disregard the golden rule. And, yes, they even play favorites. This amazing book explains why.

The Status Syndrome – How Social Standing Affects Our Health and Longevity by Michael Marmot
You probably didn’t realize that when you graduate from college you increase your lifespan, or that your co-worker who has a slightly better job is more likely to live a healthier life. In this groundbreaking book, epidemiologist Michael Marmot marshals evidence from nearly thirty years of research to demonstrate that status is not a footnote to the causes of ill health-it is the cause. He calls this effect the status syndrome.

The status syndrome is pervasive. It determines the chances that you will succumb to heart disease, stroke, cancers, infectious diseases, even suicide and homicide. And the issue, as Marmot shows, is not simply one of income or lifestyle. It is the psychological experience of inequality-how much control you have over your life and the opportunities you have for full social participation-that has a profound effect on your health.The Status Syndrome will utterly change the way we think about health, society, and how we live our lives.


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Rethinking Motivation and “Getting People to Change”

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck
Dweck’s research reveals that what determines success and our effectiveness can be boiled down to our mindset. People with a Growth mindset seek opportunities to be challenged and grow and embrace being stretched outside of their comfort zone. People with a Fixed mindset seek perfectionism and tend to avoid situations that will challenge them because they might not be successful. The good news is that a Growth mindset can be learned and taught to others.

Why We Do What We Do: Understanding Self-Motivation by Edward Deci
If you reward your children for doing their homework, they will usually respond by getting it done. But is this the most effective method of motivation? No, says Deci, who challenges traditional thinking and shows that this method actually works against performance. The best way to motivate people — at school, at work, or at home — is to support their sense of autonomy.

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
In “The Power of Habit” Pulitzer Prize-winning business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. Distilling vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives that take us from the boardrooms of Procter & Gamble to sidelines of the NFL to the front lines of the civil rights movement, Duhigg presents a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential.

DRIVE: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink
Most of us believe that the best way to motivate ourselves and others is with external rewards like money — the carrot-and-stick approach. That’s a mistake, Daniel H. Pink says in, “Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us,” his provocative and persuasive new book. The secret to high performance and satisfaction — at work, at school, and at home — is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world.

Punished by Rewards by Alfie Kohn
In this groundbreaking book, Alfie Kohn shows that while manipulating people with incentives seems to work in the short run, it is a strategy that ultimately fails and even does lasting harm. Our workplaces and classrooms will continue to decline, he argues, until we begin to question our reliance on a theory of motivation derived from laboratory animals.

Carrots and Sticks Don’t Work by Paul Marciano
“Carrots and Sticks Don’t Work” provides a commonsense approach to employee engagement. Dr. Marciano provides great real-world insights, data, and practical examples to truly bring the RESPECT model to life.” — Renee Selman, President, Catalina Health Resources.

“The RESPECT model is one of the most dynamic, engaging, and thought-provoking employee engagement tools that I have seen. Dr. Marciano’s work will help you provide meaningful long-term benefits for your employees, for your organization, and for yourself.” —Andy Brantley, President and CEO, College and University Professional Association for Human Resources.

Switch by Chip and Dan Heath
The primary obstacle is a conflict that’s built into our brains, say Chip and Dan Heath, authors of the critically acclaimed bestseller “Made to Stick.” Psychologists have discovered that our minds are ruled by two different systems — the rational mind and the emotional mind — that compete for control. The rational mind wants a great beach body; the emotional mind wants that Oreo cookie. The rational mind wants to change something at work; the emotional mind loves the comfort of the existing routine. This tension can doom a change effort — but if it is overcome, change can come quickly.

Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
In the international bestseller, “Thinking, Fast and Slow,” Daniel Kahneman, the renowned psychologist and winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. The impact of overconfidence on corporate strategies, the difficulties of predicting what will make us happy in the future, the profound effect of cognitive biases on everything from playing the stock market to planning our next vacation — each of these can be understood only by knowing how the two systems shape our judgments and decisions.

Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
“Blinkis a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant — in the blink of an eye — that actually aren’t as simple as they seem. Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept? Why do some people follow their instincts and win, while others end up stumbling into error? How do our brains really work-in the office, in the classroom, in the kitchen, and in the bedroom? And why are the best decisions often those that are impossible to explain to others.

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Employee Well-Being

Are You Fully Charged by Tom Rath
Rath provides insights from research on DAILY wellbeing for what it takes to have more days where we’re fully charged (i.e., engaged and productive). The 3 keys to being fully charged and thriving in work and life are meaning (doing something that benefits another person), interactions (creating more positive than negative moments) and Energy (making choices that improve mental and physical health).

Thrive by Arianna Huffington
She likens our drive for money and power to two legs of a three-legged stool. It may hold us up temporarily, but sooner or later we’re going to topple over. We need a third leg – a Third Metric for defining success – in order to live a healthy, productive, and meaningful life.

In this deeply personal book, Arianna talks candidly about her own challenges with managing time and prioritizing the demands of a career and two daughters. Drawing on the latest groundbreaking research and scientific findings in the fields of psychology, sports, sleep and physiology that show the profound and transformative effects of meditation, mindfulness, unplugging and giving, Arianna shows us the way to a revolution in our culture, our thinking, our workplaces, and our lives.

The Status Syndrome: How Social Standing Affects Our Health and Longevity by Michael Marmot
You probably didn’t realize that when you graduate from college you increase your lifespan, or that your co-worker who has a slightly better job is more likely to live a healthier life. In this groundbreaking book, epidemiologist Michael Marmot marshals evidence from nearly thirty years of research to demonstrate that status is not a footnote to the causes of ill health-it is the cause. He calls this effect the status syndrome.

Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements by Tom Rath, Ph.D., and James K. Harter
“Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements” will provide you with a holistic view of what contributes to your wellbeing over a lifetime. Written in a conversational style by #1 New York Times bestselling author Tom Rath and bestselling author Jim Harter, Ph.D., this book is filled with fascinating research and novel ideas for boosting your wellbeing in each of these five areas.

2012 Global Workforce Study: Engagement at Risk: Driving Strong Performance in a Volatile Global Environment
The “2012 Global Workforce Study” provides a snapshot of the attitudes and concerns of 32,000 workers around the world. It sheds light on how employees’ views affect their engagement in their work and commitment to their employers, and ultimately, their behavior and performance on the job. As such, it provides us with important insights into the elements of the work environment that help shape employee behavior and performance in positive ways to support growth goals. And it presents a new and more robust definition of engagement —sustainable engagement — designed for the 21st-century workplace.

Total Worker Health™: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
“Total Worker Health™” is a strategy integrating occupational safety and health protection with health promotion to prevent worker injury and illness and to advance health and well-being.

The Last Well Person: How to Stay Well Despite the Health-Care System by Nortin M. Hadler, M.D.
It is very informative to manage your own health in a more independent, cost-effective, and dignified way than otherwise. According to the author all our ills that truly result mainly from the natural process of aging have been “medicalized” at no benefit to the patient. But in turn, this medicalization has generated huge profits for the health care industries.

The Spirit and Science of Holistic Health, More Than Broccoli, Jogging and Bottled Water… More Than Yoga, Herbs and Meditation by Jon Robison & Karen Carrier
This book is an invitation to health professionals to rethink our current understanding of health, illness, and the process of healing. It covers topics that are rarely addressed in health promotion including the history of the human species, the Scientific Revolution, quantum physics, and the latest mind/body/spirit research. While it may seem as if this information is only marginally related to health, we believe it provides a critical foundation for the truly holistic approach to health promotion we describe in detail in this book.

Why Nobody Believes the Numbers, Distinguishing Fact From Fiction In Population Health Management by Al Lewis
“Why Nobody Believes the Numbers” includes 12 case studies of vendors, carriers, and consultants who were apparently playing hooky the day their teacher covered fifth-grade math, as told by an author whose argument style can be so persuasive that he was once able to convince a resort to sell him a timeshare. The book’s lesson: no need to believe what your vendor tells you — instead you can estimate your own savings using “ingredients you already have in your kitchen.”

How We Do Harm: A Doctor Breaks Ranks About Being Sick in America by Otis Webb Brawley, MD with Paul Goldberg
“How We Do Harm” exposes the underbelly of healthcare today — the overtreatment of the rich, the under treatment of the poor, the financial conflicts of interest that determine the care that physicians’ provide, insurance companies that don’t demand the best (or even the least expensive) care, and pharmaceutical companies concerned with selling drugs, regardless of whether they improve health or do harm.

The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health, and Disease by Daniel Liberman
“The Story of the Human Body” brilliantly illuminates as never before the major transformations that contributed key adaptations to the body: the rise of bipedalism; the shift to a non-fruit-based diet; the advent of hunting and gathering, leading to our superlative endurance athleticism; the development of a very large brain; and the incipience of cultural proficiencies. Lieberman also elucidates how cultural evolution differs from biological evolution, and how our bodies were further transformed during the Agricultural and Industrial Revolutions.

Cracking Health Costs: How to Cut Your Company’s Health Costs and Provide Employees Better Care by Tom Emerick and Al Lewis
“Cracking Health Costs” reveals the best ways for companies and small businesses to fight back, right now, against rising health care costs. This book proposes multiple, practical steps that you can take to control costs and increase the effectiveness of the health benefit.

Helping Patients Understand Risks: 7 Simple Strategies for Successful Communication by John Paling, PhD.
This easy-to-read book shows busy healthcare professionals how simple decision aids can help patients — and themselves. It first reviews the real reasons that patients often struggle to understand the facts about their risks and then offers a “tool box” of practical strategies that have the potential to significantly improve the effectiveness of the process.

Surviving Workplace Wellness: With Your Dignity, Finances and (Major) Organs Intact by Al Lewis, Vik Khanna
The biggest delusion in Obamacare is the idea that clinically based workplace wellness programs will save either money or lives. They are, in fact, a big government, big company-propelled fantasy that the way to spend less money is to spend more.

Eat, Move, Sleep by Tom Rath
The latest New York Times bestseller from Tom Rath, featuring a new assessment, personalized Eat Move Sleep Plan, and a host of online tools for individuals, groups, and organizations.

The Writers Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers, 3rd Edition by Christopher Vogler
We include this book because story telling is one of the most powerful ways to inspire people. See why this book has become an international best seller and a true classic. The Writer’s Journey explores the powerful relationship between mythology and storytelling in a clear, concise style that’s made it required reading for movie executives, screenwriters, playwrights, scholars, and fans of pop culture all over the world. The updated and revised third edition provides new insights and observations from Vogler’s ongoing work on mythology’s influence on stories, movies, and man himself.

Workplace Wellness Programs Study Final Report by Soeren Mattke and others And RAND’s Soeren Mattke Discusses: Do Wellness Programs Produce a ROI?” a 30 minute audio interview on BlogTalkRadio
The wellness industry is abuzz again with the debate on whether employer-based wellness programs produce a return on investment. The RAND report released in mid-January 2014 analyzed 7 years of data from PepsiCo’s wellness and disease management strategy. The verdict? Disease management programs drove the lion’s share of the ROI. RAND’s Dr. Soeren Mattke joins CoHealth Checkup to review RAND’s research on workplace wellness programs and what employers need to consider and expect when considering these initiatives.

The Skinny on Workplace Wellness Programs (Rand) by Soren Mattke and others
A 2012 national survey gives us the skinny on typical components, incentives for participation, and levels of employee engagement.

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Organizational Wellbeing

Work Rules by Laszlo Bock
As the Chief People Officer for Google, Bock dispels fact from fiction in how Google has created a culture where not only employees thrive in their overall wellbeing, but their organization is thriving…with exponential growth. Everything Google does is metric driven and aligns with their founding core values. Even small organizations with a fraction of Google’s budget and resources can learn from how Google intentionally creates a thriving workplace culture.

The Best Place to Work: The Art and Science of Creating an Extraordinary Workplace by Ron Friedman
Why do successful companies reward failure? What can casinos teach us about building a happy workplace? How do you design an office that enhances both attention to detail and creativity?

In “The Best Place to Work,” award-winning psychologist Ron Friedman, Ph.D. uses the latest research from the fields of motivation, creativity, behavioral economics, neuroscience, and management to reveal what really makes us successful at work. Combining powerful stories with cutting edge findings, Friedman shows leaders at every level how they can use scientifically-proven techniques to promote smarter thinking, greater innovation, and stronger performance.

Finding Our Way: Leadership For an Uncertain Time by Margaret J. Wheatley
Though management expert Margaret J. Wheatley works with a broad variety of clients, from Fortune 100 CEOs to ministers, she points out that they all struggle to maintain integrity, humanity, and effectiveness in a relentlessly fast-paced, technology-driven world.

Why Work Sucks and How to Fix It: The Results-Only Revolution by Cali Ressler and Jody Thompson
In a results-only workplace, employees can do whatever they want whenever they want, as long as the work gets done. No more pointless meetings, racing to get in at 9:00, or begging for permission to watch your kid play soccer. You make the decisions about what you do and where you do it. It sounds like a fantasy, but Cali Ressler and Jody Thompson are leading a movement to make it a reality, even implementing it successfully at Best Buy. They show how a Results-Only Work Environment not only makes employees happier, but also delivers better results.

Management Rewired by Charles Jacobs
Business people are taught to make decisions with facts and logic and to avoid emotional bias. But according to the latest research, we almost never decide rationally, despite thinking that we do. Our experiences carry an emotional charge, encoded in the synapses of our neurons. And when we try to deny what our emotions tell us, we lose what we’ve learned from the past.

Leadership and Self-Deception by The Arbinger Institute
Through a story everyone can relate to about a man facing challenges on the job and in his family, the authors expose the fascinating ways that we can blind ourselves to our true motivations and unwittingly sabotage the effectiveness of our own efforts to achieve success and increase happiness.

All In by Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton
Whether you manage the smallest of teams or a multi-continent organization, you are the owner of a work culture — congratulations — and few things will have a bigger impact on your performance than getting your people to buy into your ideas and your cause and to believe what they do matters.

Leading From the Emerging Future by Otto Scharmer and Katrin Kaufer
We have entered an age of disruption. Financial collapse, climate change, resource depletion, and a growing gap between rich and poor are but a few of the signs. Otto Scharmer and Katrin Kaufer ask, why do we collectively create results nobody wants? Meeting the challenges of this century requires updating our economic logic and operating system from an obsolete “ego-system” focused entirely on the well-being of oneself to an eco-system awareness that emphasizes the well-being of the whole.

Leadership and the New Science by Margaret Wheatley
“Leadership and the New Science” launched a revolution by demonstrating that ideas drawn from quantum physics, chaos theory, and molecular biology could improve organizational performance. Margaret Wheatley called for free-flowing information, individual empowerment, relationship networks, and organizational change that evolves organically — ideas that have become commonplace.

Leadership From the Inside Out by Kevin Cashman
“Leadership from the Inside Out,” Kevin Cashman’s breakthrough business bestseller that clearly connected personal growth to leadership effectiveness, is now completely revised and updated with:
an explosion of new validating independent research
impressive new case studies
new tools and practices
an even more powerful virtual coaching experience

The Dream Manager by Matthew Kelly
Managing people is difficult. With disengagement and turnover on the rise, many managers are scratching their heads wondering what to do. It’s not that we don’t dream of being great managers, it’s just that we haven’t found a practical and efficient way to do it. Until now . . .

Good Business by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Since Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi published the groundbreaking Flow more than a decade ago, world leaders such as Tony Blair and former President Clinton, and influential sports figures like Super Bowl champion coach Jimmy Johnson have all been inspired by the book. In today’s corporate upheaval, a new business paradigm is evolving. While many CEOs are being exposed for their greed, truly visionary leaders believe in a goal that benefits themselves as well as others.

True North by Bill George
“True North” presents a concrete and comprehensive program for leadership success and shows how to create your own Personal Leadership Development Plan centered on five key areas:
Knowing your authentic self
Defining your values and leadership principles
Understanding your motivations
Building your support team
Staying grounded by integrating all aspects of your life

“True North” offers an opportunity for anyone to transform their leadership path and become the authentic leader they were born to be.

The Breakthrough Company by Keith McFarland
The vast majority of small businesses stay small — and not by choice. Only the most savvy and persistent — a tiny one tenth of one percent — break through to the very highest ranks. In “The Breakthrough Company,” technology CEO and Fortune 500 consultant Keith McFarland draws upon an extensive empirical study to reveal exactly how everyday companies become extraordinary, showing that breakthrough success is associated with a clearly identifiable set of strategies and skills that anyone in any business can emulate — from small startup to industry leader.

Organizational Culture and Leadership by Edgar H. Schein, Ph.D.
Regarded as one of the most influential management books of all time, this fourth edition of “Organizational Culture and Leadership” transforms the abstract concept of culture into a tool that can be used to better shape the dynamics of organization and change. This updated edition focuses on today’s business realities. Edgar Schein draws on a wide range of contemporary research to redefine culture and demonstrate the crucial role leaders play in successfully applying the principles of culture to achieve their organizational goals.

The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else In Business by Patrick M. Lencioni
Once organizational health is properly understood and placed into the right context it will surpass all other disciplines in business as the greatest opportunity for improvement and competitive advantage. Really.

Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t by Simon Sinek
Why do only a few people get to say “I love my job”? It seems unfair that finding fulfillment at work is like winning a lottery; that only a few lucky ones get to feel valued by their organizations, to feel like they belong.

12: The Elements of Great Managing by Rodd Wagner & James K. Harter, Ph.D.
“12: The Elements of Great Managing” is the long-awaited sequel to the 1999 runaway bestseller First, Break All the Rules. Grounded in Gallup’s 10 million employee and manager interviews spanning 114 countries, “12” follows great managers as they harness employee engagement to turn around a failing call center, save a struggling hotel, improve patient care in a hospital, maintain production through power outages, and successfully face a host of other challenges in settings around the world.

Strengths Based Leadership: Great Leaders, Teams, and Why People Follow by Tom Rath and Barry Conchie
In recent years, while continuing to learn more about strengths, Gallup scientists have also been examining decades of data on the topic of leadership. They studied more than 1 million work teams, conducted more than 20,000 in-depth interviews with leaders, and even interviewed more than 10,000 followers around the world to ask exactly why they followed the most important leader in their life.

Synchronicity: The Inner Path of Leadership by Joseph Jaworski
We’ve all had those perfect moments when events that could never be predicted, let alone controlled, remarkably seem to guide us along our path. Carl Jung called this phenomena “synchronicity” – “a collaboration between persons and events that seems to enlist the cooperation of fate.” In this book, Joseph Jaworski argues that the right state of mind will make you the kind of person who can enlist the cooperation of fate and take advantage of synchronicity, creating the conditions for “predictable miracles.”

Firms of Endearment: How World-Class Companies Profit from Passion and Purpose by Rajendra S. Sisodia, David B. Wolfe, and Jagdish N. Sheth
Today’s best companies get it. From Costco® to Commerce Bank, Wegmans to Whole Foods®: they’re becoming the ultimate value creators. They’re generating every form of value that matters: emotional, experiential, social, and financial. And they’re doing it for all their stakeholders. Not because it’s “politically correct”: because it’s the only path to long-term competitive advantage.

These are the Firms of Endearment. Companies people love doing business with. Love partnering with. Love working for. Love investing in. Companies for whom “loyalty” isn’t just real: it’s palpable, and driving unbeatable advantages in everything from marketing to recruitment.

Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business by John Mackey, Rajendra Sisodia, and Bill George
In this book, Whole Foods Market cofounder John Mackey and professor and Conscious Capitalism, Inc. cofounder Raj Sisodia argue for the inherent good of both business and capitalism. Featuring some of today’s best-known companies, they illustrate how these two forces can—and do—work most powerfully to create value for all stakeholders: including customers, employees, suppliers, investors, society, and the environment.

Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, Purpose by Tony Hsieh
The visionary CEO of Zappos explains how an emphasis on corporate culture can lead to unprecedented success. Pay new employees $2000 to quit. Make customer service the entire company, not just a department. Focus on company culture as the #1 priority. Apply research from the science of happiness to running a business. Help employees grow both personally and professionally. Seek to change the world. Oh, and make money too.

Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman by Yvon Chouinard
In his long-awaited memoir, Yvon Chouinard-legendary climber, businessman, environmentalist, and founder of Patagonia, Inc.-shares the persistence and courage that have gone into being head of one of the most respected and environmentally responsible companies on earth. From his youth as the son of a French Canadian blacksmith to the thrilling, ambitious climbing expeditions that inspired his innovative designs for the sport’s equipment, Let My People Go Surfing is the story of a man who brought doing good and having grand adventures into the heart of his business life-a book that will deeply affect entrepreneurs and outdoor enthusiasts alike.


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Health Care

How Doctors Think by Jerome Groopman
How Doctors Think is a window into the mind of the physician and an insightful examination of the all-important relationship between doctors and their patients. In this myth-shattering work, Jerome Groopman explores the forces and thought processes behind the decisions doctors make. He pinpoints why doctors succeed and why they err. Most important, Groopman shows when and how doctors can — with our help — avoid snap judgments, embrace uncertainty, communicate effectively, and deploy other skills that can profoundly impact our health.

The Citizen Patient by Nortin Hadler
Conflicts of interest, misrepresentation of clinical trials, hospital price fixing, and massive expenditures for procedures of dubious efficacy–these and other critical flaws leave little doubt that the current U.S. health-care system is in need of an overhaul.

How We Do Harm by Otis Webb Brawley
How We Do Harm exposes the underbelly of healthcare today — the overtreatment of the rich, the under treatment of the poor, the financial conflicts of interest that determine the care that physicians’ provide, insurance companies that don’t demand the best (or even the least expensive) care, and pharmaceutical companies concerned with selling drugs, regardless of whether they improve health or do harm.

Overdiagnosed: Making People Sick in the Pursuit of Health by Dr. H. Gilbert Welch
A complex web of factors has created the phenomenon of overdiagnosis: the popular media promotes fear of disease and perpetuates the myth that early, aggressive treatment is always best; in an attempt to avoid lawsuits, doctors have begun to leave no test undone, no abnormality overlooked; and profits are being made from screenings, medical procedures, and pharmaceuticals. Revealing the social, medical, and economic ramifications of a health-care system that overdiagnoses and overtreats patients, Dr. H. Gilbert Welch makes a reasoned call for change that would save us pain, worry, and money.

Selling Sickness: How the World’s Biggest Pharmaceutical Companies Are Turning Us All Into Patients by Ray Moynihan
Thirty years ago, Henry Gadsden, the head of Merck, one of the world’s largest drug companies, told Fortune magazine that he wanted Merck to be more like chewing gum maker Wrigley’s. It had long been his dream to make drugs for healthy people so that Merck could “sell to everyone.” Gadsden’s dream now drives the marketing machinery of the most profitable industry on earth. Drug companies are systematically working to widen the very boundaries that define illness, and the markets for medication grow ever larger.

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