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  1. 1. E-books from ManageTrainLearnLife-Changers The Top 100 Self-help Books that Changed Our Lives
  2. 2. Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives This publication is designed to provide accurate and authoritative information with regard to the subject matter covered. It is published with the understanding that the author and the publisher are not engaged in rendering legal, accounting, or other professional advice. If legal advice or other professional assistance is required, the services of a competent professional should be sought. Eric Garner, KSA Training Ltd, individually or corporately, does not accept any responsibility for any liabilities resulting from the actions of any parties involved. You may distribute this e-book freely as long as nothing in it is changed. You may not charge for this e-book.www.managetrainlearn.com Page 2 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be!”
  3. 3. Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our LivesIntroductionThis book arose out of a question posed by Stella Collins on the Training Journal forum in October2009. Stella asked: “I recently saw millionaire investor Warren Buffet on TV saying that the one bookhe read that changed his life was Dale Carnegie’s “How To Win Friends and Influence People”. It gotme wondering: what book has changed your life?”We, at ManageTrainLearn, were so taken by the idea that we put the same question to our friends inthe online learning, coaching and self-help world. Within 3 weeks, we’d received over 300 replies andsparked interest, discussion and debate across the Internet. Rather than see the contributionsdisappear into the thin air of cyberspace, we decided to compile the replies and make them availableto a wider audience in a free e-book. And this book is the result.In compiling the list we did 2 things. First, we limited the list to 100, based on the frequency ofnominations (and maybe some personal editing on our part.) Secondly, we eliminated the followingon the grounds that they were not strictly-speaking self-improvement books: religious texts; worksof pure fiction; classic works of literature; culture-specific works; and technical manuals.What we were left with were the most favourite self-help books amongst the self-help community.We present them here in alphabetical order accompanied by reviews from amazon and thumbnailbook covers also from amazon. www.managetrainlearn.com Page 3 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be!”
  4. 4. Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our LivesLike us, you will probably discover some of your own favourites and some that you’ve never comeacross before. We hope that this will spark your curiosity and kick-start your further self-development.Our thanks go to Stella Collins for the idea, all the contributors for their suggestions, and, of course, tothose writers who have changed, and are still changing, all our lives.Eric GarnerManageTrainLearnhttp://www.managetrainlearn.comeric@managetrainlearn.comNote: Stella Collins provides technical and management training to business using brain friendlytechniques through her company Stellar Learning. Find her at www.stellarlearning.co.uk www.managetrainlearn.com Page 4 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be!”
  5. 5. Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our LivesTable of Contents“Anatomy of the Spirit” by Caroline Myss 10 "Conversations with God" by Neale Donald Walsch 20"As a Man Thinketh" by James Allen 11 "Crucial Conversations" by Kerry Patterson 21"Ask and It Is Given" by Esther and Jerry Hicks12 "Dont Sweat the Small Stuff" by Richard Carlson and Kristine Carlson 22"Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand 13 "Embracing Change" by Tony Buzan 23"Awaken the Giant Within" by Anthony Robbins14 "Emotional Intelligence" by Daniel Goleman 24"Beyond Survival" by Gerald Coffee 15 "Execution: the Discipline of Getting Things Done" by Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan 25"Blink" by Malcolm Gladwell 16 "Facilitation" by Trevor Bentley 26"Building the Bridge As You Walk On It" byRobert E Quinn 17 "Finding Your Strength In Difficult Times" by David Viscott 27"Built to Last" by James C Collins and Jerry IPorras 18 "First Break All the Rules" by Curt Coffman and Marcus Buckingham 28"Clear Leadership" by Gervase Bushe 19 "First Things First" by Stephen Covey 29 "Follow Your Heart" by Andrew Matthews 30 www.managetrainlearn.com Page 5 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be!”
  6. 6. Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives"Future Shock" by Alvin Toffler 31 "Leadership and Self-Deception" by The Arbinger Institute 43"Getting Things Done" by David Allen 32 "Lessons from the Monkey King" by Arthur F"Getting to Yes" by Roger Fischer and William Carmazzi 44Ury 33 "Love Is the Killer App" by Tim Sanders 45“Good to Great" by Jim Collins 34 "Love Leadership" by John Bryant 46"How to Win Friends and Influence People" byDale Carnegie 35 "Made to Stick" by Chip and Dan Heath 47"How to Stop Worrying and Start Living" by "Mans Search for Meaning" by Viktor Frankl 48Dale Carnegie 36 "Many Lives, Many Masters" by Brian Weiss 49"Illusions" by Richard Bach 37 "Now Discover Your Strengths" by Marcus"Im OK, Youre OK" by Thomas Harris 38 Buckingham and Donald O Clifton 50"In Search of Excellence" by Tom Peters and "Our Iceberg is Melting" by John Kotter andRobert Waterman 39 Holger Rathgeber 51"Jonathan Livingston Seagull" by Richard Bach "Outliers" by Malcolm Gladwell 5240 "Psychocybernetics" by Maxwell Maltz 53"Killing Sacred Cows" by Garrett Gunderson 41 "Purple Cow" by Seth Godin 54"Lateral Thinking" by Edward de Bono 42 www.managetrainlearn.com Page 6 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be!”
  7. 7. Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives"Rich Dad, Poor Dad" by Robert Kiyosaki and "The Art of Joyful Living" by Swami Rama 66Sharon Lechter 55 “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron 67"Rules of the Red Rubber Ball" by Kevin Carroll56 "The Celestine Prophecy" by James Redfield 68"Stumbling on Happiness" by Daniel Gilbert 57 "The Education of Little Tree" by Forrest Carter 69"Talent Is Overrated" by Geoff Colvin 58 "The Fountainhead" by Ayn Rand 70"Thanks: the Science of Gratitude" by RobertEmmons 59 "The Four Agreements" by Don Miguel Ruiz 71"The 100 Absolutely Unbreakable Laws of “The Goal” by Eliyahu M Goldratt 72Business Success" by Brian Tracy 60 "The Greatest Miracle in the World" by Og"The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership" by Mandino 73John Maxwell 61 "The Greatness Guide" by Robin Sharma 74"The 360 Degree Leader" by John Maxwell 62 "The Last Lecture" by Randy Pausch 75"The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" by "The Law of Attraction" by Michael Losier 76Stephen R Covey 63 "The Magic of Thinking Big" by David Schwartz"The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho 64 77"The Art of Effortless Living" by Ingrid Bacci 65 www.managetrainlearn.com Page 7 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be!”
  8. 8. Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives"The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari" by Robin "The Slight Edge" by Jeff Olson 89Sharma 78 "The Speed of Trust" by Stephen M R Covey 90"The One Minute Manager" by KennethBlanchard 79 "The Starfish and the Spider" by Ori Brafman and Rod A. Beckstrom 91"The Power of Full Engagement" by Jim Loehrand Tony Schwartz 80 "The Success Principles" by Jack Canfield 92"The Power of Intention" by Wayne Dyer 81 "The Tao of Pooh" by Benjamin Hoff 93"The Power of Now" by Eckhart Tolle 82 "The Universal Traveler" by Don Koberg and Jim Bagnall 94"The Power of Your Subconscious Mind" byJoseph Murphy and Ian McMahan 83 "The Voice of Knowledge" by Don Miguel Ruiz 95"The Road Less Travelled" by M Scott Peck 84 "The Way of the Peaceful Warrior" by Dan"The Science of Getting Rich" by Wallace Millman 96Wattles 85 "Think and Grow Rich" by Napoleon Hill 97"The Seat of the Soul" by Gary Zukav 86 "Tuesdays with Morrie" by Mitch Albom 98"The Secret" by Rhonda Byrne 87 "Unlimited Power" by Anthony Robbins 99"The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success" byDeepak Chopra 88 "Use Both Sides of Your Brain" by Tony Buzan 100 www.managetrainlearn.com Page 8 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be!”
  9. 9. Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives"What Did You Say?" by Charles N Seashore, "Why Should Anyone Be Led By You?" by RobEdith Whitfield Seashore, and Gerald M Goffee and Gareth Jones 105Weinberg 101 "You Can Heal Your Life" by Louise Hay 106"What Got You Here Wont Get You There" byMarshall Goldsmith 102 "You Can Negotiate Anything" by Herb Cohen 107"Who Moved My Cheese?" by Spencer Johnson103 "You Can Win" by Shiv Khera 108"Whos Got Your Back?" by Keith Ferrazzi 104 "Your Erroneous Zones" by Wayne Dyer 109 www.managetrainlearn.com Page 9 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be!”
  10. 10. Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives“Anatomy of the Spirit” by Caroline MyssEncoded within your body, teaches Dr. Myss, is an energysystem linking you directly to the worlds great spiritualtraditions. Through it you have direct access to the divineenergy that seamlessly connects all life. In Anatomy of theSpirit, Dr. Myss offers a stunning picture of the humanbodys hidden energetic structures, while revealing itsprecise spiritual code and relationship to the sacred energyof creation. Our most revered wisdom traditions, includingJudaism, Christianity, and Hinduism, hold in commonessential teachings about seven specific levels of spiritualdevelopment, the stages of power in life.These seven great truths also grace the human body as anenergetic system, a spiritual compass pointing the way tothe divine. By honoring this inborn code, you can learn to see the symbolic blocks within your energycenters and their correlations with your health, relationships, and spiritual development. Richlyinterwoven with research, examples, and self-diagnostic guidelines, Anatomy of the Spirit will takeyou to the heart of the spiritual life and beyond. www.managetrainlearn.com Page 10 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be!”
  11. 11. Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives"As a Man Thinketh" by James AllenThis little book, filled with much wisdom, can be summed up in thisone sentence: "All that a man achieves and all that he fails to achieve isthe direct result of his own thoughts".Overall, this book is about taking responsibility for your lot in life - thegood and the bad - as it can all be traced to the thoughts you entertainday in and day out. It also shows how our thoughts directly impact ourcharacter - we are what we think - How true!!!I would recommend this book to everyone interested in changingsome aspect of their life. It is less than 70 pages & can be read in lessthan an hour, but its effects could last a lifetime. www.managetrainlearn.com Page 11 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be!”
  12. 12. Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives"Ask and It Is Given" by Esther and Jerry HicksIll be honest -- I dont know what to think of the claim that EstherHicks is channelling non-physical entities. I initially resisted buyingthis book because I am cautious around such claims of supernaturalinspiration. But I respect Wayne Dyer and other great thinkers whopraised this book, so I decided to give it a try. Im glad that I did.This is one of the most powerful books on manifesting your dreamsthat Ive ever read. Every paragraph contains deep truths that justfeel intuitively right. This book is especially effective in showing howour emotions are the key to understanding whether we are on theroad to success or failure in manifesting our desires. The exercisesare both fun and deeply practical. I particularly like the exercisesinvolving the "Magical Creation Box" and "The Prosperity Game."They make you feel young again -- your imagination is activated andeverything suddenly feels possible.I dont know whether the origin of this book is supernatural, nor do I care. The message is true andthe exercises work. Try it for yourself. It will change your life. www.managetrainlearn.com Page 12 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be!”
  13. 13. Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives"Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn RandPublished in 1957, Atlas Shrugged was Ayn Rands greatestachievement and last work of fiction. In this novel she dramatizes herunique philosophy through an intellectual mystery story thatintegrates ethics, metaphysics, epistemology, politics, economics, andsex. Set in a near-future U.S.A. whose economy is collapsing as a resultof the mysterious disappearance of leading innovators andindustrialists, this novel presents an astounding panorama of humanlife-from the productive genius who becomes a worthless playboy...tothe great steel industrialist who does not know that he is working forhis own destruction...to the philosopher who becomes a pirate...to thewoman who runs a transcontinental railroad...to the lowest trackworker in her train tunnels. Peopled by larger-than-life heroes andvillains, charged with towering questions of good and evil, AtlasShrugged is a philosophical revolution told in the form of an actionthriller. www.managetrainlearn.com Page 13 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be!”
  14. 14. Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives"Awaken the Giant Within" by Anthony RobbinsI first saw Tony Robbins on the Joan Rivers show back in 1993. Iwas very impressed by his charisma and energy, but like manyothers, felt that Tony Robbins was just a salesman trying to dupethe naive into buying his books and then all of the other products,seminars etc. At work, I ran into a friend who was radiant (unusualfor her) and unusually bubbly she told me some of the changes inher life that were taking place and she had begun to read this book:"Awaken the Giant". What really impressed me were the changesthat started taking place in the days and weeks that followed. Shestarted to lose weight, was participating more in meetings at work,and then got promoted. I was impressed. So I decided that this mustwork. I went out and bought Awaken the Giant and began to use thetechniques such as "the swish pattern" and "scrambling technique".Awaken the Giant is a huge book, but I read it in one week. My jobperformance improved immediately as did my tennis game. I gotimmediate and dramatic results. This is not just a "feel good book" the techniques really work. www.managetrainlearn.com Page 14 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be!”
  15. 15. Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives"Beyond Survival" by Gerald CoffeeRetired U.S. Navy captain Coffee was a prisoner of war in NorthVietnam from 1966 to 1973, most of the time in Hanoi and in a cellby himself. How he endured and what he learned from theexperience are the subjects of this inspiring book. By calling on hisinner resources, such as his faith in God, his conviction that theUnited States was right to be in Vietnam, his love for his wife andchildren, and his respect for his fellow prisoners, he was able toovercome loneliness and the pain of occasional torture. Eachchapter is headed by a paragraph of invincible principles thatCoffee discovered for himself during his ordeal: "The only realsecurity we have is the certainty that were equipped to handlewhatever happens to us"; "Humor is integral to our peace of mindand ability to go beyond survival." www.managetrainlearn.com Page 15 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be!”
  16. 16. Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives"Blink" by Malcolm GladwellBlink is about the first two seconds of looking--the decisive glancethat knows in an instant. Gladwell, the best-selling author of TheTipping Point, campaigns for snap judgments and mind readingwith a gift for translating research into splendid storytelling.Building his case with scenes from a marriage, heart attack triage,speed dating, choking on the golf course, selling cars, and militarymaneuvers, he persuades readers to think small and focus on themeaning of "thin slices" of behavior. The key is to rely on our"adaptive unconscious"--a 24/7 mental valet--that provides uswith instant and sophisticated information to warn of danger, reada stranger, or react to a new idea. www.managetrainlearn.com Page 16 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be!”
  17. 17. Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives"Building the Bridge As You Walk On It" byRobert E QuinnBuilding the Bridge As You Walk On It tells the personal storiesof people who have embraced deep change and inspired authorRobert Quinn to take his concept one step further and develop anew model of leadership—“the fundamental state ofleadership.” The exploration of this transformative state is at thevery heart of the book. Quinn shows how anyone can enter thefundamental state of leadership by engaging in the eightpractices that center on the theme of ever–increasingintegrity—reflective action, authentic engagement, appreciativeinquiry, grounded vision, adaptive confidence, detachedinterdependence, responsible freedom, and tough love. Aftereach chapter, Quinn challenges you to assess yourself withrespect to each practice and to formulate a strategy for personalgrowth. www.managetrainlearn.com Page 17 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be!”
  18. 18. Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives"Built to Last" by James C Collins and Jerry I PorrasBuilt To Last was an extremely thought provoking and eye openingread. Built To Last studies some of the most successful (called theleading companies) and the following companies (non-leaders in anindustry). The research for this book produced surprising resultsfor the authors (and the reader). The authors found the there wereat least twelve commonly held businesses beliefs that theirresearch refuted. In essence these dearly held business beliefs weremyths. These myths included:1. It takes a great idea to start a company Few visionary companiesstarted with a great idea. Many companies started without anyspecific ideas (HP and Sony) and others were outright failures(3M). In fact a great idea may lead to road of not being able toadapt.2. Visionary companies require great and charismatic visionaryleaders A charismatic leader in not required and, in fact, can bedetrimental to a companys long-term prospects.I would recommend this book to anyone engaged in developing and running a business at any level. Ifyou want to design, build and run a lasting enterprise this book has some ideas and insights worthexploring. (Martin Shray) www.managetrainlearn.com Page 18 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be!”
  19. 19. Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives"Clear Leadership" by Gervase BusheExpanding on the fresh concepts that made the firstedition of "Clear Leadership" such a success a decadeago, Bushe brings up-to-date the tools and techniquesneeded to build sustaining partnerships and maketodays collaborative organizations work. This fullyrevised edition now includes 23 skill-building exercises,dozens of personal stories and examples, andcompletely new chapters that add a sharper focus onways that the original model of the four selves - theAware, Curious, Appreciative, and Descriptive Self - canhelp anyone cut through the miscommunication,misunderstanding, and toxic mush dominating theworkplace to achieve clarity, full engagement, andsustained collaboration. www.managetrainlearn.com Page 19 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be!”
  20. 20. Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives"Conversations with God" by Neale Donald WalschBlasphemy! Heresy! Who does this man think he is, claiming tospeak directly to God?! Jesus did it, Muhammad did it, the Jewishprophets did it, but none of their Gods had the sardonic wit or rawverve of Prophet Walschs God. Neale Donald Walsch isnt claimingto be the Messiah of a new religion, just a frustrated man who satdown one day with pen in his hand and some tough questions in hisheart. As he wrote his questions to God, he realized that God wasanswering them... directly... through Walschs pen. The result, farfrom the apocalyptic predictions or cultic eccentricities you mightexpect, turns out to be matter-fact, in-your-face wisdom on how toget by in life while remaining true to yourself and your spirituality. www.managetrainlearn.com Page 20 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be!”
  21. 21. Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives"Crucial Conversations" by Kerry PattersonWanna argue? Nope. Then you need Kerry Patterson and his co-writers, who describe techniques for effective negotiation andconflict resolution in the context of important, potentially life-changing conversations. Examples include talking yourself into apromotion, bringing up important information at meetings andworking out problems with your spouse. Some tips will soundfamiliar, such as knowing what you really want and being open toalternatives. However, the book also highlights some themes thatare often forgotten in negotiations, such as making it safe forothers to express their true feelings and desires. The authorsexplain how to avoid getting forced into false either-or choices andtell you how to remain alert for unstated alternatives orpossibilities. This lively book includes many examples drawn frombusiness and personal relationships. We recommend it inparticular to those who are new to negotiations and conflictresolution, though it teaches solid skills that any manager - or any marriage partner, for that matter -could benefit from mastering. (Rolf Dobelli) www.managetrainlearn.com Page 21 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be!”
  22. 22. Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives"Dont Sweat the Small Stuff" by Richard Carlsonand Kristine CarlsonThe cover of this book says it was a bestselling book of the year atone time. After opening it up and glancing through it, its not hardto see why.The purpose of the book is to get you to look at things, commonsituations we all come across every day, like being criticized orbeing given more work than you can possibly finish, and see them alittle differently. Believe it or not, it delivers- and in just a page ortwo at a time if you can believe that! Thats because the wisdom isdefinitely there, on every page, and it just plain makes sense. Manytimes Ive read a chapter or two and thought, "Why didnt I think of that before?".The other good thing about this tiny book is that you could either sit down and read it cover-to-cover,or just pick it up once in awhile and pick a random chapter to read. Either way, the mini-chapters aresure to quickly leave most readers wondering why they make such a big deal out of the things theydo. Other short self-help books I like include "Finding Happiness in a Frustrating World". www.managetrainlearn.com Page 22 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be!”
  23. 23. Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives"Embracing Change" by Tony BuzanIn this book, Tony Buzan, as usual, reiterates his favourite techniqueslike Mind Maps, TEFCAS, Radian Thinking, etc. If youve read otherbooks by Tony Buzan, you may find parts of this book monotonous,uninteresting and not engaging readers interest. However, therewere valuable thought worth consideration in the other parts of thebook.Everything changes around us. According to Darwin, neither thestrongest nor the smartest species will survive but that will be able toadapt to the changes of the environment. If we resist changing, we willbe at a loss. Procrastination is a form of resistance to change. Thebody may be the first thing that we postpone taking care of. If we areunfit and our nourishment is poor, all our energy levels will slide. Wewill become stagnant: in the sense of becoming unmoving,unchanging, our changing towards becoming more unchanging! Abody that is stagnant will eventually corrupt itself, It will disrupt theimmune system, lose its ability to self-heal, will have no freedom of will, no ability to act to preserveits goal and its ability to change. (Maxim Masiutin) www.managetrainlearn.com Page 23 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be!”
  24. 24. Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives"Emotional Intelligence" by Daniel GolemanThere was a time when IQ was considered the leading determinant ofsuccess. In this fascinating book, based on brain and behavioralresearch, Daniel Goleman argues that our IQ-idolizing view ofintelligence is far too narrow. Instead, Goleman makes the case for"emotional intelligence" being the strongest indicator of humansuccess. He defines emotional intelligence in terms of self-awareness,altruism, personal motivation, empathy, and the ability to love and beloved by friends, partners, and family members. People who possesshigh emotional intelligence are the people who truly succeed in workas well as play, building flourishing careers and lasting, meaningfulrelationships. Because emotional intelligence isnt fixed at birth,Goleman outlines how adults as well as parents of young children cansow the seeds. www.managetrainlearn.com Page 24 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be!”
  25. 25. Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives"Execution: the Discipline of GettingThings Done" by Larry Bossidy and RamCharanDisciplines like strategy, leadership development, andinnovation are the sexier aspects of being at the helmof a successful business; actually getting things donenever seems quite as glamorous. But as Larry Bossidyand Ram Charan demonstrate in Execution, theultimate difference between a company and itscompetitor is, in fact, the ability to execute.Execution is "the missing link between aspirations andresults," and as such, making it happen is the businessleaders most important job. While failure in todaysbusiness environment is often attributed to othercauses, Bossidy and Charan argue that the biggest obstacle to success is the absence of execution.They point out that without execution, breakthrough thinking on managing change breaks down, andthey emphasize the fact that execution is a discipline to learn, not merely the tactical side of business.Supporting this with stories of the "execution difference" being won (EDS) and lost (Xerox andLucent), the authors describe the building blocks--leaders with the right behaviors, a culture thatrewards execution, and a reliable system for having the right people in the right jobs--that need to bein place to manage the three core business processes of people, strategy, and operations. www.managetrainlearn.com Page 25 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be!”
  26. 26. Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives"Facilitation" by Trevor BentleyTrevor Bentleys book on Facilitation is a wonderfulsource of learning. This is partly because of what theauthor shares of his experiences as a facilitator, andpartly because of the way in which he does so. The bookis structured around a case study of a facilitation skillsworkshop that he facilitated, which he describes withsuch clarity that as I read the book I felt like I was partof the workshop and that I cared about what washappening for the participants. The combination ofexplaining what he did and why (and what othertechniques might or might not work), and the ways inwhich he modelled his own values through what he did,is a powerful one and made my learning seemexperiential.Throughout the book the author demonstrates that it is the other persons process that he isfacilitating, that anything might happen - and frequently does - and how good contact can enableindividuals and groups to grow and develop. The book is a remarkable testimony to the ability ofindividuals to achieve things for themselves and to take control of and responsibility for their ownefforts and achievements. www.managetrainlearn.com Page 26 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be!”
  27. 27. Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives"Finding Your Strength In Difficult Times"by David ViscottI do not try to be accepted. I do not search for love. I wantonly to be me and am grateful for the gift of myself. Theroad of life is seldom a smooth one - its dotted withpotholes, treacherous turns, speed bumps, and numerousdetours. While its easy to lose your way traveling alongsuch a road, you need not despair. This comforting,portable book will help you find your inner strength. Themany mediations and affirmations collected in "FindingYour Strength in Difficult Times" will help you recognizeand nurture your innate strengths and gifts. These practicalinsights and sensitive reflections will be welcomeguideposts as you make you way through difficult times. www.managetrainlearn.com Page 27 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be!”
  28. 28. Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives"First Break All the Rules" by Curt Coffman andMarcus BuckinghamThe authors, both management consultants for the GallupOrganization, use the companys study of 80,000 managers in400 companies to reach the conclusion that a company that lacksgreat frontline managers will bleed talent, no matter howattractive the compensation packages and trainingopportunities. With this in mind, they sought the answers to thefollow-up questions: "How do great managers find, focus andkeep talented employees." Using case studies, diagrams, andexcerpts from interviews, Buckingham and Coffman guide usthrough their findings that discipline, focus, trust, and, mostimportant, willingness to treat each employee as an individualare the overall secrets for turning talent into lastingperformance. The book concludes with suggestions on how tobecome a great manager, including ideas for interviewing fortalent, how to develop a performance management routine, andhow to get the best performance from talented employees. Although this is clearly an infomercial forthe Gallup Organization, it nevertheless offers thoughtful advice on the essential task of developingexcellent managers. Mary Whaley www.managetrainlearn.com Page 28 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be!”
  29. 29. Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives"First Things First" by Stephen CoveyDr Covey appears to have worked out life to a mint here - how toorganise every second of your life to what you want to do, and how tomake decisions based on what you set yourself. He starts from theroots - and tells you how to lead yourself to form your character, witha singular mission in life based on your values, which form thesecondary base of the leadership principles he describes. Its acomplicated process which needs all 368 pages to explain, and a lot ofeffort to start the ball rolling if you are serious about your life. It seemsyou might as well call this book how to live. But - one problem -doesnt what you value in life (the base upon which his life leadingstrategy lies upon), change over time - so what you achieve from usingthis book will depend upon when you start using it. Or do your valuesonly change over time if you have not set yourself values to stick to?Its very complicated.But enough philosophy - this book is definitely worth a serious look. It teaches how to live withhonesty and integrity, out of which personal worth is produced. Just dont think about it too hard.(Amazon Review) www.managetrainlearn.com Page 29 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be!”
  30. 30. Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives"Follow Your Heart" by AndrewMatthewsA sequel to Andrew Matthews "Being Happy"and "Making Friends", this is a simple andpractical guide for anyone who wants to findpurpose in their life and work. It is about: doingwhat one loves; dealing with bills and brokenlegs; discovering ones own power; findingpeace of mind; dealing with disasters; and notblaming ones mother. The book is also about:how happy people think; why rich people makemoney, even by accident; and what losers do,and how not to be like them. www.managetrainlearn.com Page 30 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be!”
  31. 31. Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives"Future Shock" by Alvin TofflerHistorians are more in fashion than futurologists nowadays but it isinstructive to consider how far what has happened diverges fromwhat futurologists thought would happen. I like to look back on onepopular book which daringly probed the future, Alvin TofflersFuture Shock. C P Snow, scientist and novelist, said of it that, no oneought to have the nerve to pontificate on our present worrieswithout reading it. The remark holds one generation on. Tofflercoined the term future shock in 1965 in the middle of what remainsone of the most controversial decades of this century. Review by AsaBriggs. www.managetrainlearn.com Page 31 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be!”
  32. 32. Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives"Getting Things Done" by David AllenWith first-chapter allusions to martial arts, "flow", "mind likewater", and other concepts borrowed from the East, youdalmost think this self-helper from David Allen should have beencalled Zen and the Art of Schedule Maintenance. Not quite. Yes,Getting Things Done offers a complete system for downloadingall those free-floating gotta-dos clogging your brain into asophisticated framework of files and action lists--all purportedlyto free your mind to focus on whatever youre working on.However, it still operates from the decidedly Western notionthat if we could just get really, really organised, we could turnourselves into 24/7 productivity machines. As whole-life-organising systems go, Allens is pretty good, even fun andtherapeutic. It starts with the exhortation to take everyunaccounted-for scrap of paper in your workstation that youcant junk. The next step is to write down every unaccounted-forgotta-do cramming your head onto its own scrap of paper.Finally, throw the whole stew into a giant "in-basket". TimothyMurphy www.managetrainlearn.com Page 32 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be!”
  33. 33. Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives"Getting to Yes" by Roger Fischer andWilliam UryThis is the first book I ever read on negotiating, and at thetime I found it extremely good. However, since then, I haveread both Shells "Bargaining for Advantage" and Cialdinis"Influence", and found those two books immensely betterthan Getting to Yes, for a few different reasons.Number of stories - in Getting to Yes, the authors do notoffer enough stories to burn the concepts into the readersmind. I personally think stories are the best way tocommunicate something like negotiating.Actual psychological concepts explained - Getting to Yes is a summary of findings, and it neverexplains why certain things work. Without a deep understanding, it is not clear when the conceptswork and when they dont. Especially in Influence, you really get to understand how to persuadesomeone by remembering the core psych concepts. www.managetrainlearn.com Page 33 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be!”
  34. 34. Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives“Good to Great" by Jim CollinsFive years ago, Jim Collins asked the question, "Can agood company become a great company and if so,how?" In Good to Great Collins, the author of Built toLast, concludes that it is possible, but finds there are nosilver bullets. Collins and his team of researchers begantheir quest by sorting through a list of 1,435companies, looking for those that made substantialimprovements in their performance over time. Theyfinally settled on 11--including Fannie Mae, Gillette,Walgreens, and Wells Fargo--and discovered commontraits that challenged many of the conventional notionsof corporate success. Making the transition from goodto great doesnt require a high-profile CEO, the latesttechnology, innovative change management, or even afine-tuned business strategy. At the heart of those rareand truly great companies was a corporate culture that rigorously found and promoted disciplinedpeople to think and act in a disciplined manner. Peppered with dozens of stories and examples fromthe great and not so great, the book offers a well-reasoned road map to excellence that anyorganization would do well to consider. Like Built to Last, Good to Great is one of those books thatmanagers and CEOs will be reading and rereading for years to come. --Harry C. Edwards www.managetrainlearn.com Page 34 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be!”
  35. 35. Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives"How to Win Friends and Influence People"by Dale CarnegieUnder the subheading "15,000,000 people cant be wrong," Iproudly present one of the all-time business book classics.Youve probably heard about this book, as its one of thosetitles that have become part of the cultural lexicon (likeCATCH-22). It floats around the edges of the pop-cultureether, easily recalled but little read.Written in 1936, it is based on courses in public speaking thathad been taught in adult education courses by Dale Carnegiesince 1912. It is an unusual little book, written in a highlypersonalized, colloquial style that is reminiscent of a lecture.This book was designed with professionals in mind, anddesigned to help professional people do better in business by helping them make social contacts andimprove their speaking skills. It was also written with a certain earnestness in mind. Carnegie was abig believer in sincerity when it came to dealing with other people. www.managetrainlearn.com Page 35 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be!”
  36. 36. Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives"How to Stop Worrying and Start Living"by Dale Carnegie"Those who dont know how to fight worry, die young."This ominous advice begins Dale Carnegies bestseller,How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, an eight-parttreatise on the follies of worrying. Like other Carnegiebooks, this one is packed with good old-fashionedcommon sense, illustrated with examples drawn fromresearch on historical figures and interviews withbusiness leaders. Somehow, even the most simpleadvice--such as Carnegies four-step method of problemsolving--is presented in a way that makes you want towrite it down and post it on the employee bulletinboard. www.managetrainlearn.com Page 36 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be!”
  37. 37. Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives"Illusions" by Richard BachRichard Bachs "Illusions" is a little book telling a story of twobiplane pilots of whom one was Messiah and the other - his studentwilling to become Messiah.In a form of the "Messiah Handbook" and continuous dialoguesbetween the two as well as the situations happening in the book,Richard Bach delivers us the life-changing information and thegreatest wisdom of life where every person is responsible for thelife he has and has power to change it if he wants, also that thematerial life is illusion and that the spiritual life where no space ortime exist is what is real.Ive read this book several times but each time I read it, I see andunderstand it differently. However it is always highly inspiring,awakening, positive, thought provoking and by all means brilliant!!!I love this book. Its a bit like Antoine de Saint-Exuperys "The LittlePrince" or Paulo Coelhos "Alchemist" which are all masterpieces ofall times. (Amazon reader) www.managetrainlearn.com Page 37 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be!”
  38. 38. Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives"Im OK, Youre OK" by Thomas HarrisIf you ever feel insecure and worry what others think aboutyou then this is the book for you. Harris explains in simpleterms the breakdown of the personality and enables you tounderstand what makes people the way they are. It would bea shame if people went through life never having had thefortune to comprehend the details in this book. The PACmodel is simple and it works. (Amazon review) www.managetrainlearn.com Page 38 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be!”
  39. 39. Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives"In Search of Excellence" by Tom Peters andRobert WatermanThis publication is a survey written by a couple of McKinseyconsultants that seek to define the characteristics of successful, Imean excellent, organizations using the McKinsey 7-S framework;Structure, Systems, Style, Staff, Skills, Strategy, and Shared Values.Their findings suggest that eight attributes are common for anexcellent organization; bias for action, close to the customer,autonomy and entrepreneurship, productivity through people,hands on, value driven, stick to the knitting (=focus on what you dobest), simple form lean staff, and simultaneous loose-tightproperties (balance between centralized/decentralizedorganization). www.managetrainlearn.com Page 39 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be!”
  40. 40. Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives"Jonathan Livingston Seagull" by RichardBach"Most gulls dont bother to learn more than the simplestfacts of flight--how to get from shore to food and backagain," writes author Richard Bach, in this allegory abouta unique bird named Jonathan Livingston Seagull. "Formost gulls it is not flying that matters, but eating. For thisgull, though, it was not eating that mattered, but flight."Flight is indeed the metaphor that makes the story soar.Ultimately this is a fable about the importance of seeking ahigher purpose in life, even if your flock, tribe orneighbourhood finds your ambition threatening. (At onepoint our beloved gull is even banished from his flock.) Bynot compromising his higher vision, Jonathan gets theultimate pay-off: transcendence. Ultimately, he learns themeaning of love and kindness. The dreamy seagull photographs by Russell Munson provide just theright illustrations--although the overall packaging does seem a bit dated (keep in mind that it wasfirst published in 1970). Nonetheless, this is a spirituality classic and an especially engaging parablefor adolescents. --Gail Hudson www.managetrainlearn.com Page 40 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be!”
  41. 41. Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives"Killing Sacred Cows" by GarrettGundersonIn this thought-provoking work, entrepreneur andinspirational speaker Gunderson takes aim at the socialbrainwashing and financial planners and institutions thatare constricting Americans financial freedom andundermining their abilities to prosper with misguidedand dangerous advice. The author debunks variousinvestment myths—offering a fresh look at 401(k)fallacies—and false beliefs (high risk = high returns). In abook studded with anecdotes and historical tidbits,Gunderson excels in his description of the prevalentpsychological beliefs that hinder success: the scarcitymindset in which financial success is understood as azero-sum game; the American equation of happinesswith prosperity; and the misconception that money holds power. In appeals more befitting a self-helpguide than financial primer, the author argues that individuals need to embrace a mindset of self-reliance and identify their Soul Purpose. In the vein of The Secret and the classic Think and GrowRich, Gunderson suggests that prosperity is a state of mind from which value and wealth flow.Readers will find his assault on traditional financial nostrums fresh, eye-opening and emboldening. www.managetrainlearn.com Page 41 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be!”
  42. 42. Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives"Lateral Thinking" by Edward de BonoThis book, which is now internationally known and a bestseller, is atextbook of creativity. It shows how the habit of lateral thinking can beencouraged and new ideas generated. The author has worked outspecial techniques for doing this, in groups or alone, and the result is atriumph of entertaining education. www.managetrainlearn.com Page 42 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be!”
  43. 43. Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives"Leadership and Self-Deception" by The ArbingerInstituteUsing the story/parable format so popular these days, Leadership andSelf-Deception takes a novel psychological approach to leadership. Itsnot what you do that matters, say the authors (presumably plural--thebook is credited to the esteemed Arbinger Institute), but why you do it.Latching onto the latest leadership trend wont make people followyou if your motives are selfish--people can smell a rat, even one thatsays its trying to empower them. The tricky thing is, we dont knowthat our motivation is flawed. We deceive ourselves in subtle ways intothinking that were doing the right thing for the right reason. We reallydo know what the right thing to do is, but this constant self-justification becomes such an ingrained habit that its hard to breakfree of it--its as though were trapped in a box, the authors say. www.managetrainlearn.com Page 43 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be!”
  44. 44. Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives"Lessons from the Monkey King" by Arthur FCarmazziThis fantastic journey deals with the very real dynamics ofhow an organizational culture affects an individual and theirpersonal effectiveness. Transform your corporate culturewith Directive Communication Psychology and have fun inthe process. This "HOW TO" journey empowers you to accessthe resources you need to make a BIG difference in the waypeople act and treat each other at work. Armed withpsychology and force multiplication strategies you will learnin this book, you can lead the change no matter what positionyou have in your organization; one individual can make adifference. Prepare to be inspired on this fun and magicaljourney toward an effective and fulfilling work environmentwith Arthur F Carmazzi and become an organizationalMonkey King. www.managetrainlearn.com Page 44 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be!”
  45. 45. Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives"Love Is the Killer App" by Tim SandersIs love really all you need? Tim Sanders, director of Yahoos in-house think tank, believes love is the crucial element in the searchfor personal and professional success. In Love Is the Killer App heexplains why. Sanders advice is to be a "lovecat," which despitethe cutesy moniker is his sincere and surprisingly practicalprescription for advancement both inside and outside the office. Itstarts with amassing as much usable knowledge as possible, whichhe explains can be done by religiously carving out time to read andthen poring through as many cutting-edge books in your field aspossible. It follows with an emphasis on networking to theextreme. Sanders offers concrete suggestions, from compiling asuper list of contacts to ensuring all are regularly stored in analways-accessible format. And he concludes by advocating a truemindset of compassion, which he says involves sharing thisknowledge with those contacts and ultimately helping anyone whoin one way or another may ultimately help you. Throughidentifiable anecdotes and specific recommendations, the bookpromotes an undeniably feasible yet decidedly offbeat program that has worked for the author andcould prove equally favorable for others who apply it. www.managetrainlearn.com Page 45 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be!”
  46. 46. Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives"Love Leadership" by John BryantAs a student of leadership and a voracious reader of more than100 books on the subject, I would like to compliment John HopeBryant on writing a book that I believe ranks among the best thatI have read. Love Leadership is an outstanding inaugural writingeffort from an exciting new author.This book is an easy read, but it points of emphasis are anythingbut leadership lite. This is heavyweight, substantive, material. Theconcepts of Love Leadership apply to everyone who leads andsince leadership is everyones business - this book is suitable foreveryone and applies to everyone.My particular favorite among Johns leadership principles states"No storm...no rainbow." You cant have one without the other. Iused that concept personally this evening when coaching a youngman who was experiencing some personal struggles. Thisindividual needed leadership, but he also needed love. Johnsfoundational beliefs enable the reader to easily and seamlessly apply both effectively. www.managetrainlearn.com Page 46 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be!”
  47. 47. Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives"Made to Stick" by Chip and Dan HeathUnabashedly inspired by Malcolm Gladwells bestselling TheTipping Point, the brothers Heath—Chip a professor atStanfords business school, Dan a teacher and textbookpublisher—offer an entertaining, practical guide to effectivecommunication. Drawing extensively on psychosocial studieson memory, emotion and motivation, their study is couchedin terms of "stickiness"—that is, the art of making ideasunforgettable. They start by relating the gruesome urbanlegend about a man who succumbs to a barroom flirtationonly to wake up in a tub of ice, victim of an organ-harvestingring. What makes such stories memorable and ensures theirspread around the globe? The authors credit six keyprinciples: simplicity, unexpectedness, concreteness,credibility, emotions and stories. (The initial letters spell out"success"—well, almost.) They illustrate these principleswith a host of stories, some familiar and others very funny.Throughout the book, sidebars show how bland messagescan be made intriguing. Fun to read and solidly researched, this book deserves a wide readership. www.managetrainlearn.com Page 47 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be!”
  48. 48. Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives"Mans Search for Meaning" by Viktor FranklMans Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl is among the mostinfluential works of psychiatric literature since Freud. The bookbegins with a lengthy, austere, and deeply moving personal essayabout Frankls imprisonment in Auschwitz and otherconcentration camps for five years, and his struggle during thistime to find reasons to live. The second part of the book, called"Logotherapy in a Nutshell," describes the psychotherapeuticmethod that Frankl pioneered as a result of his experiences in theconcentration camps. Freud believed that sexual instincts andurges were the driving force of humanitys life; Frankl, bycontrast, believes that mans deepest desire is to search formeaning and purpose. Frankls logotherapy, therefore, is muchmore compatible with Western religions than Freudianpsychotherapy. This is a fascinating, sophisticated, and veryhuman book. At times, Frankls personal and professionaldiscourses merge into a style of tremendous power. "Ourgeneration is realistic, for we have come to know man as he reallyis," Frankl writes. "After all, man is that being who invented the gas chambers of Auschwitz; however,he is also that being who entered those gas chambers upright, with the Lords Prayer or the ShemaYisrael on his lips." www.managetrainlearn.com Page 48 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be!”
  49. 49. Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives"Many Lives, Many Masters" by Brian WeissPsychiatrist Dr Brian Weiss had been working with Catherine,a young patient, for eighteen months. Catherine was sufferingfrom recurring nightmares and chronic anxiety attacks. Whenhis traditional methods of therapy failed, Dr Weiss turned tohypnosis and was astonished and sceptical when Catherinebegan recalling past-life traumas which seemed to hold the keyto her problems. Dr Weisss scepticism was eroded whenCatherine began to channel messages from the space betweenlives, which contained remarkable revelations about his ownlife. Acting as a channel for information from highly evolvedspirit entities called the Masters, Catherine revealed manysecrets of life and death. This fascinating case dramaticallyaltered the lives of Catherine and Dr Weiss, and providesimportant information on the mysteries of the mind, thecontinuation of life after death and the influence of our past-lifeexperiences on our present behaviour. www.managetrainlearn.com Page 49 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be!”
  50. 50. Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives"Now Discover Your Strengths" by MarcusBuckingham and Donald O CliftonThis book represents three very ambitious efforts. One, it arguesfor a new management paradigm that builds from thepsychological make-up of each person in the workplace to createthe most effective combination of people and tasks. Two, the bookpresents a new psychological mapping scheme to capture thoseareas where a person will display "consistent near perfectperformance in an activity." Three, the book connects you to a self-diagnosis tool that you can use on-line to see yourself in theperspective of the new mapping scheme. Most books would settlefor pursing just one these goals. My hat is off to the authors fortheir ambition! www.managetrainlearn.com Page 50 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be!”
  51. 51. Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives"Our Iceberg is Melting" by John Kotter andHolger RathgeberThis charming story about a penguin colony in Antarcticaillustrates key truths about how deal with the issue of change:handle the challenge well and you can prosper greatly; handle itpoorly and you put yourself at risk. The penguins are livinghappily on their iceberg as they have done for many years. Thenone curious penguin discovers a potentially devastating problemthreatening their home - and pretty much no one listens to him.The characters in this fable are like people we recognise, evenourselves. Their story is one of resistance to change and heroicaction, confusion and insight, seemingly intractable obstacles andthe most clever tactics for dealing with those obstacles. It is a storythat is occuring in different forms around us today - but thepenguins handle change a great deal better than most of us. www.managetrainlearn.com Page 51 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be!”
  52. 52. Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives"Outliers" by Malcolm GladwellNow that hes gotten us talking about the viral life of ideas andthe power of gut reactions, Malcolm Gladwell poses a moreprovocative question in Outliers: why do some people succeed,living remarkably productive and impactful lives, while so manymore never reach their potential? Challenging our cherishedbelief of the "self-made man," he makes the democratic assertionthat superstars dont arise out of nowhere, propelled by geniusand talent: "they are invariably the beneficiaries of hiddenadvantages and extraordinary opportunities and culturallegacies that allow them to learn and work hard and make senseof the world in ways others cannot." Examining the lives ofoutliers from Mozart to Bill Gates, he builds a convincing case forhow successful people rise on a tide of advantages, "somedeserved, some not, some earned, some just plain lucky." www.managetrainlearn.com Page 52 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be!”
  53. 53. Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives"Psychocybernetics" by Maxwell MaltzThis book is profoundly good. Do not let the artificial sounding titleput you off - it contains chapter after chapter of elegantly writtenguidance for living. It is evident in the writing that this is the result ofnot years but decades of observation by Maltz. The chapter onnegative emotional habits is in itself worth the money. I bought thebook to try to resolve 11 years of tension headaches. After readingthe first chapter, I stopped reading in order to try out some ideas.The headaches are improving, but almost as importantly, I havelearnt so much more about myself. Not speculative, extrapolatedideas of the author, but the result of close observations of patientswho were counseled before cosmetic surgery. In many cases, theintended facial surgery was canceled, to be replaced by surgery ofattitude. I cannot recommend it highly enough. (N. Moffat) www.managetrainlearn.com Page 53 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be!”
  54. 54. Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives"Purple Cow" by Seth GodinThe world is changing ever more rapidly, and the rules of marketingare no different, writes Godin, the fields reigning guru. The oldways-run-of-the-mill TV commercials, ads in the Wall Street Journaland so on-dont work like they used to, because such messages areso plentiful that consumers have tuned them out. This means youhave to toss out everything you know and do something"remarkable" (the way a purple cow in a field of Guernseys would beremarkable) to have any effect at all, writes Godin (PermissionMarketing; Unleashing the Ideavirus). He cites companies like HBO,Starbucks and JetBlue, all of which created new ways of doing oldbusinesses and saw their brands sizzle as a result. Godins style ispunchy and irreverent, using short, sharp messages to drive hispoints home. As a result the book is fiery, but not entirely cohesive;at times it resembles a stream-of-consciousness monologue. Still, hiswide-ranging advice-be outrageous, tell the truth, test the limits andnever settle for just "very good"-is solid and timely. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. www.managetrainlearn.com Page 54 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be!”
  55. 55. Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives"Rich Dad, Poor Dad" by Robert Kiyosaki andSharon LechterPersonal finance author and lecturer Robert Kiyosaki developed hisunique economic perspective through exposure to a pair ofdisparate influences: his own highly educated, but fiscally unstablefather, and the multimillionaire eighth-grade dropout father of hisclosest friend. The lifelong monetary problems experienced by his"poor dad" (whose weekly paychecks, while respectable, werenever quite sufficient to meet family needs) pounded home thecounterpoint communicated by his "rich dad" (that "the poor andthe middle class work for money," but "the rich have money workfor them"). Taking that message to heart, Kiyosaki was able to retireat 47. Rich Dad Poor Dad, written with consultant and CPA Sharon L.Lechter, lays out his the philosophy behind his relationship withmoney. Although Kiyosaki can take a frustratingly long time to makehis points, his book is nonetheless a compelling advocate for thetype of "financial literacy" thats never taught in schools. Based onthe principle that income-generating assets always provide healthier bottom-line results than eventhe best of traditional jobs, it explains how the former might be acquired so that the latter eventuallycan be shed. --Howard Rothman www.managetrainlearn.com Page 55 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be!”
  56. 56. Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives"Rules of the Red Rubber Ball" by KevinCarrollWith simple but delightful storytelling, Kevin Carrollchannels his childhood passion for sport and play into auniversally appealing blueprint for life. Drawing wisdomfrom the playgrounds of his youth, where he spent hourupon hour sharpening his body and his mind, Carrollshares with readers his Rules of the Red Rubber Ball - howto achieve maximum human potential through the powerof passion and creativity. Finding your own -red rubberball+ and chasing it to your heart’s content, he argues, isthe surest route to peace, prosperity, and happiness. Overthe years as an athletic trainer and public speaker, Carrollhas transformed his philosophy into seven simple rulesthat any successful leader will endorse: 1) Commit to it; 2)Seek out encouragers; 3) Work out your creative muscle; 4) Prepare to shine; 5) Speak up; 6) Expectthe unexpected; 7) Maximize the day. With an award-winning design and color photos throughout,Rules of the Red Rubber Ball will inspire the child in everyone for generations to come. www.managetrainlearn.com Page 56 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be!”
  57. 57. Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives"Stumbling on Happiness" by Daniel GilbertSeveral years ago, on a flight from New York to California, I hadthe good fortune to sit next to a psychologist named Dan Gilbert.He had a shiny bald head, an irrepressible good humor, and wetalked (or, more accurately, he talked) from at least the Hudsonto the Rockies--and I was completely charmed. He had thewonderful quality many academics have--which is that he wasinterested in the kinds of questions that all of us care about butnever have the time or opportunity to explore. He had also had aquality that is rare among academics. He had the ability totranslate his work for people who were outside his world. NowGilbert has written a book about his psychological research. It iscalled Stumbling on Happiness, and reading it reminded me ofthat plane ride long ago. It is a delight to read. Gilbert ischarming and funny and has a rare gift for making verycomplicated ideas come alive. (Malcolm Gladwell) www.managetrainlearn.com Page 57 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be!”
  58. 58. Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives"Talent Is Overrated" by Geoff ColvinI inhaled this book. The informal plan was to read it over a fewshort weeks. Instead I plowed through it in maybe three days.For those teetering on the edge of greatness -- or thinking aboutreally going for the gusto, in whatever field or endeavor that hascaptured their spirit -- this book is an invitation to walk amongthe gods.For those who have soured on their dreams and bitterly writtenthem off, however, this book will be painful. It might even readlike a damning indictment, and thus incite a hostile emotionalresponse.And finally, this book also has the potential to be terrifying. Forthose who feel the pull of greatness but also wrestle with a deep-seated fear of failure, the starknessof the choice will be revealed to them in these pages. www.managetrainlearn.com Page 58 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be!”
  59. 59. Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives"Thanks: the Science of Gratitude" by RobertEmmonsHappiness books written for the popular read seem to fall into oneof two general categories. Theyre either based on scientificevidence and give you research-tested techniques (such as FindingHappiness in a Frustrating World), OR, they give you advice andthings to think about to help you "reframe" your thinking (such asThe Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living). While I cant say thatone is better than the other, as they both have their attributes, I willsay that I personally prefer the research-based books the best- likethis one.In this book, positive psychology researcher Robert Emmons, whois very well published I might add, will tell you all about theemotional disposition of gratitude- and how cultivating it in yourlife will not only make you happier, but just plain healthier all theway around! www.managetrainlearn.com Page 59 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be!”
  60. 60. Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives"The 100 Absolutely Unbreakable Laws ofBusiness Success" by Brian TracyThe scrappy spirit of Horatio Alger is alive and well in successguru Brian Tracy. He may not be a household name yet likehis colleagues Warren Bennis and Anthony Robbins, but (hispublisher tells us) he still lectures hundreds of thousandsannually on personal and professional development,including top cats at IBM and Arthur Andersen. This, hislatest of some 10 books (including the "bestseller" MaximumAchievement), is exactly what its title suggests--100 maximsand MOs everyone must learn and live by to make it big,broken down into the laws of Life, Success, Business,Leadership, Money, Selling, Negotiating, and TimeManagement. Each law is followed up by anecdotes andquotes through history, plus bulleted points on "How You Can Apply This Law Immediately," whichprovide welcome structure and practicality. www.managetrainlearn.com Page 60 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be!”
  61. 61. Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives"The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership" by JohnMaxwellWow what a book. Ever wondered why some people can takegroups to incredible heights and other seemingly as capableindividuals can’t? Ever thought how come a team performscompletely differently when a new leader is installed? Mostleadership books I have previously read dealt really withmanagement. Maxwell has an absolute understanding of thequalities a leader must display. In the 21 Laws.... Maxwell breaksdown leadership into 21 chapters each dealing with a specific Lawof Leadership. With insights into how famous leaders performedand with ideas on how to develop yourself as a leader. This book isa must for all budding and fully bloomed leaders alike. Anyonewho can take a church congregation from hundreds to over30,000, who can be instrumental in the success of companies suchas Chick Fila must understand true leadership! John Maxwellunderstands leadership. If you want to understand leadership, ifyou want to be regarded as a leader, this book is a must. (MarkHolland) www.managetrainlearn.com Page 61 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be!”
  62. 62. Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives"The 360 Degree Leader" by JohnMaxwellIn his nearly thirty years of teaching leadership, JohnMaxwell has encountered this question again and again:How do I apply leadership principles if Im not the boss?Its a valid question that Maxwell answers in The 360Degree Leader voted best business book of the year bySoundview Executive Book Summary subscribers, and2006 recipient of their Harold Longman Award. In thisaward-winning book, Maxwell asserts that you donthave to be the main leader to make significant impact inyour organization. Good leaders are not only capable ofleading their followers but are also adept at leadingtheir superiors and their peers. Debunking myths andshedding light on the challenges, John Maxwell offersspecific principles for Leading Down, Leading Up, andLeading Across. 360-Degree Leaders can leadeffectively, regardless of their position in an organization. By applying Maxwells principles, you willexpand your influence and ultimately be a more valuable team member. www.managetrainlearn.com Page 62 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be!”
  63. 63. Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives"The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" by StephenR CoveyThe 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in PersonalChange was a groundbreaker when it was first published in 1990, andit continues to be a business bestseller with more than 10 millioncopies sold. Stephen Covey, an internationally respected leadershipauthority, realizes that true success encompasses a balance ofpersonal and professional effectiveness, so this book is a manual forperforming better in both arenas. His anecdotes are as frequentlyfrom family situations as from business challenges.Before you can adopt the seven habits, youll need to accomplish whatCovey calls a "paradigm shift"--a change in perception andinterpretation of how the world works. Covey takes you through thischange, which affects how you perceive and act regardingproductivity, time management, positive thinking, developing your "proactive muscles" (acting withinitiative rather than reacting), and much more. www.managetrainlearn.com Page 63 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be!”
  64. 64. Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives"The Alchemist" by Paulo CoelhoLike the one-time bestseller Jonathan Livingston Seagull, TheAlchemist presents a simple fable, based on simple truths andplaces it in a highly unique situation. And though we may sniff abestselling formula, it is certainly not a new one: even the ancienttribal storytellers knew that this is the most successful method ofentertaining an audience while slipping in a lesson or two.Brazilian storyteller Paulo Coelho introduces Santiago, anAndalusian shepherd boy who one night dreams of a distanttreasure in the Egyptian pyramids. And so hes off: leaving Spainto literally follow his dream.Along the way he meets many spiritual messengers, who come inunassuming forms such as a camel driver and a well-readEnglishman. In one of the Englishmans books, Santiago firstlearns about the alchemists--men who believed that if a metalwere heated for many years, it would free itself of all itsindividual properties, and what was left would be the "Soul of theWorld." Of course he does eventually meet an alchemist, and the ensuing student-teacherrelationship clarifies much of the boys misguided agenda, while also emboldening him to stay true tohis dreams. www.managetrainlearn.com Page 64 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be!”
  65. 65. Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives"The Art of Effortless Living" by IngridBacciMost of us believe that in order to achieve anythingworthwhile, whether in our careers, family life, health oreven on the sports field, we have to work hard and apply alot of effort. In fact, just the opposite is true. In The Art ofEffortless Living, Dr Ingrid Bacci offers compellingevidence that the most productive, creative and healthiestindividuals are those who practice effortless living. Bydoing less, paradoxical as it may seem, they achieve more.Here you learn how to dissolve conscious andunconscious stress through simple techniques thatreplace effort with effortlessness. You will also discover amore rewarding lifestyle that leads to physical vitality, increased productivity, creative relationshipsand the freedom to express your best self.This book contains a piece of essential wisdom - that by letting go we gain more, not less. Becausemost of us are obsessed with the idea of making things happen, we seriously need the lessons of TheArt of Effortless Living Larry Dossey, M.D., author of Recovering Your Soul www.managetrainlearn.com Page 65 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be!”
  66. 66. Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives"The Art of Joyful Living" by Swami RamaIn The Art of Joyful Living Swami Rama imparts amessage of inspiration and optimism: that every humanbeing is responsible for making his life happy and thenfor emanating that happiness to others. This book showsus how, with a clear conception of the philosophy andmeaning of life, we can truly enjoy our lives.Contains sections on: The transformation of habitpatterns; The nature of negative emotions; Transcendingdesires; Developing strength and willpower; Memory;Developing intuition; Spirituality in loving relationships;Learning to be your own therapist; Understanding theprocess of meditation. And more! (Amazon review)"Your culture teaches you to smile at others, but suchsmiles are only momentary and do not reflect your realfeelings. Actually, there should be a perennial and realsmile on your face all the time. To achieve that, you should have a clear concept of the meaning in life,and the philosophy of life. Then, you will start to live on a deeper level, and will begin to enjoy yourlife." (Swami Rama) www.managetrainlearn.com Page 66 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be!”
  67. 67. Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives“The Artist’s Way” by Julia CameronThis book surprised even its publisher by becomingan enormous bestseller, but with hindsight its notdifficult to see why. How many of us have longed tobe able to draw or paint, write or compose music?And how many of us have never got beyond the self-doubts, self-criticism and worries that ensure thatthis longing never becomes anything more than that?Camerons extraordinary book provides a 12-weekcourse which liberates the reader from the Im nottalented enough conditioning which holds manypeople back. (Kirkus UK) www.managetrainlearn.com Page 67 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be!”
  68. 68. Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives"The Celestine Prophecy" by James RedfieldYou have never read a book like this before."The CelestineProphecy" contains secrets that are currently changing our world.Drawing on the ancient wisdom found in a Peruvian manuscript, ittells you how to make connections between the events happeningin your own life right now...and lets you see what is going tohappen to you in the years to come. The story it tells is a grippingone of adventure and discovery, but it is also a guidebook that hasthe power to crystallize your perceptions of why you are whereyou are in life...and to direct your steps with a new energy andoptimism as you head into tomorrow. It is a book that comes alongjust once in a lifetime to change lives forever. www.managetrainlearn.com Page 68 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be!”
  69. 69. Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives"The Education of Little Tree" by Forrest CarterThis is the book you will buy again and again - as gifts foreveryone you love who loves to read. Little Tree is anexperience. The wisdom, beauty and dignity of the nativeAmericans is conveyed directly to the heart in a story about alittle boy who goes to live with his Cherokee grandparents.Inspiring and enlightening in the manner of Marlo Morgans"Mutant Message", but also deeply moving, humbling and funny.I laughed, I cried... and so did all the friends I bought it for.Definitely in my top three! www.managetrainlearn.com Page 69 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be!”
  70. 70. Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives"The Fountainhead" by Ayn RandThe Fountainhead has become an enduring piece of literature,more popular now than when published in 1943. On the surface, itis a story of one man, Howard Roark, and his struggles as anarchitect in the face of a successful rival, Peter Keating, and anewspaper columnist, Ellsworth Toohey. But the book addresses anumber of universal themes: the strength of the individual, the tugbetween good and evil, the threat of fascism. The confrontation ofthose themes, along with the amazing stroke of Rand’s writing,combines to give this book its enduring influence. www.managetrainlearn.com Page 70 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be!”
  71. 71. Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives"The Four Agreements" by Don Miguel RuizSit at the foot of a native elder and listen as great wisdom ofdays long past is passed down. In The Four Agreements,shamanic teacher and healer Don Miguel Ruiz exposes self-limiting beliefs and presents a simple yet effective code ofpersonal conduct learned from his Toltec ancestors. Full ofgrace and simple truth, this handsomely designed book makes alovely gift for anyone making an elementary change in life, andit reads in a voice that you would expect from an indigenousshaman. The four agreements are these: Be impeccable withyour word. Dont take anything personally. Dont makeassumptions. Always do your best. Its the how and why oneshould do these things that make The Four Agreements worthreading and remembering. www.managetrainlearn.com Page 71 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be!”
  72. 72. Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives“The Goal” by Eliyahu M GoldrattIn this intriguing, readable business novel, which illustratesstate-of-the-art economic theory, Alex Rogo is a UniCo plantmanager whose factory and marriage are failing. To revitalizethe plant, he follows piecemeal advice from an elusive formercollege professor who teaches, for example, that reduction inthe efficiency of some plant operations may make the entireoperation more productive. Alexs attempts to find the path toprofitability and to engage his employees in the struggle involvethe reader; and thankfully the authors economic models,including a game with match sticks and bowls, are easy tounderstand. Although some characters are as anonymous as thegoods manufactured in the factory, others ring true. In addition,the tender story of Alex and his wifes separation andreconciliation makes a touching contrast to the rest of the book.Recommended for anyone with an interest in the state of theAmerican economy. Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information,Inc. www.managetrainlearn.com Page 72 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be!”
  73. 73. Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives"The Greatest Miracle in the World" by OgMandinoOg Mandino achieved the pinnacle of his field, sellingmore inspirational books than any other writer in histime. Had he stopped with "The Greatest Salesman in theWorld," we would have all been short changed. Hiswriting of the "Greatest Miracle in the World" surpassedall his other works in how it inspires people, but thatalone wasnt enough for him to achieve. www.managetrainlearn.com Page 73 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be!”
  74. 74. Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives"The Greatness Guide" by Robin SharmaThough Sharma rejects the guru label, its hard not to think of theCEO of the training and coaching firm Sharma LeadershipInternational that way after reading this slim volume ofleadership and life advice. In two-page chapters with catchy titlesand memorable anecdotes, this author of five bestsellers (TheMonk Who Sold His Ferrari, etc.) dishes out wisdom for white-collar professionals on everything from goal setting and timemanagement to figuring out your talents. In a chapter called"Harvey Keitel and Windows of Opportunity," he tells how hesaw the Reservoir Dogs star and walked in the other direction—not toward him, as he has with most celebrities—and his regretover not seizing that opportunity. In "Your Schedule Doesnt Lie,"Sharma highlights the need to schedule things you really want todo in your life. In "Sell Your Desk," he advocates getting out of theoffice to become a better performer in business. A keen observerof life and business, Sharma frames his wisdom in a friendly,accessible way that will appeal to readers at every level of theircareers. www.managetrainlearn.com Page 74 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be!”
  75. 75. Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives"The Last Lecture" by Randy PauschA lot of professors give talks titled "The Last Lecture."Professors are asked to consider their demise and to ruminateon what matters most to them. And while they speak, audiencescant help but mull the same question: What wisdom would weimpart to the world if we knew it was our last chance? If we hadto vanish tomorrow, what would we want as our legacy?When Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at CarnegieMellon, was asked to give such a lecture, he didnt have toimagine it as his last, since he had recently been diagnosed withterminal cancer. But the lecture he gave--"Really Achieving YourChildhood Dreams"--wasnt about dying. It was about theimportance of overcoming obstacles, of enabling the dreams ofothers, of seizing every moment (because "time is all youhave...and you may find one day that you have less than youthink"). It was a summation of everything Randy had come to believe. It was about living.In this book, Randy Pausch has combined the humor, inspiration and intelligence that made hislecture such a phenomenon and given it an indelible form. It is a book that will be shared forgenerations to come. www.managetrainlearn.com Page 75 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be!”
  76. 76. Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives"The Law of Attraction" by Michael LosierHave you noticed that sometimes what you need just fallsinto place or comes to you from an out-of-the-bluetelephone call? Or you’ve bumped into someone on thestreet you’ve been thinking about? Perhaps you’ve metthe perfect client or life partner, just by fate or being atthe right place at the right time. All of these experiencesare evidence of the Law of Attraction in your life. Haveyou heard about people who find themselves in badrelationships over and over again, and who are alwayscomplaining that they keep attracting the same kind ofrelationship? The Law of Attraction is at work for themtoo. The Law of Attraction may be defined as: “I attract tomy life whatever I give my attention, energy and focus to,whether positive or negative.” By reading this book you’llcome to understand why and how this happens. www.managetrainlearn.com Page 76 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be!”
  77. 77. Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives"The Magic of Thinking Big" by David SchwartzMillions of people throughout the world have improved theirlives using "The Magic of Thinking Big". Dr David J. Schwartz,long regarded as one of the foremost experts on motivation,will help you sell better, manage better, earn more money,and - most important of all - find greater happiness andpeace of mind. "The Magic Of Thinking Big" gives you usefulmethods, not empty promises. Dr Schwartz presents acarefully designed program for getting the most out of yourjob, your marriage and family life, and your community. Heproves that you do not need to be an intellectual or haveinnate talent to attain great success and satisfaction - but youdo need to learn and understand the habit of thinking andbehaving in ways that will get you there. This book gives youthose secrets! www.managetrainlearn.com Page 77 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be!”

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