Bookshelf

This eclectic collection contains books on leadership, personal leadership, life, research on how and why we do what we do, philosophy from around the world, psychology, crossing boundaries, ... and more.
In addition, I have included a few stories and fables that have moved me in one way or another.

Most are English. Some are German. The list is forever evolving and of course, can in no way be complete.

In this age of addiction with being "up-to-date" and paying far too much attention to "new" offers simply because they are new (which itself is debatable) and therefore considered "better", you will find many publications here that have been with us for quite some time. Wisdom is timeless.

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The Tao of Leadership: Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching Adapted for a New Age

A leader is a facilitator – someone with responsibility for making things possible. As a leader, you enbale your people to achieve. This excellent book uses the 81 verses of Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching to illustrate how, by using natural law, we are far more effective as leaders. Flow and results oriented leadership principles. Highly recommended.

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Jonathan Livingston Seagull

A wonderful fable about the importance of making the most of our lives, going with what feels right rather than taking the conventional path expected of us. It shows what you can achieve by living YOUR life.

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Leadership Jazz - Revised Edition: The Essential Elements of a Great Leader

The art of leadership is in learning how and when to ask the right questions, being clear regarding expectations, then giving your people space to achieve results. Timeless principles of Max de Pree's excellent book, first published in the eraly 1990s. Insightful stories emphasize the message and you are likely to find yourself reflecting on your personal experiences a great deal while reading.

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Art of Choosing

Very interesting and readable research into the the factors that shape the way we make choices. The author asks a lot of questions and encourages the reader to do so too, in being conscious about the decisions we make.
"I didn't choose blindness and being blind took many options off the table, among them a career as a pilot, which had been my childhood dream. But this bodily condition that I did not choose led me to make the most of what I could choose. It reminds me every day that I must focus on the choices that matter."

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Man's Search for Ultimate Meaning

If there is one piece of evidence illustrating the important of purpose in life (in contrast to the superficial short-term satisfaction that so many seek in today's world), this is it. The story of psychologist Viktor Frankl's survival of a Nazi concentration camp and his subsequent devleopment of Logotherapy.

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The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living

Whatever one's religious leanings, if any, the Dalai Lama always makes for intriguing reading. In these excerpts of interviews conducted by US psychiatrist Howard Cutler, he presents inspiring reflections on how we can transform suffering and overcome obstacles to achieve the joyful state we all desire.

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The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything

Ken Robinson's message is simple: discover your passion and follow it. Then you will not only be happy but also successful. Well-written, practical, full of real life examples and humourous, this book demonstrates and emphasises what, deep down, we all know anyway - we need meaning in life.

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Positivity: Groundbreaking Research To Release Your Inner Optimist And Thrive

Scientific research conducted by the author and her associates indicates that we ourselves are responsible for how we deal with life's challenges. This practical book outlines a path to leading a more contented life. It's grounded positivity, not superficial happiness.

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Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience

Based on decades of research on human experience, this readable and enjoyable book summarizes how exceptional people enter the optimal experience of flow. Furthermore, Czikszentmihalyi demonstrates that we have the ability to control our state at any moment. This classic is simultaneously scientific, conscious, spiritual and practical.

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Uncommon Wisdom: Conversations with Remarkable People (Flamingo)

Conducted by Fritjof Capra, a physicist who for decades has combined Eastern mysticism in his work to provide insights into the interconnectedness of our universe, this fascinating summary of conversations is both rich and informative. Capra's conversation partners include Krishnamurti, Werner Heisenberg, Gregory Bateson, Indira Gandhi, Hazel Henderson, and others.