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Favorite Resources for Leaders & Executives

Personal Recommendations Straight from Maria's Office Bookshelf

I love reading and watching movies. It’s the perfect way that I have found to learn, to grow and to be entertained. I have a core selection of books and movies that I keep on my shelf and review often to gather new insights and ideas as well as to benefit from the experiences of others. If you are looking for business and leadership focused material that inspires, motivates and even brings joy to your work and life, then I encourage you to take a look at some of my favorites. And, if you have a recommendation for me, please send me an email and tell me about it. I am always interested in hearing about your own new discoveries and how they resonate with your life.

Maria's resource list for positive leadership.
My Top 10 Books

What is possible is limitless - and a matter of choice and perspective.
1. The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life
by Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander
A series of wonderful stories about the characteristics of great leaders and managers.
2. The One Thing You Need to Know: ... About Great Managing, Great Leading, and Sustained Individual Success
by Marcus Buckingham
A valuable way to build a strengths-based organization by focusing on everyone’s strengths rather than weaknesses.
3. StrengthsFinder 2.0
by Tom Rath
Language is far more powerful than any one of us realizes. It makes all the difference to our success and effectiveness as well as our ability to create balance and happiness.
4. Language and the Pursuit of Happiness
by Chalmers Brothers
Who would you be without your story?
5. Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life
by Byron Katie
People succeed when they identify patterns that shape their lives – and learn how to change them.
6. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
by Charles Duhigg
A welcomed spiritual tonic for these troubled times.
7. The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times
by Pema Chodron
Insightful, practical reading that you can implement in the real world and see your leadership potential take shape.
8. The Leadership Challenge: How to Make Extraordinary Things Happen in Organizations
by James M. Kouzes Posner
Raise your level of happiness and increase the quality of your life.
9. Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment
by Martin E. P. Seligman
Understand the ways in which to mature and nurture your leadership style for greater success throughout your life.
10. Leadership Agility: Five Levels of Mastery for Anticipating and
Initiating Change

by William B. Joiner and Stephen A. Josephs

5 Valuable Meditation Resources

This will open your eyes to how simple it is to start a mediation practice and
stick with it.
1. Meditation for Beginners  by Jack Kornfield
A gifted teacher shares comprehensive, hands-on information about meditation.
2. Insight Meditation: A Step-By-Step Course on How to Meditate by Sharon Salzberg and Joseph Goldstein
Calming Advice for the C-Suite
3. How to Succeed in Business: Meditate. Oliver Ryan, Fortune Magazine,
July 20 2007.
The busy professional can see how to reap the benefits of meditation
in minutes.
4. Feeling Transcendent in 10 Minutes or Less
by Alina Dizik in Wall Street Journal, October 27, 2011
Search online for words or phrases like meditation, guided relaxation, Christian meditation, chant meditation, Buddhist meditation – or whatever appeals to you most.
5 iTunes
Check out this iTunes app I especially like:
Simply Being: Guided Meditation for Relaxation and Presence
by Meditation Oasis

5 Movies Worth Watching Again and Again

The secret of an authentic golf stroke turns out to be the secret of mastering any challenge in life.

The Legend of Bagger Vance

Required for kids of all ages. There is no place like home.
2. The Wizard of Oz
Make the world a better place by helping three people in your own way.
3. Pay It Forward
Take a journey of self discovery. There is never nothing going on. There are no
ordinary moments.
4. Peaceful Warrior
Get ready for a magical adventure filled with courage and dreams.
5 Hugo
The YouTube Video that Is a Must to Bookmark
When I need to be inspired, encouraged or reminded, this is where I go.
  Steve Jobs Stanford Commencement Address 2005



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