Recommended by Maria

Discover Her
Favorite Resources
for Leaders
and Executives

Reading books, watching videos and doing meditation are great ways to spark new thinking. If you are looking for business and leadership focused material that inspires, motivates and 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.

Highly Recommended Books


Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives

by Gretchen Rubin

Habits are the invisible architecture of everyday life. It takes work to make a habit, but once that habit is set, we can harness the energy of habits to build happier, stronger, more productive lives.

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Four Seconds: All the Time You Need to Stop Counter-Productive Habits and Get the Results You Want

by Peter Bregman

In Four Seconds, Peter Bregman shows us how to replace negative patterns with energy boosting and productive behaviors.

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Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most

by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton and Sheila Heen

Difficult Conversations provides a step-by-step approach to having those tough conversations with less stress and more success.

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Overworked and Overwhelmed: The Mindfulness Alternative

by Scott Eblin

In this book, Eblin shows that mindfulness that makes a difference doesn’t require meditating like a Buddhist monk.

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Language and the Pursuit of Leadership Excellence: How Extraordinary Leaders Build Relationships, Shape Culture and Drive Breakthrough Results

by Chalmers Brothers

Chalmers Brothers and Vinay Kumar introduce leaders to a startlingly powerful way of understanding language and conversations, as well as the “actual actions” of effective leaders and managers.

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Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World

by Adam Grant

The payoff is a set of groundbreaking insights about rejecting conformity and improving the status quo.

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Rising Strong

by Brene´ Brown

Rising strong after a fall is how we cultivate wholeheartedness. It’s the process, Brown writes, that teaches us the most about who we are.

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Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

by Elizabeth Gilbert

Balancing between soulful spirituality and cheerful pragmatism, Gilbert encourages us to uncover the “strange jewels” that are hidden within each of us.

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Valuable Meditation Aids


Headspace App

Here’s a simple app that can take you on an easy, gradual path toward a meditation practice

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Jack Kornfield

Jack Kornfield has a wide array of resources, guided meditations, videos and classes on his website

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Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Center for Mindfulness

A pioneer of meditation, Jon Kabat Zin has helped blaze the trail for the science of meditation

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Clearing Your Mind for Successful Leadership

Thinking about beginning a meditation practice and wondering how hard it is to get started or if it’s even worth the effort? Actually, meditation is simple. All you need is five minutes out of your day. It’s easy enough that you can effortlessly incorporate meditation into your daily routine. And, the five-minute investment you make in meditation will reap benefits far greater than you might imagine, too. Meditation has been proven to boost performance and improve your ability to focus attention. And you know what? More and more leaders are taking a few minutes each day to take advantage of meditation’s many valuable benefits. Maria has developed a useful tool, Clearing Your Mind for Successful Leadership: 5 Minutes to Positive Meditation that you can download now.

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