The coaches we work with are avid readers, if not authors in their own right. Here we share the top 5 books that have inspired them in their work and professional lives. This is the first list, in no specific order, in our series of tips by experts.
1. Uncommon Friends by James Newton.
A favorite of John Di Lemme
The book tells the tremendous story of Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone, Alexis Carrel, and Charles Lindbergh. It cements my belief that you are who you surround yourself with in life and business.
2. The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph by Ryan Holiday.
A favorite of Peter Kozodoy with GEM Advertising
The book draws its inspiration from stoicism, the ancient Greek philosophy of enduring pain or adversity with perseverance and resilience. Stoics focus on the things they can control, let go of everything else, and turn every new obstacle into an opportunity to get better, stronger, tougher. As Marcus Aurelius put it nearly 2000 years ago: “The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.”
Ryan Holiday shows us how some of the most successful people in history—from John D. Rockefeller to Amelia Earhart to Ulysses S. Grant to Steve Jobs—have applied stoicism to overcome difficult or even impossible situations. Their embrace of these principles ultimately mattered more than their natural intelligence, talents, or luck.
3. The Go-Giver by Bob Burg and John David Mann.
A favorite of Al Wynant with Ingomu Learning.
Imparted with wit and grace, The Go-Giver is a classic bestseller that brings to life the old proverb “Give and you shall receive.”
Nearly a decade since its original publication, the term “go-giver” has become shorthand for a defining set of values embraced by hundreds of thousands of people around the world. Today this timeless story continues to help its readers find fulfillment and greater success in business, in their personal lives and in their communities.
4. A Course in Miracles by Dr. Helen Schucman.
A favorite of Maura Sweeney, Maura 4 You.
This course is a complete self-study spiritual thought system that teaches forgiveness as the road to inner peace and the remembrance of God.
5. Dealstorming, The Secret Weapon That Can Solve Your Toughest Sales Challenges by Tim Sanders.
A favorite of John Livesay, The Pitch Whisperer.
As a B2B sales leader, you know that by Murphy’s Law, despite your team's best efforts, some deals will inevitably get stuck or key relationships will go sour. And too often, it's the most important ones—the last thing you need when millions of dollars are on the line.
"Dealstorming" is Tim Sanders’s term for a structured, scalable, repeatable process that can break through any sales deadlock. He calls it “a Swiss Army knife for today’s toughest sales challenges.” It fixes the broken parts of the brainstorming process and reinvigorates account management for today's increasingly complicated sales environment.
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