Welcome to our recommended reading.  You will find fun, psychology, mountaineering, behavioral economics, rock climbing and philosophy here.  We enjoyed reading all of these, and firmly believe each one will make you a better leader.  Scroll over a title for more information! 


Your Brain at Work by David Rock is one of the most useful books we have come across for a long time! A superb foray into how our biology holds us back in interpersonal and work situations and how simple awareness can have tremendous impact on our effectiveness and satisfaction. A must read with high level science offered in easy to digest anecdotes and exercises.

Your Brain at Work by David Rock is one of the most useful books we have come across for a long time! A superb foray into how our biology holds us back in interpersonal and work situations and how simple awareness can have tremendous impact on our effectiveness and satisfaction. A must read with high level science offered in easy to digest anecdotes and exercises.

Great leaders know they need to constantly and consciously grow to best serve their people. This book provides eye-opening perspective and new ways to understand your leadership and life. The authors back up their work with thorough research and provide ample hands on ways to practice and use the commitments they offer.

Great leaders know they need to constantly and consciously grow to best serve their people. This book provides eye-opening perspective and new ways to understand your leadership and life. The authors back up their work with thorough research and provide ample hands on ways to practice and use the commitments they offer.

An approachable insight on the power of meditation and mindfulness written by a skeptic. Dan Harris offers a compelling and fun to read story that just might help you become 10% happier (with compounding interest). Every leader should read this and consider how a short meditation practice could up his or her game.

An approachable insight on the power of meditation and mindfulness written by a skeptic. Dan Harris offers a compelling and fun to read story that just might help you become 10% happier (with compounding interest). Every leader should read this and consider how a short meditation practice could up his or her game.

If you seek courage, want to inspire people, or understand the power of human connection in leadership, read this NOW! We had heard so much about Brene Brown, and not taken action because we thought she was ‘wishy washy.’ It turns out she is all about hard nose truth, insightfully exploring what we all know and fear to talk about. Absolutely life changing.

If you seek courage, want to inspire people, or understand the power of human connection in leadership, read this NOW! We had heard so much about Brene Brown, and not taken action because we thought she was ‘wishy washy.’ It turns out she is all about hard nose truth, insightfully exploring what we all know and fear to talk about. Absolutely life changing.

The Nature Fix  Florence Williams  In Japan people are paying for forest bathing- guided time in nature. Scientific studies are increasingly showing that nature lowers the negative effects of stress like high blood pressure and increases happiness and creativity. Discover how in this well researched fun to read book!

The Nature Fix

Florence Williams

In Japan people are paying for forest bathing- guided time in nature. Scientific studies are increasingly showing that nature lowers the negative effects of stress like high blood pressure and increases happiness and creativity. Discover how in this well researched fun to read book!

Another diamond hidden under a lackluster title. We thought- decide what? Therese Huston means decide- period. If you make decisions, or work with women you need to read this. The research is amazing and the information could double your productivity as an organization. We need more women in leadership positions, and this book clearly articulates why. Beyond that, the principles and tips in here will dramatically help leaders of all genders make more logical and accurate decisions. Enjoy!

Another diamond hidden under a lackluster title. We thought- decide what? Therese Huston means decide- period. If you make decisions, or work with women you need to read this. The research is amazing and the information could double your productivity as an organization. We need more women in leadership positions, and this book clearly articulates why. Beyond that, the principles and tips in here will dramatically help leaders of all genders make more logical and accurate decisions. Enjoy!

An in-depth inquiry into how men and women experience confidence differently. Packed with useful ideas on how to develop confidence in your identity without chasing what you think people want to see- Think a strong sense of self without too much ego. A great read for any gender. As a man I found the practical ideas immensely useful. l also value the insights into how women generally experience confidence. I hope my increased awareness can make me more empowering. The code at the end is elegantly simple and extremely effective!

An in-depth inquiry into how men and women experience confidence differently. Packed with useful ideas on how to develop confidence in your identity without chasing what you think people want to see- Think a strong sense of self without too much ego. A great read for any gender. As a man I found the practical ideas immensely useful. l also value the insights into how women generally experience confidence. I hope my increased awareness can make me more empowering. The code at the end is elegantly simple and extremely effective!

That's What She Said  Joanne Lipman  A no nonsense look at the unique challenges women face and how women AND men can work together to make leadership more equitable. When a man has an idea in a meeting, too often the women in the room are left thinking "that's exactly what she just said!"

That's What She Said

Joanne Lipman

A no nonsense look at the unique challenges women face and how women AND men can work together to make leadership more equitable. When a man has an idea in a meeting, too often the women in the room are left thinking "that's exactly what she just said!"

Lead Yourself First  Raymond Kethledge & Michael Erwin  Blown away by this book! Ignore the prosaic title and read this now. Well researched historical and psychological examples of why you need to incorporate solitude into your life and leadership now!

Lead Yourself First

Raymond Kethledge & Michael Erwin

Blown away by this book! Ignore the prosaic title and read this now. Well researched historical and psychological examples of why you need to incorporate solitude into your life and leadership now!

You Are Not So Smart  David McRaney  Collection of essays outlining heuristics and fallacies that trick us into believing we are right when we are dead wrong. Read to broaden your perspective and hone your critical thinking, or just because it's fun!

You Are Not So Smart

David McRaney

Collection of essays outlining heuristics and fallacies that trick us into believing we are right when we are dead wrong. Read to broaden your perspective and hone your critical thinking, or just because it's fun!

When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing  Dan Pink  Insightful read about how powerful timing is for the best of us. From how to maximize your effectiveness to marrying coffee with naps, and why the Lusatania sank. Enjoyable and practical.

When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing

Dan Pink

Insightful read about how powerful timing is for the best of us. From how to maximize your effectiveness to marrying coffee with naps, and why the Lusatania sank. Enjoyable and practical.

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us  Dan Pink  Read this now if you need to motivate people. Pink lays out how to access intrinsic motivation in almost any situation and clearly shows why the old ways of motivating people are dead! This should be a go to for any leader- Purpose, Mastery and Autonomy.

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

Dan Pink

Read this now if you need to motivate people. Pink lays out how to access intrinsic motivation in almost any situation and clearly shows why the old ways of motivating people are dead! This should be a go to for any leader- Purpose, Mastery and Autonomy.

Mindset: The New Psychology or Success  Carl Dweck  Why do you attempt hard things and what do you do when you fail? Dweck articulates two types of people and shows why a learning mindset may be tough at first but will lead to long term success and happiness. If you have ever let fear of failure affect your actions, this book could change your life!

Mindset: The New Psychology or Success

Carl Dweck

Why do you attempt hard things and what do you do when you fail? Dweck articulates two types of people and shows why a learning mindset may be tough at first but will lead to long term success and happiness. If you have ever let fear of failure affect your actions, this book could change your life!

Leadership and Self Deception  The Arbinger Institute  A short and easy read, indispensible to any leader. This will challenge how you view your relation to the world and people around you, leading to happiness and more effecitve leadership. Get ready to get out of the box!

Leadership and Self Deception

The Arbinger Institute

A short and easy read, indispensible to any leader. This will challenge how you view your relation to the world and people around you, leading to happiness and more effecitve leadership. Get ready to get out of the box!

The Push  Tommy Caldwell  How many people do you know who spend months doing nothing other than eating, sleeping, and pursuing a feat no one believes possible? One of my favorite books this year and worth the read for climbers and leaders alike. This book is well written, easy to read, and full of profound insights from climbers to leadership guru Jim Collins himself!

The Push

Tommy Caldwell

How many people do you know who spend months doing nothing other than eating, sleeping, and pursuing a feat no one believes possible? One of my favorite books this year and worth the read for climbers and leaders alike. This book is well written, easy to read, and full of profound insights from climbers to leadership guru Jim Collins himself!

The Power of Habit  Charles Duhigg  Extremely well researched and written to be exciting, this book explains how habits form and what you can do to change them. Prepare for a fun read that ranges from stories to neuroscience!

The Power of Habit

Charles Duhigg

Extremely well researched and written to be exciting, this book explains how habits form and what you can do to change them. Prepare for a fun read that ranges from stories to neuroscience!

Primal Leadership  Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis & Annie McKee  Emotional intelligence from A to Z from some of the the founders of the idea. Interesting and fun to read, also incredibly valuable to anyone who needs to relate to others... ahem leaders.

Primal Leadership

Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis & Annie McKee

Emotional intelligence from A to Z from some of the the founders of the idea. Interesting and fun to read, also incredibly valuable to anyone who needs to relate to others... ahem leaders.

The Bhagavad Gita  Trans. William Q. Judge  A classic dialogue between warrior and Hindu god that helps shed light on the power of equanimity in your life. The warrior detests killing and the god demands fulfilled duty. A little hard to read at some points, but short and well worth the challenge!

The Bhagavad Gita

Trans. William Q. Judge

A classic dialogue between warrior and Hindu god that helps shed light on the power of equanimity in your life. The warrior detests killing and the god demands fulfilled duty. A little hard to read at some points, but short and well worth the challenge!

Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why  Laurence Gonzales  Well written research into how people in extreme situations such as mountaineers, firefighters and Navy jet pilots survive the unthinkable. A classic fun read that relates extreme situations to everyday life. Enjoy the stories and prepare to shift your mindset toward becoming a survivor!

Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why

Laurence Gonzales

Well written research into how people in extreme situations such as mountaineers, firefighters and Navy jet pilots survive the unthinkable. A classic fun read that relates extreme situations to everyday life. Enjoy the stories and prepare to shift your mindset toward becoming a survivor!

Nicomachean Ethics  Aristotle  This one is NOT a page turner. It IS foundation to what we mean by good, how to pursue character, who makes the best friends and how to pursue a life of virtue. Take it on a retreat and grapple for a while; it's worth your time and effort.

Nicomachean Ethics

Aristotle

This one is NOT a page turner. It IS foundation to what we mean by good, how to pursue character, who makes the best friends and how to pursue a life of virtue. Take it on a retreat and grapple for a while; it's worth your time and effort.

Algorithms to Live By  Brian Christian & Tom Griffiths  Ever thought about how computer science problems relate to your life beyond the blue screen of death? Neither had I. This book makes high level concepts like thrashing, sorting, randomness etc. into approachable explanations and then offers the reader ways that computer scientists solved the complications. Surprisingly, a lot of it transfers to real life! I especially enjoyed the chapter on game theory!

Algorithms to Live By

Brian Christian & Tom Griffiths

Ever thought about how computer science problems relate to your life beyond the blue screen of death? Neither had I. This book makes high level concepts like thrashing, sorting, randomness etc. into approachable explanations and then offers the reader ways that computer scientists solved the complications. Surprisingly, a lot of it transfers to real life! I especially enjoyed the chapter on game theory!

Immunity to Change  Robert Kegan & Lisa Laskow Lahey  Fantastic look at how we can determine underlying beliefs that hold us back and how to confront our often hidden assumptions to make positive changes in our lives! Imagine, millions of people are prescribed heart medications every year and told they will have a normal life if they take the pill daily, and yet they don't. This helps you understand why and what to do about it!

Immunity to Change

Robert Kegan & Lisa Laskow Lahey

Fantastic look at how we can determine underlying beliefs that hold us back and how to confront our often hidden assumptions to make positive changes in our lives! Imagine, millions of people are prescribed heart medications every year and told they will have a normal life if they take the pill daily, and yet they don't. This helps you understand why and what to do about it!