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Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business
by Gino Wickman

Find out if you have a grip on your business, or if your business has a grip on you. Offers a business growth model and proven process to gain healthy traction for small to mid-sized businesses.

Get a Grip: An Entrepreneurial Fable
by Gino Wickman and Mike Paton

Find out how to take your business to the next level through an EOS Implementer’s journey to help a small business through the EOS proven process.

Rocket Fuel
by Gino Wickman

Visionaries have groundbreaking ideas. Integrators make those ideas a reality. This explosive combination is the key to getting everything you want out of your business. It worked for Disney. It worked for McDonald’s. It worked for Ford. It can work for you.

How to Be a Great Boss
by Gino Wickman

Studies have repeatedly shown that the majority of employees are disengaged at work. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Often, the difference between a group of indifferent employees and a fully engaged team comes down to one simple thing—a great boss.

What the Heck is EOS
by Gino Wickman

What the Heck is EOS? is for the millions of employees in companies running their businesses on EOS (Entrepreneurial Operating System). An easy and fast read, this book answers the questions many employees have about EOS and their company:

  • What is an operating system?
  • What is EOS and why is my company using it?
  • What are the EOS foundational tools and how do they impact me?
  • What’s in it for me?

Designed to engage employees in the EOS process and tools, What the Heck is EOS? uses simple, straightforward language and provides questions about each tool for managers and employees to discuss creating more ownership and buy-in at the staff level.

The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive: A Leadership Fable
by Patrick Lencioni

Focuses on a leader’s crucial role in building a healthy organization and one often overlooked but essential element of business life that is the linchpin of sustained success.

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team
by Patrick Lencioni

A leadership fable that describes the five dysfunctions which go to the heart of why teams – even the best ones – often struggle. Lencioni outlines a powerful model and actionable steps that can be used to overcome these common hurdles and build a cohesive effective team.

E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It
by Michael Gerber

Gerber dispels the myths surrounding starting your own business and shows how commonplace assumptions can get in the way of running a businesses.

Good to Great
by Jim Collins

Read about the ingredients of today’s most successful companies and how these ingredients work together in an integrated way to achieve greatness.

Business Leadership

Find Your Why: A Practical Guide for Discovering Purpose for You and Your Team

by Simon Sinek

Start With Why has led millions of readers to rethink everything they do – in their personal lives, their careers and their organizations.

Accountability: The Key to Driving a High-Performance Culture
by Greg Bustin

Accountability explains why the “carrot-and-stick” approach doesn’t work—and describes how to build and sustain a culture based on shared beliefs, positive action, and internal leadership development. The author’s conclusions are based on data resulting from his work with more than 3,000 executives worldwide, plus exclusive interviews with Fortune’s Most Admired Companies and Best Places to Work.

Game of Work, The: How to Enjoy Work as Much as Play
by Charles Coonradt

Since its original printing in 1984, The Game of Work helped thousands of companies and hundreds of thousands of managers and employees experience increased job enjoyment while producing extraordinary results. The Game of Work examines the question of why people work harder at sports and recreation than they do on the job and uses these as metaphors for inspirational leadership strategies. Corporations worldwide have enjoyed the increased productivity, employee satisfaction and motivation, and bottom-line profits by implementing the concepts taught in The Game of Work. As qualified people become increasingly difficult to attract and retain, the implementation of the five principles in this book is the one key factor to improving results, retention, and recruitment.

Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies
by Jim Collins

Filled with hundreds of specific examples and organized into a coherent framework of practical concepts that can be applied by managers and entrepreneurs at all levels, Built to Last provides a master blueprint for building organizations that will prosper long into the 21st century and beyond.

Grow: How Ideals Power Growth and Profit at the World’s Greatest Companies
by Jim Stengel

Pulling from a unique ten year growth study involving 50,000 brands, Jim Stengel shows how the world’s 50 best businesses—as diverse as Method, Red Bull, Lindt, Petrobras, Samsung, Discovery Communications, Visa, Zappos, and Innocent—have a cause and effect relationship between financial performance and their ability to connect with fundamental human emotions, hopes, values and greater purposes. In fact, over the 2000s an investment in these companies—“The Stengel 50”—would have been 400 percent more profitable than an investment in the S&P 500.

Corporate Culture and Performance
by John P. Kotter

Going far beyond previous empirical work, John Kotter and James Heskett provide the first comprehensive critical analysis of how the “culture” of a corporation powerfully influences its economic performance, for better or for worse. Through painstaking research at such firms as Hewlett-Packard, Xerox, ICI, Nissan, and First Chicago, as well as a quantitative study of the relationship between culture and performance in more than 200 companies, the authors describe how shared values and unwritten rules can profoundly enhance economic success or, conversely, lead to failure to adapt to changing markets and environments.

The Advantage, Enhanced Edition: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else In Business
by Patrick M. Lencioni

There is a competitive advantage out there, arguably more powerful than any other. Is it superior strategy? Faster innovation? Smarter employees? No, New York Times best-selling author, Patrick Lencioni, argues that the seminal difference between successful companies and mediocre ones has little to do with what they know and how smart they are and more to do with how healthy they are. In this book, Lencioni brings together his vast experience and many of the themes cultivated in his other best-selling books and delivers a first: a cohesive and comprehensive exploration of the unique advantage organizational health provides.

Crucial Conversations Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High
by Kerry Patterson

The first edition of Crucial Conversations exploded onto the scene and revolutionized the way millions of people communicate when stakes are high. The second edition expands to cover preperation, tranformaing anger and hurt feelings into powerful dialogue, and making it safe to tlk about almost anything.

Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right
by Atul Gawande

We live in a world of great and increasing complexity, where even the most expert professionals struggle to master the tasks they face. Longer training, ever more advanced technologies—neither seems to prevent grievous errors. But in a hopeful turn, acclaimed surgeon and writer Atul Gawande finds a remedy in the humblest and simplest of techniques: the checklist. First introduced decades ago by the U.S. Air Force, checklists have enabled pilots to fly aircraft of mind-boggling sophistication. Now innovative checklists are being adopted in hospitals around the world, helping doctors and nurses respond to everything from flu epidemics to avalanches. Even in the immensely complex world of surgery, a simple ninety-second variant has cut the rate of fatalities by more than a third.

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
by Angela Duckworth

In this instant New York Times bestseller, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows anyone striving to succeed—be it parents, students, educators, athletes, or business people—that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a special blend of passion and persistence she calls “grit.”

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action
by Simon Sinek

In 2009, Simon Sinek started a movement to help people become more inspired at work, and in turn inspire their colleagues and customers. Since then, millions have been touched by the power of his ideas, including more than 28 million who’ve watched his TED Talk based on START WITH WHY — the third most popular TED video of all time.

The Trust Edge: How Top Leaders Gain Faster Results
by David Horsager

In The Trust Edge, David Horsager reveals the foundation of genuine success—trust. Based on research but made practical for today’s leader, The Trust Edge shows that trust is quantifiable and brings dramatic results to businesses and leaders. In this book, Horsager teaches readers how to build the 8 Pillars of Trust.

Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence
by Daniel Goleman

In Focus, Psychologist and journalist Daniel Goleman, author of the #1 international bestseller Emotional Intelligence, offers a groundbreaking look at today’s scarcest resource and the secret to high performance and fulfillment: attention.

7 Habits of Highly Effective People
by Stephen Covey

Covey presents a holistic, integrated, principle-centered approach for solving personal and professional problems.

The Speed of Trust
by Stephen M.R. Covey

Find out more on the one thing that changes everything in both business and life – trust. The speed which trust is established with clients, employees and constituents in the essential ingredient for any high-performance, successful organization.

Now, Discover Your Strengths
by Marcus Buckingham and Donald Clifton, Ph.D.

The authors present a revolutionary program, the StrengthsFinder Profile, which helps people identify their talents, build on their strengths, and create greater personal and professional success.

The One Thing You Need to Know

by Marcus Buckingham

From the best-selling author of First, Break All the Rules and Now, Discover Your Strengths, this book offers essential performance and career lessons for business people at all career stages.

The Artist’s Way at Work

by Julia Cameron and Mark Bryan

The authors show that people can thrive at their jobs when they take time to nurture their spirit and listen to their thoughts.


by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

With forceful storytelling and wry insight, the authors show how conventional wisdom is often wrong. Enough riddles and stories to last a thousand cocktail parties!

The Dance of Change

by Peter Senge, Art Kleiner, Charlotte Roberts, Richard Ross, George Roth, and Bryan Smith

Considered the “bible of organizational change,” this book shows how to accelerate success and avoid the obstacles that stall momentum as organizations continue to adapt their attitudes and practices to stay ahead of the curve and accommodate massive changes in the marketplace and world.

The Fifth Discipline

by Peter Senge, Art Kleiner, Charlotte Roberts, Richard Ross and Bryan Smith

This groundbreaking book revolutionized the practice of management by introducing the theory of learning organizations. Containing a wide range of strategies and tools, this reference-style book will have you mastering the disciplines of creating a learning organization.

The Cycle of Leadership: How Great Leaders Teach Their Companies to Win

by Noel Tichy

We are now in a knowledge-based economy, where the control of knowledge is the secret of success. Through demonstrating the power of teaching, this book gives today’s leaders a path to build organizations fast enough to benefit from today’s unprecedented rate of change.

Wealth Building

Think and Grow Rich

by Napoleon Hill

One of the most influential books of all time in pointing the way to personal achievement, financial independence and to the riches of the spirit.

Rich Dad, Poor Dad

by Robert Kiyosaki

Learn the financial skills rich parents pass on to their children, as well as investment and cash management advice.

Courage to Be Rich

by Suze Orman

This book will help you create a life of material and spiritual abundance.

The Nine Steps to Financial Freedom

by Suze Orman

The author goes beyond the nuts and bolts of managing money to explore the psychological, even spiritual power money has in our lives.

Dynamic Laws of Prosperity

by Catherine Ponder

One of the all-time great books on manifestation. Be ready to write down the affirmations contained throughout the book.

The Millionaire Next Door

by Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko

Learn the surprising secrets of America’s wealthy and find out that nearly anyone with a steady job can amass a tidy fortune! Readers learn the seven common denominators that show up again and again among people who have built their personal fortunes from scratch.

Personal Development and Transformation

As a Man Thinketh

by James Allen

Building on the Bible verse, “As a man thinketh, so he is,” Allen insists that it is within the power of each person to form his own character and create his own happiness.

Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity

by Julia Cameron and Mark Bryan

A classic on how to unleash and use your creative power!

Your Heart’s Desire

by Sonia Choquette

This workbook guides you step by step through the nine universal principles for creating your own reality.

First Things First: To Live, to Love, to Learn, to Leave a Legacy

by Stephen Covey

Learn how to get your priorities straight and live in alignment with your true purpose.

The Power of Intention

by Wayne Dyer

Using an array of true stories and examples, Dyer teaches readers the importance of using their power and positive energy in everyday life to connect and achieve personal abundance and success.

The Hidden Messages in Water

by Masaru Emoto

Emoto unleashes the healing power of love and gratitude, through water!! Take a look at the photos of water when introduced to words and see how they actually change form! Remember, we are 70% water!!

Reflections of the Christ Mind: The Present-Day Teachings of Jesus

by Paul Ferrini

Based on the universal teachings of Christ, the author invites us to take a spiritual journey, moving from fear to love, from weakness to strength, from resistance to acceptance.

Excuse Me, Your Life Is Waiting: The Astonishing Power of Feelings

by Lynn Grabhorn

This book is an introduction to the amazing physics of thought or the “Law of Attraction,” whereby our feelings and thoughts actually create our lives and we live life intentionally, not accidentally.

Peace is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life

by Thich Nhat Hanh

Thich Nhat Hanh, an ordained buddist monk from Vietnam and world-traveled speaker, author and teacher, writes on the art of mindfulness and how to transform and heal difficult psychological states. Finally, he shows us the connection between personal inner peace and peace on Earth.

Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway

by Susan Jeffers

If you struggle with fear anywhere in your life, this is a must read! She is very encouraging and gives a lot of concrete action steps to eliminate all fears from your life.

The Power of Positive Thinking

by Normal Vincent Peale

Peale says, “This book is written with the sole objective of helping the reader achieve a happy, satisfying and worthwhile life.” Peale offers his own recipe for happiness, and a simple but powerful formula for molding your own destiny and finding fulfillment in life.

The Unmistakable Touch of Grace

by Cheryl Richardson

This book will help guide you on a spiritual adventure that will awaken you to the power of grace. The more you surrender to the Divine plan and allow grace to lead the way, the more the right doors will open to support you in fulfilling your life’s purpose.

The Power of Now

by Eckhart Tolle

Tolle writes about leaving our analytical mind and its false created self, the ego, behind. Authentic human power is found by surrendering to the Now, the present moment, where problems do not exist. It is here we find our joy and are able to embrace our true selves.

The Dream Giver

by Bruce Wilkinson

From the author of #1 New York Times bestseller, The Prayer of Jabez, this book shows you how to rise above the ordinary, conquer your fears, and overcome the obstacles that keep you from living your Big Dream.

A Woman’s Worth

by Marianne Williamson

Marianne speaks of women as being either glorious queens or slave girls. She inspires every woman who reads this book how incredibly lucky we are to be a woman!

The Art of Possibility

by Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander

This book is filled with uplifting stories, parables, and personal anecdotes that invite us to become passionate communicators, leaders and performers whose lives radiate possibility into the world.

Health and Wellness

The Biology of Success

by Robert Arnot, M.D.

Learn how our human biology allows us to increase mental energy and create positive thought patterns that can fundamentally change the way our brain functions.

Energy Addict

by Jon Gordon

This book offers simple, powerful strategies to replenish physical, mental and spiritual energy so you can regain focus, feel healthier, work more effectively, and live life the way it was meant to be.

Healing Stories to Inspire, Teach and Heal

by Mary Jo Trapp Bulbrook

Learn more about the power of Healing Touch. Energy healing is a technique of balancing the body’s energy system to influence self-healing. by realigning (balancing) the body’s electromagnetic fields, the body’s innate wisdom to self regulate and heal is activated. Hear personal stories that will make you a believer!

Heal Your Body

by Louise Hay

Hay first wrote this book in 1976 and and since then it has been written in over 30 languages. This book is an excellent resource to uncover the emotional connection to illnesses.

Sanctuaries the Complete United States: A Guide to Lodgings in Monasteries, Abbeys, and Retreats

by Jack Kelly and Marcia Kelly

If you’d like to find a quiet place to rest, you might check out this book. All of the featured places welcome people of every denomination.

Creating Sacred Space with Feng Shui: Learn the Art of Space Clearing and Bring New Energy into Your Life

by Karen Kingston

Provides simple and effective techniques on how to create harmony and abundance by clearing and enhancing home and workplace energies. Explains the link between inner peace and the buildings in which we live and work.

Natural Cures

by Kevin Trudeau

Offers an abundance of alternative therapies, medical practices, philosophies and potential cures that help your body regain its natural state of health and vibrancy.

8 Weeks to Optimum Health

by Andrew Weil, M.D.

Learn Dr. Weil’s proven program for taking full advantage of your body’s natural healing power.

Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life

by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Want to meet the most interesting, exciting person you will ever know? Let Jon Kabat-Zinn introduce you to YOU. Meditation is the art of paying attention and listening to your heart – allowing you to enjoy life more fully, more effectively and more peacefully. Both for the beginner and for those who want to deepen their practice.

Unique Ability: Creating the Life You Want
by Catherine Nomura

You have inside you an incredible force called “Unique Ability.” It’s a combination of your personal talents, passions, and skills. You’ve always had this ability, but you may never have stopped to clearly identify it. Few people do.


Codependent No More

by Melody Beattie

This classic will show you how to stop controlling others and start caring for yourself.

The Biggest Job We’ll Ever Have: Find the Right Balance Between Character and Achievement for Your Child

by Laura and Malcolm Gauld

This book provides a blueprint for raising and educating strong children of character.

1001 Ways to be Romantic

by Gregory Godek

As the Boston Herald says, “Worth Memorizing!” Learn how to transform your relationship into a vibrant, exciting love affair.

Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More than IQ

by Daniel Goleman

The groundbreaking book that redefines what it means to be smart. Gives us a new way of looking at the root causes of many of the ills of our families and our society.

Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples

by Harville Hendrix

This is a bible for healthy and loving communication. It is an extraordinary practical guide to resolving problems, using sixteen exercises to enhance communication, stop self-defeating behavior, and achieve mutual emotional satisfaction.

Facing Codependence: What It Is, Where It Comes From, How It Sabotages Our Lives

by Pia Mellody

This book is the authority on codependence, providing a clear understanding of how people who are raised in dysfunctional environments are set up to put the needs of others before their own.

Let the Bud of Life Bloom

by Swami Rama

If we impart good education to our children, become selfless examples for them, and give them love, the Swami Rama predicts they will grow and become the best citizens of the world. Then, he predicts, the whole universe will bloom like a flower!

Audio CDs

Tuning In: Listening to the Voice of Your Soul

by Cheryl Richardson

A guided relaxation process designed to help you learn to listen to your wise inner voice.

Awakened Mind System

by Dr. Jefferey Thompson

Deepen meditation, access intuition and insight, nurture healing and renewal.

101 Power Thoughts

by Louise Hay

Listen to this CD every day at least once and if you can, listen to it on a CD Player/Walkman. This CD is important for reprogramming our minds to think more positive, constructive thoughts so that old negative thoughts will be released!

The Power of Intention

by Wayne Dyer

This is filled with an abundance of very important information that will teach you about The Law of Attraction, and how to create the life that you truly desire.

All Anthony Robbins books on CD!

One of the most motivating people in our world today.