MY RECOMMENDED READING

THE COLLECTION OF BOOKS BELOW HAVE PROVIDED ME THE INSPIRATION AND MOMENTUM FOR CHANGE…AND I WANT TO SHARE THEM WITH YOU.

Some of these books are required reading for my courses. I use the word “required” loosely as I can only recommend that my students use these tools during their journey.

The books featured here have all been chosen because the ideas, lessons and strategies found within echo my own thoughts and direction. By reading these books before, during and after going through one of my courses, your experience and results will only be amplified.

So I invite you to take advantage of these great resources and use them to help you achieve your professional goals. Enjoy! – Roni

(If you have any books that you would like to see added to this list I would love to hear from you – send me your picks! roni@ronichambers.com)

CATEGORY: INSPIRATION

Everyday Wisdom – Author: Wayne W. Dyer, Ph.D

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This is a great ‘pick me up’ full of short statements/affirmations that will change your life.  I first read this little book back in 1995, and immediately purchased the accompanying cassette (do they even sell these any longer!) … I have listened to this cassette in my Jeep thousands of times; it is a part of my everyday living (yes, you read that correctly…I still have an original cassette player in my incredibly loved and beautifully restored 2001 Jeep Wrangler.)

CATEGORY: NETWORKING, SUCCESS

SUGGESTED READING FOR MY WORKSHOPS

Never Eat Alone – Author: Keith Ferrazzi

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Great read!  This is where I first heard/read “Your Network = Your Networth” and it is a part of my coaching program today.  We undervalue our networks, and in most cases do not invest in them routinely, until we need them … and then discover they are cold!!  Keith provides a real time guide to creating a powerful network where ever you are in life.

CATEGORY: SUCCESS

Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Wellbeing, Wisdom, and Wonder – Author: Arianna Huffington

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In Thrive, Arianna Huffington makes an impassioned and compelling case for the need to redefine what it means to be successful in today’s world. There is far more to living a truly successful life than just earning a bigger salary and capturing a corner office. Our relentless pursuit of the two traditional metrics of success — money and power — has led to an epidemic of burnout and stress-related illnesses, and an erosion in the quality of our relationships, family life, and, ironically, our careers.

CATEGORY: BUSINESS, SUCCESS, INSPIRATION, CLARITY

Start With Why – Author: Simon Sinek

SUGGESTED READING FOR MY WORKSHOPS

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THIS BOOK WAS WRITTEN FOR ANYONE WHO WANTS TO INSPIRE OTHERS, AND ANYONE WHO WANTS TO FIND SOMEONE TO INSPIRE THEM.

This is an interesting read.  I encourage people to read this when they are struggling to create their ‘why.’  Understanding your ‘why driver’ provides for a more complete understanding of how to sell you.  Simon also has a powerful TED Talk called the Golden Circle, watch it as well.

CATEGORY: SUCCESS, INSPIRATION, HAPPINESS

The Greatest Miracle in the World – Author: Og Mandino

SUGGESTED READING FOR MY WORKSHOPS

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Oh my, this is my most favorite book of all time, and I have likely give more than 100 copies away and read it countless time.  It is a beautiful story with many messages, among the most important; we have all been created with Greatness in us, what is your greatness?  Don’t settle for less!

CATEGORY: BUSINESS, SUCCESS, CLARITY

Strengthsfinder 2.0 – Author: Tim Rath

SUGGESTED READING FOR MY WORKSHOPS

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This is a “must do assessment” for everyone, and one all my clients take.  It is designed to uncover your key talents — patterns of thought, feeling, and behavior that can be productively applied.  You will learn that there is a direct link between talent development and performance and if you understand and develop your talents you can be extraordinary.

CATEGORY: SUCCESS, MINDSET

Eat Move Sleep: How Small Choices Lead to Big Changes – Author: Tim Rath

SUGGESTED READING FOR MY WORKSHOPS

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We all know we need to eat right, exercise and get enough sleep … but for some reason we don’t really do it.  In this easy to read book Tom outlines more than 100 small changes we can make to improve our lives.  Simple changes like; don’t hit the snooze button on your alarm clock .. the extra minutes of sleep you get are not restful at all.

CATEGORY: CLARITY, MINDSET

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are – Author: Brene Brown

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This is a must read, an important book about living more authentic and compassionate lives, while learning to embrace our imperfections.  This is about wholehearted living, are you living a wholehearted life?  Enjoy this great read .. and catch up with Berne by watching one of her TED Talks on great topics like ‘shame’ and ‘vulnerability’.

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CATEGORY: SELF MARKETING, NETWORKING, INFLUENCE

Brag! The Art of Tooting Your Own Horn Without Blowing It. – Author: Peggy Klaus

SUGGESTED READING FOR MY WORKSHOPS

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This is the book for you if you are uncomfortable talking about yourself!  The best part of this book is that it is filled with practical advice for turning yourself into an interesting and relevant brief story for those you meet.  It defines bragging as the act of authenticity … let me know what you think!

CATEGORY: CLARITY, DIRECTION

The Crossroads of Should and Must: Find and Follow Your Passion – Author: Elle Luna

SUGGESTED READING FOR MY WORKSHOPS

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This is a fun, easy inspirational read.  I loved it and have given many away in my work.  Are you working in your ‘Must’ space .. Or are you stuck in a ‘Should’ space?  If your ‘shoulds’ and ‘musts’ align, you are in the right chair, however for many they don’t and it’s very scary to uncover your ‘must’ and extricate yourself from the ‘should’ place you have been in.  I finally did .. it’s freeing.

CATEGORY: LEADERSHIP, SUCCESS

Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring for Your People Like Family – Author: Bob Chapman

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“Bob Chapman, CEO of the $1.7 billion manufacturing company Barry-Wehmiller, is on a mission to change the way businesses treat their employees.” – Inc. Magazine

Starting in 1997, Bob Chapman and Barry-Wehmiller have pioneered a dramatically different approach to leadership that creates off-the-charts morale, loyalty, creativity, and business performance. The company utterly rejects the idea that employees are simply functions, to be moved around, “managed” with carrots and sticks, or discarded at will. Instead, Barry-Wehmiller manifests the reality that every single person matters, just like in a family. That’s not a cliché on a mission statement; it’s the bedrock of the company’s success.

CATEGORY: TRANSITION, LEADERSHIP, GROWTH

The First 90 Days: Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter – Author: Michael D. Watkins

SUGGESTED READING FOR MY WORKSHOPS

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The world’s most trusted guide for leaders in transition

Transitions are a critical time for leaders. In fact, most agree that moving into a new role is the biggest challenge a manager will face. While transitions offer a chance to start fresh and make needed changes in an organization, they also place leaders in a position of acute vulnerability. Missteps made during the crucial first three months in a new role can jeopardize or even derail your success.

In this updated and expanded version of the international bestseller The First 90 Days, Michael D. Watkins offers proven strategies for conquering the challenges of transitions—no matter where you are in your career.

CATEGORY: INFLUENCE, IMPROVEMENT, MINDSET, GROWTH

The Go-Giver: A Little Story About A Powerful Business Idea – Author: Bob Burg

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“Most people just laugh when they hear that the secret to success is giving. . . . Then again, most people are nowhere near as successful as they wish they were.”

This is a wonderful business parable that I first read back in 2007, and then had the good fortune to see Bob Burg speak several years later.  It is a parable about the 5 Laws of Success: Value, Compensation, Influence, Authenticity and Receptivity.  A fun reminder about some very important principles.

CATEGORY: MOTIVATION, MINDSET, INFLUENCE

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us – Author: Daniel Pink

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Most people believe that the best way to motivate is with rewards like money—the carrot-and-stick approach. That’s a mistake, says Daniel H. Pink (author of To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Motivating Others). In this provocative and persuasive new book, he asserts that the secret to high performance and satisfaction-at work, at school, and at home—is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world.

Drawing on four decades of scientific research on human motivation, Pink exposes the mismatch between what science knows and what business does—and how that affects every aspect of life. He examines the three elements of true motivation—autonomy, mastery, and purpose-and offers smart and surprising techniques for putting these into action in a unique book that will change how we think and transform how we live.

CATEGORY: LEADERSHIP, GROWTH, SUCCESS

Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t – Simon Sinek

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I thought this book was both insightful and inspiring.  It underscored why some of the bad leaders I have had in my career were bad, and why the exceptional one were EXCEPTIONAL.  I enjoyed understanding the role our brain chemicals play in our Leadership (or not)!

CATEGORY: BUSINESS, GROWTH, MINDSET

Screw Business As Usual – Author: Sir Richard Branson

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This was a Christmas gift a few years ago, because I am a big fan of Richard Bronson’s.  And the book was not a disappointment.  It is a great read about ‘doing good is good business,’ and he supports this notion with inspiring stories of those who are doing it!

CATEGORY: INSPIRATION, MINDSET, GROWTH

What Should I Do With My Life? The True Story of People Who Answered the Ultimate Question – Author: Po Bronson

SUGGESTED READING FOR MY WORKSHOPS

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This is an outstanding read!!  I first read this as I prepared to leave my 20+ year career in Corporate America, and didn’t know what I would do next.  These true inspirational stories of people just like me, who asked the same question, opened my eyes to the possibilities … my possibilities .. they are endless.  What are your possibilities?

CATEGORY: MINDSET, GROWTH, SUCCESS

Mindful Work: How Meditation Is Changing Business from the Inside Out – Author: David Gelles

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New York Times reporter reveals what business leaders around the country are already discovering: Meditation may be the key to fostering a happier, more productive workplace.

For the past few years, mindfulness has begun to transform the American workplace. Many of our largest companies, such as General Mills, Ford, Target, and Google, have built extensive programs to foster mindful practices among their workers. Mindful Work is the first book to explain how all sorts of businesses and any kind of worker can benefit from meditation, yoga, and other mindful techniques.

CATEGORY: LEADERSHIP, NETWORKING, GROWTH

Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships – Author: Daniel Goleman

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Emotional Intelligence was an international phenomenon, appearing on the New York Times bestseller list for over a year and selling more than five million copies worldwide. Now, once again, Daniel Goleman has written a groundbreaking synthesis of the latest findings in biology and brain science, revealing that we are “wired to connect” and the surprisingly deep impact of our relationships on every aspect of our lives.

CATEGORY: INSPRIATION, MOTIVATION, GROWTH

Wisdom – Author: Andrew Zuckerman

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Beautiful book ….. the wisdom, the portraits, the comfort provided in the words and faces of those featured is wonderful.  This book has an accompanying DVD as well, how often might we have the opportunity to read and listen to Nelson Mendela (and so many others) share his thoughts in such an intimate way.

CATEGORY: INSPIRATION, MINDSET, GROWTH

Together Is Better: A Little Book of Inspiration – Simon Sinek

SUGGESTED READING FOR MY WORKSHOPS

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The smell of optimism (page 4), the inspiration, the story .. it’s all well worth a quick read!  A favorite quote of mine from the book, “What good is having a belly if there’s no fire it it?  Wake up, drink your passion, light a match and get to work!”

CATEGORY: INSPIRATION, MINDSET, GROWTH

The Work: Searching for a Life That Matters – Wes Moore

SUGGESTED READING FOR MY WORKSHOPS

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Very interesting and inspiring story on several fronts.  It doesn’t matter where you come from … anything is possible with perseverance, grit and tenacity! Mr. Moore talks about the gutting of Wall Street (30,000 jobs) during the recession from the C-Suite to the House Keeping Department and in between.  The loss of identity and the ability (or not) to recover for everyone affected.  And most importantly he talks about the choice to make a move, and a difference, when faced with a “soul sucking” job everyday!

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