CMI Book Choices

                                                                                                                                               

Everyone knows that high IQ is no guarantee of success, happiness, or virtue, but until Emotional Intelligence, we could only guess why.  Daniel Goleman's brilliant report from the frontiers of psychology and neuroscience offers startling new insight into our "two minds" - the rational and the emotional - and how they together shape our destiny.

Through vivid examples, Goleman delineates the five crucial skills of emotional intelligence, and shows how they determine our success in relationships, work and even our physical well-being.  What emerges is an entirely new way to talk about being smart.

The best news is that "emotional literacy" is not fixed early in life.  Every parent, every teacher, every business leader, and everyone interested in a more civil society, has a stake in this compelling vision of human possibility.


 

Goleman teams with Richard Boyatzis and Annie McKee -- experts on the cutting edge of EI research -- to explore the consequences of emotional intelligence for leaders and organizations. Unveiling scientific evidence that links organizational success or failure to "primal leadership," the authors argue that a leader's emotions are contagious and must resonate enthusiasm if an organization is to thrive. This breakthrough concept changes the primal task of leaders from driving earnings or strategy to driving emotions in the right direction. Drawing from decades of analysis within world-class organizations, the authors show that resonant leaders excel not just through industry smarts but by leveraging EI competencies like empathy and self-awareness.

 

Appreciative Inquiry - A book in the Practicing Organization Development series -  is for leaders and organizational consultants who are ready to abandon the familiar tyranny of complex change programs.  Recognizing that human systems are constructions of the human imagination and therefore capable of change at the speed of imagination, the Appreciative Inquiry (AI) process frees organizations from the restrictive orthodoxy of 'deficit based change' and allows them the freedom to mobilize strategic change and focus on the visible and tacit strengths of an organization.  AI is capable of engaging whole systems at amazing scales - easily engaging hundreds or sometimes thousands of people, and often, in a matter of weeks or days, to leverage the positive core of the organization.

Way of the Peaceful Warrior is based on the story of Dan Millman, a world champion athlete who journeys into realms of flesh and spirit, romance and terror, light and darkness, laughter and magic.  Guided by a powerful old warrior named Socrates, tempted by an elusive, playful woman named Joy, Dan is led toward a final confrontation which will deliver or destroy him.  Join Dan as he learns what it means to die - and live - like a warrior.

It is a book which is totally true in its ability to make you reflect on the deepest questions of life.


Inspire! What Great Leaders Do

  Inspire! What Great Leaders Do

We all yearn to be inspired. Yet today, many people are drifting in organizations, teams, and families that operate from a place of fear. Within the hearts of people everywhere, there is a yearning for something different. We are looking inward and outward, and we are asking questions. Some of the answers are timeless—the world’s greatest leaders have known them all along.

Secretan shows that we can create more productive, fulfilling workplaces that encourage engagement and contribution from employees. We can build workplaces, governments, and countries based on shared best interest and selflessness, rather than self-interest and cynicism. This is the way forward for leaders in every situation who seek to inspire others. !nspire! offers a proven framework for putting passion and meaning back into work—and therefore the world.

!nspire! will stir you to ask brave and important questions. It will transform and inspire you, and therefore others.


Inspirational Leadership: Destiny, Calling and Cause (3 CD set, Introduction by Marianne Williamson)

Inspirational Leadership: Destiny, Calling and Cause  

Dr. Lance Secretan researched some of the greatest leaders in history to uncover their secrets of leadership. He wanted to learn what compelled followers to dedicate themselves with such passion to the visions of Jefferson, Washington, Christ, Buddha, Gandhi, Confucius, Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa and Nelson Mandela. We know that Martin Luther King did not say, "I have a strategic plan!" And Mother Teresa didn’t have a quality program — she didn’t need one. He learned that their seven common success traits and shares them with you in this work.


Inspirational Leadership: Destiny, Calling and Cause  Hardcover

Inspirational Leadership: Destiny, Calling and Cause  

Dr. Lance Secretan researched some of the greatest leaders in history to uncover their secrets of leadership. He wanted to learn what compelled followers to dedicate themselves with such passion to the visions of Jefferson, Washington, Christ, Buddha, Gandhi, Confucius, Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa and Nelson Mandela. We know that Martin Luther King did not say, "I have a strategic plan!" And Mother Teresa didn’t have a quality program – she didn’t need one. He learned that their seven common success traits and shares them with you in this work.


Reclaiming Higher Ground: Creating Organizations that Inspire the Soul (2 CD set, Introduction by Marianne Williamson)

Reclaiming Higher Ground: Creating Organizations that Inspire the Soul

Dr. Lance Secretan has a radical idea: that people are yearning for spirit and values at work and that the principal role of leaders is to build great organizations by meeting that need. In Reclaiming Higher Ground he describes a model used by visionary leaders who are creating the inspired organization of the future.