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Here are some of the books I find I recommend to everyone who works with me. I fully believe they are helpful and can even be transformative. If you find that books are helpful to you, I invite you to select one or more of these. 

Working with Stress and Fear: Your Guide to Feeling It and Rocking The Job Anyway by Amy Kay Watson

My guide to handling stress in the short and long-term, including stress-relieving strategies, managing moodiness and anger, conflict, perfectionism, work anxiety, getting more done, emotional support, toxic people, procrastination, and feedback.

The Five-Minute Journal (and The Five-Minute Planner)

The Five-Minute Journal is based on positive psychology research that helps you appreciate the little things in life and overcome the busy anxious voice in your head.  Get a PDF Preview of The Five Minute Journal here.  The Five-Minute Planner is a daily planner that helps you organize your day by keeping you focused on your most important tasks. With it, you work in shorter, focused bursts called Pomodoros that will make sure you are not diluting your energy or worse, wasting your time.

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brené Brown

We hold ourselves back from true effectiveness by listening to inner voices that criticise and drive. Brown’s second book dives deep into the habits we build around ourselves as a shield against feeling the pain of imperfection. It is only when we embrace our imperfections that we recognize our true value.

Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself  by Kristin Neff

My clients have discovered that entering into coaching introduces a level of accountability that can only be experienced as positive when they also practice self-compassion. Self-compassion is different from self-pity (feeling sorry for yourself), and it also isn’t self-esteem (comparing yourself to others and deciding you’re okay, too, or even better than others). It is about mindful awareness of your own suffering, awareness of suffering as universally human, and a commitment to speaking to yourself with kindness. Such an approach makes space for the kind of lasting change that coaching brings.

Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box by The Arbinger Institute

Most of us perceive problems as someone else’s fault. We seem to be wired to blame others. And yet, logically we can’t all be innocent and surrounded by the real problem-makers! This book takes an amazingly effective approach to helping us see ourselves accurately and acknowledge our personal accountability.


Jim Vaive, Spirit of EQ

Jim is an Emotional Intelligence coach, trainer, and consultant, certified by the International Coach Federation and Six Seconds (an Emotional Intelligence network). He offers EQ assessments and debriefs to clients of Career Leadership Alignment.


Sharon Hamersley

Known as “The Resume Coach,” Sharon works cooperatively with her clients to help them identify their skills, accomplishments, and values, and build their self-confidence. Each client is provided with a Job Search Toolkit that empowers them to take charge of their own process and conduct a 21st century job search.


The Compassionate Communication Center of Ohio

This non-profit organization based in Columbus, Ohio, USA shares the principles and practices of Compassionate-Nonviolent Communication (NVC), as developed by the American psychologist, Dr. Marshall Rosenberg, and inspired by the nonviolence teachings of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  They provide learning opportunities for understanding how to use Nonviolent Communication and how to bring it into an embodied reality in daily life..


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