Recommended Reading

Books offer the unique opportunity to visit with someone who has taken the time to dive deep into subject areas that are relevant to topics of concern. The assessment process relies heavily on research and wisdom gained from leveraging the experience of others. Oftentimes, this can best be obtained by investing time in a book that seems to speak to a particular assessment instrument.

On this page, we will highlight books that have made a positive impact on our role in assessing individuals. We’ll add a short review to each book listed here as time permits. The list will continue to grow as we are always learning.

  1. A Failure of Nerve: Leadership in the Age of the Quick Fix  by Edwin H. Friedman, Edward W. Beal (Editor), Margaret M. Treadwell (Editor) goodreads book review
  2. The Anatomy of Peace: Resolving the Heart of Conflict by The Arbinger Institute goodreads
  3. Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst by Robert M. Sapolsky goodreads
  4. Beyond the Local Church: How Apostolic Movements Can Change the World by Sam Metcalf, Alan Hirsch (Foreword) goodreads
  5. Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell goodreads
  6. Building the Bridge as You Walk on It: A Guide for Leading Change by Robert E. Quinn goodreads
  7. Coaching for Emotional Intelligence: The Secret to Developing the Star Potential in Your Employees by Bob Wall goodreads
  8. Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler, Stephen R. Covey (Foreword) goodreads
  9. Deep Change: Discovering the Leader Within by Robert E. Quinn goodreads
  10. The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It by Michael E. Gerber goodreads
  11. Effectiveness by the Numbers
  12. Five dysfunctions of a team
  13. Hero Maker: Five Essential Practices for Leaders to Multiply Leaders by Dave Ferguson, goodreads
  14. How People Grow by Henry Cloud & John Townsend
  15. Iconoclast
  16. Integrity: The Courage to Meet the Demands of Reality by Henry Cloud
    goodreads book review
  17. Leadership and Self-Deception, by The Arbinger Group goodreads
  18. Leadership Pain
  19. Let Your Life Speak
  20. Level up your Day
  21. Lynchpin by Seth Godin
  22. Maybe you should talk to someone by Lori Gottlieb
  23. Mindset by Carol Dweck
  24. Multiply
  25. Necessary Endings: The Employees, Businesses, and Relationships That All of Us Have to Give Up in Order to Move Forward by Henry Cloud, goodreads
  26. Ordering Your Private World by Gordon McDonald
  27. Outliers
  28. Parish Collective
  29. Permission to Feel: Unlocking the Power of Emotions to Help Our Kids, Ourselves, and Our Society Thrive by Marc Brackett goodreads
  30. Primal Leadership by Daniel Goleman
  31. Renovation of the Heart by Dallas Willard
  32. Rework by Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson goodreads book review
  33. Sex Begins in the Kitchen by Kevin Leman
  34. Shattered Dreams
  35. The Art of Scientific Investigation by W.I.B. Beveridge
  36. The Critical Journey of Faith
  37. The Gift of Being Yourself
  38. The Making of a Leader
  39. The Power of Habits
  40. The Sacred Romance by Brent Curtis & John Eldredge
  41. The Speed of Trust: The One Thing that Changes Everything by Stephen M.R. Covey.

    This is the son of Stephen Covey author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. In the first few chapters, Covey states how there are millions of dollars lost in organizations because people don’t have trust. This book relates to EQ (Emotional Intelligence). When people think EQ is not important, there is a lack of trust. If you have high EQ in an organization you have an opportunity for people to gain trust. Covey explains how to develop trust, essentially improving and applying good EQ.

  42. The True Believer
  43. Toxic Charity
  44. Tribal Leadership by David Logan, et. al.
  45. Who Switched off my brain
  46. Winning on Purpose

Please feel free to contact us if you have any new books for consideration.