Recommended Reading

Grow your ideas

Tomorrow’s challenges will demand new ideas and fresh thinking to tackle. One way to help keep recharged with new ideas and energize creativity is to pick up a book. Carefully chose your books based on current business needs to add the most value.

Learn about more Enterprise Facilitation and its key principles

Ernesto Sirolli, PhD, the found of Enterprise Facilitation has authored two books that share the history and illuminate the practice of Enterprise Facilitation.

Ripples from the Zambezi: Passion, Entrepreneurship, and the Rebirth of Local Economies

In this first book, Ernesto shares the influences and experiences that has cultivated Enterprise Facilitation into what it is today. The Southeast Enterprise Facilitation Project as well as two of its facilitators are mentioned in the book!

How to Start a Business & Ignite Your Life: A Simple Guide to Combining Business Wisdom with Passion

In his second book, Ernesto delves into the three key principles one needs to keep their passion and find success in their business.

Other Recommendations

Other Recommendations

Title Author Why we like it
Know Can Do Ken Blanchard A new way of thinking about how learning and leadership intersect
Everyone’s A Coach Ken Blanchard & Don Schula The fundamentals of coaching including the C.O.A.C.H. technique
21 Irrefutable Qualities of a Leader John Maxwell Easy to read and an absolute ESSENTIAL for all leaders
5 Dysfunctions of a Team Patrick Lencioni Easy to read and apply – a great book to read together as a team
Leadership 101 John Maxwell Excellent leadership fundamentals
Good to Great Jim Collins How to drive your team past settling for “good” and to striving for “great!”
Turn the Ship Around David Marquet A revolutionary new way of thinking about leadership and creating team member ownership
QBQ! – The Question Behind the Question Dr. John Miller A revolutionary way to think about questions that transforms one from “victim thinking” to “leadership thinking”
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Stephen Covey A must for all leaders – 7 Habits is one of the most impactful and well-known leadership books of all time.
Who Stopped the Sale? Richard F. Libin Great client-centric approach to selling anything
Radical Candor Kim Scott A new way of thinking about how to deliver honest feedback
The Energy Bus Jon Gordon 10 Rules to fuel your life, work, and team with positive energy
The Power of Positive Leadership Jon Gordon Great leaders understand that people drive the numbers, not the other way around; to win you must win with people.
Extreme Ownership Jocko Willink & Leif Babin Two Navy Seals share that Leadership at every level is the most important factor in whether a team succeeds or fails.
Leadership and Self Deception The Arbinger Institute Understanding how self-deception negatively impacts your everyday interactions, diminishing your ability to connect & lead.
The Making of a Manager Julie Zhuo Provides a practical approach for new managers to leading people.
The Coaching Habit Michael Bungay Stanier Reviews the 7 essential questions to effective coaching


Author Why we like it
Mindset (The New Psychology of Success) Carol S. Dweck, Ph. D.  Great information on how we learn to fulfill our potential – focus on how we think.
Success Mindsets Ryan Gottfredson Critical thinking for success – very comprehensive dive into mindsets and includes a free online mindset assessment
Mindset Matters Most Brian J. Grasso This book talks about creating success & happiness by letting go of fear, limitations, and doubt.
It Takes What It Takes Trevor Moawad  Shares how top performers hone their competitive edge by managing their thinking. 
Thinking For a Change John Maxwell Shows how changing your thinking can indeed change your life. Covers Thinking Styles: Big-Picture, Shared, Focused, & Creative 
Leave YOUR Legacy: The Power to Unleash Your Greatness Ben Newman This book takes you on a journey to follow the ups & downs of a protagonist. You’ll be inspired to uncover your passion and find your purpose.
Row the Boat Jon Gordon & P.J. Fleck Oar = Energy, Boat = Sacrifice, & Compass = Direction. Minnesota’s Head Coach shows you how to choose enthusiasm & optimism to guide your team. 
Radical Honesty Brad Blanton, PhD A shocking, entertaining and profound look at how radical honesty impacts us and society
Title Author Why we like it
Emotional Intelligence Daniel Goleman #1 Bestseller – Foundational book that redefines what “smart” is
Emotional Intelligence 2.0 Travis Bradberry & Jean Greaves A fast read packed with strategies to improve self-awareness, self-management, social awareness & relationship management.  Includes free link for an online Emotional Intelligence Appraisal
Permission to Feel Dr. Marc Brackett Provides the language to identify how we’re feeling and why.
Dare to Lead Dr. Brené Brown Courage requires us to fully embrace vulnerability.

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Title Author Why we like it
Influencing With Integrity Dr. Gene Laborde The definitive work on NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming).  This is “EXPERT LEVEL” material that may years to fully assimilate. Absolutely worth the investment.
Influence, the Psychology of Persuasion Dr. Robert Cialdini Breaks influence down to seven fundamentals – easy to read and apply.
How to Win Friends and Influence People Dale Carnegie This 1936 classic is still a “must read” for anyone who influences others
Instant Rapport Michael Brooks The name says it all!
The Definitive Book of Body Language Barbara and Allan Pease Simple, easy to understand, well-illustrated and easy to apply
Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When the Stakes are High Kerry Patterson, Joe Grenny, Ron McMillan & Al Switzler Elevating your communication skills and impact with solid principle-based thinking
The 5 Levels of Leadership John Maxwell Position or title does not automatically result in influence. Learn how to develop your leadership skills to influence.
Multipliers Liz Wiseman Reviews the skills to develop that will make your team flourish
Title Author Why we like it
First Things First Stephen Covey The best book we’ve ever read on managing your time and priorities
Failing Forward John Maxwell Learning how to learn from failures and mistakes
Think and Grow Rich Napoleon Hill 15 MILLION copies sold since 1937 for a reason…you’ll have to read it to find out why!
The Art of War Sun Tzu A best seller since 512 BC, with 13 fundamentals that tie strategy and tactics together that will forever change the way you think…
The 8th Habit Stephen Covey Learn how to find your voice to inspire others to grow
How Full is Your Bucket Tom Rath & Dr. Donald Clifton How personal interactions affect you and others, and how to turn those into positive interactions
Quiet Strength Tony Dungy & Nathan Whitaker Great book about personal leadership
Believe It Jamie Kern Lima Every one of us can go from underestimated to unstoppable even if the person underestimating you is you.
Today Matters John Maxwell This book will help you make and manage the right decisions daily.
Title Author Why we like it
Who Moved My Cheese Spencer Johnson & Ken Blanchard Simple, super-easy read – a great first step
Our Iceberg is Melting John Kotter, Holger Rathgerber, Peter Mueller & Spencer Johnson A follow-up to Who Moved My Cheese that focuses on urgency and leveraging social proof
Change is Good…You Go First Mac Anderson Easy to read and apply these 21 ways to inspire change
Leading Change John Kotter Very strong work – breaks change into 8 simple steps
The Coffee Bean Jon Gordon & Damon West You have the power inside you to transform your environment. Simple lesson to create positive change.
Think Again Adam Grant Examines the science behind changing your mind, and persuading others to change theirs.
Title Author Why we like it
The Purple Cow Seth Godin How to transform your business from ordinary to REMARKABLE!
The Little Red Book of Selling Jeffrey Gitomer Short and simple easy read for your sales team
Customers for Life Carl Sewell & Paul Brown Classic book on customer service – includes the 10 Commandments of Customer Service
Up Your Business Dave Anderson & John Maxwell A 7-Step Blueprint for growing your business to the next level
Start with Why Simon Sinek How to inspire your team to take action.  A bit of a long read, but solid fundamentals
Tribal Leadership Dave Logan, John King & Halee Fischer-Wright A fantastic book on leveraging group dynamics for leadership and growth
Sticking Points Hayden Shaw How to get 5 generations working together, including Millennials & Gen Z.
Thinking, Fast and Slow Daniel Kahneman Provides an understanding of how decisions are made, how we solve problems and why errors in judgement are so prevalent.
What Got You Here Won’t Get You There Marshall Goldsmith 20 workplace habits that need to be broken & eliminating dysfunction
Never Split the Difference Chris Voss Negotiating as if your life depended on it!
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