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Bette’s Bookshelf

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The 1st two books on my bookshelf are by colleagues of mine from the Georgetown Leadership Coaching Program.  Scott and Kristi write from their experience as executives, entrepreneurs, and as highly-regarded leadership coaches.

The Next Level
by Scott Eblin
Practical, instantly applicable concepts and tools for rising leaders to help them align their actions with the new results expected when they move up to a larger role.
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The Power of Presence
by Kristi Hedges
Kristi cuts to the heart of presence—what it is exactly and how to get more of it.  A highly readable book that offers masterful strategies and practical tools to help you realize your true presence potential.
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Here are some of my favorite books for Coaches:

The Mindful Coach
by Doug Silsbee
Presence-based Coaching: Cultivating Self-Generative Leaders Through Mind, Body, and Heart
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Here are some of my favorite books on Leadership:

The Transforming Leader
Carol S. Pearson, editor
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Leadership Agility: Five Levels of Mastery for Anticipating and Initiating Change
by Bill Joiner & Stephen Josephs
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Leadership Without Easy Answers
by Ronald Heifetz
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Leadership: The Inner Side of Greatness
by Peter Koestenbaum
Leadership Lesson | Buy on Amazon

Leadership from the Inside Out
by Kevin Cashman
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Books that inspire me and provide the philosophical foundation for my work.

So Far From Home
by Margaret J. Wheatley
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Theory U: Leading from the Future as it Emerges
by C. Otto Scharmer
Leadership Lesson | Buy on Amazon

Presence: Human Purpose and the Field of the Future
by Senge, Scharmer,  Jaworski & Flowers
Leadership Lesson | Buy on Amazon

Crossing the Unknown Sea: Work as a Pilgrimage of Identity
by David Whyte

The Three Marriages: Re-imagining Work, Self and Relationship
by David Whyte

The Soul of Money: Reclaiming the Wealth of Our Inner Resources
by Lynn Twist
Leadership Lesson | Buy on Amazon

The Art of Power
by Thich Nhat Hanh
Leadership Lesson | Buy on Amazon

Turning to One Another: Simple Conversations to Restore Hope to the Future
by Margaret Wheatley
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The Answer to How is Yes: Acting on What Matters
by Peter Block
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These books offer new perspectives and clear, practical guidance to my clients and me.  I refer to them all the time!

Immunity to Change: How to Overcome It and Unlock the Potential in Yourself and Your Work by Robert Kagan and Lisa Lahey
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Integral Life Practice: A 21st Century Blueprint for Physical Health, Emotional Balance, Mental Clarity, and Spiritual Awakening
by Wilber, Patten, Leonard, Morelli

The Art of Possibility
by Rosamund and Benjamin Zander
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The Power of Story: Change Your Story-Change Your Destiny
by Jim Loehr
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Language and the Pursuit of Happiness
by Chalmers Brothers
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Fierce Conversations
by Susan Scott
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Stewardship: Choosing Service Over Self-Interest
by Peter Block
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The Power of Intention: Learning to Co-create Your World Your Way
by Wayne Dyer
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Full Body Presence
by Suzanne Scurlock-Durana
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The Power of Full Engagement
by Jim Loehr & Tony Schwartz
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The Anatomy of Change
by Richard Strozzi Heckler
Leadership LessonBuy on Amazon

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