Opportu Root Values Exercise:
(Click to download in pdf format). This exercise is a great first step in understanding individual and group values; our values inform many of our decisions and much of our behavior.)
The following list is a selection of enriching and enlightening books to help you in your quest to get more out of your work, your life and your relationships:
- Energy Leadership: Transforming Your Workplace and Your Life from the Core, by Bruce D. Schneider
Schneider’s very powerful concept of “Core Energy” and how it is applied is illustrated in this book. Highly recommended.
- Managing Transitions: Making the Most of Change, by William Bridges
This is a practical guidebook for navigating tough transitions in a group setting. Extremely helpful and effective.
- Hamlet’s Blackberry: A Practical Philosophy for Building a Good Life in the Digital Age, by William Powers
William Powers uses historical references to help us understand how we can and should disconnect from digital periodically. Both interesting and thought-provoking.
- StrengthsFinder, by Tom Rath
This is a thorough self-assessment designed to reveal to us what we’re good at and how we can build on a foundation of our own strengths (instead of focusing on our weaknesses). Definitely worth exploring.
- The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles, by Steven Pressfield
Pressfield, an accomplished author, walks readers through various external and internal blocks to creativity and how to get past these blocks. A valuable resource, no matter what “art” (goal) you are pursuing.
- The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment, by Eckhart Tolle
Eckhart Tolle discovered the immense power of living in the present moment; in his book he tells about how it impacted his life. It’s a great book.
- A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy, by William B. Irvine
Contrary to the Western definition of “Stoic”, Irvine references the Greek philosophers and their different approaches towards life and joy. Highly recommended.
- Breast Strokes: Two Friends Journal Through the Unexpected Gifts of Cancer, by Jane Flint and Cathy Edgett
One friend was diagnosed with breast cancer; the other partnered with her to “co-write” their way through the journey from diagnosis through recovery. Beautiful, moving and heartfelt.
- Sum; Forty Tales from the Afterlives, by David Eagleman Eagleman leads the reader through forty inventive scenarios of what it will be like in the hereafter – very thought-provoking and insightful.