Here are some resources I’ve found very helpful or others have recommended. In the spirit of full-disclosure, please know I receive a small commission if you make purchases after following my links. I hope you’ll explore these materials, find the ones that resonate with you the most, and that you’ll reap great success from them.

Emotional Intelligence 2.0

Emotional Intelligence, or our Emotional Quotient (EQ), is an evaluation of our ability to relate to others. It’s been said that our EQ has greater potential to positively impact our success than our Intelligence Quotient (IQ). The good news is that we can increase our emotional intelligence. Emotional Intelligence 2.0 delivers a step-by-step program for increasing your EQ via four, core EQ skills that enable you to achieve your fullest potential:

1) Self-Awareness
2) Self-Management
3) Social Awareness
4) Relationship Management

The book also includes access to the enhanced online edition of the world′s most popular EQ test—the Emotional Intelligence Appraisal—that pinpoints the strategies that will increase your emotional intelligence the most and tests your EQ a second time to measure your progress. Periodically, I offer a Group Coaching workshop on this topic. Visit the Increasing Leadership Effectiveness page for more details.


Clifton Strengths Finder

This book explains a new paradigm that busts our belief that we should focus on overcoming our weaknesses. Instead, it speaks to capitalizing on our strengths so our weaknesses become insignificant.

Do you know what your Strengths are?

When you buy the book (or one of the others listed below) you get a serial number for the online assessment. This also gives you access to resources within the Strengths website.

Take the assessment learn what your talents are and become more selective in the type of projects you take on.

Strengths-Based Leadership

If you want to create and lead in a strengths-based culture, Strength Based Leadership is the book to provide you the insights you need. This book includes the assessment described above.

Go, Put Your Strengths to Work

The Strengths Finder assessment reveals your top talent themes. These themes will appear in everything you pursue. Go, Put Your Strengths to Work is the book I’ve used to further articulate my strengths and navigate the challenge of telling others what you do well and that the organization will be better off if you can focus on those tasks and responsibilities. All that without sounding arrogant or appearing that you’re not a team player.

Here are the webcasts produced by Gallup. They have something called Theme Thursday when they talk about one strength each week. They’ve completed three seasons so far. I’m listening to my Signature Strengths now (top 5) and adding links (the top 10 are referred to as our Builder strengths). I’ll eventually listen to all and add links as I go. Enjoy!

Achiever Season 1 Achiever Season 2 Achiever Season 3
Responsibility Season 1 Responsibility Season 2 Responsibility Season 3
Positivity Season 1 Positivity Season 2 Positivity Season 3
Strategic Season 1 Strategic Season 2 Strategic Season 3
Learner Season 1 Learner Season 2 Learner Season 3
Futuristic Season 1 Futuristic Season 2 Futuristic Season 3
Belief Season 1 Belief Season 2 Belief Season 3
Activator Season 1 Activator Season 2 Activator Season 3
Woo Season 1 Woo Season 2 Woo Season 3
Analytical Season 1 Analytical Season 2 Analytical Season 3



The Question Behind the Question

A very quick read that teaches us (and so we can coach others) to always ask ourselves: What can I do to make this better? My personal trigger is frustration and wanting to blame others. When I hear myself saying things like If only they would… I am reminded to ask the question behind the question, what can I do to make this better?

Humble Inquiry

The gentle art of asking versus telling. A book I hope to devour soon!


The Value-Added Employee: 31 Skills to Make You Irresistible to Any Company

While I haven’t read this book, it includes competencies I’ve used over the years when helping hiring managers define competencies for their employees. I also use the 31 competencies to help leaders assess themselves.