A reader’s guide to straightforward and inspiring books

A readers guide to straightforward and inspiring booksTransForm: Dramatically Improve Your Career, Business, Relationships, and Life: One Simple Step at a Time [Kindle Edition]

By Jeff Haden

TransForm is based on four years of advice from bestselling ghostwriter, leading Inc Magazine columnist, and LinkedIn Influencer Jeff Haden that provides concrete, practical, real world ways anyone can increase personal productivity, improve professional relationships, achieve goals, become a better leader, develop both personally and professionally… and become remarkable.

The book is broken down into 10 sections:

1) Happiness, 2) Goals, 3) Success, 4) Personal Development, 5) Personal Productivity, 6) Professional Relationships, 7) Leadership, 8) Praise, 9) Entrepreneurship, and 10) Remarkable.

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A readers guide to straightforward and inspiring books1Intelligent Leadership: What You Need to Know to Unlock Your Full Potential

By John Mattone

In today’s business environment, leaders at all levels are facing enormous challenges when it comes to achieving and sustaining breakthrough operating results. Globalization, economic change, more stringent regulation, and tougher governance make realizing shareholder value increasingly difficult. “Intelligent Leadership” is written for leaders who want to become more effective, strategic, operationally focused, and balanced. It is for leaders who are striving to take control of their destiny and become the best they can be. In this ground-breaking book, leadership coach John Mattone – recently named to the “guru radar” by the prestigious Thinkers50 – taps into his years of experience working with high-achieving professionals to give readers a road map for developing and mastering their executive maturity. Supplying three unique tools – the Wheel of Leadership Success, Map of Leadership Maturity, and the Leadership Enneagram – the book helps readers calibrate their abilities so they can simultaneously focus on their strengths and address their weaknesses. The goal is to improve key tactical competencies (such as critical and strategic thinking, decision-making, talent and team leadership, and communication) and integrate them with equally important inner traits like values, character, and beliefs in order to achieve their leadership potential. Features best practices, authoritative research, practical assessments, and enlightening examples of both good and bad leadership, this book equips readers with the knowledge, skills, and passion they need to become the leaders they were meant to be.

A readers guide to straightforward and inspiring books2Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leadership in War and Peace

By Leon Panetta and Jim Newton

The inspiring and revelatory autobiography of the defense secretary and CIA director who led the intelligence war that killed Bin Laden, among many important roles in a legendary career

It could be said that Leon Panetta has had two of the most consequential careers of any American public servant in the past fifty years. His first career, beginning as an army intelligence officer and including a distinguished run as one of Congress’s most powerful and respected members, lasted thirty-five years and culminated in his transformational role as Clinton’s budget czar and White House chief of staff. He then “retired” to establish the Panetta Institute with his wife of fifty years, Sylvia; to serve on the Iraq Study Group; and to protect his beloved California coastline. But in 2009, he accepted what many said was a thankless task: returning to public office as the director of the CIA, taking it from a state of turmoil after the Bush-era torture debates and moving it back to the vital center of America’s war against Al Qaeda, including the campaign that led to the killing of Osama bin Laden. And then, in the wake of bin Laden’s death, Panetta became the U.S. secretary of defense, inheriting two troubled wars in a time of austerity and painful choices.

Like his career, Worthy Fights is a ref lection of Panetta’s values. It is imbued with the frank, grounded, and often quite funny spirit of a man who never lost touch with where he came from: his family’s walnut farm in beautiful Carmel Valley, California. It is also a testament to a lost kind of political leadership, which favors progress and duty to country over partisanship. Panetta is a Democrat who pushed for balanced budgets while also expanding care for the elderly and sick; a devout Catholic who opposes the death penalty but had to weigh every drone strike from 2009 through 2011. Throughout his career, Panetta’s polestar has been his belief that a public servant’s real choice is between leadership or crisis. Troubles always come about through no fault of one’s own, but most can be prevented with courage and foresight.

As always, Panetta calls them as he sees them in Worthy Fights. Suffused with its author’s decency and stubborn common sense, the book is an epic American success story, a great political memoir, and a revelatory view onto many of the great figures and events of our time.

A readers guide to straightforward and inspiring books3Inside Marine One: Four U.S. Presidents, One Proud Marine, and the World’s Most Amazing

By Lee Kelley and Ray L’Heureux

Colonel Ray “Frenchy” L’Heureux always dreamed of being a pilot. Growing up, he built airplane models and dreamed about soaring over the earth. When he was twelve, his mom treated him Colonel Ray “Frenchy” L’Heureux always dreamed of being a pilot. Growing up, he built airplane models and dreamed about soaring over the earth. When he was twelve, his mom treated him to a f lying lesson at the local airfield. Taken on a short flight by an instructor and allowed to operate the controls for part of the f light, he was hooked forever. It wasn’t until he was running low on college funds and saw a recruiter at his college that he joined the Marines and began the journey towards his dream from Parris Island to Bravo Company, and then officer training school.

One day at an airfield when President Reagan landed on his way to a fundraiser, Frenchy’s life changed forever when he encountered HMX1, the squadron that flies the President in Marine One. When he saw the white-topped Sea King and White Hawk helicopters, he was determined to become part of that elite group.

Inside Marine One is Colonel L’Heureux’s inspiring story of a young man who dreamed of f lying, trained, studied, and worked hard to become the pilot who ended up serving four US Presidents— George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama. It’s also a personal guided tour inside the world’s most famous helicopter by a man who knows that f lying machine better than any other. Inside Marine One is a great American success story of a young boy who dreamed big, worked hard, and finally f lew the President of the United States as his number one passenger.

A readers guide to straightforward and inspiring books4Barefoot to Billionaire: Reflections on a Life’s Work and a Promise to Cure

By Jon Huntsman Sr.

Billionaire entrepreneur, distinguished public servant, and father of a former governor and presidential candidate, Jon M. Huntsman, Sr. has been very fortunate in life. The company he founded in 1970, the Huntsman Corporation, is now one of the largest petrochemical manufacturers in the world, employing more than 12,000 people and generating over $10 billion in revenue each year. Success in business, though, has always been a means to an end—never an end in itself.

In Barefoot to Billionaire, Huntsman revisits the key moments in his life that shaped his view of faith, family, service, and the responsibility that comes with wealth. He writes candidly about his brief tenure in the Nixon administration, which preceded the Watergate scandal but still left a deep impression on him about the abuse of power and the significance of personal respect and integrity. He also opens up about his faith and prominent membership in the Church Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

But most importantly, Huntsman reveals the rationale behind his commitment to give away his entire fortune before his death. In 1995, Huntsman and his wife Karen founded the Huntsman Cancer Institute and have since dedicated more than a billion dollars of their personal funds to the fight for a cure. They don’t plan to stop giving until the battle is won. In this increasingly materialistic world, Barefoot to Billionaire is a refreshing reminder of the enduring power of traditional values.

A readers guide to straightforward and inspiring books5For Love of Country: What Our Veterans Can Teach Us About Citizenship, Heroism, and Sacrific

By Howard Schultz and Rajiv Chandrasekaran

A celebration of the extraordinary courage, dedication, and sacrifice of this generation of American veterans on the battlefield and their equally valuable contributions on the home front.

Because so few of us now serve in the military, our men and women in uniform have become strangers to us. We stand up at athletic events to honor them, but we hardly know their true measure. Here, Starbucks CEO and longtime veterans’ advocate Howard Schultz and National Book Award finalist Rajiv Chandrasekaran of The Washington Post offer an enlightening, inspiring corrective.

The authors honor acts of uncommon valor in Iraq and Afghanistan, including an Army sergeant who repeatedly runs through a storm of gunfire to save the lives of his wounded comrades; two Marines who sacrifice their lives to halt an oncoming truck bomb and protect thirty-three of their brothers in arms; a sixty-year-old doctor who joins the Navy to honor his fallen son.

We also see how veterans make vital contributions once they return home, drawing on their leadership skills and commitment to service: former soldiers who aid residents in rebuilding after natural disasters; a former infantry officer who trades in a Pentagon job to teach in an inner-city neighborhood; a retired general leading efforts to improve treatments for brain-injured troops; the spouse of a severely injured soldier assisting families in similar positions.

These powerful, unforgettable stories demonstrate just how indebted we are to those who protect us and what they have to offer our nation when their military service is done.