Recommended Reading

The Soul of Leadership - Deepak Chopra

Deepak offers a succinct guide that brings alive key principles of leadership in a fun way, and explores the relationship between who we are, our awareness, and how we lead. There's also a cool case 12 page study on Icebreaker and my personal journey towards the end.

The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success - Deepak Chopra

This was my first introduction to Deepak's work, and also the basis of a radio show I did with him on how to apply these laws to a business and team environment (check out the audio collection of to listen to it). It explains the relationship between intent (a decision about your future), dharma (living purposefully) and detachment (coming from a place of abundance not scarcity). Have fun, it's a cool read. The smaller pocketbook version is the best one.

The Leader's Way - Dalai Lama

I love this book because it creates an awareness pattern based on 'first choose the Right View, then choose the Right Way.' We apply this at icebreaker all the time – a considered view before we act, so we are aware of our impact on each other and our environment. The book is created out of a decade of discussion between His Holiness the Dalai Lama and international management consultant Laurens van den Muyzenberg – it's a unique meeting of two worlds: the global business landscape and Buddhism. At first sight, these seem to be an unlikely pairing, however, the best business practices and Buddhist principles in fact have much in common.

Cradle to Cradle - Michael Braungart

Paper or plastic? Neither, say William McDonough and Michael Braungart. Why settle for the least harmful alternative when we could have something that is better--say, edible grocery bags. In Cradle to Cradle, the authors present a manifesto calling for an industrial revolution, one that would render both traditional manufacturing and traditional environmentalism obsolete.

Good to Great - Jim Collins

Five years ago, Jim Collins asked the question, "Can a good company become a great company and if so, how?" In Good to Great Collins, the author of Built to Last, concludes that it is possible, but finds there are no silver bullets. I love his mantra 'first get the right people on the bus, and the wrong people off the bus'. It reminds me that team is EVERYTHING.