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Posted on May 07, 2013 by The Soderquist Center

The Traveler’s Gift—Andy Andrews

A unique blend of fiction, history, allegory, and inspiration, The Traveler's Gift has motivated tens of thousands since its release in late 2002. Now this wildly successful parable is available in an affordable trade paper edition. 

David Ponder's lost his job, his confidence, and his will to live. And just when it seems that things can't get any worse, they do: his only child falls ill, and he's involved in a serious car accident. But a divine adventure that includes encounters with seven of history's most inspirational characters, among them Anne Frank, Abraham Lincoln, and Christopher Columbus, leaves him with a glimpse of life's big picture, and seven bits of wisdom with which to confront his future.

This thought-provoking book encourages readers of all ages to reach their full potential using these simple keys to success.

ISBN-10: 0785273220


The Three Big Questions for the Frantic Family—Patrick Lencioni

In this unique and groundbreaking book, business consultant and New York Times best-selling author Patrick Lencioni turns his sights on the most important organization in our lives—the family. As a husband and the father of four young boys, Lencioni realized the discrepancy between the time and energy his clients put into running their organizations and the reactive way most people run their personal lives. Having experienced the stress of a frantic family firsthand, he and his wife began applying some of the tools he uses with Fortune 500 companies at home, and with surprising results.

ISBN-10: 0787995320


Journeys to Signficance—Neil Cole

A powerful, biblically based model of leadership development based on the life of the Apostle Paul.  All churches, denominations, and parachurch organizations are eager for new models of leadership development. Cole uses the life and leadership lessons of the Apostle Paul to show how to develop leaders who are skilled, dedicated, and always open to learning from experience.

ISBN-10: 047052944X


The Leader’s Compass—Ed Ruggero, Dennis Haley

Your Team Can't Follow You Until They Know Where You're Going. Your success as a leader begins with writing your Personal Leadership Philosophy. This powerful book shows you how. Does your team know what to expect from you? What you value? How you'll act in certain situations? How you'll measure performance? If your answer is no, how can you ever be an effective leader? Quite simply, you can't. You're just floundering blindly in an unforgiving economic sea. That's the central, sobering message of The Leader's Compass, 2nd Edition: A Personal Leadership Philosophy Is Your Key to Success, a book written by Academy Leadership colleagues Ed Ruggero and Dennis F. Haley. This popular book, first published in 2002, is the story of how one ad agency manager developed his Personal Leadership Philosophy (PLP) detailing what he expects from his team and from himself. Written in a fictional format that grabs the reader's attention and brings the ideas brilliantly to life, it shows today's leaders how (and why) to create their own "compass." Ultimately, say Ruggero and Haley, if you have trained your people to standard, inspired their willingness, and consistently looked after their interests, they will be prepared to accomplish any goal, anytime, anywhere. Publishing a PLP helps create an environment for these things to happen. It helps you become a strong, centered, articulate leader who can keep your team on course in even the roughest waters.

ISBN-10: 0972732314


Live, Learn, Lead—Don Soderquist

In Live, Learn, Lead to Make a Difference, Don in his passionate and intentional manner will help direct readers with valuable strategies to help them become better leaders with values of integrity and ethics to learn how to make a difference with those around them in the workplace and in other areas of their life. "In order to lead effectively, a person must first know how to live to make a difference in their own life, learn how to make a difference in other people's lives, and most importantly lead to make a difference through ethics and integrity that exemplify God's highest and best." –Don Soderquist

ISBN-10: 1404175695


The Leader’s Companion—J. Thomas Wren

This book serves as a guided introduction to the rich a diverse perspectives on leadership throughout the ages and throughout the world. Each of the selections, introduced by the editor, presents enlightening thoughts on a different aspect of leadership. Writings by Plato, Aristotle, Lao-tzu and others demonstrate that the challenges of leadership are as old as civilization. Machiavelli, Tolstoy, Ghandi, and W.E.B. Du Bois provide a wide range of insights into the eternal practice and problems of leadership. Modern masters of leadership such as James MacGregor Burns, John Kotter, and Warren Bennis join such leading practitioners as Max De Pree and Roger B. Smith in discussing contemporary issues in leadership theory and practice.

ISBN-10: 0028740912


The Virtue of LeadershipWilliam Bennett

Drawing from William J. Bennett's landmark work The Book of Virtues and its companion volume, The Moral Compass, this collection reminds us of some character traits we find in all true leaders. These timeless stories from the Bible, history, folklore, and mythology provide a moral reference point for the twenty-first century. Tales of inspiring leaders such as Abraham Lincoln, Rosa Parks, Knute Rockne, and Florence Nightingale illustrate the character-building qualities - loyalty, hard work, persistence, courage, and more - that are universal among great leaders.

ISBN-10: 0849917174


The Effective ExecutivePeter Drucker

The measure of the executive, Peter F. Drucker reminds us, is the ability to "get the right things done." This usually involves doing what other people have overlooked as well as avoiding what is unproductive. Intelligence, imagination, and knowledge may all be wasted in an executive job without the acquired habits of mind that mold them into results.

Drucker identifies five practices essential to business effectiveness that can, and must, be learned: Managing time, Choosing what to contribute to the organization, Knowing where and how to mobilize strength for best effect, Setting the right priorities, and Knitting all of them together with effective decision-making.

ISBN-10: 0060833459

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