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Named the #1 business book of 2016 by The Globe and Mail, Cort Dial's debut Heretics to Heroes: A Memoir on Modern Leadership proves that peak business performance is achieved not by stifling humanity, but by embracing it. Also a recipient of the Gold Nonfiction Book Award, the hybrid of personal narrative and eye-opening manual spans gritty chemical plants, the deserts of the Middle East, exclusive C-Suites, and more, as it introduces a new framework for inspiring and influencing others called All-In™ Leadership. As provocative as it is practical, Heretics to Heroes reminds readers that... more
Recommended by Michael Woodward, and 1 others.

Michael WoodwardThis book is Cort’s memoir. Through it he tells his story of working in the corporate world and then starting his own entrepreneurial journey. I love this book because he is intentional not only to tell his story but to give lessons you can apply to your own life while telling those stories. The core message of the book is on leadership. (Source)

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The Dream Giver

Bestselling author Bruce Wilkinson shows how to identify and overcome the obstacles that keep millions from living the life they were created for. He begins with a compelling modern-day parable about Ordinary, who dares to leave the Land of Familiar to pursue his Big Dream. With the help of the Dream Giver, Ordinary begins the hardest and most rewarding journey of his life. Wilkinson gives readers practical, biblical keys to fulfilling their own dream, revealing that there's no limit to what God can accomplish when we choose to pursue the dreams He gives us for His honor.

Recommended by Michael Woodward, and 1 others.

Michael WoodwardThis book is about chasing dreams and ideas. It is an allegory that shares the story of the main character named ‘Ordinary’. Ordinary chooses to leave the land of familiar to pursue his big dream. The book does a great job of walking those with big ideas and dreams through the process of making that a reality. This is a book that I read every year. It reminds me of why I’m on the journey to help... (Source)

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A Tale of Three Kings

For the many Christians who have experienced pain, loss, and heartache at the hands of other believers, this compelling story offers comfort, healing, and hope. Christian leaders and directors of religious movements throughout the world have recommended this simple, powerful, and beautiful story to their members and staff. You will want to join the thousands who have been profoundly touched by this incomparable story. less
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Michael WoodwardThis book is about biblical figures David, Saul, and Absalom. It talks about brokenness, following others leadership, and how to deal with authority. It helped me process some difficult experiences working in Churches. It also helped me to really think about how I treat others when I’m leading or working them as a business owner. (Source)

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The first short, single-volume history of the continent, from the author of the bestselling A Short History of England

Europe is an astonishingly successful place. In this dazzling new history, bestselling author Simon Jenkins grippingly tells the story of its evolution from warring peoples to peace, wealth and freedom - a story that twists and turns from Greece and Rome, through the Dark Ages, the Reformation and the French Revolution, to the Second World War and up to the present day.

Jenkins takes in leaders from Julius Caesar and Joan of Arc, to...
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Michael WoodwardFull of the good judgments one might hope for from such a sensible and readable commentator, and they alone are worth perusing for pleasure and food for thought. (Source)

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Now, Discover Your Strengths

The 20th anniversary edition of Now, Discover Your Strengths comes with an access code to the Clifton StrengthsFinder 2.0 assessment. This updated assessment includes reports and resources that go far beyond the standardized reports of the older assessment by providing you with personalized insight statements unique to your specific combination of strengths.


The original publication of Now, Discover Your Strengths in 2001 launched a worldwide strengths revolution. To date, more than 20 million people have discovered their strengths, and tens of...

Sheryl SandbergThis book has been instrumental in how we think about developing talent at Facebook. (Source)

Michael VossNow Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and Donald Clifton gave me the gift of self-awareness. Not only in how I come across to other people, but also in terms of my own intrinsic motivations and why I gravitate to - and perform well in - certain types of work. I still refer to the book on occasion and brush up on my top talent themes, nearly 15 years after first reading it. (Source)

Michael WoodwardAll big ideas, dreams, and careers filled with fulfillment start with a simple journey of understanding yourself. Having a foundation of self identity and understanding yourself is critical on a successful career. Strength Finder is an amazing tool to help you on that journey of understanding yourself. The book is easy to understand and gives you valuable information and insights into... (Source)

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To the outside observer, it seems like they ve won the career lottery that by some stroke of luck or circumstance, they ve found the one thing they love so much that it doesn t even feel like work, and they re getting paid well to do it. In reality, their good fortune has nothing to do with chance. There s a method for finding your perfect job, and Chris Guillebeau, the bestselling author of "The $100 Startup," has created a practical guide for how to do it whethe rwithin a traditional company or business, or by striking out on your own. Finding the work you were born to do isn t just about... more
Recommended by Deke Bridges, Michael Woodward, and 2 others.

Deke BridgesRecommended reads... Just finished BORN FOR THIS by @chrisguillebeau and on to the book Seth Godin says is the best career book ever and loved by Jim Gaffigan: DO OVER by @JonAcuff. Next book is also an Acuff book, START, before diving into more WordPress stuff. (Source)

Michael WoodwardThere is nothing better than doing what you were born or created to do. This book is all about that journey of learning what you were born to do. (Source)

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