99u (website) provides actionable insights on productivity, organisation and leadership to help creative people push ideas forward.
Angeles Arrien, The Four-Fold Way. In a refreshingly clear manner, anthropologist, educator and corporate consultant Arrien shows us how we can harness the power of four archetypes (Warrior, Healer, Visionary, and Teacher) to live in harmony and balance with our environment and with our own inner nature.
Michael Atavar, How to Be an Artist, 12 Rules of Creativity, and Everyone is Creative. Atavar is a sympathetic and generous coach helping you nurture your creative potential.
Brainpickings (blog) Maria Popova's rich cross-disciplinary round-up of books, websites, videos, archives and artefacts offers sources of philosophical, cultural and psychological inspiration.
William Bridges, Transitions: Making Sense of Life's Changes. A classic guide to help you cope with the difficult, painful and confusing times in your life.
Pema Chodron, When Things Fall Apart. For anyone suffering a setback or a life-changing event that requires resilience.
Mihalyi Csikszentmihalyi, Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention. An influential approach to understanding creativity, including strategies for enhancing it as a vital means to enriching your own life, regardless of whether your creativity has an impact on the wider world.
Viktor Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning. A remarkable and essential book by a concentration camp survivor who saw having purpose as the path to a meaningful life.
Peter Fenwick and Elizabeth Fenwick, The Art of Dying. This powerful book contains accounts by the dying and those who have been with the dying in their final hours, and demonstrates that we can face death with a peaceful and untroubled mind.
Stewart D. Friedman, Total Leadership: Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer Life. 360 degree leadership is about more than what happens in the office as explained by the wildly popular Wharton School of Business professor.
Erich Fromm, The Art of Loving. Fromm offers inspiration and insight into what we expect from love and what we can put into it Essential reading.
Jackee Holder, 49 Ways to Write Yourself Well. A brilliant resource full of exercises to help you harness the science and wisdom of writing and journaling.
James Hollis, Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life. Turbulent emotional shifts can take place anywhere between the ages of thirty-five and seventy - the so-called "mid-life crisis" - when we question the choices we have made, realise our limitations and feel "stuck". Hollis explores ways we can grow and evolve to fully become ourselves.
Carl Honore, In Praise of Slow. An inspiring critique of the ever-increasing speed of our lives and a manifesto for a slower alternative.
Herminia Ibarra, Working Identity. An organisation management consultant outlines her research on effective career transitioning with lots of ideas and exercises.
Tom Kelley and David Kelley, Creative Confidence. Founders of creative powerhouse IDEO, the Kelley brothers remind us that we all have ideas and insights to offer in the creative and innovation process.
Austin Kleon, Steal Like an Artist. Kleon has some brilliantly subversive advice: "Steal like an artist; don't wait until you know who you are to start making things; write the book you want to read; use your hands; side projects are important; do good work and put it where people can see it; geography is no longer our master; be nice (the world is a small town); be boring (it's the only way to get work done; and, creativity is subtraction".
Nancy Kline, Time to Think: Listening to Ignite the Human Mind. As change proliferates in our lives and our organizations, we must prize each other's minds above all else. Kline's steps to create a Thinking Environment can dramatically improve the way people think and thus how they work and live.
Frederic Laloux, Reinventing Organizations. How we can create a radically more soulful and purposeful way to run our business and nonprofits, schools and hospitals.
Steven Levine, A Year to Live. A practical guide on how to live life as if you only had one year left.
Ken McLeod, Wake Up to Your Life. If you are ready to get serious about developing a meditation practice, then this is an invaluable guide.
John P. Milton, Sky Above, Earth Below. Milton distils principles and practices of using nature to connect more deeply with ourselves.
Arnold Mindell, The Deep Democracy of Open Forums. Practical steps to conflict prevention and resolution for the family, workplace and world.
Parker Palmer, Let Your Life Speak. With wisdom, compassion and gentle humour, Palmer invites us to listen to our inner teacher and follow its leadings toward a sense of meaning and purpose.
Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet. "Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and books written in a foreign language. Do not now look for the answers, rather live the questions themselves. Perhaps you will find yourself gradually living the answers once day."
Hal and Sidra Stone, Embracing Our Selves. This insightful book introduces you to your sub-personalities - the many "selves" within - and helps you discover what each needs and what each has to offer, providing a foundation for understanding and self-acceptance.
Richard Strozzi-Heckler, The Leadership Dojo. Building from his martial arts and somatic coaching background, Richard presents key principles such as shugyo or self-cultivation to help develop a body-based leadership practice with a moral and spiritual vision, efficacy, responsibility and commitment.
Twyla Tharp, The Creative Habit. One of the greatest choreographers of her generation, Tharp believes that anyone can be creative, but we have to prepare for it.
Bronnie Ware, Five Regrets of the Dying (blog). A palliative care nurse reflects on the five most common regrets of those on their death beds. A powerful reminder that what we may consider important today, may not be so relevant in the big picture of our lives. Don't miss.
Ginny Whitelaw and Betsy Wetzig, Move to Greatness. Learn to recognise, balance and develop the four basic energy pattterns to lead and live wholly.
David Whyte, The Three Marriages. A poet examines our three marriages with Mate, Work and Self. A rewarding read for anyone wanting to take an overview of these different areas of life.
David Whyte, Crossing the Unknown Sea. Whyte's invitation to enter into "an imaginative conversation about life and work" will challenge and delight those wondering about the role of work in their lives.