Leadership - books on leadership, personal improvement, and other interesting things!
The Answer to How is Yes. By Peter Block I have read three Block books now (Community & The Abundant Community) and they are all amazing. Peter is a leader in the development of community building in the networked economy. This book is about how to get things done in a world filled with wicked problems.
Linchpin - Are You Indispensable? By Seth Godin. An amazing book! Godin captures what is required of the new professional and provides a glimpse of the territory. As he says, there is no map to outstanding leadership and in becoming indispensable!
The Element. How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything. By Sir Ken Robinson. If you enjoy Ken's outstanding TED Talk videos then you'll love this book! Many of the stories he tells in his videos are described in their entirety in this book. It deepens his argument that passion is what drives learning and achievement and it is critical that each of us finds what deeply motivates and moves us and then pursue that passion relentlessly.
Switch. How to Change Things When Change is Hard. By Chip & Dan Heath. A great book on managing change by carefully paying attention to the rational, emotional and cultural elements of decision making, motivation, energy and action. A very practical book!
Made to Stick. Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die. By Chip & Dan Heath. Another great contribution by the Heath brothers. Understand how to get ideas to "stick" and move forward to fruition.
Everything Bad is Good For You. By Steven Johnson. Another fantastic book by the prolific Steven Johnson. In this book he argues convincingly that modern culture is actually helping to make us more intelligent - quite the opposite of conventional wisdom. As an example, he compares the simple -crime/investigation/conclusion format of the 1970's TV show "Starsky & Hutch" with the multiple storyline complexities of shows like "24."