Here are the people, books, data, movies, websites and anything else that I’ve found inspirational.
Brené Brown, Ph.D., a research professor at the University of Houston, has spent the past ten years studying vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame. Brené spent the first five years of her decade-long study focusing on shame and empathy, and is now using that work to explore a concept that she calls Wholeheartedness. She poses the questions:
How do we learn to embrace our vulnerabilities and imperfections so that we can engage in our lives from a place of authenticity and worthiness? How do we cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection that we need to recognize that we are enough – that we are worthy of love, belonging, and joy.
Margaret Roach is a force of nature. In 2008 she launched two of my favorite websites. awaytogarden.com is Margaret’s miraculous and obsessively complete guide to everything any of us need to know about gardening and thesisterproject.com where Margaret and her sister, Marion, weave together a rich world of sisterhood through the prism of their shared lives.
Gretchen Rubin, who happened to grow up in my hometown of Kansas City, and actually went to my high school had an epiphany a few years ago when she asked herself, “What do I want from life, anyway?” and thought, “I want to be happy”—but I never spent any time thinking about happiness. “I should do a happiness project!” she realized. And so she has.
In her book, The Happiness Project and at her happiness-project.com website, she writes about what she’s learned as she test-drives the wisdom of the ages, the current scientific studies, and the lessons from popular culture. Plutarch, Samuel Johnson, Benjamin Franklin, St. Thérèse, the Dalai Lama, Oprah, Martin Seligman…she covers it all.
Ariely, Daniel. Predictably Irrational. New York: HarperCollins, 2008. Print.
Babcock, Linda, and Sara Laschever. Ask For It How Women Can Use the Power of Negotiation to Get What They Really Want. New York: Bantam, 2008. Print.
Bateson, Mary Catherine. Composing a life. New York: Grove, Distributed by Group West, 2001. Print.
Bly, Robert. Iron John. Cambridge: Da Capo Lifelong Books, 2004. Print.
Booth, M. D. Rebecca. Venus Week Discover the Powerful Secret of Your Cycle. New York: Da Capo Lifelong Books, 2008. Print.
Brizendine, Louann Md. The Female Brain. New York: Broadway, 2007. Print.
Bronson, Po. What Should I Do with My Life? The True Story of People Who Answered the Ultimate Question. New York: Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2003. Print.
Carroll, Michael. Awake At Work. Boston: Shambala, 2004. Print.
Cole, Joni B., and B. K. Rakhra. Water Cooler Diaries Women Across America Share Their Day at Work. New York: Da Capo Lifelong Books, 2008. Print.
Damasio, Antonio. Descartes’ Error Emotion, Reason, and the Human Brain. New York: Penguin (Non-Classics), 2005. Print.
Disesa, Nina. Seducing the Boys Club Uncensored Tactics from a Woman at the Top. New York: Ballantine Books, 2008. Print.
Eagly, Alice H., and Linda L. Carli. Through the Labyrinth The Truth About How Women Become Leaders (Center for Public Leadership). New York: Harvard Business School, 2007. Print.
Emotions in the workplace research, theory, and practice. Westport, Conn: Quorum Books, 2000. Print.
Emotions in the workplace understanding the structure and role of emotions in organizational behavior. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2002. Print.
Enlightened power how women are transforming the practice of leadership. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2005. Print.
Farrell, Warren. Myth of male power why men are the disposable sex. New York: Berkley Books, 2001. Print.
Fell, Joseph. Emotion in the Thought of Sartre. New York: Columbia UP, 1965. Print.
Fisher, Helen E. First sex the natural talents of women and how they are changing the world. New York: Ballantine Books, 2000. Print.
Frankel, Lois P. Nice girls don’t get the corner office 101 unconscious mistakes women make that sabotage their careers. New York: Warner Business Books, 2004. Print.
Frankl, Viktor E. Man’s Search For Meaning. New York: Pocket, 1997. Print.
Gallagher, Winifred. Rapt. New York: Penguin, 2009. Print.
Gardner, Howar. 5 Minds for the Future. Boston: Harvard Business, 2008. Print.
Gladwell, Malcolm. Outliers why some people succeed and some don’t. New York: Little, Brown and Co., 2008. Print.
Goleman, Daniel. Destructive Emotions A Scientific Dialogue with the Dalai Lama. New York: Bantam, 2004. Print.
Goleman, Daniel. Working with Emotional Intelligence. New York: Bantam, 1998. Print.
Gurian, Michael. Leadership and the sexes using gender science to create success in business. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2008. Print.
Hanson, Janet. More Than 85 Broads Women Making Career Choices, Taking Risks, and Defining Success – On Their Own Terms. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2006. Print.
Helgesen, Sally. The Web of Inclusion. New York: Currency, 1995. Print.
Hirshman, Linda R. Get to Work A Manifesto for Women of the World. New York: Viking Adult, 2006. Print.
Huffington, Arianna. On Becoming Fearless…. in Love, Work, and Life. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 2006. Print.
John, Gray,. Men are from Mars, women are from Venus a practical guide for improving communication and getting what you want in your relationships. New York, NY: HarperCollins, 1992. Print.
Keirsey, David. Please understand me II temperament, character, intelligence. Del Mar, CA: Prometheus Nemesis, 1998. Print.
Kindlon, Dan. Alpha Girls Understanding the New American Girl and How She Is Changing the World. New York: Rodale Books, 2006. Print.
Lehrer, Jonah. How we decide. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009. Print.
Lerner, Harriet Goldhor. Dance of anger a woman’s guide to changing the patterns of intimate relationships. New York: Perennial Library, 1986. Print.
Letherby, Gayle. Feminist research in theory and practice. Philadelphia, PA: Open UP, 2003. Print.
Lutz, Tom. Crying The Natural and Cultural History of Tears. Boston: W. W. Norton & Company, 1999. Print.
Masson, Jeffrey Moussaieff, and Susan McCarthy. When Elephants Weep The Emotional Lives of Animals. Bloomington: Delta, 1996. Print.
Meyer, Danny. Setting the Table The Transforming Power of Hospitality in Business. New York: HarperCollins, 2006. Print.
Mihaly., Csikszentmihalyi,. Evolving self a psychology for the third millennium. New York, NY: HarperCollins, 1993. Print.
Nickelodeon nation the history, politics, and economics of America’s only TV channel for kids. New York: New York UP, 2004. Print.
Pease, Barbara. Why men don’t listen & women can’t read maps how we’re different and what to do about it. New York: Broadway Books, 2001. Print.
Pink, Daniel H. Whole new mind moving from the information age to the conceptual age. New York: Riverhead Books, 2005. Print.
Pinker, Susan. The Sexual Paradox Men, Women and the Real Gender Gap. New York: Scribner, 2008. Print.
Resnick, Lynda. Rubies in the orchard how to uncover the hidden gems in your business. New York: Doubleday, 2009. Print.
Salmansohn, Karen. How to Succeed in Business without a Penis Secrets and Strategies for the Working Woman. New York: Three Rivers, 1997. Print.
Shields, Stephanie A. Speaking from the Heart Gender and the Social Meaning of Emotion (Studies in Emotion and Social Interaction). New York: Cambridge UP, 2002. Print.
Shipman, Claire. Womenomics. New York: Harper Business, 2009. Print.
Stassinopoulos, Huffington, Arianna. Female woman. New York: Random House, 1974. Print.
Tahmincioglu, Eve. From the Sandbox to the Corner Office Lessons Learned on the Journey to the Top. New York: Wiley, 2006. Print.
Tavris, Carol. Anger the misunderstood emotion. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1989. Print.
Vincent, Norah. Self-Made Man One Woman’s Year Disguised as a Man. New York: Penguin (Non-Classics), 2006. Print.
Wise, Jeff. Extreme Fear. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009. Print.
Wittenberg-Cox, Avivah, and Alison Maitland. Why Women Mean Business Understanding the Emergence of our next Economic Revolution. New York: Wiley, 2008. Print.
Women and Leadership The State of Play and Strategies for Change (J-B Warren Bennis Series). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2007. Print.
Zichy, Shoya. Women and the leadership Q the breakthrough system for achieving power and influence. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2001. Print.