The Art of War is one of the timeless classics that contain wisdom and lessons in how to predict what your enemies will do and common-sense advice on how to avert disaster.
This book has long been a favorite of business executives and entrepreneurs, and I highly recommend its wisdom to anyone in the present day who is trying to make their way in an uncertain and unpredictable world economy. This is an easy to read book suitable for people from any walk of life. Arm yourself with it and use it wisely.
Instead of focusing on what color tie to wear or whether to send that follow up thank you card to your prospective employer, Laurence G. Boldt instead starts with the big questions and systematically focuses them down into simple, yet effective criteria to pursue the work you love. The first 2 chapters examine the paradigms and obstacles that get in the way of doing the work you love. The third chapter offers a basic formula for finding the work you love:
-Decide what you are looking for
-Decide to keep looking until you find it
-Decide when you have found it
He then defines "it" with 4 simple criteria: Integrity, Service, Enjoyment, Excellence. The following chapters examine each in more detail, mixing in focusing questions here and there. The questions range from 'When you were a child, what did you most love to do?' to 'What is the purpose of your life?' to identifying ways you can earn a living doing what you love, and identifying those in your life most/least supportive of your dreams.
The Tao of Leadership is an invaluable tool for anyone in a position of leadership. This book provides the most simple and clear advice on how to be the very best kind of leader: be faithful, trust the process, pay attention, and inspire others to become their own leaders. Heider's book is a blend of practical insight and profound wisdom, offering inspiration and advice.
Habit 5 – Seek first to understand and then to be understood
Habit 6 – Synergize
Habit 7 – Sharpen the saw
Stephen Covey's Seven Habits are a simple set of rules for life, inter-related and synergistic, and yet each one powerful and worthy of adopting and following in its own right. This is powerful stuff indeed and highly recommended.