This collection of books teaches us to discover passion and artistry in our careers. All of us occasionally struggle with to enjoy the grind of our everday jobs and these books are a great way to refresh your point of view and learn how to bring creativity to everything you do.
Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway. By Susan Jeffers. Random House, 1987.
This book is a powerful guide to overcoming the fears the cripple many of us in our lives—the fears that prevent us from growing and thriving. The book teaches us powerful tools to quiet the negative chatterbox in our brain that is responsible for preventing us from making decisions, confronting our bosses, facing the future, leaving relationships, etc. I have found the tools in this book to be very helpful in empowering people to push through their fears and assert themselves in their jobs and in their lives in a very meaningful and ultimately rewarding way.
Creativity in Business. By Michael Ray and Rochelle Myers. Broadway Books, 1989.
This book rejects the idea that creativity is a gift for a select and lucky few. Instead, it is a skill anyone can learn to unlock within themselves. By learning how to become a more creative person, you can bring that creativity to your career and enrich your experience in the workplace. This book does a great job of melding Eastern philosophies with Western business. The ideas in it are new and novel and the exercises are very practical.
The Artist’s Way at Work: Riding the Dragon. By Mark Byran and Julia Cameron & Catherine Allen. William Morrow & Co., 1998.
The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity. By Julia Cameron and Mark Bryan. The Putnam Publishing Group, 1992.
Innovation and Entrepreneurship. By Peter F. Drucker. HarperCollins, 2006.
Strategic Intuition: The Creative Spark in Human Achievement. By William Duggan. Columbia Business School Publishing, 2007.
Ideas Are Free. By Alan G. Robinson and Dean M. Schroeder. Berrett-Koehler, 2004.
Corporate Creativity: How Innovation and Improvement Actually Happen. By Alan G. Robinson & Sam Stern. Berrett-Koehler, 1998.
Taming the Pager Tiger at Work. By Barbara Hemphill. Kiplinger Books, 1998.
“Conversation as a Core Business Process” in The Systems Thinker. Pegasus Communications. Volume 7, Number 10 (December, 1996).