The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. A story about an incredible boy in Africa who builds a windmill and creates a miracle .
In Pursuit of Elegance : Why the best ideas have something missing. Matthew May has managed to draw in interesting subjects froom all over the place to make his point about subtracting your way to elegance. Wonderful book.
Six Thinking Hats by Edward de Bono. A method of thinking that helps teams solve problems. Simple to use but powerful in impact.
SARK's New Creative Companion. SARK is a master at making words art. She combines her special drawings with hand written words in a free flowing and fascinating way. Her books remind you how much fun it can be to do something different.
Stick to Drawing Comics, Monkey Brain. Scott Adams, of Dilbert fame, writes a book. Hillarious and genius and inspirational all at once.
The Naked Brain. No,this is not photos of naked smart people! This is an enlightening book about brain functioning - useful to anyone who makes presentations or who likes science.
The Corporate Rebel's Productivity Guide. Written by Betsy Burroughs, this is one of the most useful books I have ever found. It gives you fun but inspiring ways to get things done, gather insights, and move forward.
Super Crunchers. It's got numbers all over the cover. It's all about regression analysis and statistics. It offers a numerical formula for ranking wine. Nerd-vana.
Three Cups of Tea. One man. Lots of schools for girls in a place that needs them desperately. Inspiring and uplifting. Tea is an added bonus.
The Golden Ratio. Cool facts about Phi which equals 1.61803.
Your Life As Art. For nerds who want to create, this helps you do it. Robert Fritz is a master at freeing you to create the life you want.
Who are YOU people? Shari Caudron examines passion across America. Her hilarious writing style grabs you and holds you from the Barbie Doll Collectors conference to the pigeon races.
Eat Love Pray. Oprah is never wrong. This was a great story of one woman's year-long journey to discover different aspects of herself.
Books I want to read.
The Path of Least Resistance. Robert Fritz's often quoted work about the creative process. This one came before Your Life As Art.
What's Your Story? by Ryan Mathews and Watts Wacker. Stories as a tool for creating a competitive advantage. This is something that wineries in the Napa Valley have done beautifully. Look through a few winery websites and see how they use stories to build a connection to the earth, the founder, and you.
Marketing that Matters. Chip Conley and Eric Friendenwald-Fishman take an interesting view of marketing. If the book is anything like the amazing hotels that Chip has created (Vitale in San Francisco, for one), it's going to be a great read.
The Flight of the Buffalo. I heard about this one from my friends at Elypsis in Napa Valley. Great concept about leaders and leadership. I tried to find it in the DFW airport bookstore but they are out. Will be ordering from Amazon today.