Good to Great by Jim Collins

Good to Great by Jim Collins

It woke us up in our 10th year of business (fall 2007). It's all about the value of making sure we have the right people on the team doing the right (great) things. We loved the overall message and made it a discussion (and action) manual for a couple of months (still in our vocabulary today). Like some books that examine great companies during a specific period, it also has its share that probably wouldn't be included today. Even so, the fundamental messages were a powerful reminder to us on how we can become great and then go even further. (Get it from Amazon)

Lucky or Smart? by Bo Peabody

Lucky or Smart? by Bo Peabody

Just like Peabody, we believe real success comes from choosing to be part of something fundamentally innovative, morally compelling and philosophically positive. Everyone reads this when they start at InspireYourPeople.com (along with 212° the extra degree®, Smile & Move®, and a few others). (Get it from Amazon)

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

How to Win Friends and Influence People
by Dale Carnegie

You want friends, don't you? If you work with people, this is the classic. If you work with only machines or animals, read it anyway (then maybe you'll have some friends). (Get it from Amazon)

7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

7 Habits of Highly Effective People
by Stephen R. Covey

If we all practiced the 7 habits, it'd be heaven on Earth. We're trying, and highly recommend them to others. (Get it from Amazon)

Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

The classic in dealing with adversity (beyond most of our understanding). From the back cover: it's about "a conviction that the primary human drive is not pleasure but the pursuit of what we find meaningful."
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The Art of Power by Thich Nhat Hanh

The Art of Power by Thich Nhat Hanh

Not a "greed is good" kind of power here. This book will help you learn to be more peaceful, focused, happy and caring. Like Good to Great, we made this a discussion manual here for a little while. Martin Luther King was a fan of Thich Nhat Hanh so you'll be in good company if you pick this one up (and read it).
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Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Insightful and enjoyable inspiration on what it takes to make good things happen – so many great points. (Get it from Amazon)

Strength to Love by Martin Luther King, Jr.

Strength to Love by Martin Luther King, Jr.

Wonderfully inspiring and thought provoking, Dr. King goes deep on love and accountability with these classic sermons – heavy faith-based reading.
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The Way to Love by Anthony de Mello

The Way to Love by Anthony de Mello

A short book of 3 – 5 minute faith-based essays that will likely wake you up and have you thinking differently more than you ever have before. Sam & Jim (InspireYourPeople.com co-founders) give this one away to people frequently. It started when it was given to Sam in 2010.
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Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

This is the gigantic novel many people will tell you had a huge impact on their lives. Some people love it and some despise it. It's 1,200 pages so you may want to go ebook on this one. (Get it from Amazon)

The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino

The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino

Mandino was one of the greatest inspirational writers of the 20th century. This is a parable with 10 inspiring principles that can only make you better.
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Everyday Food: Great Food Fast by Martha Stewart Living Magazine

Everyday Food: Great Food Fast
by Martha Stewart Living Magazine

Some of us love our food (some more than others). Everyone gets a copy at InspireYourPeople.com because contributing in great ways requires great sustenance. These recipes are easy and wonderful.
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The Bible

The Bible by Many

Two great sites... YouVersion.com and BibleGateway.com

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