INSPIRATION

From time to time, we all need a bit of inspiration.

Click on the topic area below and you will find some of our favorite quotes, research, books, poems, Ted talks and audio favorites by category.

We hope you enjoy and if you have others to recommend, please let us know.

Yours in practice,

Gisele

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Coaching Resources

“An excuse is nothing more than a challenge you have given your power to.”

~ Jen Sincero

Books:

Change Your Questions, Change Your Life: 12 Powerful Tools for Leadership, Coaching, and Life

by Marilee Adams

The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever

by Michael Bungay Stanier

Immunity to Change: How to Overcome It and Unlock the Potential in Yourself and Your Organization 

by Robert Kegan & Lisa Laskow Lahey

The Thin Book of Trust; An Essential Primer for Building Trust at Work

by Charles Feltman

The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters

by Priya Parker

The Field Guide to Emotions: A Practical Orientation to 150 Essential Emotions

by Dan Newby and Curtis Watkins

Ted Talk:

Emotional Intelligence

“Our emotions are data they are not directives.”

~ Susan David

Books:

Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ

by Daniel Goleman

Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change and Thrive in Work and Life

by Susan David

Ted Talk:

Happiness

Books:

The Happiness Project (Revised Edition): Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun

by Gretchen Rubin

The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World

by Dalai Lama & Desmond Tutu & Douglas Abrams

10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works–A True Story

by Dan Harris

The Little Book of Lykke: Secrets of the World’s Happiest People

by Meik Wiking

The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living

by Meik Wiking

Ted Talk:

Imposter Syndrome

Books:

The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer from the Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It

by Valerie Young

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Poems:

The Invitation by Oriah (click to read in full)
It doesn’t interest me
what you do for a living.
I want to know
what you ache for
and if you dare to dream
of meeting your heart’s longing.

It doesn’t interest me
how old you are.
I want to know
if you will risk
looking like a fool
for love
for your dream
for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn’t interest me
what planets are
squaring your moon…
I want to know
if you have touched
the centre of your own sorrow
if you have been opened
by life’s betrayals
or have become shrivelled and closed
from fear of further pain.

I want to know
if you can sit with pain
mine or your own
without moving to hide it
or fade it
or fix it.

I want to know
if you can be with joy
mine or your own
if you can dance with wildness
and let the ecstasy fill you
to the tips of your fingers and toes
without cautioning us
to be careful
to be realistic
to remember the limitations
of being human.

It doesn’t interest me
if the story you are telling me
is true.
I want to know if you can
disappoint another
to be true to yourself.
If you can bear
the accusation of betrayal
and not betray your own soul.
If you can be faithless
and therefore trustworthy.
I want to know if you can see Beauty
even when it is not pretty
every day.
And if you can source your own life
from its presence.
I want to know
if you can live with failure
yours and mine
and still stand at the edge of the lake
and shout to the silver of the full moon,
“Yes.”

It doesn’t interest me
to know where you live
or how much money you have.
I want to know if you can get up
after the night of grief and despair
weary and bruised to the bone
and do what needs to be done
to feed the children.

It doesn’t interest me
who you know
or how you came to be here.
I want to know if you will stand
in the centre of the fire
with me
and not shrink back.

It doesn’t interest me
where or what or with whom
you have studied.
I want to know
what sustains you
from the inside
when all else falls away.
I want to know
if you can be alone
with yourself
and if you truly like
the company you keep
in the empty moments.

By Oriah “Mountain Dreamer” House from her book, THE INVITATION © 1999. Published by HarperONE, San Francisco. All rights reserved. Presented with permission of the author. www.oriah.org

Our Deepest Fear By Marianne Williamson (click to read in full)

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness
That most frightens us.
We ask ourselves
Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small
Does not serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking
So that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine,
As children do.
We were born to make manifest
The glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us;
It’s in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
We unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we’re liberated from our own fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others.

Note: This inspiring poem is taken from Marianne Williamson’s book A Return to Love. Though often quoted as part of Nelson Mandela’s moving inaugural speech, “Our Deepest Fear” does not appear in the speech. Marianne Williamson herself has commented on this mistaken attribution..Presented with permission of the author. For Marianne’s website, click here.

Allies

Books:

WHY WOMEN – The Leadership Imperative to Advancing Women and Engaging Men

by Jeffery Tobias Halter

WHY DO SO MANY INCOMPETENT MEN BECOME LEADERS? (and how to fix it)

by Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic

Better Allies: Everyday Actions to Create Inclusive, Engaging Workplaces

by Karen Catlin

How to Be an Inclusive Leader: Your Role in Creating Cultures of Belonging Where Everyone Can Thrive

by Jennifer Brown

Inclusion: Diversity, The New Workplace & The Will To Change

by Jennifer Brown

Ted Talks:

Mindfulness/Reflection

“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”

~ Viktor E Frankl

Books:

The Book of Delights

by Ross Gay

Ted Talks:

Leadership Development

“Great leaders are able to inspire people to act. Those who are able to inspire give people a sense of purpose or belonging that has little to do with any external incentive or benefit to be gained. Those who truly lead are able to create a following of people who act not because they were swayed, but because they were inspired.”

~ Unknown

Books:

Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work

by Whitney Johnson

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

by Carol S. Dweck

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Personal Development

“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it.

Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion.”

~ Muhammad Ali

Books:

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

by Marie Kondō

Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy

by Sheryl Sandberg

Becoming

by Michelle Obama

The Surrender Experiment: My Journey into Life’s Perfection

by Michael A. Singer

You Are a Badass®: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

by Jen Sincero

The Soul of Money: Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Life

by Lynne Twist

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

by Charles Duhigg

The Artist’s Way at Work

by Bryan Mark

Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life

by Byron Katie

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Poem:

The Guest House by Jellaludin Rumi (click to read in full)

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.
Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

— Jellaludin Rumi,
translation by Coleman Barks

Presence

“What lies behind us and what lies before us pales in comparison to what lies within us.”

~ Ralph waldo emerson

Books:

Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges

by Amy Cuddy

Ted Talks:

Racism Resources

We have a choice. We can embrace our broken natures and the compassion that remains our best hope for healing. Or we can deny our brokenness, forswear compassion, and, as a result, deny our own humanity. Our shared vulnerability and imperfection nurtures and sustains our capacity for compassion.

~ Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy

Books:

Summary of White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism

by Robin DiAngelo

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism

by Robin DiAngelo

White Rage

by Carol Anderson

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

by Bryan Stevenson

Me and White Supremacy

by Layla F. Saad

How To Be An Antiracist

by Ibram X. Kendi

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

by Michelle Alexander

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What You Can Do to Be Allies:

Articles:

Diversity in the Workplace:

Articles:

Developing Inclusive Cultures:

Articles:

Systemic Racism:

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Videos:

Vulnerability

“Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability and authenticity.”

~ Brené Brown

Books:

Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts.

by Brené Brown

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

by Brené Brown

Rising Strong: How the Ability to Reset Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

by Brené Brown

Ted Talks:

Well-Being

“Often people attempt to live their lives backwards: they try to have more things, more money, in order to do more of what they want so that they will be happier.
The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then, do what you need to do, in order to have what you want.”

~ Margaret Young

Books:

Head Strong: The Bulletproof Plan to Activate Untapped Brain Energy to Work Smarter and Think Faster-in Just Two Weeks

by Dave Asprey

How to Have a Good Day: Harness the Power of Behavioral Science to Transform Your Working Life

by Caroline Webb

Off Balance: Getting Beyond the Work-Life Balance Myth to Personal and Professional Satisfaction

by Matthew Kelly

Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life

by Bill Burnett & Dave Evans

Ted Talks:

Women’s Leadership

“A ship in a port is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for.”

~ Grace Hopper

Books:

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

by Sheryl Sandberg

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