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Part 1: You


Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S Dweck

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth

The Power of Positive Thinking by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey

Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma

Thinking, Fast and Slow, by Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman

Predictably Irrational, Revised and Expanded Edition: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely

Liminal Thinking: Create the Change You Want by Changing the Way You Think by Dave Gray & Richard Saul Wurman

The Art of Thinking Clearly: Better Thinking, Better Decisions by Rolf Dobelli

Interests & Passion

Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie

Here’s the Plan: Your Practical, Tactical Guide to Advancing Your Career During Pregnancy and Parenthood by Allyson Downey

Work on Purpose by Lara Galinsky and Kelly Nuxoll

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

Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World by Adam Grant

Peak by Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool

The Promise of a Pencil by Adam Braun

Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham & Donald O. Clifton

 Roadmap: The Get-It-Together Guide for Figuring Out What to Do with Your Life, by Roadtrip Nation

Emotional Agility

The Untethered Soul by Matthew Singer

Emotional Agility by Susan David

The Happiness Track by Emma Seppala

Why We Do What We Do by Edward L. Deci

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

Daring Greatly by Brene Brown

How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie

Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert

Zen and The Art of Happiness by Chris Prentiss

Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Chip Heath


Part 2: You & Your

Relationships & Values

Get Financially Naked: How to Talk Money with Your Honey by Manisha Thakor and Sharon Kedar

Strengths Based Marriage: Build a Stronger Relationship by Understanding Each Other's Gifts by Jimmy Evans & Allan Kelsey

The Hard Questions: 100 Questions to Ask Before You Say "I Do" by Susan Piver

Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most by Deuglas Stone, Bruce Patton, and Sheila Heen

A Book About Love by Jonah Lehrer

The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

Find Your Balance Point: Clarify Your Priorities, Simplify Your Life, and Achieve More by Brian Tracy & Christina Stein

The Hoshin Success Compass by Matthew Cross

The Art of Loving by Erich Fromm

Why Can't You Read My Mind? by Jeffrey Bernstein & Susan Magee

Empathy & Compassion

The Art of Empathy: A Complete Guide to Life's Most Essential Skill by Karla McLaren

Empathy: Why It Matters, and How to Get It by Roman Krznaric

The Power of Empathy: A Practical Guide to Creating Intimacy, Self-understanding, and Lasting Love in Your Life by Arthur Ciaramicoli & Katherine Ketcham

Self Compassion by Kristin Neff

Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection by Sharon Salzberg

Happy: Finding joy in every day and letting go of perfect by Fearne Cotton

I Need Your Love-Is That True? by Byron Katie

Time Management by Brian Tracy

Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love by Sue Johnson

Relax Release Let Go by Paul Robbins & Susan Robbins


Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In by Roger Fisher, William L. Ury, Bruce Patton

Tiny Buddha's 365 Tiny Love Challenges by Lori Deschene

Ego is the Enemy: The Fight to Master Our Greatest Opponent by Ryan Holiday

Man Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus: The Classic Guide to Understanding the Opposite Sex by John Gray

Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples by Harville Handrix

Communication Miracles for Couples by Jonathan Robinson

Mike & Margareth's No-Nonsense Guide for Couples by Michael Sands & Margareth Garnier

Love Is A Verb by Simeon Lindstrom

The Art of Listening by Erich Fromm

The Dance of Connection by Harriet Lerner

Part 3: You & the
B-School Community

Asking the Right Questions

Mind Over Mind: The Surprising Power of Expectations by Chris Berdik

Keeping an Open Mind by George Floyd IV

The little book on authenticity by Dr Nina Burrowes

Authentic: How to be yourself and why it matters by Stephen Joseph

A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas by Warren Berger

Born with a Question Mark in Your Heart by Osho

The Question Book by Mikael Krogerus & Roman Tschäppeler

 Wait, What?: And Life's Other Essential Questions by James E. Ryan

Just Listen: Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone by Mark Goulston

Transitions: Making Sense of Life's Changes by William Bridges

Support System

Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time by Keith Ferrozzi & Tahl Raz

Friendships Don't Just Happen!: The Guide to Creating a Meaningful Circle of GirlFriends by Shasta Nelson

The Expert Expat: Your Guide to Successful Relocation Abroad by Melissa Brayer Hess & Patricia Linderman

Keep Your Life, Family and Career Intact While Living Abroad: What every expat needs to know by Cathy Tsang-Feign

Case Studies & Cocktails: The "Now What?" Guide to Surviving Business School by Carrie Shuchart & Chris Ryan

Congratulations, by the way: Some Thoughts on Kindness by George Saunders

Community: The Structure of Belonging by Peter Block

The Art of Community: Seven Principles for Belonging by Charles Vogl

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

Sorted: Freedom Through Structure by Gillian Perkins

Decision Making

The Power of Presence: Unlock Your Potential to Influence and Engage Others by Kristi Hedges

Presence by Amy Cuddy

Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell

Smart Choices: A Practical Guide to Making Better Decisions by John S. Hammond, Ralph L. Keeney & Howard Raiffa

Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Richard H. Thaler & Cass R. Sunstein

The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It by Kelly McGonigal

Fully Present: The Science, Art, and Practice of Mindfulness by Susan L. Smalley & Diana Winston

Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes

Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living by Shauna Niequist


The Power Paradox by Dacher Keltner

How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie

 Pre-Suasion by Robert Cialdini

The Art of People: 11 Simple People Skills That Will Get You Everything You Want by Dave Kerpen

How to Talk to Anyone: 92 Little Tricks for Big Success in Relationships by Leil Lowndes

What Every BODY is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Speed-Reading People by Joe Navarro & Marvin Karlins

The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene

The Fine Art of Small Talk: How to Start a Conversation, Keep it Going, Build Networking Skills-and Leave a Positive Impression! by Debra Fine

The Art of Friendship: 70 Simple Rules for Making Meaningful Connections by Roger Horchow and Sally Horchaw

Improve Your Social Skills by Daniel Wendler

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