Desmund's Leadership Bookstore



Primal leadership: learning to lead with emotional intelligence

Managers and professionals across the globe have embraced Primal Leadership, affirming the importance of emotionally intelligent leadership. Its influence has also reached well beyond the business world: the book and its ideas are now used routinely in universities, business and medical schools, and professional training programs, and by a growing legion of professional coaches.


The ABC's of Leadership

Almost every study on leadership in the last few decades suggests that there is a global crisis when it comes to leadership. Many don't even know what it takes to be a great leader. What makes organizations like Genentech, Whole Foods, S.C. Johnson and Edward Jones the premier companies in the country to work for according to Fortune and the Great Places to Work Institute?


The art of war

The Art of War is an ancient Chinese military treatise attributed to Sun Tzu, a high-ranking military general, strategist and tactician. The text is composed of 13 chapters, each of which is devoted to one aspect of warfare. It is commonly known to be the definitive work on military strategy and tactics of its time. It has been the most famous and influential of China's Seven Military Classics, and "for the last two thousand years it remained the most important military treatise in Asia, where even the common people knew it by name." It has had an influence on Eastern and Western military thinking, business tactics, legal strategy and beyond.


The Inclusion dividend: why investing in diversity & inclusion pays off

In today's increasingly diverse, global, interconnected business world, diversity and inclusion is no longer just the right thing to do, it is a core leadership competency and central to the success of business. Working effectively across differences such as gender, culture, generational, race, and sexual orientation not only leads to a more productive, innovative corporate culture, but also to a better engagement with customers and clients. The Inclusion Dividend provides a framework to tap the bottom line impact that results from an inclusive culture. Most leaders have the intent to be inclusive, but translating that into a truly inclusive outcome with employees, customers and other stakeholders requires a focused change effort.


Developing a legal, ethical, and socially responsible mindset for sustainable leadership

This book entitled "Developing a Legal, Ethical, and Socially Responsible Mindset for Sustainable Leadership" is about leadership and values, in particular the values of legality, morality, and social responsibility and their application in a modern global business environment. A business leader today must engage in sustainable leadership, which encompasses, in addition to making sound economic and financial decisions, acting legally based on the law, morally based on ethics, and also in a socially and environmentally responsible manner. Adherence to these values will result in a sustainable business, organization, community, society, and planet. This book defines, differentiates, explains, and illustrates these values as well as their application to business. Although the focus of this book is on the business world, the values and principles explicated herein are relevant to leadership in the public sector and other professions.


3 keys to defeating unconscious bias

Have you ever had a biased thought? If the answer is “yes,” join the club. Everybody has biases and, although that doesn’t make us bad people, it does mean we compromise our ability to get along with people who are different from us. The good news is, there’s a lot we can do to defeat bias. Calling on Dr. Sondra Thiederman’s twenty-five years of experience in the diversity/inclusion field, the book lays out an innovative WATCH, THINK, ACT strategy that each of us can immediately apply to the task. Easy-to-read and filled with anecdotes and activities, 3 Keys shows the reader: • How to WATCH their thoughts, experiences, and actions to identify unconscious biases and target them for extinction. • How to THINK in such a way as to weaken and control our biases. • How to ACT to defeat our biases and cultivate the kind of common ground that we know to be inhospitable to the survival of bias. Designed to motivate real change, the answer to defeating our biases is in these pages. The rest is up to you.


DRiVE: the surprising truth about what matters to us

Forget everything you thought you knew about how to motivate people—at work, at school, at home. It's wrong. As Daniel H. Pink (author of To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Motivating Others) explains in his paradigm-shattering book Drive, the secret to high performance and satisfaction in today's world is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world.


conversational intelligence: How great leaders build trust and get extraordinary results

The key to success in life and business is to become a master at Conversational Intelligence. It's not about how smart you are, but how open you are to learn new and effective powerful conversational rituals that prime the brain for trust, partnership, and mutual success. Conversational Intelligence translates the wealth of new insights coming out of neuroscience from across the globe, and brings the science down to earth so people can understand and apply it in their everyday lives. Author Judith Glaser presents a framework for knowing what kind of conversations trigger the lower, more primitive brain; and what activates higher-level intelligences such as trust, integrity, empathy, and good judgment. 


Smarter faster better: the transformative power of real productivity

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the author of The Power of Habit comes a fascinating book that explores the science of productivity, and why managing how you think is more important than what you think—with an appendix of real-world lessons to apply to your life.

At the core of Smarter Faster Better are eight key productivity concepts—from motivation and goal setting to focus and decision making—that explain why some people and companies get so much done. Drawing on the latest findings in neuroscience, psychology, and behavioral economics—as well as the experiences of CEOs, educational reformers, four-star generals, FBI agents, airplane pilots, and Broadway songwriters—this painstakingly researched book explains that the most productive people, companies, and organizations don’t merely act differently.


a better world, inc.: how companies profit by solving global problems...where governments cannot

This unique book shows companies and their executives how to profit by developing solutions to the world's most daunting challenges those that governments cannot, and have not yet addressed. Using case studies, A Better World, Inc. delineates best practices for businesses to maximize revenues and reduce costs.


change the workgame: building and sustaining a diverse workforce

Research shows that diverse workgroups are more productive, creative and innovative than homogeneous groups. In a global marketplace, and with the rapidly changing racial makeup of America, having a high function, diverse workforce is imperative for your organization’s success. Change the WorkGame has been designed to show you how establish a diverse workforce throughout all strata of your organization and how to sustain your progress.