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Guardian of Guadalcanal: The World War II Story of Douglas A. Munro, United States Coast Guard, by Gary Williams. (ISBN-978-09848351-4-0)

In Guardian of Guadalcanal, Gary Williams, with the complete cooperation of the Munro/Sheehan  family and the Coast Guard Historian’s Office, has penned  the biography of the Coast Guard’s only Medal of Honor recipient who personified the Coast Guard Core Values of Honor, Respect, and Devotion to Duty.

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Lincoln on Leadership: Executive Strategies for Tough Times, by Donald T. Phillips. (ISBN-13: 978-0446394598)

Lincoln on Leadership is the first book to examine Abraham Lincoln's diverse leadership abilities and how they can be applied to today's complex world. It tells the accounts of one of the most influential presidents of American history. It's a quick read that truly strikes at the core of leadership and the man who exemplified the subject best, Abraham Lincoln. The way the book is titled lets you imagine that it was Lincoln who actually wrote it himself; this, however, is not true.

good boss, bad boss book cover Good Boss, Bad Boss, by Robert I. Sutton, Ph.D. (ISBN 978-0-446-55608-8). In Good Boss Bad Boss the author Robert Sutton, Phd, professor at Stanford provides guidelines for bosses to be more productive and effective outlining what works in a balanced easy to understand manner using evidence based research as well as anecdotes to clarify his points. Definitely a good read.

The Armed Forces Officer, by the National Defense University (ISBN: 978-1597971676).  Educates officers of all services, as well as civilians, about the fundamental moral-ethical requirements of being a commissioned officer in the armed forces of the United States.

Lying: Moral Choice in Public and Private Life, by Sissela Bok (ISBN: 978-0375705281). A thoughtful addition to the growing debate over public and private morality. Looks at lying and deception in law, family, medicine, government.

Predictable Surprises: The Disasters You Should Have Seen Coming, and How to Prevent Them, by Max H. Bazerman and Michael D. Watkins (ISBN: 978-1422122877).  Insisting theirs is not 20/20 hindsight, the authors explain how many disasters are preceded by clear warning signals that leaders miss or ignore. Characteristics of predictable surprises include when leaders know a problem exists and that problem does not solve itself and gets worse, the human tendency to maintain the status quo, and the reality of a small vocal minority (special interests) that benefit from inaction.

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable, by Patrick Lencioni (ISBN: 978-0787960759 ). Once again using an astutely written fictional tale to unambiguously but painlessly deliver some hard truths about critical business procedures, Patrick Lencioni targets group behavior in the final entry of his trilogy of corporate fables. And like those preceding it, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team is an entertaining, quick read filled with useful information that will prove easy to digest and implement.
From Boomers to Bloggers: Success Strategies Across Generations, by Misti Burmeister (ISBN: 978-0980220902 ). Boomers to Bloggers offers tips to help boomers, Xers and Yers get what they want from their careers while helping their employers and peers achieve their goals.
How Life Imitates Chess: Making the Right Moves, from the Board to the Boardroom, by Garry Kasparov (ISBN: 978-1596913875). Kasparov has put his powerful strategic thinking to work in business and politics, showing that a simple reliance on instincts can guide you through even the most complex challenges. With no shortage of wit or eloquence, he's answered our hardest questions about what factors can make or break a decision-making moment. --Anne Bartholomew
Primal Leadership: Learning to Lead with Emotional Intelligence, by Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis, and Annie McKee (ISBN: 978-1578514861). Since the actions of the leader apparently account for up to 70 percent of employees' perception of the climate of their organization, Goleman and his team emphasize the importance of developing what they term "resonant leadership." Focusing on the four domains of emotional intelligence--self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management--they explore what contributes to and detracts from resonant leadership, and how the development of these four EI competencies spawns different leadership styles.
Quiet Leadership: Six Steps to Transforming Performance at Work, by David Rock (ISBN: 978-0060835903). Transforming performance involves listening and communicating . . . The ultimate goal of quiet leadership is to empower employees.

Leading at the Edge: Leadership Lessons from the Extraordinary Saga of Shackleton’s Antarctic Adventure, by Dennis N.T. Perkins, Margaret P. Holtman, Paul R. Kessler, and Catherine McCarthy.  (ISBN: 978-0814405437).  A former Marine lieutenant, Perkins introduces 10 key concepts he believes are essential to productive leadership with lively anecdotes from the adverse but ultimately successful expedition to the South Pole led by Ernest Shackleton in 1914 (his entire crew survived on the ice with almost no supplies or hope for rescue after their ship drifted off course and was crushed), which he contrasts with a disastrous Canadian expedition launched at almost the same time.

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