At the end of last year, I sent a request out to our team to send over a list of recommended reads. As the long days of summer are upon us, and we hopefully all find some time to recharge, we thought it would be a good time to share some of those books. Long road trips, days at the cottage, or just time spent out on the patio makes the summer a great time to reflect and build on our learning.

What are our facilitators reading?

We are very proud of our exceptionally talented facilitator team. One of the reasons they are so talented is heir passion for bringing our content to all types of audiences. They also share a dedication to continuous improvement through learning. Here are a few of the books they recommend.

Sue Krautkramer, recommends “Who Switched Off My Brain” by Dr. Carolyn Leaf.

book1One of my favorite brain books by Dr. Leaf, a medical doctor, who deep dives into the science of how the brain operates and how it effects our chemical balance.  A big topic she addresses is the effect of being hijacked on your health.  Her book starts with the statistics that 87% – 95% of the illnesses that plague us today are a direct result of our thought life.  Its a fairly short read with 13 suggestions to improve your health at the end.



Joelle Hadley  recommends The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz.

book2This is on of my favorite books that helps me with Emotional Intelligence. As more of a spiritual based book rather than business, the concepts hit home no matter what role you are playing in work or life. The first agreement, Be Impeccable with Your Words, ensures that we aren’t saying words or using a tone that might make others drop their markers. The second agreement, Don’t Make

Assumptions, means having the courage to be authentic, to communicate and listen. It creates clarity versus anxiety. The third agreement (which changed my life) Don’t Take Anything Personally allows us to have more resilience when we are triggered. It take the focus off our amygdala reactions and emotional needs and allows us to focus on other’s intention versus their action. The fourth agreement Always Do Your Best balances personal drive and behavior change along with self care and healthy optimistic self -talk.

These concepts, like Emotional Intelligence, have truly been life and career game-changers for me.

Sara Ross recommends “Essentialism” by Greg McKeown.

book7One of my favorite books to suggest is Essentialism – The disciplined pursuit of less (Greg McKeown). People are often looking for emotional management strategies, including managing workloads/overload/saying no, setting boundaries and changing habits, this is my favorite book for that!

NOTE: After reading this recommendation, I quickly downloaded the book on audible. It was a great read (listen). For some reason saying no, is a lot harder than it appears. This book helps you understand why it’s so important.


What are people reading at IHHP’s office?

The team at IHHP has a culture of learning, but we all have different interests and different books that resonate with us. Here are a few we thought you might enjoy.


Bill Benjamin, Partner, Writer and Keynote Speaker recommends “Awareness” by, Anthony DeMello.

Book3The heart of Anthony de Mello’s bestselling spiritual message is awareness. In less than 200 pages, Anthony DeMello writes a great book that challenges your beliefs about yourself and helps develop self-awareness.






Phae, Customer Relationship Manager, recommends Marshall Goldsmith’s “What Got you Here Won’t Get you There”.

what got you hereThis book talks about making sure we don’t get stuck in our routines; that the one thing that made us successful up until now, may actually be the one thing holding us back from future achievements. Love him, all his books are a unique perspective that really makes me pause and think.




Diana Pearce, Marketing Manager, recommends a book by Dan Harris, called “10% Happier”.

Don’t let the title scare you…this is fantastic read about the power and positive effects of practicing mindfulness.

At first, a bit unsure of the title, but thought she would give it a try anyway turned out to be the right decision.

The book was written from an honest place, accounting the authors very public breakdown on TV, and how he found mindfulness (plus the hilarious and sometimes sad journey that the author took to tame the voices in his head).

Sandra Rayner, Product and Marketing, recommends Multipliers by Liz Wiseman

book6I have read a lot of leadership books over the last couple of years, this one was the hardest and one of my favorites. It was hard to read as I had to recognize in myself, an individual, who often felt their job was to solve all their teams problems and come up with the brightest and best ideas. This book helped me see this wasn’t leadership. As with all good books, the learning is only as good as your ability to apply it, but they provide you with enough examples and tools to do so.



3d.pressure book cover-GTWWe hope you enjoy the recommendations…

…and of course, we would have to add the New York Times bestseller, Performing Under Pressure co-authored by our own JP Pawliw-Fry. We will be launching a series of excerpts from the book over the next few weeks. Enjoy your summer and keep learning.

Do you have some great reads and would like us to share them with our followers? Tell us the name of the book, a quick note about what it’s about and why you like it, and your recommendation could be included in our next top reads post. Email us at [email protected]