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Scott Eblin’s Five Essential Books on Being Fully Present for Yourself and Others

Today my guest blogger is Scott Eblin. As an executive coach, speaker and author, Scott Eblin helps next level leaders learn what to pick up and let go of to get game changing results.

Featured on ABC News and in Investor’s Business Daily and Harvard Management Update, Scott is a former Fortune 500 executive, with a leadership development client list that includes some of the world’s best known private and public sector organizations. Without further ado, here are Scott’s essential books for being fully present…


Book 1: Wherever You Go, There You Are
by Jon Kabat-Zinn

This beautiful book of short essays is the perfect choice for a brief morning read that will set you up for being fully present the rest of the day.


Book 2: Man’s Search for Meaning
by Viktor Frankl
Written by a Holocaust survivor who went on to become an eminent psychiatrist, this is a modern classic that reminds us that no matter what happens to us, we can choose our response. That’s a foundation of being fully present.


Book 3: One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way
by Robert Maurer
Drawing on the Japanese practice of Kaizen – continuous improvement through small steps – this great little book offers practical guidance on breaking seemingly overwhelming challenges down into bite-size action steps. It can help you be more present by helping you be more aware of the nature of a situation and intentional about what to do next.


Book 4: The Inner Game of Work: Focus, Learning, Pleasure, and Mobility in the Workplace
by W. Timothy Gallwey
One of the great coaches, Tim Gallwey, explains how and why your performance equals your potential minus the interference. Better yet, he teaches you how to eliminate the interference so you show up with your fully present potential


Book 5: Slowing Down to the Speed of Life: How to Create a More Peaceful, Simpler Life from the Inside Out
by Richard Carlson and Joseph Bailey
Twenty years ago this was the book that taught me about “thought attacks”, how to stop them and avoid them in the first place. It’s an engaging and practical primer on how to be fully present.


About Scott Eblin

Scott EblinScott Eblin is a coach, speaker and author who helps managers and executives exhibit leadership presence by being more fully present. Scott’s latest book is Overworked and Overwhelmed: The Mindfulness Alternative.

Connect with Scott

Twitter: @ScottEblin

Blog: Next Level Blog

Web: Eblin Group

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