Diane Krause-Stetson
Executive Coach and
Management Consultant

Lead Your Life

318 N. Turtle Bay Road
P.O. Box 671
Elkhart Lake, WI 53020

879 LaSalle Street
Unit 2
Chicago, IL 60610



  For Leaders
  For Individuals
  For Executives, Business Owners
       and  Solopreneurs
  For Organizations & HR Professionals
  For Coaches
  For Inspiration


For Leaders

Be the Leader: Make the Difference, by Paul B. Thornton (Griffin 2002)

Primal Leadership: Realizing the Power of Emotional Intelligence, by Dan Goleman, Richard Boyatzis and Annie McKee (Harvard Business School Press 2002)

Right from the Start: Taking Charge in a New Leadership Role, by Dan Ciampa and Michael Watkins (Harvard Business School Press 1999)

Taking Charge in Your Leadership Role: A Workbook, by Michael Watkins (Harvard Business School Press 2001)

First, Break All the Rules: What the World's Greatest Managers Do Differently, by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman (Simon & Schuster 1999)

Now, Discover Your Strengths, by Marcus Buckingham & Donald O. Clifton (The Free Press 2001)

Results-Based Leadership, by Dave Ulrich, Jack Zenger, & Norm Smallwood (Harvard Business School Press 1999)

How to Outsmart Your Brain: Using Your Emotions to Make the Best Decisions...At Work, by Marcia Reynolds (Covisioning 2002)

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change, by Stephen R. Covey (Fireside 1989)

Principle-Centered Leadership, by Stephen R. Covey (Fireside 1992)

The Corporate Mystic: A Guidebook for Visionaries with Their Feet on the Ground, by Gay Hendricks and Kate Ludeman (Bantam Book 1996)

The Empowered Manager: Positive Political Skills at Work, by Peter Block (Jossey-Bass 1987)

Stewardship: Choosing Service Over Self-Interest, by Peter Block (Berrett-Koehler 1993)

On Becoming A Leader, by Warren Bennis (Addison Wesley 1989)

Good Business: Leadership, Flow and the Making of Meaning, by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (Viking Penguin 2003)

Discovering the Leader in You: A Guide to Realizing Your Personal Leadership Potential, by Robert J. Lee and Sara N. King (Jossey-Bass 2001)

The General Managers, by John P. Kotter (The Free Press 1982)

The Leadership Secrets of Colin Powell, by Orin Harari (McGraw-Hill 2002)

Patton on Leadership: Strategic Lessons for Corporate Warfare, by Alan Axelrod (Prentice Hall Press 1999)

Elizabeth I CEO: Strategic Lessons form the Leader Who Built an Empire, by Alan Axelrod (Prentice Hall Press 2000)

A Higher Standard of Leadership: Lessons from the Life of Ghandi, by Keshavan Nair (Berrett-Koehler Publishers 1997)

The Mentor's Spirit:  Life Lessons on Leadership and the Art of Encouragement, by Marsha Sinetar (St. Martin's Press 1998)

Spirited Leadership: 52 Ways to Build Trust on the Job, by Ellen Castro (Thomas More 1998)

The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader: Becoming the Person Others Will Want to Follow, by John C. Maxwell (Maxwell Motivation 1999)

The Heart of a Leader: Insights on the Art of Leadership, by Ken Blanchard (Honor Books 19990

The 100 Simple Secrets of Successful People, by David Niven (HarperCollins 2002)

A Better Place to Work: A New Sense of Motivation Leading to High Productivity, by Adolf Haasen and Gordon F. Shea (AMA Membership Publications 1997)

The Prince, by Niccolo Machiavelli (David Campbell Publishing 1908, 1992)

Power: How To Get It, How To Use It, by Michael Korda (Ballantine 1975)

Getting To Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In, by Roger Fisher and William Ury (Penguin Books 1981, 1991)

Especially for Women in Leadership

Women and the Leadership Q: The Breakthrough System for Achieving Power & Influence, by Shoya Zichy (McGraw-Hill 2001)

Standing at the Crossroads: Next Steps for High-Achieving Women, by Marian N. Ruderman and Patricia J. Ohlott (Jossey-Bass 2002)

Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office 101: Unconscious Mistakes Women Make That Sabotage Their Careers, by Lois P. Frankel, PhD (Warner Business Books 2004)

Reach for the Top: Women and The Changing Facts of Work Life, edited by Nancy A. Nichols (Harvard Business Review Press 1994)

The Negotiation: How Women Can Master the Hidden Agendas That Determine Bargaining Success, by Deborah M. Kolb and Judith Williams (Simon & Schuster 2000)

The Princessa: Machiavelli for Women, by Harriet Rubin (Dell Publishing 1997)

How Men Think: The Seven Essential Rules for Making It In A Man's World, by Adrienne Mendell (Ballantine Books 1996)

Why Good Girls Don't Get Ahead, but Gutsy Girls Do: 9 Secrets Every Working Woman Must Know, by Kate White (Warner Books, Inc. 1995)

The Girls' Guide to Power and Success, by Susan Wilson Solovic (AMACOM 2001)

The Real Rules for Girls, by Mindy Morgenstern (Girl Press 1999)

Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype, by Clarissa Pinkola Estes (Ballantine Books, 1992)

Games Mother Never Taught You: Corporate Gamesmanship for Women, by Betty Lehan Harragan (Warner Books, Inc. 1977)

Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Can Women Reach the Top of America's Largest Corporations?, by Ann Morrison, Randall White, Ellen Van Velsor and the Center for Creative Leadership (Addison-Wesley Publications Company, Inc. 1987)


For Individuals

Career Management

The Portable Coach: 28 Surefire Strategies for Business and Personal Success, Thomas J. Leonard (Scribner 1998)

The Portable Executive: Building Your Own Job Security--from Corporate Dependency to Self-direction, by John A. Thompson (Simon & Schuster 1995)

Pushing the Envelope: All the Way to the Top, by Harvey Mackay (Ballantine Books 1999)

Career Choices and Life Purpose

What Color Is Your Parachute? 2000: A Practical Manual for Job Hunters & Career-Changers, by Richard Nelson Bolles (Ten Speed Press 2000)

Do What You Love, The Money Will Follow: Discovering Your Right Livelihood, by Marsha Sinetar (Dell Publishing 1987)

To Build the Life You Want, Create the Work You Love: The Spiritual Dimension of Entrepreneuring, by Marsha Sinetar (St. Martin's Griffin 1995)

The Answer to How is Yes: Acting On What Matters, by Peter Block (Berrett-Koehler Publishers 2002)

Making a Living Without a Job: Winning Ways for Creating Work That You Love, by Barbara J. Winter (Bantam Books 1993)

Living Your Best Life, by Laura Berman Fortgang (Penguin Putman 2001)

I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was: How to Discover What You Really Want and How to Get It, by Barbara Sher (Dell Publishing 1994)

It's Only Too Late If You Don't Start Now: How to Create Your Second Life After 40, by Barbara Sher (Delecorte Press 1998)

Life Without Limits, by Lucinda Bassett (Harper Collins 2001)

Making a Life, Making A Living: Reclaiming Your Purpose and Passion in Business and in Life, by Mark Albion (Warner Books, Inc. 2000)

The Best Work of Your Life: Recognize Your Past, Acknowledge Your Present, Create Your Future, by Pat Alea & Patty Mullins (Perigee 1998)

When Work Doesn't Work Anymore: Women, Work and Identity, by Elizabeth Perle McKenna (Delta Publishing 1997)

Role of Personality

Do What You Are: Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type, by Paul D. Tieger & Barbara Barron-Tieger (Little, Brown & Company 2001)

I'm Not Crazy, I'm Just Not You: Secrets to How We Can Be So Alike When We're So Different, The Real Meaning of the Sixteen Personality Types, by Roger R. Pearman & Sarah C. Albritton (Davies-Black Publishing, Inc. 1997)

What's Your Type of Career?: Unlock the Secrets of Your Personality to Find Your Perfect Career Path, by Donna Dunning (Davies-Black Publishing, Inc. 2001)

Understanding the Enneagram: The Practical Guide To Personality Types, by Don Richard Riso (Houghlin Mifflin Company 2000)

Discover Your Personality Type: The New Enneagram Questionnaire, by Don Richard Riso (Houghlin Mifflin Company 1995)

The Personality Compass: A New Way to Understand People, by Diane Turner & Thelma Greco (Barnes & Noble Books 1998)

The Conative Connection: Uncovering the Link Between Who You Are and How You Perform, by Kathy Kolbe (Kolbe Conative Index 1997)

Follow Your True Colors to the Work You Love: The Popular Method for Matching Your Personality to Your Career, by Carolyn Kalil (BookPartners, Inc. 1998)

Interpersonal Development

The Dance of Connection: How to Talk to Someone When You're Mad, Hurt, Scared, Frustrated, Insulted, Betrayed, or Desperate, by Harriet Lerner (HarperCollins 2001)

The Dance of Anger: A Women's Guide to Changing the Patterns of Intimate Relationships, by Harriet Lerner (HarperCollins 1997)

Working with the Self-Absorbed: How to Handle Narcissistic Personalities on the Job, by Nina Brown (New Harbinger Publications 2002)

Creative and Critical Thinking

The Thinker's Way: 8 Steps to a Richer Life, by John Chaffee (Little Brown 1998)

How to Think like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day, by Michael J.Gelb (Dell Publishing 1998)

Smart Decisions: A Practical Guide to Making Better Decisions, by John S. Hammond, Ralph L. Keeney and Howard Raiffa (Harvard Business School Press 1999)

Brain Power: Learn to Improve Your Thinking Skills, by Karl Albrecht (Fireside 1997)

Building Left-Brain Power: Conditioning Exercises to Develop Language, Math, and Other Uniquely Human Skills, by Allen D. Bragdon with David Gamon (Barnes & Noble 1999)

Future Edge: Discovering New Paradigms of Success, by Joel Arthur Barker (William Morrow & Company 1992)


For Executives, Business Owners
and Solopreneurs

General Business

A Good Hard Kick in the Ass: Basic Training for Entrepreneurs, by Rob Adams (Crown Business 2002)

Competitive Strategy: Techniques for Analyzing Industries and Competitors, by Michael E. Porter (The Free Press 1980)

The Entrepreneurial Mindset: Strategies for Continuously Creating Opportunity in an Age of Uncertainty, by Rita Gunther McGrath and Ian MacMillan (Harvard Business School Press 2000)

The Balanced Scorecard: Translating Strategy into Action, by Robert S. Kaplan and David P. Norton (Harvard Business School Press 1996)

All The Right Moves: A Guide to Crafting Breakthrough Strategy, by Constantinos C. Markides (Harvard Business School Press 2000)

Transforming the Bottom Line: Managing Performance with the Real Numbers, by Tony Hope and Jeremy Hope (Harvard Business School Press 1995, 1996)

Competing for the Future, by Gary Hamel and C. K. Prahalad (Harvard Business School Press 1994)

Leading the Revolution, by Gary Hamel (Harvard Business School Press 2000)

Ties That Bind: A Social Contracts Approach to Business Ethics, by Thomas Donaldson and Thomas W. Dunfee (Harvard Business School Press 1999)

Smart Choices: A Practical Guide to Making Better Decisions, by John S. Hammond, Ralph L. Keeney and Howard Raiffa (Harvard Business School Press 1999)

Hidden Value: How Great Companies Achieve Extraordinary Results with Ordinary People, by Charles A. O'Reilly III and Jeffrey Pfeffer (Harvard Business School Press 2000)

Networking and Marketing

Breakthrough Networking: Building Relationships That Last, 2nd ed, by Lillian D. Bjorseth (Duoforce Enterprises, Inc. 1996, 2003)

Working the Room: How to Move People to Action through Audience-Centered Speaking, by Nick Morgan (Harvard Business School Press 2003)

Sell Yourself Without Selling Your Soul: A Woman's Guide to Promoting Herself, Her Business, Her Product, or Her Cause with Integrity and Spirit, by Susan Harrow (Quill, A HarperResource Book 2003)

Get Clients Now!: A 28-Day Marketing Program for Professionals and Consultants, by C. J. Hayden (Amacom 1999)

Do-It-Yourself Advertising and Promotion, 2 ed., by Fred E. Hahn and Kenneth G. Mangun (John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 1997)

Going Solo

Soloing: Realizing Your Life's Ambition, by Harriet Rubin (HarperCollins 1999)


For Organizations and HR Professionals

Capability and Results

Organizational Capability: Competing from the Inside Out, by Dave Ulrich and Dale Lake (John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 1990)

The Boundaryless Organization: Breaking the Chains of Organizational Structure, Ron Ashkenes, Dave Ulrich, Todd Jick and Steve Kerr (Jossey-Bass 1995)

The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook: Strategies and Tools for Building a Learning Organization, by Peter M. Senge (DoubleDay 1994)

The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of the Learning Organization, by Peter M. Senge (Currency 1994)

Hidden Value: How Great Companies Achieve Extraordinary Results with Ordinary People, by Charles A. O'Reilly (Harvard Business School Press 2000)


Diagnosing and Changing Organizational Culture: Based on the Competing Values Framework (Addison-Wesley Series on Organization Development), by Kim S. Cameron and Robert E. Quinn (Addison-Wesley 1999)

A Better Place to Work:  A New Sense of Motivation Leading to High Productivity, by Adolf Haasen and Gordon F. Shea (AMA Membership Publications 1997)

Managing to Have Fun, by Matt Weinstein (Simon & Schuster 1996)

The Tom Peters Seminar: Crazy Times Call for Crazy Organizations, by Tom Peters (Vintage Books 1994)


Managing Transitions: Making the Most of Change, by William Bridges (Perseus Books 1991)

Fatal Illusions: Shredding a Dozen Unrealities That Can Keep Your Organization from Success, by James R. Lucas (Amacom 1997)

Pathways to Change: Case Studies of Strategic Negotiations, by Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld, Robert B. McKersie and Richard E. Walton (W. E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research 1995)

Calling A Halt to Mindless Change: A Plea for Commonsense Management, by John Macdonald (Amacom 1998)

Beyond the Wall of Resistance: Unconventional Strategies that Build Support for Change, by Rick Maurer (Bard Books 1996)

Organizational Transitions: Managing Complex Change, 2nd ed., by Richard Beckland and Reuben T.Harris (Addison-Wesley 1987)

Leading Change, by John P. Kotter (Harvard Business School Press 1996)

After the Merger: Seven Rules for Successful Post-Merger Integration, by Max M. Habeck, Fritz Kroger, Michael R. Tram (Pearson Education Limited 2000)

Human Resources

The ROI of Human Capital: Measuring the Economic Value of Employee Performance, by Jac Fitz-enz (Amacom 2000)

Managing Human Assets, by Michael Beer, Bert Spector, Paul R. Lawrence, D. Quinn Mills and Richard E. Walton (The Free Press 1984)

Human Capital: What It Is and Why People Invest It, by Thomas O. Davenport (Jossey-Bass 1999)

Turning Your Human Resources Department into a Profit Center, by Michael W. Mercer (Amacom 1989)

Outsourcing Human Resources Functions: Strategies for Providing Enhanced HR Services at Lower Cost, by Mary F. Cook (Amacom 1999)


For Coaches


Questions That Work: How to Ask Questions That Will Help You Succeed in Any Business Situation, by Andrew Finlayson (Amacom 2001)

Encyclopedia of Positive Questions, Volume I: Using AI to Bring Out the Best in Your Organization, by Diana Whitney, David Cooperrider, Amanda Trosten-Bloom and Brian S. Kaplin (Lakeshore Communications 2002)

The Emotional Intelligence Activity Book: 50 Activities for Promoting Eq at Work, by Adele B. Lynn (Amacom 2002)

Working with Emotional Intelligence, by Daniel Goleman (Bantam 1998)

Getting Started in Personal and Executive Coaching: How to Create a Thriving Coaching Practice, by Stephen G. Fairley and Chris E. Stout (John Wiley & Sons 2004)

Executive Coaching with Backbone and Heart: A Systems Approach to Engaging Leaders with Their Challenges, by Mary Beth O'Neill (Jossey-Bass 2000)

Handbook of Leadership Development, 2nd ed., by The Center for Creative Leadership, edited by Cynthia D. McCauley and Ellen Van Velsor (Jossie-Bass 2004)

Secrets of an Executive Coach: Proven Methods for Helping Leaders Excel Under Pressure, by Alan Downs (Amacom 2002)

Secrets of a CEO Coach: Your Personal Training Guide to Thinking Like a Leader and Acting Like a CEO, D. A. Benton (McGraw Hill 1999)

The Psychology of Executive Coaching: Theory and Application, by Bruce Peltier (Sheridan Books 2001)

Maximizing the Value of 360-Degree Feedback: A Process for Successful Individual and Organizational Development, by Walter W. Tornow, Manuel London and CCL Associates (Jossey-Bass 1998)

The Coaching at Work Toolkit:  A Complete Guide to Techniques and Practices, by Perry Zeus and Suzanne Skiffington (McGraw-Hill 2002)

The Consultant's Tool Kit: 45 High Impact Questionnaires, Activities, and How-To Guide for Diagnosing and Solving Client Problems, edited by Mel Silberman (McGraw-Hill 2001)

Masterful Coaching Fieldbook, by Robert Hargrove (Jossey-Bass/Pfeiffer 2000)

Flawless Consulting: A Guide to Getting Your Expertise Used, Second edition, by Peter Block (Jossey-Bass/Pfeiffer 1981, 2000)

Business Primers

The Ten-Day MBA: A Step-By-Step Guide to Mastering the Skills Taught in America's Top Business Schools, by Steven Silbiger (William Morrow & Co. 1993)

24 Hour MBA:  Five Power Workshops for Business Success, including: Leadership, Marketing, Finance, Motivating Employees, and Business Communication, by Alexander Ham (Adams Streetwise Publications 2000)

What They Don't Teach You At Harvard Business School:  Notes from a Street-Smart Executive, Mark H. McCormack (Bantam Books 1984)

The One Page Business Plan: Start with A Vision, Build A Company, by Jim Horan (1997, 2003)

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For Inspiration

Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy, by Sarah Ban Breathnach (Warner Books, Inc. 1995)

The Simple Abundance Companion: Following Your Authentic Path to Something More, by Sarah Ban Breathnach (Warner Books, Inc. 2000)

Simple Abundance Journal of Gratitude, by Sarah Ban Breathnach (Warner Books, Inc. 1996)

Something More: Excavating Your Authentic Self, by Sarah Ban Breathnach (Warner Books, Inc. 1998)

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment, by Eckhart Tolle (New World Library 1999)

Sacred Contracts: Awakening Your Divine Potential, by Caroline Myss (Three Rivers Press 2003)

The Evolving Self: A Psychology for the Third Millennium, by Mihaly Csikszenthmihalyi (Harper Perennial 1993)

Ordinary People As Monks and Mystics: Lifestyles for Self-Discovery, by Marsha Sinetar (Paulist Press 1986)

Sometimes Enough is Enough: Finding Spiritual Comfort in a Material World, by Marsha Sinetar (HarperColllins 2000)

Reflections of Heaven: A Millennial Odyssey of Miracles, Angels, and Afterlife, by Peter Shockey (Doubleday 1999)

Authentic Power: Aligning Personality With Soul, by Gary Zukav with Michael Toms (New Dimensions, audio 1997)

The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living, by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler (Riverhead Books 1998)

Your Truth: Know It, Speak It, Live It: A Guide for People Seeking Authenticity in Their Personal and Professional Lives, by Eileen R. Hannegan (MJF Books 1996)

The Soul Support Book, by Deb Koffman (Storey Books 2003).
Seat of the Soul, by Gary Zukav (Simon & Schuster 1989)

The Celestine Prophecy, by James Redfield (Warner Books 1995)

I Had It All The Time: When Self-Improvement Gives Way to Ecstacy, by Alan Cohen (Alan Cohen Publications 1995)

Wherever You Go, There You Are:  Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life, By Jon Kabat-Zinn (Hyperion 1994)

It's Easier Than You Think: The Buddhist Way to Happiness, by Sylvia Boorstein (HarperCollins 1997)

Don't Call Me Old, I'm Just Awakening!: Spiritual Encouragement for Later Life, by Marsha Sinetar (Paulist Press 2002)



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