A Philosopher's Reading List

Tom Morris

I am frequently asked to recommend books on philosophy and business. Here is a brief list of important works.

Some Suggested Readings Off the Beaten Path

Think Like a Winner.
Walter Doyle Staples. (Pelikan, 1992)
Great techniques from a master psychologist to help you maximize your potential.

A Better World, A Better You.
Lou Tice. (Prentice Hall, 1989)
A former teacher gives very useful advice about the role of self-image and self-worth in the journey of success.

Attaining Personal Greatness.
Melanie Brown, Ph.D. (Morrow, 1987)
A wonderful book by an expert on creativity, with enlightening discussions of emotional commitment and integrity, along with a wealth of historical anecdotes and helpful quotations to aid each of us in discovering our own personal forms of excellence. I carry it around without the large title cover to avoid the inevitable question by wise-guy friends: "Have you attained it yet?"

Peace is Every Step.
Thich Nhat Hahn. Harper Collins.
A remarkable and extraordinarily simple guide to living in the present moment with personal peace and inner balance.

Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience.
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (Harper and Row, 1990)
Pronounce the name as "Mee-High Chick-set-me-high", or don't try at all! A ground breaking study in the quality of championship experience, being "in the flow" or "in the zone". It has helped business people and professional athletes get that extra edge.

Some Suggested Philosophical Readings

Historical (*** highly recommended)

1. Plato. Apology; Republic

2. Aristotle. Nichomachean Ethics. (TOUGH reading)

3. Seneca. The Stoic Philosophy of Seneca, Trans by Moses Hadas, Norton Paperback***

4. Blaise Pascal. Pensées. (Penguin, Krailsheimer trans.)

5. Tolstoy. Confession.

6. Hardat Ali. Living and Dying With Grace. (Shambala)***

7. Marcus Aurelius. Meditations.

8. Balthasar Gracian. The Art of Worldly Wisdom.

9. Confucius. The Analects.

10. Lao Tsu. The Tao Te Ching.

11. Ralph Waldo Emerson The Portable Emerson (Viking)

Contemporary Business and Personal Growth

1. Tom Chappell.The Soul of A Business.

2. James Autrey. Love and Profit: The Art of Caring Leardership.

3. Donald Hall. Life Work.

4. Florida Scott Maxwell. The Measure of My Days. (Penguin Paper)

5. Tom Morris. True Success. (Paperback Edition, Berkeley Books)

6. Tom Morris. If Aristotle Ran General Motors. (Henry Holt)

7. Kazuo Inamori A Passion for Success (McGraw Hill)

8. Howard Schultz Pour Your Heart Into It
(the story of Starbucks)

That's a good start!


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