Do It Yourself Resources

The Art of Explanation  Making Your Ideas, Products, Services Easier to Understand


Author Lee LeFever is the founder of Common Craft, a company known around the world for making complex ideas easy to understand through short animated videos. He is your guide to helping audiences fall in love with your ideas, products or services through better explanations.

The Art of Doing:

How Superachievers Do What They Do

and How They Do It So Well

The Art of Doing asks today’s most successful celebrities, businessmen, and iconoclastic achievers, “How do you succeed at what you do?” Illuminating, surprising, and profoundly inspiring, interviewees


Be Your Own Coach

Your Pathway to Possibility


  • Spot opportunities for personal & professional growth
  • Define commitments to yourself and keep them
  • Develop greater self-confidence and self-awareness
  • Understand the power of feelings, moods, reactions.       


Brand Driven

The Route to Integrated Branding

Through Great Leadership


"Every organization needs to know how to deliver on its promise. Brand Driven gives leaders at every level a compass and tools for effectively working toward organizational goals and building value."

                 Jill Neuville, HR Director, Arlington County, VA


Change Anything:

The New Science of Personal Success


In this New York Times business bestseller, you’ll be introduced to the six sources of influence that affect your daily decisions and real-world examples that will empower you to reexamine the way you go about your business and life.


The Four Purposes of Life


Dan’s new book offers concise and practical guidance for living a meaningful life with a clear sense of purpose.                             Deepak Chopra


A wonderful book with extremely helpful practices for finding one’s authentic purpose.     Ken Wilber


The Game Changer


"GAME-CHANGER (gam chang'er) n.,

a hardheaded humanist who sees innovation

as a social process and understands that human

interaction--how people talk and work together--

is the key to innovation, not just technology."

                                             AG Lafley and Ram Charan 


How to Be Interesting

(In 10 Simple Steps)


Passionate, positive, down-to-earth, and irrepresibley upbeat, Jennifer Hagy's diagrams nudge readers a little bit further out of their comfort zones and into a place where suddenly everything is possible.

Language and the Pursuit of Happiness


Improve your effectiveness and productivity as a leader or manager, as well as your ability to influence and design your own moods and emotions. Become a more powerful observer of the one person you can actually change anyway: yourself!

Life is a Verb:

37 Days to Wake Up, Be Mindful, and Live Intentionally


Life is a Verb is brilliantly-crafted, raw, gorgeously-designed, and daringly different from ‘self-help’ books. It relates, through stories that sparkle and astonish and soar, how to move, to be on your way, to realize who you really are through your actions.                                              

Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the

Obstacles Between Vision and Reality


"Scott Belsky has your number. He's seen it all before. He knows your excuses...Do you still want to read his book?


"If you care about your art, your job or your market, you really have no choice. This is strategy and tactics, concepts and how-to, all in one on a topic that's often overlooked."                                                                            Seth Godin


The Speed of Trust:

The One Thing That Changes Everything


Covey convincingly makes the case that trust is a measurable accelerator to performance and that when trust goes up, cost comes down, producing what Covey calls a "trust dividend." Covey reveals the 13 Behaviors that will enable you to shift your behavior to increase trust in all your relationships.


You Already Know How to Be Great


Dramatic improvement does not come from gaining new knowledge; it comes from getting rid of the 'interference' that gets in the way of using the knowledge and capacity we already have...That one idea...transforms the way we approach improving our own performance and also the way we approach helping others improve theirs.                                                                                       From the Foreword by Stephen R. Covey

In a hurry? Here's a five-step Self-Discovery process from Daniel Goleman.

Or keep it really simple and adopt the wisdom to be found in gardening:

How to Be a Gardener



Lean toward sunshine.

Dig down deep

Rake leaves and jump in.

Have wise hands.

Cultivate patience. Moonglow.

Stay rooted. Blossom wildly.

Mend fences. Wonder.

Get earthy. Make magic.

Share the harvest.

Be thankful.