Book List

Avid learners are often avid readers. Below you’ll find a list of books that Dr. Kevin Muench often mentions as having had influence over the way he brings himself to work and views life circumstances. If you’re looking to gain a broader life perspective and would like some analog wisdom, any of these books would be highly recommended.


  • Raving Fans: A Revolutionary Approach to Customer Service – Ken Blanchard, Sheldon Bowles (Goodreads)
  • Sustaining Knock Your Socks Off Service – Thomas Connellan, Ron Zemke (Goodreads)
  • Theory U: Leading from the Future as it Emerges – C. Otto Scharmer (Goodreads)
  • Soar with Your Strengths – Donald O. Clifton (Goodreads)
  • The Power of a Positive No – William Ury (Goodreads)
  • The Courage to Teach – Parker J. Palmer (Goodreads)
  • Source – Joseph Jaworski (Goodreads)
  • Start with Why – Simon Sinek (Goodreads)
  • Off Balance – Matthew Kelly (Goodreads)
  • Leading from the Emerging Future – C. Otto Scharmer (Goodreads)
  • Emotional Equations – Chip Conley (Goodreads)
  • The Positive Organization – Robert E. Quinn (Goodreads)
  • Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention – Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (Goodreads)
  • The Energy Bus – Jon Gordon (Goodreads)
  • The E Myth – Michael E. Gerber (Goodreads)
  • Thinking Fast and Slow – Daniel Kaufman (Goodreads)
  • The Mindful Brain – Daniel Siegel (Goodreads)
  • Both/And Thinking – Wendy K. Smith and Marianne Lewis (Goodreads)

Financial Independence

  • The Second Half of Life – Angeles Arrien (Goodreads)
  • The Bogleheads Guide to Investing – Taylor Larimore, Michael LeBoeuf, Mel Lindauer (Goodreads)
  • The Energy of Money – Maria Nemeth (Goodreads)
  • The New Retirementality – Mitch Anthony (Goodreads)

Life Skills & Health

  • The Art of the Examination – Barry Polansky (Goodreads)
  • Blink – Malcolm Gladwell (Goodreads)
  • How Doctors Think – Jerome Groopman (Goodreads)
  • Shut Your Mouth and Save Your Life – George Catlin (Goodreads)
  • Breath – James Nestor (Goodreads)
  • Five Tebetan Rites – Carolinda Witt, Peter Kelder (Goodreads)
  • Outliers – Malcolm Gladwell (Goodreads)

Personal Growth

  • People Styles at Work…And Beyond – Robert Bolton, Dorothy Grover Bolton (Goodreads)
  • Presence – Peter M. Senge, Joseph Jaworski (Goodreads)
  • The Mature Mind – Gene Cohen (Goodreads)
  • Predictably Irrational – Dan Ariely (Goodreads)
  • A Hidden Wholeness – Parker J. Palmer (Goodreads)
  • My Grandfather’s Blessings – Rachel Naomi Remen (Goodreads)
  • Anam Cara: A Book Of Celtic Wisdom – John O’Donohue (Goodreads)
  • How to Think Like Leonardo DaVinci – Michael J. Gelb (Goodreads)
  • To Bless the Space Between Us – John O’Donohue (Goodreads)
  • Finding Flow – Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (Goodreads)
  • The Gift of Imperfection – Brené Brown (Goodreads)
  • Daring Greatly – Brené Brown (Goodreads)
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking – Susan Cain (Goodreads)
  • Thrive – Dan Buettner (Goodreads)
  • Grit – Angela Duckworth (Goodreads)
  • The Wounded Healer – Henri J.M. Nouwen (Goodreads)
  • Being Mortal – Atul Gawande (Goodreads)
  • The Lord is My Sheppard – Harold S. Kushner (Goodreads)
  • Mindset: The New Psychology of Success – Carol Dweck (Goodreads)
  • Epigenetics – Benedikt Hallgrímsson, Brian K. Hall (Goodreads)
  • The Promise of Paradox – Parker J. Palmer (Goodreads)
  • Healing The Heart of Democracy – Parker J. Palmer (Goodreads)
  • Life is in the Transitions – Bruce Feiler (Goodreads)
  • No Cure For Being Human – Kate Bowler (Goodreads)
  • If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face? – Alan Alda (Goodreads)
  • The Last Lecture – Randy Pausch (Goodreads)

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