Recommended Books

Here you will find a selection of recommended books by topic:

 

Coaching

 
Coaching for Performance – John Whitmore
 
Secrets of a CEO Coach – D. A. Benton
 

Communication

 
Develop Your NLP Skills – Andrew Bradbury
ISBN: 074943260
Great introduction to the ideas of NLP, very short and easy to get into. Includes mirroring, matching, pacing, leading, re-framing and reading eye movement.
 
Simplicity – Edward DeBono
ISBN: 0140258396
Puts forward to concept that we should aim for simplicity not value complexity. A foundation for the principle of effective communication, to be read and taken very seriously!
 
The Most Important Conversation Is the One You’re Not Having – Susan E. Greene
 
The Power of Communication – Helio Fred Garcia

 

Corporate Change

 
The Future Arrived Yesterday: The Rise of the Protean Corporation and What It Means for You – Michael S. Malone
 
Who Moved My Cheese – Dr. Spencer Johnson
 

Decision Making

 
Six Thinking Hats – Edward DeBono
ISBN: 0140296662
DeBono’s famous book about thinking styles. He suggests we need to use 6 different thinking styles to reach effective decisions. Each style is a separate unique way of considering the issue.
 

Leadership

Developing the Leader Within You – John C. Maxwell
ISBN: 0785281126
John Maxwell does a great job in describing the right mindset for a leader. One who has confidence to delegate and let their people get on with the job (and coaching them along the way).
 
Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done – Larry Bossidy, Ram Charan, Charles Buck, Clare Smith
ISBN: 0712625984
Larry Bossidy’s approach to leadership is well suited for virtual leaders. His people first and follow-up approaches are really key for being an effective leader.
 
First, Break All the Rules – Marcus Buckingham
 
Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-free Productivity – David Allen
ISBN: 0749922648
David Allen’s advice on “Outcomes”and “Next Actions”is powerful for individuals and organisations.
 
Intelligent Leadership – Alan Hooper & John Potter
ISBN: 0712684204
Excellent summary of concepts of leadership and management. Draws on many sources to create a really comprehensive account.
 
Leaders: Strategies for Taking Charge – Warren Bennis
 
The Effective Executive – Peter F. Drucker
 
The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive – Patrick Lencioni
 
The Five Pillars of TQM – General Bill Creech
 
The Heart of a Leader – Ken Blanchard
 
The Leadership Secrets of Colin Powell – Oren Harari
 
The One Thing You Need to Know – Marcus Buckingham
 
Saving Big Blue: Leadership Lessons & Turnaround Tactics of IBM’s Lou Gerstne – by Robert Slater
 
 

Motivation

 
 
Psycho-Cybernetics – Maxwell Maltz
 
See You at the Top – Zig Ziglar
 
The One Minute Millionaire – Mark Victor Hansen
 
The Success Principles – Jack Canfield

 

Personal Development

 
Change Your Questions, Change Your Life: 10 Powerful Tools for Life and Work – Marilee Adams
 
Emotional Intelligence – Daniel Goleman
ISBN: 074752830
Seminal book introducing the concept of EQ vs IQ. Considers all aspects of life including business, relationships, family and education.
 
How to Stop Worrying and Start Living – Dale Carnegie
This key work by Dale Carnegie helps with stress, work and attitude control.
 
How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie
Voted business book of the 20th Century, this is the most important text to develop human relations techniques as well as leadership behaviours. Please note it was written in the 1930’s but is still a very accessible read and is written with lots of examples.
 
The 80/20 Individual: How to Accomplish More by Doing Less – Richard Koch