THE BOOKS WE LOVE

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BOOKS WE LOVE

Here are some of the books we would like to share with you. We only mention the ones we love in the field of coaching and management.

Have you read any really good books lately? Please email me the title and your comments; I will add it to the list.

Flourish, by Martin Seligman

How to generate wellbeing in our private and professional lives. This is about the practical application of positive psychology.

The New Capitalist Manifesto, by Umair Haque

What is the necessary mindset and behaviour to make a 21st century organisation successful? Gripping!

Great by choice, by Jim Collins and Morten Hansen

A fascinating study: what makes people and organisations succeed? To read and to apply in your professional and in your private life. It is magical.

The 3rd alternative, by Stephen Covey

The last book of Stephen Covey, and probably his very best. In a conflict situation, do not fight or compromise; synergize! It is directly applicable in business, family, school, society, anywhere. Absolutely brilliant.

Warren Buffett and the interpretation of financial statements, by Mary Buffett and David Clark

I love it because it demonstrates that what is usually muddled and obscure can actually be clear and simple to normal people. A very elegant way to demystify finance. Looking at Warren Buffett’s results, simplicity wins by a large margin.

The fish rots from the head, by Bob Garratt

If this book were compulsory reading for every Director, one would never see a dysfunctional Board of Director anymore. How many financial disasters and bankruptcies could be avoided with effective and efficient Boards of Directors? Undoubtedly, a lot.

Thank you, by Liggy Webb

The power of the simple words of gratitude. It helps you a great deal enjoying life. It works for me anyhow.

Happiness at work, by Jessica Pryce-Jones

A book I use a lot in executive coaching. It helps you taking stock of what is happening in your working environment; what energizes you and what saps your enthusiasm. Clear pointers are given to act accordingly.

Nice girls don’t get the corner office, by Lois P Frankel

Do not get mislead by the title, this is a serious coaching book; and it also very much applies to boys. It is a gem of a book with loads of practical coaching tips. Based on life experiences of the author and written with delicious humour. If you do not recognise yourself in some of the situations, you have not yet really lived.

Coaching essentials, by P Bossons, J Kourdi, D Sartain

My present coaching bible; a reference book always close to hand. My favourite parts are “Typical challenges for coaches” (yes, it includes what to do if the coachee lives in Stepford) and a summary of 56 tools that can be used while coaching. Not rocket science but very handy to stay on track.

Coaching successfully, by John Eaton & Roy Johnson

Only 60 pages but, being published by DK, it is full of ready-to-use snippets. It looks at coaching as an efficient tool for executives. This little book may be a nice parting gift to our coachees; it may help them not to forget what they have learned and increase the odds that they will keep spreading the good word in their organisations. As a coach, I find it invaluable as an aide-mémoire. It is amazing what they managed to cram into these few pages.

The on-time, on-target manager, by Ken Blanchard & Steve Gottry.

Although the word “coaching” is not mentioned in the book, I include it because I find it to be a great case study of successful coaching. It may also help alleviate what is probably the most endemic problem in business: procrastinate first, decide later.

The Peter Principle, by Laurence J Peter & Raymond Hull

An “old” book (1969) that I read with delight as a young engineer, it was re-issued for its 40th anniversary and is as springy as ever. It is well known for its description of why things always go wrong but one usually forgets that it also tells you how to cope with it and how to manage to be both talented AND smart. Very useful in executive coaching for both coaches and coachees.

Influencer – The power to change anything, by Kerry Patterson, etc…

This is not about coaching as such. I have included it because Influencing and Coaching have a common denominator: the creation and implementation of sustainable change. I also love the book.

Selling to the C-Suite, by N A C Read & S J Bistritz

Obviously not about executive coaching. But it would help getting executive coachees. If you doubt the value of this book, just look at the page giving the hit rates for various approach strategies.

The One-Minute Manager meets the Monkey, by Ken Blanchard, etc…

I can hear you saying that this is not a coaching book. And you are probably right. But it is the best book on time management that I ever read. Furthermore, being a Ken Blanchard, it is an enjoyment to read, and read again.

In Transit, by Gisele Aubin

This is on how to survive a change of career, and make a success of it. A must for anybody who intends to fly solo. I love this book because I can relate so closely to it.

The Power of Collaborative Leadership, by Bert Frydman, Iva Wilson and JoAnne Wyer

The real life experience of two very different senior executive, one pragmatic and one visionary, aiming at creating learning organisations.