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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.

The culture map – Erin Meyer

To be efficient, a group of people should be diverse, this book helps us achieve that successfully.

How bad are bananas – Mike Berner-Lee

It helps demystifying global warming and provides the carbon footprint of almost everything.

The upside of down – Bruce Whitfield

A most inspiring book. How to make it work against all odds.

Strength Finder 2.0 – Tom Rath

In my opinion, the best profiling method available

Stop the rot – Bob Garratt

Although it focuses on the UK, Bob Garratt’s masterpiece is applicable globally as it deals with behaviour of Directors.

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!

Corporate Governance by Ramani Naidoo

The ultimate South African book for the serious corporate warrior.

Total Leadership by Stewart D Friedman

Be a better leader, have a richer live. Leadership can be learned. First you have got to choose to lead.

Firt, Break All The Rules Don Clifton

Presents vital performance and career lessons for managers at every level, and best of all, shows you how to apply them to your own situation.

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.

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.

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.

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.