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Helen Caton-Hughes is the Managing Director of the Forton Group based in the UK.  She's an organisational and leadership coach, working with individuals and teams; she also designs leadership development programmes for clients.

Her aim is for everyone to see themselves as a leader: confident that they can contribute their strengths and have a...

Helen Caton-Hughes is the Managing Director of the Forton Group based in the UK.  She's an organisational and leadership coach, working with individuals and teams; she also designs leadership development programmes for clients.

Her aim is for everyone to see themselves as a leader: confident that they can contribute their strengths and have a positive impact on the people and teams around them.

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How to Change the World By John-Paul Flintoff, The School of Life

John-Paul Flintoff is known for his work at the Sunday Times, as feature writer and associate editor on the Financial Times magazine.  Over the years he’s interviewed a huge range of people, including Hollywood actors, rock stars, sportsmen, artists, politicians, financiers, Nobel-winning scientists, and philanthropists.  

He includes in this list “ordinary” people who have had extraordinary experiences and says that the “best thing about being a journalist is meeting people.”

We all want to live in a better world, but sometimes it feels that we lack the ability or influence to make a difference. 

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Speaking the Language of Leadership By Colin Luthardt

It’s often said that today’s world of leadership is more volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous – and that we need to develop leaders better able to survive and thrive in this environment.  The holy grail of people working in the field of senior leadership development is to create an integrated model.  A model that deals with these realities of the complex world of leadership in the 21st century.

So Luthardt’s work is impressive in that he’s thought hard about keeping things simple; making his models understandable and, most importantly, he focuses not only on what the leader does – but what s/he says and how s/he shapes attitudes and motivates the people around them.

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The Myths of Creativity, By David Burkus

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The Forton Group Leadership Book Club, Myths of CreativityI was attracted to ‘The Myths of Creativity’ by David Burkus, because I enjoy personal creativity and hadn’t thought about how it might be a solution to one of the biggest challenges of our age – complexity. 

People around me can always tell when I’m engaged in a good book that supports leadership development and coaching:  I grab all the yellow sticky notes I can get my hands on and fill the book with them. 

 I ran out at the airport, so I invested in some rather colourful ‘sticky arrows’ to get me through to the book’s end. 

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The Culture Builders, Leadership Strategies for Employee Performance by Jane Sparrow

Reviewed by Rosemary Cooper-Clark, Director,C C Consulting Ltd

Are you are involved in cultural change?  Are you preparing to lead a change programme?  If you are, this book will give you a practical approach - based on common sense and proven results.

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Liquid Leadership, by Damian Hughes

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Over lunch today three of us were talking about the links between leadership coaching and the world of sport.  It's not just alpha males who can relate to the goals, commitment and determination of sports people. 

We discussed the links between sports coaching and leadership coaching and how even sports coaches can benefit from coaches themselves.  The book that bridges the gap between these two worlds has to be Liquid Leadership by Damian Hughes.

Damian Hughes talks about working with Sir Alex Ferguson (from Liquid Leadership)

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