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Take a look at the books that have stood the test of time in leadership and coaching.  

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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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Ripple – a field manual for leadership that works, by Chris Hutchinson

Chris Hutchinson is an organisational coach and leadership expert. More importantly he’s a pragmatist who fights against over-complication and poor systems. Chris set out to create a framework for leaders that helps make things better; one that stops people feeling talked down to by so-called leadership 'experts'.

Buy Ripple on AmazonIn the interview he talks about he started with the metaphor of the game of marbles where one ‘big-hitter’ directs the smaller marbles. This shifted to the more expansive metaphor of the ripple – which became his big idea.

You can listen to an exclusive interview with Chris, below.

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How to change absolutely anything: Damian Hughes

buy How to Change Absolutely Anything from AmazonDamian Hughes started out as a footballer on the England Youth Team, and is now Professor of Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour at Manchester Metropolitan University.  We met during a leadership development programme and I warmed to his pragmatic and open style.

 

Listen to Prof. Damian Hughes talking about how Manchester United Manager Alex Ferguson set the tone

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Outsmart Your Brain - Marcia Reynolds

Hear Marcia talking about Emotional Congruence and Leadership 

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Outsmart Your Brain: click here to orderI'll always be grateful to Dr. Marcia Reynolds for opening up my eyes to the topic of Emotional Intelligence.  This book is readable, easy to apply at work, and soundly based on neuroscience.  It continues to remind me of this important subject, which is invaluable for leadership development and coaching.

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Coaching for Performance - Sir John Whitmore

Forton Group, LeadershipZone, Book Review, coaching for performanceCoaching for Performance is now in its 4th edition (in English) and this feels like a good time to look at Sir John Whitmore’s achievements with fresh eyes.

Whitmore is clear that, for him, coaching is more than a skill or a technique for individual and team development. It’s invaluable for task performance, motivation and delegation and can be deployed as effectively for quick management interactions as it can in a half hour coaching session.  

  

Hear Sir John Whitmore talking about coaching for performance

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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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