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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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Intentional Leadership by Jane Kise - reviewed by Bob Hughes

1Intentional Leadership2 lenses for focusing strengths, managing weaknesses, and achieving your purpose.

I’m fascinated by the concept of personality type and yet sometimes despair of the oversimplified use of the idea and the inherent danger of constraining people rather than liberating them. Through this book, Jane Kise has created a pragmatic and expansive approach to how we make use of knowledge of our type, include some great links into emotional intelligence and neuroscience, and built-in some useful techniques to support leaders who want to make conscious choices about the impact they make the development needs this will require.

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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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Sun-tzu: The Art of War

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It's unusual for us to spotlight books where we're not interviewing the author at the same time, but I'm sure you'll forgive me when I point out that Sun-tzu lived around 544-496 B.C.  This book is known as "the most influential book of strategy in the world" - and worth reviewing for that reason alone. 

I urge the pacifist in you to walk around the title and focus on that word 'strategy' - rather than seeing this book as a way to start a war.  Look at it as an opportunity to think about being a more effective leader, create more successful strategies and understand better the world around us - and yes, including the competitors in your market-place.

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Adapt: Why success always starts with failure, by Tim Harford

Tim Harford is a UK-born economist with a gift for communicating the complex inter-relationships between economic and game theory, and human behaviour.  His earlier book, “The Undercover Economist” is a great favourite of mine, based on his weekly columns in the Financial Times. 

Harford also presents the BBC radio programme based on statistics, ‘More or Less’ and has been described as UK’s ‘Malcolm Gladwell’.

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