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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.

 

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Outsmart Your Brain - Marcia Reynolds

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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.  

  

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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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Trust by Anthony Seldon

Trust by Anthony SeldonI am intrigued by the concept of trust, how it is earned, how it is lost, what the impact of a shift in levels of trust is and how it applies to the world of coaching and leadership. Here at the Forton group we have a set of principles that we believe support great coaching great leadership. One of these is trust - trust that the person you are working with is creative, capable, wise and good. This holds true for coaches and leaders. So I was fascinated to read what perspective on this Mr Seldon would bring.

This book was written some years ago and the author speculates about whether 2010 was a point in history where trust was at its lowest ebb. He cites many examples where trust had been eroded; politicians, journalists, police officers and many more. Clearly a time that inspired him to think through some of the key questions around trust and the author comes up with some good models and some practical ideas in different communities that would support the rebuilding of trust and create longevity of trust.

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