Our bookshelves (and now kindles) are overflowing with good resources – some old favourites, some waiting patiently in the queue to be digested and some great reference works that we return to again and again. Here is a collection of go-to tomes, aimed at both broadening and deepening understanding, learning and interest, and giving you a flavour of our philosophy. It is partial, eclectic and by no means comprehensive but a great showcase of some of the best.
• Harvard Business Review on Teams that Succeed
by Katzenbach & Smith, Durskat & Wolff, Royer, Edmondson, Bohmer & Pisano, Garvin & Roberto, Wenger & Snyder, Meye, Levy
Some great names here and they can with great ideas. This HBR harvest is a rich crop covering a variety of real world research and stories from the front line. Great nourishment.
• Leading Teams, setting the stage for great performances
by J. Richard Hackman
Here, Hackman seeks to educate and inform the team leader. A thorough and comprehensive view, taken from his extensive research on the topic.
• Senior Leadership Teams
by Ruth Wageman, Debra Nunes, James Burruss & Richard Hackman
Richard Hackman was a leading psychologist of his time, and in the later years he turned his attention to teams. This well-written comprehensive view of the senior leadership team has both great stories and simple models to help the team discuss and decide how it will lead.
• Leadership Team Coaching
by Peter Hawkins 2012
Turning his talent to the team, Peter shares his perspective on how to help leadership teams succeed. His models and philosophies should be part of any leaders toolkit.
• Reading the Room
by David Kantor
An easy practical read for those interested in group dynamics and a simple way to articulate what might be happening in a team. Great for coaches, good for leaders.
• Leadership – All you need to know
by David Pendleton and Adrian Furnham 2012
A fresh addition to the leadership bookshelves written by two leaders in the field. This pragmatic and intelligent view of leadership is a handy point of reference, simplifying and distilling the issue of leadership.
• Leadership in Organizations
by Gary Yukl
A more complex, academic volume and yet one we keep on returning to. A rich source of what the research is telling us about leadership and teams.
• Leadership Plain and Simple
by Steve Radcliffe
This neat little volume is an easy read and hits on the nose the most significant element in any leadership endeavour, that of creating a compelling picture of the future for others – and one which is meaningful for you.
• Effective Coaching
by Myles Downey
ISBN-13: 978-158 7991721
Written in the late 90s this is still the best introduction to coaching. Now in a new edition Myles expands his thinking in his usual easy and provocative way.
• Masterful Coaching
by Robert Hargrove
ISBN-13: 978-0470290 354
Another classic on coaching which incorporates ideas from the learning organisation, teamwork, and individual leadership development.
• Coaching, Mentoring and Organizational Consultancy
by Peter Hawkins and Nick Smith
This resource-rich volume expands on how to create, lead and support change at a variety of levels, and and should be standard issue for any consultant.
• Managing Transitions, Making the most of change
by William Bridges
In leading and coaching others, we are creating change. Understanding the emotional and cognitive process, which goes on unseen, is critical. In this classic William Bridges guides our thinking and action.
• From Hippos to Gazelles: How leaders create leaders
by Philip Goodwin and Tony Page
Our friend and collaborator Tony and his colleague Philip told the story of substantial organizational change and how the leaders involved included others in their quest.
• The Inner Game of Work
by Timothy Gallwey
Written in the early 70s, the inner game of tennis was a best seller. More recently Tim has consolidated his organisational consultancy into this volume – summarising the inner game principles and applying them in a work context.
• Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience
by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
David first read this book on a plane on his way to Chicago, not knowing that Chicago was where this man was a well-known psychologist. It changed his life. A must read for anybody interested in performance and the meaningful life.
• The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook
by Peter Senge, Art Kleiner, Charlotte Roberts et al
This book and the fifth discipline series came at a time when systems leadership was in its infancy. Now a well established idea, and practice, this fieldbook is packed with ideas, stories, and processes for leaders and those who support them.
• Procrastination: What it is and what to do about it now
by Jane B Burka and Leonora M Yuen
Something many of us suffer from, and on occasions might be at a loss as to know how to tackle. A practical must read for perfectionists, last-minute merchants, and those with a fear of failure – and success.
• Crucial Conversations
by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan & Switzler
David was introduced to this book by a client whose ability to hold what many consider to be tough conversations is at a premium. Practical easy read, full of good ideas and ways through tricky situations.
• Willpower. Rediscovering our greatest strength
by Roy F Baumeister and John Tierney
With all this chat in the press about habits, it’s useful to understand more about what willpower is and how to develop it where it appears to be lacking. Practical take and a fascinating read with stories from well-known and successful individuals including Eric Clapton, David Blaine, and the Victorian Explorer Henry Morton Stanley.