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Recommended Reading

  1. Books for the Life Coach
  2. Books for the Business, Career or Executive Coach
  3. Books for the Spiritual Coach
  4. Books for you and your Coaching Practice
  5. Other and Miscellaneous Books
  6. Have we missed an important book? We’d love you to email us here

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PLEASE NOTE: In the far right column are the coaching niches I feel the book is relevant for, the bold ones being the best suited.

1.  Books for The Life Coach:

Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway by Susan Jeffers. This book title pretty much says it all. And yet there’s so much more to it! The fear thoughts cause us so much more suffering than just doing it!
  • Business
  • Career
  • Executive
  • Personal
  • Spiritual
  • Youth (selectively)
Take Time For Your Life by Cheryl Richardson. This book is excellent recommendation for your time-starved, workaholic clients (or for yourself?) who need a boost and a reminder to take care of themselves. Some tips overly simple – like ‘balance your checkbook’ – but there are plenty of people out there who don’t do the simple things…
  • Business
  • Career
  • Executive
  • Personal
Taming Your Gremlin by Rick Carson. A humorous introduction to the gremlin in all of us…
  • Career
  • Executive
  • Personal
  • Youth
The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman. This book proposes we each have a primary love language that makes us feel loved. Sadly we assume our partner’s (or  children’s or friend’s) love language is the same as ours – and of course it is probably different. Hence so many people feel unloved and/or unappreciated. This book provides an excellent talking point for couples (which spills into other relationships in your life). Love-changing…
  • Parent
  • Personal
  • Relationship
  • Spiritual

2. Books for the Business, Career or Executive Coach:

Difficult Conversations by Douglas Hatton, Bruce Stone & Sheila Heen. Quite a left-brained but hugely helpful book on conflict and how to deal with it effectively
  • Business
  • Career
  • Executive
  • Parent
  • Personal
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. A business classic. The author tells (story after story) of how being humble, persistent and allowing the other person to retain their sense of self really does win friends and influence people. Perhaps a little old-fashioned for today, some may think his suggestions mean that we might be ‘inauthentic’. Still, time and again his methods succeed. Read, learn and  adapt for modern life.
  • Business
  • Career
  • Executive
  • Personal
Now Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham. Wonderful book that challenges us to focus on our strengths instead of our weaknesses. Book purchase includes access to personal online strengths test.
  • Business
  • Career
  • Executive
  • Personal
The 4 Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss. A sometimes childish but nonetheless inspiring and uplifting read – helping us all to find a way to live the life we want NOW (join the NEW rich!) and not wait to retire.
  • Business
  • Career
  • Executive
  • Personal
What Color is Your Parachute? by Richard Bolles. his book gets updated with a new edition every year. It is a seminal book about job-hunting and finding the right career for you. Great resources to have at your fingertips for your clients.
  • Business
  • Career
  • Executive
  • Personal
  • Youth
Work the Pond by Darcy Rezac. This simple and fun read was a godsend when I first arrived in Canada, knowing no-one and starting a new business. It removes common misconceptions about networking and shows you how to make it easy using the metaphor of a ‘pond’. Excellent tips and resources  to help anyone become a good ‘networker’.
  • Business
  • Career
  • Executive
  • Personal

3. Books for the Spiritual Coach:

A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle. Seminal book by Eckhart Tolle (and raved about by Oprah). I found the beginning slow-going but warmed up shortly after. LOVE his thoughts on life and spirituality – all centering around acceptance and being in the ‘Now’. Nothing new here, but he positions the concepts non-denominationally and maps them neatly onto modern life.Also by the same author: The Power of Now and many more.
  • Personal
  • Spiritual
Soul Without Shame by Byron Brown. This book can be quite heavy reading and, some would argue, borders on therapy. For your intellectual but highly self-critical client…
  • Personal
  • Spiritual
The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff. One of my all-time favourite books. The author uses Winnie the Pooh and characters to illustrate Taoist wisdom and how crazy the busy, fearful, newsy world we live in really is.
  • Business
  • Executive
  • Personal
  • Spiritual
The Voice of Knowledge – a Practical Guide to Inner Peace by Don Miguel Ruiz. Using the ancient Toltec wisdom, the author explains that we had inner peace and self-love as a child. Through criticism and fear we put on masks and forget who we are. I don’t like that the author says we are ‘lied’ to – it sounds very harsh, but once I was into the book I couldn’t put it down! Enjoy.Also by the same author: The Four Agreements, The Mastery of Love and more.
  • Personal
  • Spiritual

4. Books on Coaching and your Coaching Practice:

Co-Active Coaching by Laura Whitworth et al. An  amazing book about the true dance of coaching. It has tips, ideas, advice and  suggestions – wrapped in a coach-like writing style that both soothes and inspires.
  • All Coaches
Coaching for Performance by John Whitmore. An excellent book that summarises the art of coaching in an organizational context. I still regularly return to it  as a reference for Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.
  • New Coaches
  • Coaches new to Executive or Career Coaching
Getting Started in Personal and Executive Coaching by Stephen G. Fairley and Chris E. Stout. A left-brained book for right-brained coaches. Structured chapters on how to set up your business as a coach covers everything from buying a PC to finances and marketing.
  • New Coaches
NLP Workbook by Joseph O’Connor. I thoroughly enjoyed this workbook. It gives a great overview of NLP and lots of ideas for coaching tools and conversations.Other books by same author: NLP for Coaches.
  • All Coaches interested in NLP
The Complete Guide to Coaching at Work by Suzanne Skiffington and Perry Zeus. This is an excellent (if a little left-brained) and well-structured resource book. It has so much information (in quite small print) that you sometimes feel overwhelmed. Still, it has a thorough framework for ‘coaching at work’ that will be especially helpful to coaches who do not come from a corporate background.Also by same authors: The Coaching at Work Toolkit
  • Coaches new to Business, Executive or Career Coaching
The Portable Coach by Thomas J. Leonard. I love this fun and inspirational book by one of the founders of coaching. Lots of ideas of things to do with your clients and great personally too.And if you need a crash course in copywriting just read his chapter headings!
  • All Coaches

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5. Other and Miscellaneous Books:

Blink by Malcolm Gladwell. A book that makes you think about how people make decisions – how you think. You make decisions faster and more intuitively than you realise, and then justify it afterwards…Also by the same author: The Tipping Point and Outliers
  • Business
  • General Interest
Tribes by Seth Godin. A short, arguably rambling and incomplete book, that nonetheless inspired me to keep going towards my dreams. It’s about ‘Tribes’ and how they need leaders – like us… The incomplete references are frustrating (what is TED? Well I looked it up and now I know). And despite it’s many failings, it’s still a book which pushes our envelope and makes us think.
  • Career
  • Business
  • Executive
  • Leadership
  • Personal
When the Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress by Dr Gabor Mate. This book is quite detailed and left-brained in places, but will get your clients thinking about the cost of stress on their emotional AND physical well being. A great, practical introduction to mind-body wellness.
  • Career
  • Executive
  • Health
  • Personal
  • Spiritual

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