BOOKSHELF

‘The more you read, the more you know. The more you know, the smarter you grow.’ (Dr Seuss)

Our bookshelf has been curated to bring you the best of performance coaching, leadership, psychology and productivity thinking out there. All of the books we recommend have been tried and tested by our coaches, and they’ll guide and inspire you on your journey of creating success in your life.

GOOD STRATEGY BAD STRATEGY, RICHARD RUMELT

Even though everyone is talking about it, there is no concept in business today more muddled than ‘strategy’. Rumelt dispels popular misconceptions about strategy – such as confusing it with ambitions, visions or financial goals – by very practically showing that a good strategy focuses on the challenges a business faces, and providing an insightful new approach for overcoming them.

STRATEGY; LEADERSHIP; GOALS

THE CHIMP PARADOX, STEVE PETERS

The Chimp Paradox is an incredibly powerful mind management model that can help you become a happy, confident, healthier and more successful person. Prof Steve Peters explains the struggle that takes place within your mind and then shows how to apply this understanding to every area of your life so you can manage yourself and become the person you would like to be

PSYCHOLOGY; MINDSET; PERFORMANCE COACHING

THINKING, FAST AND SLOW, DANIEL KAHNEMAN

Why is there more chance we’ll believe something if it’s in a bold type face? Why are judges more likely to deny parole before lunch? The answer lies in the two ways we make choices: fast, intuitive thinking, and slow, rational thinking. This book reveals how our minds are tripped up by error and prejudice (even when we think we are being logical), and gives you practical techniques for slower, smarter thinking. It will enable to you make better decisions at work, at home, and in everything you do.

DECISION MAKING; EFFECTIVE THINKING

THE SLIGHT EDGE, JEFF OLSON

The ‘Slight Edge’ is a way of thinking, a way of processing information that enables you to make the daily choices that will lead you to the success and happiness you desire. Learn why some people make dream after dream come true and create success in all areas of their lives, and why some do not.

PERFORMANCE COACHING; SUCCESS; HAPPINESS

THE UPSIDE OF STRESS, KELLY McGONIGAL

Over the years we’ve grown to see stress as Public Enemy No.1, responsible for countless health problems, relationship troubles, unhappiness and anxiety, and to be avoided at all costs. But what if changing your mindset about stress could actually make you healthier, happier and better able to reach your goals? Learn how to rethink stress and watch your life change for the better.

STRESS MANAGEMENT

THE ONE THING, GARY KELLER

In The ONE Thing, you’ll learn to cut through the clutter, achieve better results in less time, build momentum toward your goal, dial down the stress, overcome that overwhelmed feeling, revive your energy, stay on track and master what matters to you. What’s your one thing?

GOAL SETTING; FOCUS; PRODUCTIVITY

STRENGTHSFINDER 2.0, TOM RATH

Do you have the opportunity to do what you do best every day? Chances are, you don’t. All too often, our natural talents go untapped. This book is loaded with hundreds of strategies for applying your strengths, and accompanying website will change the way you look at yourself and the world around you.

STRENGTHS COACHING; POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY

LEGACY, JAMES KERR

The All Blacks are the world’s most successful sporting outfit, undefeated in over 75% of their international matches over the last 100 years. Learn about the secrets of their success, and how we can apply this to our working lives to become great leaders.

LEADERSHIP; SUCCESS

DRIVE, DANIEL H. PINK

Forget everything you thought you knew about how to motivate people – at work, at school, at home. It is wrong. As Daniel H. Pink explains in his book Drive, the secret to high performance and satisfaction in today’s world is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and the world.

MOTIVATION; DRIVE

ESSENTIALISM: THE DISCIPLINED PURSUIT OF LESS, GREG McKEOWN

Have you ever felt like you’re running around like a headless chicken, not really getting anything done and not really progressing anywhere in your life?  This book is the perfect antidote.  It will teach you to be focused on the things that really matter – the actions that will help you achieve your goals.  Learn how to do less and stay focused.

FOCUS; PRODUCTIVITY; GOALS

AUTHENTIC HAPPINESS, MARTIN SELIGMAN

Martin Seligman was the founder of positive psychology as we know it today.  This book will teach you the fundamentals of positive psychology in order to lead a more fulfilling, happy and healthy life.  Learn how to accept the past, be hopeful for the future and live in the present moment.

POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY; HAPPINESS; STRENGTHS COACHING

BOUNCE, MATTHEW SYED

Have you ever wondered how much ‘natural talent’ accounts for success?  Syed was a table tennis player, and during his competing years found the much of competitors’s success was due to practice not natural talent.  He researched this finding in other areas and has written about his interesting perspective on the talent vs. practice debate.

PERFORMANCE COACHING

TALK LIKE TED, CARMINE GALLO

Have you ever watched a presentation and thought you’d love to be able to present like that? Gallo has researched the top TED speakers of all time, and has interviewed many of the to determine what creates a compelling, interesting and engaging presentation.  If you want to learn to present information like a pro, these top tips will help you to get started.

PUBLIC SPEAKING; LEADERSHIP

THE HAPPINESS ADVANTAGE, SHAWN ANCHOR

Do you think you know what it takes to be happy at work? Shawn Anchor may surprise you. Based on the largest study ever conducted on happiness and human potential, seven core principles that help improve your levels of happiness have been identified. If you want to grow your career, gain a competitive advantage at work or improve your performance, this book will show you how to achieve that.

HAPPINESS; PERFORMANCE COACHING

WHY SHOULD ANYONE BE LED BY YOU? 

Are you an authentic leader? Too many companies are managed not by leaders but by mere role players and faceless bureaucrats. What would it take to replace these empty suits with real leaders – men and women who are confident in who they are and what they stand for and who truly inspire people to achieve extraordinary results?

AUTHENTIC LEADERSHIP; SUCCESS