Monthly Archives: September 2012

Designed for Success

Designed for Success

By Ebenezer Ajitena

ISBN  1434382265

Designed for Success bookDesigned for Success by Ebenezer Ajitena is a powerful preacher and teacher of ‘the Word’, preaching the living Word to the dying world. He uses the analogy of Noah’s ark – we must each build our own ark to God’s blueprints to ride out the storms of life. The truths Pastor Ajitena unveils are relevant for today’s believer.

Wisdom principles include: God ‘fashioned’ you for success; anxiety can capsize your ship of destiny; and the greater the problem, the bigger the victory.


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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

By Stephen R Covey

ISBN  0743272455

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective PeopleGround-breaking when first published in 1990, this book continues to be a business bestseller. Author Stephen Covey realises that true success encompasses a balance of personal and professional effectiveness.

Covey studied the characteristics of successful people and whittled these down to seven habits generally demonstrated by the successful. In order to adopt them yourself you may need to change your perception of how the word works but Covey takes the reader through this change, which affects how you perceive and act regarding productivity, time management, positive thinking, developing your ‘proactive muscles’  (rather than reacting), and much more.
You’ll want to study this book rather than skim it but the effort is worth it.

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The New Leaders

Transforming the Art of Leadership

By Daniel Goleman

ISBN  978-0751533811

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Bestselling author Daniel Goleman argues that emotionally intelligent leaders are now essential for business today and this book lays out the map for transforming leadership in individuals, teams and organisations.

As business reinvents itself at broadband speed, so has what makes leaders effective  been transformed. This new leader excels in the art of relationship, the singular expertise which the changing business climate renders indispensable.

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Concepts for Coaching

By Peter Hill

ISBN  978-1902475233

Aimed at those just starting out on a journey as a coach,  as well as seasoned professionals, this book is about developing knowledge and understanding of the profession.

Filled with concepts and models for the coach, the book is an invaluable resource to assist in the development of coaches – as well as being a useful guide for HR professionals buying in coaching services.

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Coaching for Performance

GROWing Human Potential and Purpose – the Principles and Practice of Coaching and Leadership

By John Whitmore

ISBN  978-1857885354

Coaching for Performance BookCoaching for Performance is the bible of the industry and very much the definitive work that all coaches stand on. This major new edition is totally revised and updated with new material on coaching in a crisis and leadership for a difficult future. As well as featuring the eponymous GROW model (Goals, Reality, Options, Will), now established as the basis for coaching professionals, the new edition digs deep into the roots of coaching, particularly transpersonal psychology. Plus, there are fresh chapters on emotional intelligence and high-performance leadership.


Recommended for: Level 7 Certificate in Executive Coaching & Leadership Mentoring (ILM)

The Inner Game of Work

Overcoming Mental Obstacles for Maximum Performance

By W.Timothy Gallwey 

ISBN  978-1587990472

This title provides principles and methods to help us control negative influences such as fear of failure and self-criticism. The principles have been adopted by managers and employees of some of the world’s largest companies, and are a powerful tool for overcoming the inner obstacles to a fulfilling and rewarding career.

Author W Timothy Gallwey has successfully applied his Inner Game principles (practical ways to overcome mental obstacles) to sports such as golf and tennis as well as well as fields as diverse as management and diet.

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The Coaching at Work Toolkit

A Complete Guide to Techniques and Practices

By Suzanne Skiffington and Perry Zeus

ISBN 978-0074711033

This was the first comprehensive, practical resource for coaches in the use of the theories, tools, techniques and practices that affect learning and change.

The employment of executive, business and life skills coaching is heralded as the way to create organisations of the future. Anyone interested in achieving their best and staying ahead of the competition should read this book. Through the use of case studies, practical instructions and application guidelines, the authors have provided models, principles and techniques that enable professional coaches to achieve breakthrough results.


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The Coaching Manual

The Definitive Guide to the Process, Principles and Skills of Personal Coaching

By Julie Starr

ISBN  978-0273713524

Are you a good listener? A perceptive observer? Or perhaps you know instinctively when something isn’t ‘right’? We are all born with some coaching ability and the key to becoming a great coach is knowing what your strengths are and building on these.

The Coaching Manual will help you do precisely this. Starting from where you are now, you’ll find all the powerful tools, techniques and guidance you need to take you to where you want to be.

A definitive reference manual throughout your coaching career this edition includes how to plan a coaching assignment, recognising and avoiding barriers to a good coaching conversation, and what happens if you adopt a less directive style.

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Your Total Coach

By Keith Nelson

ISBN  978-1-906821-59-3

Your Total Coach provides 50 inspiring ideas that will support and enhance your coaching skills and is focused on raising performance. It is a book of the time, reflecting the challenges we face in our personal and professional lives.

Set out in three tiers, each representing a different stage of coach development, it is essential reading for aspiring coaches, professional coaches and ambitious leaders who want to realise their own potential and that of the teams they work with.

Keith Nelson, founder and managing director of Your Total Coach, is a highly experienced coach who is passionate that coaching is the tool for raising performance for clients and their businesses in a way that also enriches their lives.

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Recommended for: All coaching courses run by YTC; general interest


Time and management

Personal development has to take a back seat for many middle managers due to lack of time.

Recent research by the Ashridge Business School showed that even though three-quarters of the professionals questioned worked for organisations which claimed to support such development, only 53% were given time to follow it through.

Even though the majority (77%) did have personal development plans in place 80% of those questioned felt that it was very much down to them to make it happen, with only a quarter of middle managers having a mentor, career or life coach.

The School’s Programme Director, Hamish Scott, described it as ‘short-sighted’. He said: “We need to get the middle moving, inspired and fulfilled; this means investing in people development to equip them with the skills to do their job and keep UK business running smoothly…and not use middle management as a stepping stone position.”