Friday, 30 April 2010

Good to Great

The best-selling and much talked about, since it was published in 2001, answers the compelling question: 'Can a good company become a great company, if so, how?'

After a five-year research project, he concluded that good to great can and does happen. In this book, he uncovers the underlying variables that enable any type of organisation to make the leap from good to great while other organisations remain only good. Rigorously supported by evidence, his findings are surprising - at times even shocking - to the modern mind.

Good to Great achieves a rare distinction, a management book full of vital ideas that reads as well as a fast paced novel.

Jim Collins (Random House)

Friday, 9 April 2010

Coaching for Performance

Now in a new, expanded and fully revised third edition, this bestselling handbook will help you learn the skills - and the art - of good coaching, and realise its enormous value in unlocking people's potential to maximise their own performance.

Adopted by many of the world's major corporations, this easy to use title argues persuasively for:
  • Using effective questions rather than instructions or commands to raise awareness and responsibility
  • Following the GROW sequence - Goals, Reality, Options, Will - to generate prompt action and peak performance
  • The growing need to relate to the individual's sense of meaning and purpose

and examines why:

  • Coaches now need enhanced skill levels
  • Coaching is the essential team leadership skill

John Whitmore (Nicholas Brealey)

Monday, 5 April 2010

Leadership and self-deception

You might think you are a people person. But are you really having the right effect onthose around you? Are you actually undermining success for yourself - and others?

Be prepared to have your world turned upside down and ope your eyes to a whole new way of living and working.

Throught a series of entertaining stories, this book will reveal how most of us are not fulfilling our potential - in our personal lives and at work - because of 'self-deception'. It will show you how to escape your box of self-deception, and change for the better in a lasting way:
  • Don't focus on what others are doing wrong. Do focus on what you can do to help.
  • Don't worry whether others are helping you. Do worry whether you are helping others.
  • Don't try to be perfect. Do try to be better.
The Arbinger Institute (Penguine)

Friday, 2 April 2010

Facilitation - Key Actions

  • Prepare the group for a focused meeting
  • Encourage diverse points of view
  • Keep the group focused and moving
  • Make sure action items are planned