A Selection of Our Favourite Books to Read in 2019

We’d like to share a selection of our favourite books to read in 2019 as recommended by our Coaches and Team.


The Five Dysfunctions of Teams by Patrick Lencioni

“It is from 2001 and it is still great. Lencioni is brilliant at simplifying concepts so everyone can understand and use his models. In the Five Dysfunctions, he draws a direct line from trust on the team to team results. Trust is more than a soft topic. It drives shared success.” – Sandra Oliver, Founder, Impact Coach

The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology that Fuel Success and Performance at Work by Shawn Achor

“I like this book because it explains the science and research that links positive thinking to successful outcomes at work (being more engaged, motivated, creative, resilient, productive, etc.). And then it gives very specific actions and exercises to help shift your mindset to a more positive space. A great read for those struggling with heavy workloads, stress, and negativity in their lives who want to reflect on different perspectives and find ways to increase their positivity overall.” – Allison Roberts, Impact Coach

The Coaching Habit Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever by Michael Bungay Stanier

“This book provides a practical and pragmatic approach to developing the skills that will embed coaching in your approach to management and leadership. A must read for leaders new or seasoned.” – Mari-Lynn Misener, Impact Coach

Radical Candor – Be a Kick Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity by Kim Scott

“One of the best books I have read on the subject of providing honest feedback and having tough conversations. Radical Candor is described as the sweet spot between leaders who take an overly aggressive approach and the ones who are too empathetic and end up couching their messages or avoid the conversations at all. A great resource for all leaders who want to improve their ability to have impactful conversations that create results.” – Sophie Tanguay, Impact Coach

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg

“A great read to start the new year off right! Learn the science behind how successful people focus on patterns and succeed by transforming habits. Very insightful and informative.” – Morna Lee, Client Services Specialist, Team Lead

Compelling People: The Hidden Qualities That Make Us Influential by John Neffinger and Matthew Kohut

“This is a fantastic resource for everyone, a fun-to-read and well-researched book detailing how humans quickly size each other up and make snap character judgments on two core elements: strength and warmth. Since this is a universal phenomenon, the authors provide valuable information on what we can all do to reach the pinnacle of likeability and effectiveness: charisma. This book reinforces the fact that we all have the capacity to maximize our influence.” – Annemarie Spadafore, Impact Coach

Primal Leadership: Learning to Lead with Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman

“Goleman wrote the ground-breaking Emotional Intelligence over a decade ago, which demonstrated that EQ can be as important—and many would argue, more important—than Intelligence Quotient(IQ) to be successful and happy in leadership and life. Primal Leadership: Learning to Lead with Emotional Intelligence, using neuroscience and psychology, demonstrates how emotionally intelligent leaders can positively influence and change their organization and it’s people. Interestingly it shows that EI can be learned—versus being innate—and provides the 18 competencies associated with EI and a practical, 5 stage approach to becoming a more effective leader.” – Kellan Beck, Impact Coach

The Trusted Advisor Fieldguide by Charlie Green and Andrea Howe

“We often talk about how trust can make things work faster, smoother, better….but how exactly do you increase trust? I like the hands-on and pragmatic approach this book takes to helping you build trust in all your relationships. Filled with helpful examples and lots of step-by-step worksheets, it gives you practical tools to understand what might be broken and what specific things you can do to make a difference in your client and team relationships.” – Lisa McArthur, Impact Coach

Emotional intelligence – Why it can matter more than IQ – by Daniel Goleman.

“I firmly believe that there is no substitute to emotional intelligence. It plays a critical role in building self awareness and can be termed as the single most decisive factor in achieving success and fulfillment in one’s personal and professional life. In this book, Goleman outlines methods and strategies around building emotional intelligence which I think are very insightful.” – Amrita Garg, Impact Coach

Scaling Up – Mastering the Rockefeller Habits by Verne Harnish

“Great transferable, practical ideas and tools used by very successful companies. Simple formulas dealing with People, Strategy Execution and Cash. The one-page strategic plan is basic and easy to understand. A good read and an excellent resource for your business library.” Carl Boehr, Impact Coach

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