Highly Recommended Reading

Our favourite books on a whole range of different subjects including

  • Books written by our Coaches
  • General Business
  • Personal Development & Coaching
  • Books on our ILM7 & Accredited Internal Coach (AIC®) programmes reading list

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Books Published by Notion Coaches

Coaching Skills for Leaders in the Workplace

by Jackie Arnold

As a leader, senior manager or executive, you are often required to act as a coach or mentor for your staff. This book will enable you to set up coaching programmes that can make a significant difference to staff retention and motivation. It will give you the knowledge and skills you need to encourage your staff to grow so that you can get on with your own essential leadership role

Better Thinking for Better Results

by Cathy Lasher

Do you think as well as you can? Does the quality of your thinking even matter? In this tool-packed practical guide, Cathy Lasher presents an exciting new way to get better results through focused thinking

How to be a Great Coach

by Martin Goodyer

A collection of coaching conversation vignettes, unwrapped and explained in the form of a conversation between the author and reader. Drawn from three decades of management and professional coaching experience, Martin provides examples of effective coaching conversations and the models that underpin them, as well as examples of the mistakes that can be avoided.

Creating Business Growth

by Stefan Drew, Laura Ashley-Timms, Dominic Ashley-Timms and many more

An absolute must for every business owners looking to grow their business. Put together by 21 leading business growth authorities from around the world, this book will help you drive you business forward faster.

Productivity Genius 

by Martin Goodyer

There is a raft of myth and hearsay around productivity as well as thousands of books, most of which disagree with each other. Productivity Genius presents a new and different approach. It cuts through the noise to bring you proven research from around the world that you can use to reach your goals at work.

Coaching Supervision at its B.E.S.T.

by Jackie Arnold

Coaching Supervision at its B.E.S.T. contains clear strategies and real life case studies and can be used in all settings where there is a need for effective and efficient coaching supervision.

Get That Job with NLP

by Jackie Arnold

The tools of NLP are perfect for anyone looking to move jobs. This book will help you to mirror the language on the job advert it in your CV and covering letter to maximise your chances of getting an interview and use NLP to click instantly with the interviewer.

Full Spectrum Supervision

by Jackie Arnold & Edna Murdoch

This book takes you into the heart of reflective practice and provides fascinating insights into the complexities of this transformative work. The book offers you a unique view of what actually happens in supervision and shares many new and practical exercises; these can be used by a wide range of professionals and adapted to make your practice stronger.

General Business

No BS Business Success (No B.S.)

by Dan Kennedy, Dan W. Kennedy, and Kennedy Dan (Paperback - 7 Jul 2004)

If you can cope with Dan's straight talking attitude this book contains a wealth of business tips and do's & don'ts for improving your business success

The Greatest Salesman in the World

by Og Mandino (Paperback - 30 July 2008)

A short and easy 100 page read written in 1968 highlighting 10 simple 'habits' that will transform your success - assuming you take ACTION of course!

The 4-hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich

by Timothy Ferriss (Paperback - 3 April 2008)

Tim Ferriss takes the E-myth principles and work life balance into the 21st century. Whether you want to go the whole hog and live Tim's dream or just bag the time leverage ideas, this is a must read for entrepreneurs. There's plenty of value too for employees, on escaping the wage-slave-retirement spiral

E-myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work

by Michael E. Gerber (Paperback - 8 Nov 1994)

An excellent book for all owner managers. It’s easy to read and filled with good advice about how to turn your current business into a scalable machine…start working on those processes NOW!

The E-myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work (Audiobook)

by Michael E. Gerber (Audio CD - 7 Sep 2006)

No time to read? Listen to this instead on the way into work!
This audio version of the above book is full of useful advice

Pour Your Heart into It: How Starbucks Built a Company One Cup at a Time

by Howard Schultz (Paperback - 31 Dec 1998)

It is only a cup of coffee. Find out how it became a global brand

Brand Sense

by Martin Lindstrom (Hardcover - 5 Nov 2012)

A real authority on how to build your brand

Open Minds: 21st Century Business Lessons and Innovations from St.Luke's

by Andy Law (Paperback - 11 Oct 2001)

A reminder that there is more than one way to run a business, that you don’t have to be big to be good, and our favourite, that passion for what you do can drive so much energy, creativity and success.

The Brand You 50: Reinventing Work

by Tom Peters (Hardcover - 1 Nov 1999)

A small and simple format that takes you through 200 things you can do to create your own unique brand across 50 sections

Bringing Out the Best in People

by Aubrey C. Daniels (Paperback - 13 April 2000)

A classic motivational approach using positive reinforcement

Customer Care Management

by Andrew Brown (Paperback - 15 Feb 1991)

Easy to follow ideas - have a pencil ready there is lots to underline


by Ricardo Semler (Paperback - 6 Sep 2001)

Ricardo Semler turns traditional business techniques on their heads and leads an outstanding organisation to huge successes through a difficult economic climate. If you’ve never thought of yourself as a corporate type then read this and become a MAVERICK…start trying some of his ideas in your organisation. Be amazed at the results.

The Richer Way

by Julian Richer (Paperback - 17 Aug 2009)

When you realise what he achieved it makes sense to read how he did it

Primal Leadership: Realizing the Power of Emotional Intelligence

by Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis, and Annie McKee (Paperback - 8 Aug 2013)

A valuable read for everyone in a position of leadership.

Primal Leadership (audiobook)

by Richard E Boyatzis (Audio CD - 1 Jan 2005)

Time starved or just don’t enjoy reading? No excuse… here is the above book in audio!

Influence: Science and Practice

by Robert B. Cialdini (Paperback - 23 July 2013)

A classic influencing skills book. Not such an easy read (slightly more academic than a lot of other books here) yet filled with excellent information to help you influence others and also to avoid being overly influenced yourself!


by Neil Rackham (Paperback - 23 Nov 1995)

The classic ‘selling’ book for those of us who sell higher value services or products. Rackham’s methods provides you with a set of tools and techniques that are tried and tested. If you are interested in increasing your sales you should read this book.

Spin Selling (audiobook)

by Neil Rackham and et al (Audio CD - 26 May 2000)

The audio version of the above book – listen and increase your sales!

The Psychology of Selling: The Art of Closing the Sale by Brian Tracy (Nightingale Conant)

by Brian Tracy (Audio CD - 1 Jan 1995)

Another recommended audio programme on selling. A 6 CD set covering all areas of the selling process including: what makes people buy, creative approaches, handling objections and closing techniques. Full of antidotes and practical advice. An easy listen.

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don't

by Jim Collins (Hardcover - 4 Oct 2001)

A follow on from his earlier book “Built to Last”, Jim Collins looks at a variety of organisations and examines what are the defining factors between average or good companies and those that make the breakthrough to becoming GREAT ones. Full of ideas that you can implement in your company.

Good to Great (audiobook)

by Jim Collins (Audio CD - 1 Sep 2005)

The audio version of the above book – listen and become GREAT!

Personal Development & Coaching

Coaching for Performance: The Principles and Practice of Coaching and Leadership

Coaching for Performance is the bible of the industry and very much the definitive work that all coaches stand on.

Work with Me

by John Gray & Barbara Annis

Filled with 'ah-ha' moments, Work with Me provides a blueprint for boosting your gender intelligence. It provides new insights and solutions that will help break down barriers and enable men and women to bridge their different values, build trust and increase their credibility with each other, at work and at home.

Words That Change Minds: Mastering the Language of Influence

by Shelle Rose Charvet (Paperback - April 1997)

A fantastic read for anybody who communicates with people. I couldn't put it down. It has helped me communicate with people on their terms

7 Habits of Highly Effective People

by Stephen R. Covey (Library Binding - 19 Nov 2013)

A classic that should be on everybody’s bookshelf (after you’ve read it that is)! Do these 7 simple things and watch yourself improve, including win- win techniques and classic time management ideas.

The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People

by Stephen R. Covey (Audio CD - 3 Jan 2005)

The audio version of the above book. Listen and action.

The Athena Doctrine: How Women (and the Men Who Think Like Them) Will Rule the Future

by John Gerzema & Michael D′Antonio

Brought to life through real world examples and backed by rigorous data,The Athena Doctrine shows how feminine traits are ascending and bringing success to people and organizations around the world. By nurturing, listening, collaborating and sharing, women and men are solving problems, finding profits, and redefining success in every realm.

The Power of Impossible Thinking: Transform the Business of Your Life and the Life of Your Business

by Yoram (Jerry) Wind and Colin Cook (Paperback - 9 Mar 2006)

How to deal with perceptions that are masking reality and make better decisions

Do it Tomorrow and other Secrets of Time Management

by Mark Forster (Paperback - 20 Jul 2006)

An entirely new approach to Time Management. Practical and realistic, these books pioneer a plethora of innovative tips and techniques. You'll find some really quite radical ideas here, blasting through some of the sacred cows of the conventional wisdom on Time Management

What Got You Here Won't Get You There

by Marshall Goldsmith (Paperback - 1 Feb 2013)

Because successful people can still improve performance and Marshall explains how to do this

Working Deeply: Transforming Lives Through Transformational Coaching

by Robert Barner & Ken Ideus

Coaching serves as a catalyst for supporting clients in their self-exploration and personal growth. In many instances, that growth has the potential to be transformational. Working Deeply is a guide for executive coaches and leadership development professionals to help them foster their clients’ efforts in deep transformational learning.

Ask the Headhunter: Reinventing the Interview to Win the Job

by Nicholas Corcodilos and Nicholas Cordilos (Paperback - Aug 1997)

This is the only way to approach, and to be successful, in interviews. Prepare thoroughly so you go to the interview with credible evidence of why you can do the job, show that you understand the job that needs to be done, and demonstrate that you would fit in. Do all that, and the job will be yours

The Right Brain Manager

by Harry Alder (Paperback - 25 Feb 1999)

Useful book for those who wish they could problem solve more effectively. It provides a clear understanding of the Right and Left Brain ways of working and helps individuals to understand how they 'do it'. Although an older book the subject matter is still very relevant today.

Conversation the Power of Persuasion by Peter Thomson (Nightingale Conant)

by Peter Thomson (Audio CD - 1 Jan 1994)

If you are interested in improving your communication skills then this is a fantastic Audio programme. I have recommended this to so many clients who all enjoy it and find it easy to implement at least a few of Thomson’s many ideas.

Giant Steps: Small Changes to Make a Big Difference

by Anthony Robbins (Paperback - 2 Jan 2001)

No personal development list would be complete without at least one book by Anthony Robbins (one of the highest profile Coaches in the US). This book is filled with lots of small and achievable changes you can make that will have a huge impact on your subsequent success.

Giant Steps: Small Changes to Make a Big Difference

by Anthony Robbins (Audio CD - 21 Nov 2005)

For the drivers amongst you here is the Audio version of the above book. Keep taking those baby steps!

Achieving Emotional Literacy

by Claude Steiner and Paul Perry (Paperback - 14 Jan 1999)

As the name implies, it is useful for people who want to achieve emotional literacy. It is an easy read, enjoyed by some of my most senior clients

Time to Think: Listening to Ignite the Human Mind

by Nancy Kline (Paperback - 4 Dec 1998)

Described as listening to ignite the human mind. We all think we listen well, but do we really? This book helps us to help people improve the way they think, work and live

Change your Thinking Change your Life

by Brian Tracy (Paperback - 2 Sep 2005)

Classic ideas from one of the best selling authors of all time in this subject

Rich Dad, Poor Dad

by Robert T. Kiyosaki (Paperback - 23 Jun 2011)

A simply written book explaining the benefits of developing residual incomes and changing our traditional relationship to money and wealth. In a world where job security is something only found in antique shops, this is an essential read.

Conversation: How Talk Can Change Our Lives

by Theodore Zeldin (Hardcover - May 2000)

We have had the pleasure of hearing Theodore Zeldin speak at a British Design conference – he was inspirational and was able to run circles around his fellow speakers. This short book is focused on how you can improve your conversations in all areas of your life.

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk

by Adele Faber and Elaine Malzish (Paperback - Jul 1998)

I love this book! A unique look at how we communicate with our children and how they talk to us. Filled with cartoon style examples it is an easy and enjoyable read. Every parent would benefit from owning this book – but don’t stop there…so many of its ideas can be implemented in the work place too. Originally written in 1980 it is still so fresh, relevant and valuable – ‘Super Nanny’ eat your heart out!

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk

by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish (Audio Cassette - 7 Dec 1998)

The audio version of this fabulous book on communication skills.

The Life Audit

by Caroline Righton (Paperback - 28 Dec 2006)

Great advice on how to focus and where to act

Co-active Coaching: The proven framework for transformative conversations at work and in life

by Laura Whitworth, Henry Kimsey-House, Karen Kimsey-House, and Phil Sandahl (Paperback - 15 Feb 2007)

A book owned by most coaches. A good read for those wanting to develop their own coaching skills – perhaps to try new ways to help support and develop your team.

The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success

by Depak Chopra (Hardcover - 1 Jun 2007)

Can be read through the lens of how to bring a spiritual dimension into business success

Executive Coaching with Backbone and Heart

by Mary Beth A. ONeill (Hardcover - 24 Aug 2007)

All to do with the process of coaching senior executives. This book helps the coach to be tough in tough situations - to coach with both backbone and heart

Get Everything Done and Still Have Time to Play

by Mark Forster (Paperback - 7 Sep 2000)

An entirely new approach to Time Management. Practical and realistic, these books pioneer a plethora of innovative tips and techniques. You'll find some really quite radical ideas here, blasting through some of the sacred cows of the conventional wisdom on Time Management

Manage Your Mind: The Mental Fitness Guide

by Gillian Butler and Tony Hope (Paperback - 4 Jan 2007)

Many useful strategies for dealing with anxiety and fear

How to Win Friends and Influence People

by Dale Carnegie (Paperback - 5 April 2007)

Sold out in 1936 and still selling. He must have said something important

Performance Coaching: The Handbook for Managers, HR Professionals and Coaches

by Angus McLeod (Paperback - 1 Sep 2003)

A professional book on Coaching in organisations – written more for coaches than clients it goes through and builds on lots of coaching models. A practical book full of tips and tools.