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 & Coaching Skills Workshop (CSW) 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


The Personality Workbook

by Sue Stockdale

At various times in our lives we may ask ourselves some big questions or face a big challenge. : Where am I going? What do I want out of work and life? Why have things not worked out as I expected so far? In order to find out answers, the first place to look is inside yourself.


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.


Challenging Coaching

by Ian Day

This books breaks the mould of traditional coaching approaches to challenge coaches and their clients to achieve courageous goals that sustainably transform bottom line performance.


The Z to A of Coaching

by Alex Kendall

A practical handbook for Managers to incorporate coaching skills into their working life.


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.


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.


The Growth Story

by Sue Stockdale

Today women owned businesses are becoming a powerful force in the world's economy. This book aims to inspire more women, as well as men, to build growth businesses by sharing case studies of nine women entrepreneurs from the UK and North America who have all used different strategies for growth. 


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.


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!


Kickstart Your Motivation

by Sue Stockdale

At some times in our careers we are brimming with enthusiasm and feel we can face anything that life throws at us. At other times we become jaded, lose focus and fail to achieve anything meaningful. Read this to understand the complex factors affecting motivation and to set challenges through which to discover your true capabilities.


Secrets of Successful Women Entrepreneurs

by Sue Stockdale

There are many successful female entrepreneurs in the UK, yet most are not well known. This book shares the inspiring stories of ten successful women with lessons on overcoming challenges, gaining motivation and turning your dreams into reality.


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.


Cope with Change at Work

by Sue Stockdale & Clive Steeper

In these turbulent economic times it seems that change is now, ironically, the only constant. If you have found that your job has changed (or been lost) in ways that you cannot control, then this is the book for you.


Productivity Genius 

by Martin Goodyer

Productivity is surrounded by myths and received wisdom, but it doesn't have to be that way. Productivity Genius brings together 40 proven pieces of research in one place and shows you how to implement them to achieve success.


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

Recommended by Laura Ashley-Timms


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!

Recommended by Laura Ashley-Timms


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

Recommended by Carol McLachlan


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!

Recommended by Laura Ashley-Timms


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

Recommended by Laura Ashley-Timms


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

Recommended by Bill Sanderson


Brand Sense

by Martin Lindstrom (Hardcover - 5 Nov 2012)

A real authority on how to build your brand

Recommended by Bill Sanderson


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.

Recommended by Laura Ashley-Timms


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

Recommended by Laura Ashley-Timms


Bringing Out the Best in People

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

A classic motivational approach using positive reinforcement

Recommended by Bill Sanderson


Customer Care Management

by Andrew Brown (Paperback - 15 Feb 1991)

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

Recommended by Bill Sanderson


Maverick!

by Ricardo Semler (Paperback - 6 Sep 2001)

One of my favourite Business Books. 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.

Recommended by Laura Ashley-Timms


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

Recommended by Bill Sanderson


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.

Recommended by Laura Ashley-Timms


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!

Recommended by Laura Ashley-Timms


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!

Recommended by Laura Ashley-Timms


SPIN-selling

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.

Recommended by Laura Ashley-Timms


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.

Recommended by Laura Ashley-Timms


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.

Recommended by Laura Ashley-Timms


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: GROWing Human Potential and Purpose 

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

Recommended by Laura Ashley-Timms


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

Recommended by Stephanie Greasley


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.

Recommended by Laura Ashley-Timms


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 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

Recommended by Bill Sanderson


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

Recommended by Carol McLachlan


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

Recommended by Sue Stockdale


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

Recommended by Peter Bernard


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.

Recommended by Pete Mackechnie


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.

Recommended by Laura Ashley-Timms


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.

Recommended by Laura Ashley-Timms


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

Recommended by Karen Skehel


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

Recommended by Stephanie Greasley


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

Recommended by Bill Sanderson


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.

Recommended by Laura Ashley-Timms


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.

Recommended by Laura Ashley-Timms


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!

Recommended by Laura Ashley-Timms


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

Recommended by Bill Sanderson


Co-active Coaching: New Skills for Coaching People Toward Success in Work and 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.

Recommended by Laura Ashley-Timms


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

Recommended by Karen Skehel


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

Recommended by Stephanie Greasley


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

Recommended by Carol McLachlan


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

Recommended by Karen Skehel


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

Recommended by Bill Sanderson


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.

Recommended by Laura Ashley-Timms


Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus: A Practical Guide for Improving Communication and Getting What You Want in Your Relationships

by John Gray (Paperback - 6 May 2003)

A classic that has been converted onto Broadway and the West End Stage with the “Defending the Caveman” show…a humorous and insightful look at the difference between the sexes and the way we communicate. Every man and woman should read this to improve their understanding of, and communication with, the opposite sex!

Recommended by Laura Ashley-Timms


Hidden Power

by James K.Van Fleet (Paperback - Sep 1988)

Easy to read guide to making better use of your subconscious

Recommended by Bill Sanderson


As a Man Thinketh

by James Allen (Paperback - 1 Jul 2005)

A tiny book on positive thinking

Recommended by Laura Ashley-Timms


Embracing your Potential

by Terry Orlick (Paperback - April 1998)

A classic adaptation of sports psychology into every day life

Recommended by Bill Sanderson


The Portable Coach: 28 Sure-fire Strategies for Business and Personal Success

by Thomas J. Leonard (Hardcover - 2 Nov 1999)

The late Thomas Leonard was one of the most proactive and high profile coaches. This book is full of his practical ideas to accelerate your success – from becoming more selfish (!) to over delivering.

Recommended by Laura Ashley-Timms