Recommended Reading

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Differentiating Coaching from Consulting, Counseling and Mentoring
Is Coaching Right for You?
Questions To Ask A Prospective Coach
Hudson Coaching Methodology

Recommended Reading and Web


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What Got You Here Won’t Get You There, Marshall Goldsmith
The New Leaders 100 Day Action Plan, Bradt, Check, Pedraza
Leadership Passages, Dotlich, Noel, Walker
Servant Leadership, Robert K. Greenleaf
How: Why HOW We Do Anything Means Everything, Dov Seidman
The Leadership Pipeline, Charan, Drotter, Noel
Synchronicity: The Inner Path of Leadership, Joseph Jaworski
Harvard Business Review
The Real Reason Why People People Won’t Change, Harvard Business Review
20 Essential Ted Talks for Future Leaders
Why is Leadership so Hard

Organizational Development

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Designing Matrix Organizations that Actually Work, Jay R. Galbraith
Built to Last, Collins, Porras
Good to Great, James C. Collins
Leading Change, John Kotter
Managing at the Speed of Change, John Kotter


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The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Patrick Lencioni
Overcoming the Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Patrick Lencioni
The Wisdom of Teams, Katzenbach, Smith


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Crucial Conversations, Patterson, Grenny, McMillan, Switzler
Conversational Intelligence, Judith E. Glaser
Learning in Relationship: Foundation for Personal and Professional Success, Ronald. R. Short
Fierce Conversations, Susan Scott
Working Identity, Herminia Ibarra


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Presence Based Coaching, Doug Silsbee
Coaching Skills, Jenny Rogers
The Completely Revised Handbook of Coaching, Pamela McLean
Coaching with Backbone and Heart, Mary Beth O’Neill
The Hudson Institute,

Personal Growth/Change

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Daring Greatly,  Brene Brown
Ted Talk: Brene Brown on Vulnerability
Ted Talk: Brene Brown on Listening to Shame 
Ted Talk: Amy Cuddy on Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are
The Power of Habits, Charles Duhigg
Beyond the Walls of Resistance, Rick Maurer
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Steven Covey
Finding Flow, Csizentmihalyi
Managing Transitions: Making the Most of Change  3rd Edition, William Bridges
LifeLaunch, Hudson and McLean
The Hudson Institute

Work Life Balance/Personal Renewal

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Chained to the Desk, Bryan E. Robinson
Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation, Parker Palmer

Life Reimagined: Discovering Your New Life Possibilities, Leider and Webber

Repacking Your Bags: Lighten Your Load for the Good Life, Richard A. Leider



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Hardwiring Happiness,  Rick Hanson
Buddha’s Brain, Rick Hanson

Emotional Intelligence

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Primal Leadership, Goleman, Boyatzis, Mckee
Emotional Intelligence, Daniel Goleman


Differentiating Coaching  from Consulting, Counseling and Mentoring

Coaching, consulting, counseling and mentoring all offer specific expertise in a confidential environment, and it’s not unusual for a client to work with a coach as well as a counselor or consultant, for different purposes. It’s important to recognize the different relationships and intent.

Coaching: A partnership of equals in which the coach brings formal training and expertise in coaching, and facilitates a process to help the client make desired changes. It is future oriented, employs a whole person perspective and presumes the client has the resources needed to change.

Consulting/Advising:  Specific subject matter expertise is brought to recommend solutions to issues the client has identified.  The consultant’s stance is one of “telling” and recommending .

Counseling: Formal training in addressing long term issues and experiences impacting the client today. The focus is on understanding past experiences that have led to the current situation and creating insights that heal the past, and help the present. The therapist is the “expert”.

Mentoring: Pairing of a more experienced leader with one who is more junior to aid in their development or performance improvement. It involves sharing personal experience and offering professional advice related to the mentor’s own growth and development through specific roles, organizations, and/or areas of accountability.