Suggested Reading

Here are some references of Books and DVDs that touch on leadership, integrity, drive and motivation.
However it is worth remembering the words of John Niland:

Most life-changing events take the form of conversations, not books. Reading is valuable if it enlarges our capacity to act, and worse-than-useless if it's just procrastination in disguise


The Inner Game of Tennis by Tim Gallway

The Inner Game of Tennis

This is considered one of the founding books on coaching; it is about much more than tennis. Its main tenet is the thought that when you realise that the opponent inside your head is far more challenging than your opponent on the other side of the net, then you realise that fear and anxiety are a greater impediment to performance than any external factor you care to think of. And that is what you need to overcome first and foremost.

The Hostage at the Table by George Kohlrieser

The Hostage at the Table

This is about how people free themselves from being held hostage to their own fears and self-imposed limitations. Full of inspiring stories, including personal stories of the author when he was a hostage negotiator for the police force in the US, before becoming a motivational speaker for corporate leaders.

Non-Violent Communication by Marshall Rosenberg

Non-Violent Communication

A remarkable method and approach about how to establish human rapport and achieve conflict resolution. Based on first identifying and recognising each side's actual needs and aspirations. If you take the trouble to do that, you then realise that the way to satisfy your own need requires you simultaenously satisfy the need of the person you are dealing with, whether that person is your life partner, your boss, your opponent or what have you. In other words, it takes two to dance.

Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl

Man’s Search for Meaning

A short, luminous book about looking for reasons to live whilst teetering on the edge of death in Auschwitz. A sobering reminder that we always have a choice on where we stand, regardless of circumstances, even when those are the most degrading conditions imaginable.

Your Money or Your Life by Vicki Robin & Joe Dominguez

Your Money or Your Life

This book is about how to achieve your own desired financial independence and shows that beyond a certain point, money not only ceases to bring more fulfilment, it actually sends you into a declining tail spin through the accumulation of clutter.

Fierce Conversations by Susan Scott

Fierce Conversations

As defined by the author, "a fierce conversation is one in which we come out from behind ourselves into the conversation and make it real". And engage ourselves through a new threshold of self awareness.

The Power of Full Engagement by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz

The Power of Full Engagement
exists also in Audio book form

Feel you are going off the rails through stress, ill health and lack of focus ? This book is about how to assess your present physical, mental, emotional and spiritual conditions and get a grip on how to lead a more balanced life to achieve sustainable fulfilment.

Drive by Daniel Pink


exists also in Audio book form

Subtitles "The surprising truth about what motivates us".

Punished by Rewards by Alfie Kohn

Punished by Rewards

Compelling evidence shows that trying to motivate people with money, praise and/or grades not only does not work in the long term, it can even actually provoke the reverse of what is desired.


Claudio Abbado, Hearing the Silence by Paul Smaczny

Claudio Abbado, Hearing the Silence

The world of music is a choice arena to illustrate some of the broad issues of leadership. Abbado is a wonderful example of how to conduct an orchestra so as to inspire individual musicians to surpass themselves in virtuosity, for the benefit of the orchestra and the listening audience.

El Sistema: Music to Change Life by Paul Smaczny

El Sistema: Music to Change Life

a documentary

How one man, Jose Abreu, succeeded in using music to transform the life outlook of tens of thousands of children from deprived areas in Venezuela, and give them a sense of self worth and impossible achievements.

Dudamel The Promise of Music (Bolivar, Yo of Venezuela) by Enrique Sanchez Lansch

Dudamel The Promise of Music
(Bolivar, Yo of Venezuela)

a documentary

Same as above, only focused on one of Abreu's greatest pupils, Dudamel, who brings the Beethovenhalle in Bonn down in rapture with his Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra.

The Hurricane by Norman Jewison

The Hurricane

"Hurricane Carter" in Europe

A typical Hollywood loose adaption of a real life story but nevertheless powerful account of injustice and long-delayed redemption. This is about how to honour values, integrity and resilience in the face of adversity.

Dead Poet’s Society by Peter Weir

Dead Poet’s Society

An inspiring example of leadership, in which a teacher uses his elected subject to inspire his pupils to become their incurable selves rather than just be passive followers of convention.