Here are our top book recommendations for March.

Brilliant coaching

By Julie Starr

With just 195 pages arranged in short chapters focussing on specific topics, ‘Brilliant Coaching’ by Julie Starr is a super starting point for managers who want to develop coaching skills as part of their toolkit.

The book is divided into four sections: Awareness, Ability, Application and Action.

Each section is sub-divided into short chapters dealing with a specific topic and offering useful takeaways in the form of a ‘brilliant tip’; ‘brilliant questions’; or ‘brilliant recap.’

Whilst the techniques are consistent with the Julie Starr coaching approach, the language is less technical than in the author’s much meatier publication ‘The Coaching Manual’, and is more of a ‘dip-in’ guide than an academic text.

This book will:

· Explain the fundamental skills of coaching – building rapport; listening; questioning; giving feedback – using everyday language and examples.

· Encourage reflection on manager versus coach mindsets and show you how to flex in response to different situations.

· Help you to distinguish between directive and self-directed influence so that you can lead more intentionally within the Mentor-Coach continuum

Find out more and order your copy on the author’s website.


By Daniel Coyle

Have you had shifts or worked on committees where everything went smoothly? Closed loop communication happened, there was mutual respect among all the team members, and each individual felt empowered to give input even if it differed from what had already been said or done?

You’ve probably also worked on shifts, in meetings, or participated in projects where it seemed like the team was falling apart, communicating on different wavelengths, and failing to have a shared understanding. You may feel like a great leader one day and a failure the next.

The difference, according to ‘The Culture Code’, has everything to do with the culture of the team. In this 2018 book, Daniel Coyle explains what makes teams successful and how you can help create the culture necessary for all of your teams, committees, and groups to succeed.

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