May book guide

Here are our top reading picks for May.

Please Yourself

By Emma Reed Turrell

“Being liked or needed, is not all it’s cracked up to be if it means we sacrifice ourselves in the process.”

 I’m sure we all know someone who is a ‘people-pleaser’.  Maybe you would consider yourself as one.  There’s nothing wrong with wanting to support other people and help them satisfy their needs but does that mean you should sacrifice yours in the process?

In this life-changing book, psychotherapist Emma Reed Turrell explains the different types of people-pleaser and provides practical, reassuring advice on how to better understand – and stop – people-pleasing behaviour when it starts to affect your own needs.  It will help you care better for others, without taking on their problems, through caring better for yourself.

Find out more and buy on the author’s website.

“Utterly brilliant. Emma Reed Turrell is a wonderful writer, a compassionate guide and the therapist we all long for.  Every page of ‘Please Yourself’ contains a truth bomb; every sentence a golden nugget of wisdom. If you’re a people-pleaser (and you probably are) this book will change your life. My only regret is that it didn’t exist earlier as it would have saved me – and everyone else – a whole lot of bother”.

Elizabeth Day, Author of ‘How to Fail’.

Five Dysfunctions of a team

By Patrick Lencioni

Have you ever seen a team fall apart because of bickering, infighting, or a failure of accountability?  Not only is it frustrating to watch, it’s also incredibly disheartening.

In his book ‘The Five Dysfunctions of a Team’, Patrick Lencioni argues that five core dysfunctions can undermine even the most well-intentioned teams:

  • Absence of trust
  • Fear of conflict
  • Lack of commitment
  • Avoidance of team accountability
  • Inattention to team objectives


By identifying and addressing these dysfunctions, teams can improve communication, build stronger relationships, and achieve better outcomes.

This book is essential reading for leaders and team members alike.  It offers insightful lessons and some very workable ideas that anyone could adopt.  Give it a go!


By Marshall Goldsmith and Sally Helgesen

Overcome the habits holding you back and take your career to new heights with this wise and approachable guide from two business leadership experts.

In ‘How Women Rise’, Goldsmith and Helgesen argue that women face many different and specific roadblocks from men as they advance in the workplace and that many of the behaviours most prized in women socially are exactly the same behaviours that hold them back professionally.

Thankfully, Goldsmith and Helgesen have combined their expertise to identify the twelve most common habits that hold women back in their quest to become more successful and create careers that are satisfying and rewarding.  It concludes with a practical section on how to put identified changes in habits into action.  

This is essential reading for any woman who is ready to advance to the next level.  Buy a copy for your mum, your sister, your best friend and yourself!


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