Welcome to my resources section, a curated list of the tools, books and websites I strongly recommend for your professional development or running your own online business.
I have used, read or tested every recommendation on this page.
Many of the resources listed here are crucial to my own professional and personal development or running my business.
Before digging into the resources I know and trust an important disclosure:
Some of the links below are affiliate links, which means that if you choose to make a purchase, I will earn a commission. This commission comes at no additional cost to you. Please understand that I have experience with all of these products resources or tools, and I recommend them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to buy something. Please do not spend any money on these products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your goals.
Currently, this page is a work in process, more will be added over the coming weeks.
I’ve structured this page as follows;
- Resources on personal development
- Resources on coaching and communication
- Resources for running an online business
Resources on Personal Development
Have you ever wondered what characteristics are shared by successful business leaders? Have you ever asked yourself what it is that they do differently which makes them and their organisations stand out from the crowd? And what can you learn from them to ensure your own success? If so, The Book of Leadership is for you.
When a man faces a difficult decision, he needs to make a judgement. When a woman faces the same decision, she must also deal with being judged. It’s hardly surprising then that even the smartest women mislabel their rational decisions as a product of their ‘female intuition’ – a long-running myth that still prevails today. The reality is women are often the best decision-makers, but for all the wise words out there about how we decide, very few have been written with women in mind.
In this path-breaking book, Therese Huston provides a much-needed corrective. Drawing on personal interviews with business leaders and expert data analysis, she demonstrates the unique psychological differences between the sexes that affect how women work, lead and make big life choices. Passionate, persuasive and superbly researched, How Women Decide offers a wealth of practical and enlightening insights, enabling women to make stronger, smarter decisions in a world that still whispers they can’t.
The groundbreaking bestseller that redefines intelligence and success Does IQ define our destiny? Daniel Goleman argues that our view of human intelligence is far too narrow, and that our emotions play major role in thought, decision making and individual success. Self-awareness, impulse control, persistence, motivation, empathy and social deftness are all qualities that mark people who excel: whose relationships flourish, who are stars in the workplace. With new insights into the brain architecture underlying emotion and rationality, Goleman shows precisely how emotional intelligence can be nurtured and strengthened in all of us.
In his global bestseller Influence, Professor Robert Cialdini transformed the way we think about the craft of persuasion. Now he offers revelatory new insights into the art of winning people over: it isn’t just what we say or how we say it that counts, but also what goes on in the moments before we speak.
This is the world of ‘pre-suasion’, where subtle turns of phrase, seemingly insignificant visual cues, and apparently unimportant details of location can prime people to say ‘yes’ even before they are asked. And as Cialdini reveals, it’s a world you can master. If you understand the tools of pre-suasion, you will better placed to win a debate, get support for an idea or cause, promote a campaign – even persuade yourself to do something you find difficult.
Drawing on the latest research, and packed with fascinating case studies, Pre-Suasion is a masterclass in enhancing your powers of influence.
Resources On Coaching And Communication
ACT is the third wave of cognitive behavioural therapy approaches. Developed within a coherent theoretical and philosophical framework, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a unique empirically based psychological intervention that uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies, together with commitment and behavior-change strategies, to increase psychological flexibility. Psychological flexibility means contacting the present moment fully as a conscious human being and based on what the situation affords, changing or persisting in behaviour in the service of chosen values. ACT is flexible enough to be used as a coaching protocol to help your clients live a value based meaningful life.
The Little ACT Workbook is a simple, hands-on, practical guide introducing essential ACT techniques you can use to live a full and meaningful life and change your life for the better. The workbook is useful for you or your clients to help them carry out practical exercises to overcome fear, anxiety and take action based on values.
ACT is born out of Relational Frame Theory (RFT). In this book, Niklas Törneke presents the building blocks of RFT: language as a particular kind of relating, derived stimulus relations, and transformation of stimulus functions. He then shows how these concepts are essential to understanding acceptance and commitment therapy and other therapeutic models. Learning RFT shows how to use experiential exercises and metaphors in psychological treatment and explains how they can help your clients. This book belongs on the bookshelves of psychologists, psychotherapists, students, and others seeking to deepen their understanding of psychological treatment from a behavioural perspective.
Egan’s THE SKILLED HELPER has taught thousands of students a proven, step-by-step counseling process that teaches them how to become more confident and competent helpers. Internationally recognized for its successful problem- management and opportunity development approach to effective helping, the text emphasizes the collaborative nature of the therapist-client relationship and uses a practical, three-stage model that drives client problem-managing and opportunity- developing action. As they read, students also gain a feeling for the complexity inherent in any helping relationship.
The Neuropsychotherapist is your source for news and information associated with the multidisciplinary field of Neuropsychotherapy. They aim to raise the profile of this clinical world view and encourage its therapeutic practice while upholding high scientific standards and professionalism. If you are interested in how to inform your management, leadership and coaching style with the latest research in neuroscience then a subscription is a must.
Arguably our brain’s greatest sense is the ability to understand the minds of others – our sixth sense. In Mindwise, renowned psychologist Nicholas Epley shows that this incredible capacity for inferring what others are thinking and feeling is, however sophisticated, still prone to critical errors. We often misread social situations, misjudge others’ characters, or guess the wrong motives for their actions. Drawing on the latest in psychological research, Epley suggests that only by learning more about our sixth sense will we have the humility to overcome these errors and understand others as they actually are instead of as we imagine them to be.
You’re about to have an uncomfortable meeting with your boss. The principal just called about your middle-schooler. You had a fight with your partner and it’s an hour before bed. You know your next move will go a long way toward defining your relationships with these individuals. So what do you do?
We all find ourselves in situations similar to these and too often resort to the same old patterns of behavior—defending our need to be right, refusing to really listen, speaking cruelly out of anger and frustration, or worse.
Living Nonviolent Communication gives you practical training in applying Dr. Marshall Rosenberg’s renowned process in the areas he has most often been asked for counsel:
- Conflict resolution
- Working with anger
- Spiritual practice
- Healing and reconciliation
- Loving relationships
- Raising children
Nonviolent Communication has flourished for four decades across 35 countries for a simple reason: it works. Now you can learn to activate its healing and transformational potential, with Living Nonviolent Communication.
Resources On Running Your Own Online Business
Running an online business or developing your own brand? Then you need to get KNOWN. In today’s world, there is a permanent advantage to becoming known in your field. Those who are known get the customers, the better jobs, and the invitations to exclusive opportunities. But can anybody become known? In this path-finding book, author Mark Schaefer provides a step-by-step plan followed by the most successful people in diverse careers like banking, education, real estate, construction, fashion, and more. With amazing case studies, dozens of exercises, and inspiring stories, KNOWN is the first book its kind, providing a path to personal business success in the digital age.