I am often asked for help on great books for leaders, or how to find out more about working with teams, or how to find great coach training. Below you will find a few that may help you in your inquiry.


My preferred way of learning is to learn through conversation, and sometimes, I prefer to read. Especially when I feel another transition coming on, I head for the bookcase. Books are my friends.So many authors have opened my eyes, regrounded me, or helped me validate what I know (yes, sometimes that helps). I get inspiration from all kinds of writing. Having read hundreds of books and poems, I offer a few here for you to consider, with the starred ones being the ones I go back to over and over.

  • Anam Cara by John O’Donohue (anything by him~ really)*

  • The Way of Transition by William Bridges*

  • The Power of Resilience by Brooks and Goldstein

  • Meditation by Eknath Easwaren

  • The End of Sorrow by Eknath Easwaren

  • A Path with Heart, by Jack Kornfield*

  • Anything by Pema Chodron

  • Leadership and Self Deception Arbinger Institute

  • The House of Belonging* and The Three Marriages* by David Whyte

  • Risking Everything by Roger Housden*

  • The Earth is Enough by Harry Middleton*

  • Coaching: Evoking Excellence in Others by James Flaherty

  • The Mindful Coach, and Presence-Based Coaching by Doug Silsbee

  • Your Brain at Work by David Rock

  • Action Inquiry by Bill Torbert and David Rooke

  • Mindsight by Daniel J. Siegel

  • The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

  • Gaviotas: A Village to Reinvent the World by Alan Weisman

  • Emotional Chaos to Clarity by Phillip Moffitt

  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

Resources to learn more about adult development The creator of the MAP assessment, Dr. Susanne Cook-Greuter is a consummate expert in this theory. On her site you can download various white papers and immerse yourself in learning. Josephs and Joiner have written a user-friendly book on understanding stages of development and how they show up in leadership. Again, this is a place for white papers and more immersion. Dr. Otto Laske offers training and assessment in stage theory, and has white papers on his site as well.

Resources to learn more about coach training

Coach training programs have grown exponentially over the past several years. It is wise to do your homework and choose one that speaks to you, that suits your learning style, and that will provide you with frequent feedback. The International Coach Federation has a comprehensive website that outlines what it takes to become a coach, and features programs they have accredited. In my opinion, you are wise to go to a program accredited by ICF, as more and more organizations are demanding credentials of the coaches they hire. Having founded this ICF-certified program, I can easily vouch for its effectiveness. After more than 11 years running this program, I still get notes from participants attesting to the notion that this program changed their life in amazing and enlivening ways. I am extremely honored to have launched over 1000 ambassadors of good will and integrity, or ‘ambassadors of love’ as I call our graduates. Love + robustness = thriving organizations. This program at George Mason University is grounded in mindfulness theory. Founded by a graduate of the Georgetown University Leadership Coaching Program, the focus on mindfulness is a great follow-on to any foundational coach training program. Having attended this training, which was life changing for me, I can personally attest that this coach training program is fantastic. Doug Silsbee is a coach who has written two books and who offers training programs based on his model of presence-based coaching. Doug has studied with many masters, and is one himself. For coaches interested in deepening somatic awareness and presence, contact Suzanne Scurlock-Durana, who is a cranial sacral therapist, educator, and author. She offers a four-day course for coaches based on her book, Full Body Presence.

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