Take a look at a few of the teams favourite books
Investing in your life – Ian Pollard
In this book, businessman Dr Ian Pollard will take you on a thought-provoking journey that will encourage you to view your conversations, relationships, opportunities and decisions in a whole new light. He inspires you to view your own development through the eyes of an investor, and helps you appreciate the size of the opportunities available to you. This book will empower you to maximise your potential.
Finding Flow - Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Finding Flow contends that we often walk through our days unaware and out of touch with our emotional lives. Our inattention makes us constantly bounce between two extremes: during much of the day we live filled with the anxiety and pressures of our work and obligations, while during our leisure moments, we tend to live in passive boredom. The key, according to Csikszentmihalyi, is to challenge ourselves with tasks requiring a high degree of skill and commitment. In short, learn the joy of complete engagement. A worthwhile guide that helps you reclaim ownership of your life.
The Tao of Coaching - Max Landsberg
Coaching is the key to realising the potential of your employees, your organisation and yourself. The book provides the techniques and tools of coaching that are vital for anyone who wants to develop a team of people.
Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain - Dan Siegal
This book is a gift for teenagers and those who work them! Dan explains the science of brain development, and why adolescence is a time to be celebrated and supported. Rich with stories, graphics, activities and complex ideas brought to life, this book will help you rethink your approach to working with young people.
Leadership for the Disillusioned - Amanda Sinclair
Amanda writes about leadership in a way that resonates with me. She talks about gender, about race, about bodies, and most of all, about doing leadership differently. Filled with case studies, this is a book for those who have an allergic reaction to the concept of ‘leadership’!
Maps of Narrative Practice – Michael White
This book, by one of the pioneers of narrative therapy, explains the theory and practices behind this approach to conversation that seeks to build change in the lives of people. Not just for counsellors, this book will change the way you think about what’s possible in a conversation.
Unmistakable Impact- Jim Knight
An inspiring read about creating a powerful and purposeful peer coaching partnership for significantly improving instructional techniques. His principles of partnership are so spot-on, as they recognise the mutual learning opportunity between peers as they coach each other. His focus on the principal as lead learner, and meaningful professional development practices in schools is a strong nod to the vision of creating schools as centres of learning.
Motion Leadership: The skinny on becoming change savvy – Michael Fullan
Fullan’s writing style for leading change in schools is super sticky. He has a very practical, no-nonsense approach to change leadership that incorporates the whole person as part of a team that needs to do the work. I don’t subscribe to simple lists that presume to have all the answers, but neither does Fullan. He just knows how to distill the complex work into a skinny, inviting model for action.
Coaching in Education - Christian van Nieuwerburgh
Whether you are a teacher, principal, student or parent, Christian van Nieuwerburgh’s thesis on coaching in education is a must. He has a deep, practical knowledge of the psychology of coaching and how it fits within the complex contexts of schools. His case studies provide a realistic setting (warts and all) for creating coaching cultures that enhances learning for all members of school communities.