E:
T: +44 (0)345 077 2980 Option 1

                    

Powerful leadership learning and current thinking on coaching

Welcome to our book reviews

Take a look at the books that have stood the test of time in leadership and coaching.  

You'll find reviews and author interview clips below.

Want to write a review?

Bob Hughes, Forton Group CEO & Creator of the Leadership Book Club

We welcome guest reviews. If there's a book you'd like to share, get in touch - .

 

Stay up to date

Click the 'subscribe via RSS' button above to stay up to date. 

We interview authors in our Leadership Book Club.  You're welcome to join our discussions - find out more here.

Bob Hughes PCC is the CEO, The Forton Group.  He works globally with clients to improve the way they lead and manage, such that organisations can be more successful and their people can feel more fulfilled in their work.

The World’s Longest Climb by Pauline Sanderson

BUY THIS BOOK

You may be wondering why a book about a group of people cycling and climbing makes it to our list of books about leadership.

I’m not normally one for taking the world of sport and adventure and trying to craft parallels for the world of business. But this book is a great metaphor for all our struggles and achievements.

For me, leadership is about being successful whilst also creating success for others. It’s about having an impact, personally, for the group, the organisation and on society. Leadership is about achieving your vision, your dream, your goals, and yet, it’s only leadership when the impact is wider and when it takes others to achieve it and for them to achieve their own goals.

Continue reading
  5031 Hits
5031 Hits

30 key questions that unlock management - Dr Brian Sutton and Dr Robina Chatham

BUY THIS BOOK

30 Key Questions that Unlock Management: How do I...?

There have been many debates about the difference between leaders and managers. Leaders are often set up to be a higher form of life than managers.

  Indeed, the roots of the word “manager” come from a 16th century Italian word meaning to control horses, so it’s no wonder it gets a bad name. Leaders are often 

portrayed as the ones who do the high-end strategic thinking, whilst managers just deliver results by rote. I’ve never found this particularly useful distinction; I prefer to talk about the qualities of leadership and of management - and most people in charge of any aspect of organisations need to have a balance of both.

Continue reading
  15981 Hits
15981 Hits

The Talent Wave by David Cluttterbuck

Another really useful book from David Clutterbuck. David is well-known for his many contributions to the field of leadership, coaching and mentoring.

What he does in this book is to apply those ideas, along with new ones, to the world of talent management and succession planning.

Even with the global economic challenges, many organisations recognise the need to hang onto the talent they have.And the need to nurture new talent. In fact, if people susn the job market picks up, they’ll remember and they’ll move. So this is a really important topic.pect your organisation is in trouble, then even when times are tough, the best talent will be looking to move on. And if you don’t nurture the talent you already have, whe

There are many challenges to getting this right. But it’s clearly worth the effort. Bringing in people from outside is rarely as successful as developing your own people. This is as true at the top as it is all the way down; although we often hear about the all-action hero CEO being parachuted in to save the company, in fact internally grown CEOs are usually more successful.

Continue reading
  8650 Hits
8650 Hits

The Engagement Equation - Leadership strategies for an inspired workforce

Employee engagement is a much talked about topic, especially here in the UK, with the extra boost given by the Engage for Success movement.

But is it just hype, or the latest flavour of the month? And, even if it is for real, how do we make it happen? I believe it is an idea whose time has come, and which will be relevant to organisations for many years. As we draw out of recession, the organisations that will survive and thrive will be those who have grasped the challenge of engaging their people.

Continue reading
  3584 Hits
3584 Hits

Why should anyone be led by you? by Rob Goffee and Gareth Jones

This book has been around for a few years now, but is as relevant as ever. I was travelling recently and ended up chatting to a fellow passenger on the plane. 

We talked about leadership and they enthusiastically pulled out the HBR article that Rob and Gareth had produced. The conversation flowed (as did the wine) and I started to remember what a good book it is – and one that fits so well with my own views on what makes great leaders.

So, I reread it and got in touch with Rob to interview him about the subject

Continue reading
  7323 Hits
7323 Hits