Coaching and personal development: a community selection

Coaching and personal development: a community selection

You could be a very experienced coach or a new one, it doesn’t matter we can always improve ourselves even further. Earlier this week, we shared an article to help you determine how coachable you are, today we’re taking a closer look at some books and movies to help you coach and develop yourself. What about you? Any recommendations for the community?


1) The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change – Stephen R. Covery

In this book, Stephen Covery goes through 7 habits you should acquire in order to become more effective, pro-active and successful. This book is a bestseller for a reason: it’s because it works. Implement the writer’s tips in your life and you’ll quickly see changes to a better situation.

2) The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business – Charles Duhigg

This second book is a great follow up to the first one, as it goes even deeper in the understanding of how habits work: Why do I act like this and why do I repeat actions I shouldn’t. It’s a true eye opener as an individual but even more as a coach: it’ll let you understand why your coachees act the way they do and make it easier for you to help them.

3) Becoming a Professional Life Coach: Lessons from the Institute of Life Coach Training – Patrick Williams

Patrick Williams is an experienced life coach and has put all of his knowledge into this well thought book. Rich in content as well as in form, this book can actually be seen as a course and is said to be equivalent to a graduate-level field education.

4) Awaken the Giant Within: How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Destiny! – Tony Robbins

Everyone now knows Tony Robbins, the coaching god of stars and brilliant entrepreneurs shares most of his tips and tricks in this book. It focuses on the steps you need to take in order to have more control over your life, make the right decisions, and become financially free.

5) The Desire Map – Danielle LaPorte

What do you desire? As wide as this question is, for most people it’s relatively easy to answer. But the real deal-breaker is how to obtain what you desire. In this poetic and well-written book, Danielle LaPorte helps you figure out how to set goals and achieve them in order to get closer to what you desire. A true eye-opener!

6) Perfect Selling – Linda Richardson

In this quick read, Linda Richardson explains, in a straightforward manner, the whole sales cycle. She simplifies where other sales books complexify, making it clear that there's no reason that any reasonably intelligent person can't move a sale forward. It's perfect for entrepreneurs and professional salespeople alike.


1)     LEAP: The Coaching Movie

A one year experiment seeks to discover whether coaching can help ordinary people achieve extraordinary things.

2)     The Blind Side

The story of Michael Oher, a homeless and traumatized boy who became an All American football player and first round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman and her family.

3)     Moneyball

Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane's successful attempt to assemble a baseball team on a lean budget by employing computer-generated analysis to acquire new players.

4)     Coach Carter

Controversy surrounds high school basketball coach Ken Carter after he benches his entire team for breaking their academic contract with him.

5)     42

In 1947, Jackie Robinson becomes the first African-American to play in Major League Baseball in the modern era when he was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers and faces considerable racism in the process.