By Sarah D. Wright, Editor

Artwork_BooksA few months ago, there was a discussion on the list serve based on the question, “If you could have just 10 reference books in your professional library, what would they be?” Fourteen people participated in the discussion: Barbara Luther, Becca Colao, Christina Fabrey, Dana Rayburn, Elaine Taylor-Klaus, Judith Champion, Kay Axtell, Lee Rozycki, Marla Stone, Nancy Ratey, Roxanne Fouchè, Steven Freedman, Tina File, and Viveca Monahan.

We ended up with a list of 40 fantastic books; twenty focused on human potential, and the other twenty focused on ADHD. Here are the first 20.

Top 20 Reference Books: Coaching & Human Potential

  1. A Natural Approach to Mental Wellness by Kregg Krech
  2. A User’s Guide to the Brain: Perception, Attention, and the Four Theaters of the Brain by John Ratey
  3. Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School by John Medina
  4. Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love & Wisdom by Rick Hanson
  5. Callings: Finding and Following an Authentic Life by Gregg Levoy
  6. Changing for Good: A Revolutionary Six-Stage Program for Overcoming Bad Habits and Moving Your Life Positively Forward by James Prochaska, John Norcross, and Carlo DiClemente
  7. Co-Active Coaching: New Skills for Coaching People Toward Success in Work and, Life by Laura Whitworth, Karen Kimsey-House, Henry Kimsey-House, and Phillip Sandahl
  8. Coaching Questions: A Coach’s Guide to Powerful Asking Skills by Tony Stoltzfus
  9. Evidence Based Coaching Handbook: Putting Best Practices to Work for Your Clients edited by Diane Stober and Anthony Grant
  10. Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence by Daniel Goleman
  11. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck
  12. Practicing Positive Psychology Coaching by Robert Biswas-Diener
  13. Rapt: Attention and the Focused Life by Winifred Gallagher
  14. Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain by John Ratey
  15. Succeed: How We Can Reach our Goals by Heidi Grant Halvorson
  16. Taming Your Gremlin: A Surprisingly Simple Method for Getting Out of Your Own Way by Rick Carson
  17. The Art of the Question by Marilee Goldberg
  18. The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
  19. Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn
  20. Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength by Roy Baumeister and John Tierney

Look for the top twenty on coaching and ADHD in next month’s issue.

Happy reading!