Today I have a list of what I consider to be influential coaching books and every individual who becomes involved in coaching at any level should read. And there are two interesting aspects to these books and see if you can spot them.
In Sheep’s Clothing – George Simon Jr
Puzzling People – Thomas Sheridan
Invisible Influence – Johan Berger
Influencer -The power to change anything
Grit – Angela Duckwoth
Mindset – Carol Dweck
The Talent Code – Daniel Coyle
The Little Book Of Talent – Daniel Coyle
The Tipping Point – Malcolm Gladwell
There are many, many other books with similar themes, though what I’ve found is that this group will help in understanding the human psyche and the influence that goes on around it and into shaping it and importantly they are easy to read and are easy to understand.
The interesting thing is that if you understand the real pivot point of anything, it takes very little to create a huge change and be able to influence things one way or another around you.
And this is why understanding language becomes very powerful for a simple sentence, word or phrase can have a huge impact in what you do and how effective you are.
Even though I’ve called them influential coaching books, the two interesting aspects about them are these:
None of the book are written by sports people
None of the books are sports related
Yet the material that they cover will influence how effective you are as a coach.
And this is why one must have an open mind and be willing to explore areas not related to what you are doing, which again goes to show:
Everything is connected, everything is related in one form or another