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Sometimes it’s the things we think we know — but don’t know — that come back to haunt us.

Blind Spots will do that — often, they obscure the obvious.

If coaching is change, then change is learning. At the core, you can’t change without learning what needs to change... learning how to change... and most importantly, learning how to sustain change.

Here are some wonderful resources to guide you along your journey of self-discovery and learning.


  • Authentic Leadership: Rediscovering the Secrets to Creating Lasting Value, Bill George
  • Leadership Presence, Belle Linda Halpern and Kathy Lubar
  • What Got You Here Won’t Get You There, Marshall Goldsmith with Mark Reiter
  • Mojo: How to Get It, How to Keep It, How to Get It Back If You Lose It, Marshall Goldsmith with Mark Reiter
  • The Little BIG Things: 163 Ways to Pursue Excellence, Tom Peters
  • The Leader as a Mensch: Become the Kind of Person Others Want to Follow, Bruna Martinuzzi
  • Good Boss, Bad Boss: How to be the Best… and Learn from the Worst, Robert L. Sutton PhD



  • The Power of Small: Why the Little Things Make All The Difference, Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval
  • Outliers: The Story of Success, Malcolm Gladwell
  • Leading Quietly: An Unorthodox Guide to Doing the Right Thing, Joseph L. Bardaracco, Jr.



  • Wired to Care: How Companies Prosper When They Create Widespread Empathy, Dev Patnaik with Peter Mortensen
  • Working with Emotional Intelligence, Daniel Goleman
  • A Leader’s Legacy, James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner
  • A Hand to Guide Me, Denzel Washington



  • The Manager’s Book of Decencies: How Small Gestures Build Great Companies, Steve Harrison
  • The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement, Jean M. Twenge and W. Keith Campbell
  • The Cost of Bad Behavior: How Incivility is Damaging Your Business and What You Can Do About it, Christine Pearson and Christine Porath
  • Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior, George Washington
  • The No Asshole Rule, Robert Sutton, PhD
  • Choosing Civility: The Twenty-Five Rules of Considerate Conduct, P.M. Forni
  • The Civility Solution: What to Do When People Are Rude, P.M. Forni
  • Rude Awakenings: Overcoming the Civility Crisis in the Workplace, Giovinella Gonthier
  • The Bully at Work: What You Can Do to Stop The Hurt and Reclaim Your Dignity on the Job, Gary Namie PhD and Ruth Namie PhD
  • Toxic Workplace: Managing Toxic Personalities and Their Systems of Power, Mitchell Kusy and Elizabeth Holloway
  • Return to Civility: A Speed of Laughter Project, John Sweeney & The Brave New Workshop



  • The Power of Nice: How to Conquer the Business World with Kindness, Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval
  • The Tipping Point: How the Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, Malcolm Gladwell
  • Leading with Kindness: How Good People Consistently Get Superior Results, William F. Baker PhD and Michael O’Malley PhD
  • Encouraging the Heart: A Leader’s Guide to Rewarding and Recognizing Others, James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner
  • 365 Thank Yous: The Year a Simple Act of Daily Gratitude Changed My Life, John Kralik


Decision Making

  • Predictably Irrational:  The Hidden Forces that Shape Our Decisions, Dan Ariely
  • Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior, Ori Brafman and Rom Brafman
  • Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness, Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein
  • How We Decide, Jonah Lehrer
  • Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, Daniel H. Pink
  • Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die, Chip Heath and Dan Heath
  • Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard, Chip Heath and Dan Heath


“Blind Spots”

  • Blind Spots: Achieve Success by Seeing What You Can’t See, Claudia M. Shelton
  • Blunder: Why Smart People Make Bad Decisions, Zachary Shore
  • Why Smart People Do Dumb Things, Mortimer Feinberg and John J. Tarrant


Wondering if executive coaching is for you? Check out these articles...

  • “Do you need an Executive Coach?”, Paul Michelman, Harvard Management Update, 2004.
  • “Do you need a Coach?”, Allison Wellner, Inc. Magazine, April 2006.
  • “It’s Not About the Coach”, Marshall Goldsmith, Fast Company, October 2004.
  • “Realities of Executive Coaching”, Diane Coutu and Carol Kauffman, HBR Research Report, January 2009
  • “The Challenge of Determining the Return on Investment of Executive Coaching”, SHRM, Nancy R. Lockwood, 2004
  • “Measuring ROI in Executive Coaching”, Jack J. Phillips and Patricia P. Phillips, International Journal of Coaching in Organizations, 2005
  • “Executive Coaching - With Returns a CFO Could Love”, Anne Fisher, Fortune Magazine, February 2001
  • “Getting More From Executive Coaching”, Lauren Keller Johnson, Harvard Management Update, January 2007
  • “Making the Most of Your Coaching Program”, Andrew Park, Harvard Management Update, September 2007