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Recommended Reading


I am looking to set up a small collection of books for staff to dip into as a supplement to training in a small public sector organisation.

Can you recommend titles and/or authors in the areas of leadership, communication, teamwork, problem solving & creativity amd focusing on delivery?

Rachel Prosser

7 Responses

  1. These should help…
    It’s refreshing to see a public sector body interested in creating momentum through creativity – well done!
    A book I often use when I train is “Instant Creativity”, Brian Clegg and Paul Birch. I also recommend “Fish!” and “Fish! Tales” for a fresh approach to teamwork. “The Enneagram in Love & Work” may sound an odd choice, but it’s very insightful into how people respond. Feel free to contact me at The Potential Centre if you have difficulty in obtaining any of these.

  2. Recommended reading
    Who moved my cheese? by Dr Spencer Johnson. Takes less than an hour to read but is very enlightening and thought provoking. Looks at dealing with change and can be related to business and peronal life alike. Well worth the £5.99!

  3. Understanding Organisations
    The most useful book I have found and recommended to others over the years is Charles Handy’s Understanding Organisations (my copy is Penguin Books Third edition 1985, but there may be later reprints). It covers both the theory about such things as motivation, roles, behaviour in organisations, workings in groups, organisaitonal culture etc, but also the practical application for managers and leaders. Acutally I would recommend anything by Handy, he is excellent value, challenging and future thinking.

  4. Small books, small price
    Try looking at a web site called ‘pocket book’ its at They have a great range of useful books on all sorts of training issues, and whats more they are quite cheap to buy.

  5. Try Books 24×7
    Difficult to recommend this without being accussed of advertising, but you should consider an online reference library called Books 24×7.

    There is a business professional libray which contains thousands of books and workgroup user’s can send each other interesting chapters so it can be used in collaborative learning.

    An added advantage is that they can access the library from wherever they are.


    John Belchamber

  6. Find a good bookshop and enjoy…
    One of the great bonuses of your exercise is that you can go into a bookshop and have a really good browse, and find ones that strike you as useful.
    I’ve run and researched a few open learning centres, and Stephen Covey’s 7 habits has consistently been oversubscribed.
    Another tip is to sit and browse Amazon, as they have reasonable reviews that can give you some pointers too.


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