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Good books are like fitness for the mind. A good read can inspire or offer practical insights. Here's our selection of books that have touched us.

change management | biographies | executive coaching | executive coaching for career transition | teambuilding 2.0

The procrastination equation
Piers Steel, PhD
isbn 978-0-06-170362-1

Good insights on why we procrastinate. Why we do ourselves short. And useful actions to stop procrastinating. We find especially the sections with the 12 main life domains in chapter 5 helpful to get organized.

Darren Hardy, Compound effect (engels)
isbn 978-1-59315-724-1

Darren is able to present one's life as millions of micro choices and illustrates how making many correct small decisions isn't just a smart way to live, it is literally the foundation of the working universe itself. He provides tools to apply to improve your own life.

change management

Kevin Kelly, The Inevitable
isbn 978-0143110378

Much of what will happen in the next thirty years is inevitable, driven by technological trends that are already in motion.

McChesney, The 4 disciplines of execution
isbn 978-1451627053

Do you remember the last major initiative you watched die in your organization? Did it go down with a loud crash? Or was it slowly and quietly suffocated by other competing priorities? This book offers a practical methodology that can solve every leader's #1 challenge: EXECUTION.

Noam Wasserman, The founder's dilemmas
isbn 978-0691158303

One founder told us: 'we considered our first month with no fixed salary as a badge of honor'. Another one said: 'I had to get off the heroin drip of my monthly salary.' This book is particularly systematic in going through all of the issues.

David Noer, Healing the wounds
isbn 978-0470500156

David Noer lays out a 4 way approach to reenergize the people in the organization, after a downsizing. Classic book in it's field, newly edited and published in 2009.

Clayton M. Christensen, The innovators dillema
isbn 978-0062060242

"Absolutely brilliant. Clayton Christensen provides an insightful analysis of changing technology and its importance to a company's future success." Michael R. Bloomberg, CEO & Founder, Bloomberg Financial Markets

Lynda Gratton, The Shift
isbn 978-0007427956

Five forces are changing the way we will work in the future: demographics, technology, energy, globalization and society. Based on her research, she described these trends in this book very vividly. It helps change your view on how our world of work is changing, and we're in the midst of it!

Chip Bell, Wired & Dangerous
isbn 1605099759

This book describes very powerful how customers have changed. Why they are distracted and how they make their choices today. We are moving from the old 'word of mouth' towards 'word of mouse'. Social media is already having an enormous impact on the purchasing process. And it has only just begun! In the book, they describe how to connect to the new customers and find a new balance of 'service calm'.

Eduardo Porter, The price of everything
isbn 978-1591843626

A fascinating book about supply and demand and how prices are set. The author explains how the decision making process works and why we pay what we pay. This book offers pragmatic insights that will definitely help you.


Bryce G. Hoffman, American Icon
isbn 978-0307886064

At the end of 2008, Ford Motor Company was just months away from running out of cash. With the auto industry careening toward ruin, Congress offered all three Detroit automakers a bailout. General Motors and Chrysler grabbed the taxpayer lifeline, but Ford decided to save itself.

Ashlee Vance, Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
isbn 978-0062301239

Under his leadership, Elon Musk is transforming industries like automotive (Tesla), Rocket science and solar energy. A true unfolding story about a start-up entrepreneur from Silicon Valley who is currently scaling up the companies he's involved in.

Gandhi, Prisoner of Hope
isbn 978-0300051254

Well researched and balanced portrait of one of the most important men from the 20th century. His non-violent approach to make change happen is still an inspiration for many of us today.

Mandela, The Authorized Biography
isbn 978-0679781783

Leading South Africa out of apartheid and into democracy. One of our modern day legends.

Eckart Wintzen, Eckarts Notes (Dutch)
isbn 978-9056379674

This is the last work of Eckart before he passed away in 2008. The Dutch ICT entrepreneur was the founder of BSO, later BSO/Origin, before it was sold to Philips. He grew the company from scratch with his revolutionary cell-approach, making all employees think and act as intrapreneurs.

Howard Schultz (Starbucks), Onward
isbn 1605292885

Brutally honest story about the turnaround that Howard Schultz executed as the ceo of Starbucks between 2008 - 2010. After having spent almost eight years in a strategic role, he returns for the second time as ceo and takes back operational control of the day-to-day business of the company; completely unexpected. He tells the Starbucks story about the turnaround first hand, not hiding mistakes he and the company made over the years. A must read on modern leadership!

Tony Hsieh, Delivering Happiness
isbn 978-1455508907

This book offers entrepreneurial inspiration and a best case in setting up an 'unsexy' business extremely successful, and extremely fast. The name of the company?: They sell a lot of shoes online every year in the US. For instance by focussing on culture as the #1. priority.

Ricardo Semler, De Semler methode (Dutch)
isbn 978-9049200831

Ricardo Semler turns around the classic principle of an enterprise built as a pyramid. This Brazilian citizen built a very successful conglomerate in Brazil. Long before the financial and economic crisis hit the markets, Semler was running his companies with Corporate Social Responsibility and what we refer to today as the 3 p's: People, Planet, Profit.

executive coaching

Paul Donkers en Herman van Herterijck Regisseer je eigen loopbaansucces
isbn isbn 978-9491121029

Our first book in Dutch on how to be the master of your own (career) destiny. Full of pragmatic tools to support your journey. Order here.

Deepak Chopra Soul of leadership
isbn isbn 978-0307408068

In this book, Deepak Chopra focusses on the SOUL of leadership. By knowing and developing yourself, he gives guidance for personal growth and ways to lead your teams to success. Free yourself and get your ego out of the way.

Richard Thaler en Cass Sunstein Nudge
isbn 978-0143115267

This book is all about improving the quality of your decisions. Providing insights in the imperfect way we make decisions. By applying choice architecture you can improve decisions about health, wealth and happiness.

David Dotlich & Peter Cairo Why CEOs fail
isbn 978-0787967635

The 11 behaviors that can derail your climb to the top. Today, for a leader, it's easier than ever before to go from 'admired' to be seen as an 'idiot'. 55 - 75% of all leaders is likely to derail at some point in their career. This books looks at the dark side of personality. Because if you are more aware of the weak spots in your personality, we all have them, you can start working to increase your odds for having a meaningful career. We have the Hogan Develpment Survey (a.k.a. Hogan Dark Side Assessment) available to get more scientific insight into which of the 11 behaviors you're vulnerable for.

Deepak Chopra, The Soul of leadership
isbn 978-1846042706

You cannot separate a leader from what he or she is like on the inside and what their foundation is because out of that flows their decisions and actions. In this book, Deepak Chopra brings it all together in his very pragmatic style. Concise, yet deep.

Deepak Chopra with our partner Paul Donkers in Dublin, november 2012

Olivia Fox Cabane, The Charisma Myth
isbn 978-1591844563

Charisma is not a characteristic, it's a skill and it can be mastered for anyone seeking improved executive presence. Potentially a life changing read. Written in a very straightforward style. It comes with exercises. The book probably could be more compact. But still, highly recommmended.

Stephen C.Lundin & Harry Paul and John Christensen, Fish!
isbn 0340819804

This book is a must read for ALL who want to have more satisfaction from their daily work.
You will quickly learn that it is all about (YOUR) attitude, self-confidence and persisting with faith.
Indeed "there is always a choice about the way you do your work, even if there is not a choice about the work itself".
Two hours reading and life long practicing to improve your Fun-Work balance!

Marshall Goldsmith, Mojo
isbn 978-1846681462

What matters in life is: wealth, health, relationships, meaning and happiness. In his 28th book, Marshall provides us with insight in getting more meaning and happiness into our lives. He provides practical tools to start measuring meaning and happiness. Marshall is a master at making the intangible, tangible. Another great book after his 2007 bestseller: What Got You Here, Won't Get You There. We're fans of Marshall's work.

Marshall Goldsmith, What got you here, won't get you there (engels)
isbn 978-1846681370

This is one of the most pragmatic books written on executive coaching, ever. Only from 2007, it's already a classic. We use Marshall's methodology weekly in our executive coaching practice. And with very good results. Especially very successful people with large responsibilities find added value from it.

Marshall Goldsmith & Paul Donkers in New York, October 2018

James E. Lukaszewski, Why should the boss listen to you? (English)
isbn 978-0787996185

A must-read for everyone who works in a staff role with line managers. This great book provides the insights and tools to improve the impact in dealing with senior management.

Steve Harrison, The manager’s book of decencies (engels)
isbn 978-0071486330

First book from the man who inspired Paul to create and introduce Lee Hecht Harrison in The Netherlands in 1999. Very pragmatic tools for managers to improve their behavior.

The reluctant networker
Neil Munz Jones
isbn 978-1909116672

'The new leader's 100-day action plan' Bradt, Check, Pedraza
isbn 978-0470407035

We recommend this book because it provides the reader with real life examples for making a good start in a new company or when promoted to a new role. If applied well, you'll increase the odds of making an excellent start. Oftentimes the first 100 days are underestimated, while 40% of all executives fail in their new job, measured after 18 months! This book builds on a step by step approach for making the first impression, building your team, communicating your announcement to avoiding most of the common pitfalls and finally, making some quick wins. The book is suited for both seasoned and for new executives.

Geoff Smart, Randy Street and Alan Foster, Power score
isbn 978-0345547354

The authors of the book Power Score serve up a credible way, for all the leftbrainers among us, to calculate how a successful management team can be translated into numbers. With this approach, they make the missing potential of a team visible. They suggest what you can do differently to achieve a higher score. Their formula measures three parameters:
- The priorities of the organization (the WHAT)
- Who will do it? The people in the management team that work on the priorities (HOW).
- Relationships. How do we work together here? (HOW)

Patrick Lencioni, The five dysfunctions of a team
isbn 978-0787960759

Patrick Lencioni wrote a well-read book a few years ago called The five Dysfunctions of a Team. In it, he works with a pyramid of five levels. Management teams can not be effective, if they do not work well together on each of the different levels. You need to address each level before you can reach the next stage of the pyramid. For example, you should be able to trust one another before you can deal with conflicts in an effective way.
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