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The foundation stone of staying sane, and therefore a useful place for us to start, is with some exploration of who you are.

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Human Givens: The New Approach to Emotional Health and Clear Thinking

Griffin, T. et al

We like Human Givens!  This is a school of therapy that’s really accessible and makes some fundamental points about how the stressed mind works (or rather, doesn’t).  Recognise that you have some essential human needs and that a lot of unhappiness and stress arises from them simply not being met.  Also, recognise that clear thinking requires a calm state of mind.

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The Inner Game of Tennis

Gallwey, T.

A 1970s classic – as fresh as ever.  A great description of how we can hold ourselves back and what to do about it.  A good one to read alongside Coaching for Performance by Whitmore.

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The Growth Mindset

Stanford University’s Professor Dr. Carol S. Dweck talks about how phrases like “You are so talented” might shape us more than we think (and not just positively!). Based on her fascinating research into different self-conceptions she explains how our mindsets can govern our lives at home, at school and in our career.

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How to develop a ‘Growth Mindset’ and embrace failure

In this delightful video Carol Dweck explains why it is so important to have a so-called ‘Growth Mindset’ and how to develop one (hint: embracing failure is a good first step).

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The Science of Productivity

This nicely animated video explains the science behind productivity, why we might run out of willpower and interesting techniques to overcome periods of low motivation.

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The Happy Secret to Better Work

Happiness might be the key to productivity. In this very funny TED talk psychologist Shawn Achor explains why.

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Inside The Mind Of A Master Procrastinator

Tim Urban’s funny talk on procrastination explains the mind of a procrastinator and makes insightful observations on why the consequences could be worse than just missing a deadline.

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The Science of Character

This interesting 8 minute short film documents the science of character and the benefits of building on character strengths.

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What makes us feel good about our work?

Behavioural economist Dan Ariely presents two eye-opening experiments that reveal what motivates us at work. (Hint: it is not just money!)

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Mindware

Richard Nisbett

An enlightening and practical guide to the most powerful tools of reasoning ever developed, by one of the world’s most renowned psychologists.

Many scientific and philosophical ideas are so powerful that they can be applied to our lives to help us think smarter and more effectively about our behaviour and the world around us. Surprisingly, many of these ideas remain unknown to most of us. Drawing on his own groundbreaking research, Richard Nisbett presents these ideas in clear and accessible detail to offer a tool kit for better thinking and wiser decisions. Mindware shows how to reframe common problems – whether professional, business, or personal – in such a way that these powerful scientific and statistical concepts can be applied to them.

We thought this was a great read.  Just knowing a few of the principles could really help you make better work and life decisions.

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Where do good ideas come from?

We love this – not least for the wonderful cartoon graphics!  For us, there is also something in here about unconscious processing. Why not consider the messages alongside Richard Nisbett’s book – Mindware?  

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Two brains?

You may have heard that the model of “left brain” and “right brain” is a bit of a simplification, but don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater as there is some some truth in the idea of lateralisation of brain function.  This wonderful, animated film tells you more ….

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Emotional Intelligence: Why it Can Matter More Than IQ

Daniel Goleman

In some ways this was the book that kicked off the whole EI debate: the groundbreaking bestseller that redefined intelligence and success. Does IQ define our destiny? Daniel Goleman argues that our view of human intelligence is far too narrow, and that our emotions play a major role in thought, decision making and individual success. Self-awareness, impulse control, persistence, motivation, empathy and social deftness are all qualities that mark people who excel: whose relationships flourish, who are stars in the workplace. With new insights into the brain architecture underlying emotion and rationality, Goleman shows precisely how emotional intelligence can be nurtured and strengthened in all of us.

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Prepare for Tests at Interview guides for Graduates and Managers

Robert Williams

If you’re preparing for interviews with a prospective or current employer, it’s now highly likely that you’ll be required to complete a selection test. To achieve your best, it’s essential that you understand what selection tests involve, how you can prepare for them and how they influence a recruiters final decision. Prepare for Tests at Interview guides you through the entire testing process and tackles many of the concerns you may have when faced with the prospect of a selection test.  Of course what this book also does is give you some advice on how you can increase your self knowledge.

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The EQ Edge, Third Edition: Emotional Intelligence and Your Success

Steven J. Stein

Authors Steven J. Stein and Howard E. Book show you how the dynamic of emotional intelligence works. By understanding EQ, you can build more meaningful relationships, boost your confidence and optimism, and respond to challenges with enthusiasm–all of which are essential ingredients of success.

The EQ Edge offers fascinating–and sometimes surprising–insights into what it takes to be a top law–enforcement officer, lawyer, school principal, student, doctor, dentist or CEO. You will learn what the top EQ factors are across many different kinds of jobs, from business managers and customer service representatives to HR professionals and public servants.

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Allow Yourself to be Brilliant!

Short, pithy 5 minute talk that teaches a couple of easy ways in which to give yourself permission to embrace and unleash your own brilliance!

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The Power of Vulnerability

In a poignant, funny talk, Brené Brown shares insights from her research on human connection – our ability to empathise, belong and love – that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. 

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Playing to Your Strengths

Inspiring talk by Marcus Buckingham on the importance of honouring, owning and playing to your strengths, rather than trying to fix your weaknesses.

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The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level

Gay Hendricks

In The Big Leap, Gay Hendricks, the New York Times bestselling author of Five Wishes, demonstrates how to eliminate the barriers to success by overcoming false fears and beliefs. Fans of Wayne Dyer, Eckhart Tolle, Marianne Williamson, and The Secret will find useful, effective tips for breaking down the walls to a better life in The Big Leap.

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Asda Magic

David Smith

A readable and in places quite provocative look at what it takes to build a winning culture.  Useful to think about alongside leadership style and personality.

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True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership

Bill George

A readable treatise on what it is to be an authentic leader.  Authenticity is a much used term and it can be hard to define.

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Affluenza

Oliver James

An interesting spin from Oliver James:  just what is it that makes otherwise successful people so unhappy?  Is there a malevolent side to having a lot of personal drive?  When is enough, enough?

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Reading the Room

David Kantor

In this innovative book, renowned psychologist David Kantor applies his research and theory of structural dynamics to the workplace to show how individual leaders and coaches can develop their own skills in understanding group dynamics and apply this understanding to improve organisational communication and performance.

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The Elephant in the Room

Diana McLain Smith

A systematic look at how relationships determine the success of leaders and their enterprises, along with tools to help strengthen and change them.

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Look beyond the surface …

When you consider your skills, or those of others, consider that some talents might not be immediately apparent.

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The Puzzle of Motivation

The entertaining views of Daniel Pink.

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Creativity in Problem Solving

Stephen Shapiro, the creator of the Personality Poker cards, talks to a conference of NASA rocket scientists about the power of lateral thinking to open us up to new creative possibilities.

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The Power of believing that you can improve

Carol Dweck’s short but thought-provoking TED talk, based on extensive scientific research, demonstrating the ability of the brain to improve its performance when we focus on process rather than outcome.

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Personal Branding & Change

Indian speaker, Anand Pillai, talks entertainingly about creating your own personal brand, the importance of self-development and being prepared to move from your comfort zone to your courage zone.

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Personal Branding

The refreshingly upfront and succinct Australian business woman, Amanda Rose gives 5 easy steps to help you identify your own personal brand, and be empowered to change it.

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Understanding Your Personal Qualities

A simple and neat model that talks about core qualities and overdone strengths.

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Freud’s Theory of Personality

A good introduction to why we aren’t all that we seem to be on the surface!

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Kolb’s Learning Cycle

A simple intro to reflective learning, written from a teaching perspective.

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Personal Branding for Brits

Jennifer Holloway

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Leadership – All You Need to Know

David Pendleton

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Personality and Individual Differences

Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic

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Act Made Simple

Russ Harris

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Man’s Search for Meaning

Viktor E. Frankl

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The Hero’s Journey: A voyage of self-discovery

Stephen Gilligan

Read more about logical levels and a host of other important things from a big noise in NLP.

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The Seven Basic Plots

Christopher Booker

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Essentials of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Sonja V. Batten

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Emotional Literacy: Intelligence with a Heart

Claude Steiner

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Scripts People Live

Scripts People Live

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How to Stay Sane

Philippa Perry

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The Private Life of the Brain

Susan Greenfield

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Simple 360 Degree Feedback

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Problem Solving

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Understanding Your Motivators

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The Power of Introverts

In an organisational world that is dominated by a preference for extroverted styles, it’s good to see a balancing argument!

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Personal Strengths Worksheet

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Thinking, Fast and Slow

Daniel Kahneman

Another metaphor for thinking:  one system that does the quick and dirty and the slower, more analytical system.

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Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion

Cialdini, Robert B., PhD

There are some key psychological principles are underpin persuasion.  Read this exclusive text, recommended by those who know … whilst stocks last (yes – those were are few of the principles!)

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The Science Of Personality

A modern take on personality theory from a major publisher.

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This site is maintained by two individuals who wear more than one hat – be it consultant, psychologist or psychotherapist – so you should expect to find a wide range of materials that are all about how people learn, perform and grow. Chris and Jackie founded Sixth Sense Consulting Ltd in 2010. We provide assessment, leadership development, team building, career transition, psychotherapy, and wellbeing services to individuals and organisations. Our aim is to share materials and resources we use in our day to day work with others in a digestible and practical format.

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