Tips for books and podcasts

This list was created after a request from a participant to one of my trainings. See newsletter July 7.

In order to have a more ‘universal’ list, I asked ChatGPT or advice.

If I had anything to add to the choice, I added it in colour. And, at the end of the list, I also add some extra resources (IF I had them).

I also include a list with Dutch references at the bottom of the page. I have always trained far less in Dutch than in English, so I have much more references in English. I will add (also exists in NL) if a book on this list also exists in Dutch.


Of course, this always starts with the free mini-training “Don’t believe everything you think!”

Books (recommendations according to ChatGPT)

  1. “The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment” by Eckhart Tolle (also exists in NL)

Tolle discusses how limiting beliefs are often tied to the mind’s identification with past experiences and future anxieties. By focusing on the present moment, one can transcend these limitations. – YES – Mindfulness is an extremely useful tool to become aware of your (limiting) beliefs so that you can start examining and challenging them… and check whether or not they still serve you…

  1. “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success” by Carol S. Dweck (has books in NL)

Dweck explores the concept of fixed and growth mindsets. A fixed mindset limits one’s potential, while a growth mindset embraces challenges and learning. The book offers strategies for cultivating a growth mindset.

I don’t know it.

  1. “You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life” by Jen Sincero (also exists in NL)

Sincero provides practical advice and exercises to identify and overcome self-limiting beliefs, helping readers create a life they love.

I have heard of her but I haven’t read her books.

  1. “The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom” by Don Miguel Ruiz (also exists in NL)

Ruiz presents four agreements that can transform one’s life by breaking down limiting beliefs and fostering personal freedom and true happiness.

A classic, I read it almost 20 years ago

  1. “Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself: How to Lose Your Mind and Create a New One” by Dr. Joe Dispenza (also exists in NL)

Dispenza explains how the mind and body work together to create limiting beliefs and offers techniques for reprogramming the mind to achieve greater happiness and success. –

I have the book, maybe already a bit more advanced

  1. “Awaken the Giant Within: How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Destiny!” by Tony Robbins (also exists in NL)

Robbins discusses how to identify and change the beliefs that hold you back, using strategies to take control of your life and achieve your goals.

I did his basic 4-day training 20 years ago, together with more than 10000 other people… The one where I had to do the ‘fire walk’ ;-D. He uses NLP, sometimes a bit in a dramatic way

  1. “The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles” by Steven Pressfield (also exists in NL)

Pressfield focuses on the internal resistance that often manifests as limiting beliefs and offers insights into overcoming these barriers to unlock creativity and productivity.

It was recommended to me, I ordered it but I got it wrong: I ordered ‘The Art of War’ (switched the words…) so it was not really what I was after… ;-D

  1. “Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life” by Byron Katie (also exists in NL)

Katie introduces a method called The Work, which involves questioning limiting beliefs to transform the way we experience the world. (also exists in NL)

I had to read it three times to really ‘get it’ and then I did several trainings with her: 2 x 10 days and 1 x 4 days… Yes, ‘The work’ really works. Deceivably simple but not easy… She is also the one of my business, your business, God’s business.

  1. Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones” by James Clear (also exists in NL)

Clear delves into how small changes can lead to significant transformations and how breaking limiting beliefs is crucial to developing better habits

Yes, have it, read it, find it very useful. Personally, I would not have put it here but more in the category below.

  1. “The Magic of Thinking Big” by David J. Schwartz (also exists in NL)

Schwartz emphasizes the power of thinking positively and ambitiously to overcome limiting beliefs and achieve great success.

I heard of it but haven’t read it.

And Podcasts (recommended by ChatGTP)

  1. “The Tony Robbins Podcast”

Hosted by Tony Robbins, this podcast covers various aspects of personal development, including how to identify and overcome limiting beliefs.

  1. “The Mindvalley Podcast” with Vishen Lakhiani

This podcast features interviews with thought leaders and experts in personal growth, including discussions on limiting beliefs and strategies for overcoming them.

  1. “Optimal Living Daily”

This podcast curates content from top personal development blogs and covers topics related to limiting beliefs, self-improvement, and motivation.

  1. “The Life Coach School Podcast” with Brooke Castillo

Brooke Castillo dives deep into the psychology of limiting beliefs and provides practical advice on how to change your mindset and achieve your goals.

I think she can be helpful when it comes to working on your beliefs. I did look into her but her approach was a combination of 2 other ones I already used a lot (and they work). Therefore, I stuck to ‘my’ method. If you don’t have a method yet, this could be for you…

  1. The Brendon Show” with Brendon Burchard

Brendon Burchard offers insights and strategies on high performance, including how to overcome limiting beliefs and cultivate a success-oriented mindset.

  1. The School of Greatness” with Lewis Howes

Lewis Howes interviews successful people from various fields who share their experiences and tips on overcoming limiting beliefs and achieving greatness.

  1. “UnF*ck Your Brain” with Kara Loewentheil

 This podcast focuses on the intersection of feminism and personal development, addressing limiting beliefs and offering strategies to change your mindset.

  1. “The Tim Ferriss Show”

Tim Ferriss interviews high achievers who share their insights on personal development, productivity, and overcoming limiting beliefs.

  1. “The Marie Forleo Podcast”

Marie Forleo provides practical advice on personal and professional development, including how to identify and break through limiting beliefs.

I did a course with her, more then 10 years ago. I followed her for a couple of years but then I stopped.

  1. “Mindset Mentor” with Rob Dial

Rob Dial explores various aspects of mindset, motivation, and self-improvement, including how to recognize and eliminate limiting beliefs.

I would add:

  1. The Mel Robbins podcast. In this category and the next.



Books (recommendations according to ChatGTP)

  1. “Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones” by James Clear (also exist NL)

Clear provides a comprehensive guide on how to change habits, including practical strategies for overwriting default reactions and creating more constructive behaviors.

See comment above. Excellent for introducing ‘healthy habits’ into your life.

  1. “The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business” by Charles Duhigg (also exists in NL)

Duhigg explores the science of habits and offers insights on how to change them by understanding and altering the cue-routine-reward loop.

  1. Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ” by Daniel Goleman (also exists in NL)

Goleman delves into the concept of emotional intelligence and explains how developing self-awareness and self-regulation can help in managing default reactions.

A classic. The people from the Leadership Lab course will know him… ;-D

  1. “Thinking, Fast and Slow” by Daniel Kahneman (also exists in NL)

Kahneman examines the two systems of thinking: the fast, automatic, intuitive system, and the slow, deliberate, rational system. Understanding these can help in managing and changing automatic responses.

  1. “The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself” by Michael A. Singer (also exists in NL)

Singer discusses how to achieve inner freedom by observing your thoughts and emotions without getting caught up in automatic reactions.

  1. “Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts—Becoming the Person You Want to Be” by Marshall Goldsmith (also exists in NL)

Goldsmith explores the concept of triggers—stimuli that lead to automatic responses—and offers strategies for creating lasting behavioral change.

  1. “Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard” by Chip Heath and Dan Heath (also exists in NL)

The Heath brothers provide a framework for understanding and implementing change, including how to redirect default reactions.

  1. “The Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and Start Living” by Russ Harris (also exists in NL)

Based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), this book offers techniques for dealing with negative thoughts and emotions, helping to change automatic, unhelpful reactions.

I have it, read it and even did a 6-day course in ACT. Interesting. Recommended it even today during a coaching session.

  1. “Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change, and Thrive in Work and Life” by Susan David (exists in NL)

David explains how to manage emotions and thoughts more effectively, allowing for more flexible and adaptive responses to situations.

  1. “Rewire: Change Your Brain to Break Bad Habits, Overcome Addictions, Conquer Self-Destructive Behavior” by Richard O’Connor (has books in NL)

O’Connor combines neuroscience and psychology to provide strategies for rewiring the brain to overcome harmful habits and default reactions.

And Podcasts (recommended by ChatGPT)

The following ones are overlaps with the previous category: “The Tim Ferriss Show”, “The Life Coach School Podcast” with Brooke Castillo, “The Tony Robbins Podcast”, “The Mindvalley Podcast” with Vishen Lakhiani, “Optimal Living Daily”, “The Brendon Show” with Brendon Burchard, “UnF*ck Your Brain” with Kara Loewentheil

These are ‘new’ suggestions:

  1. The Science of Happiness” by The Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley

This podcast explores research-based strategies for improving happiness, which often includes managing automatic reactions and developing healthier emotional responses.

  1. “On Purpose” with Jay Shetty

Jay Shetty interviews experts and shares insights on mindfulness, emotional intelligence, and behavior change, providing practical advice on managing default reactions.

  1. “The Habit Coach” with Ashdin Doctor

This podcast focuses on building good habits and breaking bad ones, offering tips and strategies for changing automatic behaviors and reactions.

  1. “The Mindset Mentor” with Rob Dial

Rob Dial explores topics related to mindset and personal development, including how to reprogram automatic responses and develop a more intentional way of living.

  1. “The Happiness Lab” with Dr. Laurie Santos

Dr. Laurie Santos shares scientific research and practical advice on how to lead a happier life, including tips on managing automatic responses and improving emotional resilience.

And some suggestions from me:

“Reinvent Yourself” with Dr Tara Swart Bieber

“SelfHealers Soundboard” with Dr. Nicole LePera and Jenna Weakland

“The Mel Robbins Podcast”

“The Gentle Used Human” with Dr. Scott Lyons (I am currently studying with him: Somatic Stress Release)


My online assertiveness course is very useful. ;-D

Books (recommendations according to ChatGPT)

  1. “Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High” by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, and Al Switzler

This book provides tools and techniques for handling difficult conversations effectively, which is essential for teamwork and collaboration.

  1. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable” by Patrick Lencioni (also exists in NL)

Lencioni explores common pitfalls that teams face and offers strategies to overcome them, with a strong focus on improving team communication and collaboration.

I’ve recently used his theory in a training. I haven’t read the book (I did study several articles).

  1. “Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life” by Marshall B. Rosenberg (also exists in NL)

Rosenberg introduces the principles of Nonviolent Communication (NVC), which can enhance empathy and understanding in team interactions, leading to more effective collaboration.

I’ve had the privileged of doing some workshops with him. I am a fan. Not only for teams (possibly not easy in a team but… still worth exploring). I’m thinking about diving into the topic a bit deeper myself. In the meantime many others have written about it.

  1. “The Speed of Trust: The One Thing That Changes Everything” by Stephen M.R. Covey (also exists in NL)

Covey discusses how building trust within teams can improve communication and overall effectiveness, providing actionable advice for fostering trust in a team setting.

I only know and have ‘the 7 habits’, probably one of the first management books I ever read.

  1. “Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity” by Kim Scott (also exists in NL)

Scott emphasizes the importance of clear, honest communication in teams, offering practical guidance on how to give and receive feedback effectively.

  1. “Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World” by General Stanley McChrystal

McChrystal shares lessons from his military experience on how to build and lead effective teams, with a strong focus on communication and adaptability.

  1. “The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups” by Daniel Coyle (also exists in NL)

Coyle explores what makes successful teams tick, including the role of communication in creating a strong, cohesive team culture.

  1. “Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t” by Simon Sinek (also exists in NL)

Sinek delves into the dynamics of effective teams and the importance of communication and trust, drawing on examples from various organizations.

  1. “Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts.” by Brené Brown (also exists in NL)

Brown emphasizes the role of vulnerability and courageous communication in leadership and teamwork, providing tools for fostering open and honest dialogue within teams.

I like her a lot.

  1. “The Art of Communicating” by Thich Nhat Hanh (many exist in NL, not sure about this one)

This book offers insights into mindful communication, helping team members listen deeply and speak with clarity and compassion.

Have it, like it.

  1. “People Skills: How to Assert Yourself, Listen to Others, and Resolve Conflicts” by Robert Bolton (exists in NL)

Bolton provides techniques for effective communication, assertiveness, and conflict resolution, which are essential skills for teamwork.

  1. “Communication Miracles for Couples: Easy and Effective Tools to Create More Love and Less Conflict” by Jonathan Robinson

Although aimed at couples, this book offers practical communication tools that can be applied in any relationship, including teamwork settings.

And Podcasts (recommended by ChatGPT)

  1. “Manager Tools”

Hosted by Mark Horstman and Mike Auzenne, this podcast provides practical guidance on management and communication within teams. Episodes often cover topics such as effective meetings, feedback, and delegation.

  1. “The Look & Sound of Leadership”

Hosted by Tom Henschel, this podcast focuses on developing leadership communication skills. It provides insights and strategies for improving communication in team settings.

  1. “WorkLife with Adam Grant”

Organizational psychologist Adam Grant explores various aspects of work life, including communication, collaboration, and teamwork. Each episode provides research-backed insights and practical advice.

I follow him on IG

  1. “The Art of Charm”

   – While this podcast covers a broad range of personal development topics, many episodes focus on communication skills, including how to communicate effectively within teams and organizations.

  1. “Coaching for Leaders”

Hosted by Dave Stachowiak, this podcast provides leadership and management advice, with a strong emphasis on effective communication and team dynamics.

  1. “HBR IdeaCast”

Produced by Harvard Business Review, this podcast features interviews with leading thinkers in business and management. Many episodes discuss effective communication strategies for teams and organizations.

When in need for inspiration for specific management advice, I always turn to HBR (I have a subscription), I read an article and it if ‘speaks’ to me, I might look for more info/books from the author.

  1. “The Productivity Show”

Hosted by Asian Efficiency, this podcast covers topics related to productivity, including communication within teams. It offers tips and strategies for improving team collaboration and effectiveness.

  1. “The Tony Robbins Podcast” (is he paying ChatGPT? ;-D)

Tony Robbins discusses various aspects of personal and professional development, including effective communication and teamwork. The podcast features interviews with experts and actionable advice.

  1. “How to Be Awesome at Your Job”

Hosted by Pete Mockaitis, this podcast provides insights and strategies for excelling at work, including how to communicate effectively and work well in teams.

  1. “Lead to Win”

Hosted by Michael Hyatt and Megan Hyatt Miller, this podcast focuses on leadership and productivity. Episodes often address communication strategies for leading and working within teams.

  1. “The Teamwork Advantage”

Hosted by Gregg Gregory, this podcast delves into various aspects of teamwork and collaboration, providing practical advice on how to communicate effectively within teams.

  1. “Manager Tools”

This podcast offers specific, actionable advice for managers and team leaders on how to improve communication and team dynamics.


1 extra:

“Eat, sleep, work, repeat”


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Have a lovely summer!