You are not so smart

This is an interesting book. It’s probably drawing a bit of long bow to say it’s related to Habits of Mind – more an introduction to a wide range of interesting psychology. In short stories the author illustrates the various ways we deciive, delude and generally let our biasis lead us down the proverbial garden […]

Wait: The art and science of delay

Watch the Video Blurb What do these scenarios have in common: a professional tennis player returning a serve, a woman evaluating a first date across the table, a naval officer assessing a threat to his ship, and a comedian about to reveal a punch line? In this counterintuitive and insightful work, author Frank Partnoy weaves […]

Thinking Fast, Think Slow

Daniel Kahneman, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for his seminal work in psychology that challenged the rational model of judgment and decision making, is one of our most important thinkers. His ideas have had a profound and widely regarded impact on many fields—including economics, medicine, and politics—but until now, he has never […]

The Will Power Instinct

Based on Stanford University psychologist Kelly McGonigal’s wildly popular course “The Science of Willpower,” The Willpower Instinct is the first book to explain the new science of self-control and how it can be harnessed to improve our health, happiness, and productivity. Informed by the latest research and combining cutting-edge insights from psychology, economics, neuroscience, and medicine, The Willpower […]

The Talent Code

Another one of my favorite books, The Talent Code uses clear and engaging examples to show how talent is carefully constructed – and not the result of some sort of gift of inborn talent. Daniel Cole shows how three key ingredients go into making a talent and how the structure of the brain changes by […]

The Road to Excellence

This is the essential guide to the acquistion of excellence – but be warned it is an academic read full of the original papers and studies in this facinating field. Excellence and the highest levels of performance in the arts and sciences, sports, and games have always been an object of fascination to both scientists […]

The Power of Habit

This is a facinating and important book. After reading it, it has set off all sorts of connections for me in relation to Habits of Mind. In particular the author, Charles Duhigg, talks about how as actions become Habits of Mind we learn to anticipate rewards. This suggests to me that perhaps we need to […]

The Little Book of Talent

Every teacher, coach and parent should have a copy of this book. This book distills Daniel Coyle’s “Talent Code” into 52 short, clearly explained and practical every day tips. Amazingly practical. Take it into your classroom and discuss one tip a week, or keep a copy by the dinner table to talk to the kids […]

The Brian that Changes Itself

This is an amazing book. It’s a little off topic if your just looking for something about Habits of Mind, but if you want to take your reading further and venture into some of the remarkable stories about brain plasticity this might be the book for you. Just a little hint, if you find chapter […]

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This is a very important book. Malcom Gladwell explores expertise from the perspective of what he calls “Outliers” – people who perform at the extreme of human performance. Throughout the book he documents the importance of circumstance and environment in the development of high achievers and the importance of practice (10 000 hours worth of […]

Moonwalking with Einstein

Wow! This is a facinating read. Josh Foer tells his story of how as a journalist he became interested in people with extrodinary memory. He discovers that these extrodanary feats of memory are the result of training and practice, not a natural ability. These memory experts claim that anyone can do what they do, and […]


This is a very important book. Once the key ideas that Carol Dweck has described become widely known and translated into practical classroom and parent techniques it will have a profound effect on the way we structure classrooms and the ways we intereact with learners. To my mind Dweck makes her point well, and then […]

How Children Succeed

Watch the Video  Blurb The story we usually tell about childhood and success is the one about intelligence: success comes to those who score highest on tests, from preschool admissions to SATs. But in How Children Succeed, Paul Tough argues that the qualities that matter most have more to do with character: skills like perseverance, curiosity, […]


One of the questions that always comes up when we talk about talent is Motivation. In this book Daniel Pink explodes some of the myths about motiviation and at the same time gives lots of practical advice on how people are motivated. Watch the video and be amazed. Watch the Youtube Video Blurb: Most people […]


This is one of my favorite books to introduce people to modern ideas of success. Beautifully written and spanning many of the topics you’ll find covered individually in other books on this page it’s an outstanding introduction to this amzaing field of how people really develop talent. Watch the YouTube Video Blurb: Why have all […]

Books by Oliver Sacks

What Oliver Sacks has to tell us about the way the brain functions is simply amazing. His books are beautifully written and provide powerful insights into the human mind by combining fascinating case studies of individuals with unique conditions. Rather than fill this section with many of Oliver Sacks books, I’ve decided to reccommend that, […]