I'm doing some leadership sessions with groups of young people mainly problem solving and communication exercises.

I'm looking for a book with some simple and effective exercises to promote communication, leadership, facilitation and interaction.

Does anyone have any suggestions on books which might contain a ideas for exercises?

Many thanks,


trandell's picture

Hmmmm... I need to know a little more about you want to accomplish, but I think several of John C. Maxwell's books would do the trick for you. Titles such as Developing The Leader Within You and The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership have accompanying workbooks. John's company, InJoy, offers a lot of training packages for self-led training too. Check it out at

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I'm not such a big fan of Maxwell... I think he's the master of the aphorism. I've not seen the workbooks, though.

If you're really looking for exercises, and younger folks are involved, here are some books I've used. They are page after page after page of nothing but games and energizers. Some are lame, some might be just right. We're talking HUNDREDS. Lots of duplication, too.

The Big Book of Icebreakers: Quick, Fun Activities for Energizing Meetings and Workshops by Edie West (Paperback - Oct 1, 1999)

201 Icebreakers Pb by Edie West (Paperback - Oct 1, 1996)

The Big Book of Business Games: Icebreakers, Creativity Exercises and Meeting


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Thank you both, after reading the synopsis of the books suggested, I’ve chosen to order "The Big Book of Icebreakers" hopefully it'll be a great start.

I'll update you on how I get on.

Thank you - your input is invaluable.

aspiringceo's picture

There are thousands of icebreaker and energizer type of games on the web a good start is

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tokyotony's picture

The book we used for my PM class for Team Dynamics was "The Team Handbook". Some exercises/suggestions are a bit corny, but there is some good stuff as well.

Somewhat related, you may also want to look at "People Skills for Project Managers".

aspiringceo's picture

[quote="GaryC"] is an advertisement site. I believe Edmund meant

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Woops my mistake. Gary is spot on