Resources for Healthy Development


The Plastic Coated Leaf – $15.99

The Plastic Coated Leaf is a compilation of poems and short stories written by the author from 1969-2014. The metaphor in the title represents the iconic equipment that drew the author into the culture of organized American football and gave him access to worlds beyond his impoverished South Bronx neighborhood but failed to protect his fragile anatomy and sensitive psyche. It is a collection of works that offers unprecedented insight into the motivations that drive athletic success, the pre-occupations that sometimes interfere with optimum performance, and the events and feelings that remind us, superstar athletes are also subjects of the human condition.


Swim SidewayZ – $22.99

Kindle Version

While swimming in the ocean, small business owner Ed Preston is caught in a life-threatening rip current only to be saved in the most unlikely way. Ed learns a crucial lesson and uses this experience to navigate through one of the worst economic downturns in history. Swim SidewayZ is a lesson in leadership skills, team management, and organizational culture. This insightful book was Inspired by the theoretical physicist Albert Einstein who said the definition of insanity is “Doing the same thing over and over while expecting a different result.” Swim SidewayZ delves into the underlying cause of ineffective behavior while highlighting the importance of both physical and mental well-being.


People Are Never the Problem – $19.64

Kindle Version

If we could internalize the simple truths in this book, the world we live in and the organizations in which we work would be better placed. Robert Watts, through his heart-warming stories, humor, and compassionate insight provides the understanding we need to avoid the trap of thinking “people are problems.” With Robert as our guide, our lives take on new meaning; we learn to focus on the problems people have rather than people as problems. Already a highly acclaimed motivational speaker, as the founder of Watts & Associates, Robert has developed a highly successful business model for re-organizing and breaking open new pathways to communication, not only in the workplace but everywhere relationship and interaction is critical to success and happiness.


Development of L.A.D.S. – $35.00

Based on over twenty years of experience as an organizational consultant, trainer, speaker, and coach, Robert Watts developed L.A.D.S. as a consultancy solution model similar to Action Learning. This instructional manual includes innovative learning models such as Learning the Client’s Course, Analyzing Gaps and Vacs, Diagnosing Capability and Motivation, and Strategic Action Planning. Using his special gifts of anecdotal discourse and “plain talk,” Dr. Watts uses the clear and practical language of L.A.D.S. to empower us all to become masters at better understanding how to assist organizations and groups to achieve their desired results. This is an excellent device for understanding these complex ideas organized into easy-to-read chapters.


Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) – $500.00

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® assessment, knowledge of personality type, and how it is used to make people more effective are used by many organizations, large and small throughout the world. “Since type provides a framework for understanding individual differences, and provides a dynamic model of individual development, it has found wide application in the many functions that compose an organization,” Gordon Lawrence and Charles Martin, Building People, Building Programs (CAPT 2001).

Type can be introduced into an organization to support many functions and situations including: managing others, development of leadership skills, conflict resolution, executive coaching, change management, and other more customized needs.

When you understand your type preferences, you can approach your own work in a manner that best suits your style, including: how you manage your time, problem-solving, best approaches for decision making, and dealing with stress. Knowledge of type can help you better understand the culture of the place you work, develop new skills, understand your participation in teams, and cope with change in the workplace.

If your work involves selling, knowledge of type can be helpful in understanding what clients need from you, especially how they best like to learn about products and services and how they like to interact during the process of gathering information and making decisions.

Cost $500 per person


The Trauma of Shame and the Making of the Self – $17.61

Shame influences more of our thoughts and actions than many other emotions. Used as a punishment for bad behavior, shame acts as an incentive for us to behave in socially acceptable ways. As a common method used to regulate children’s behavior, shame is by far one of the most pervasive socializing agents. Many of our more persistent, punitive, and critical feelings about ourselves stem from humiliations in early childhood even if we don’t remember the specific events that prompted them. While we all experience shame from time to time, when shame becomes toxic, it can play a central role in our life-long development and functioning. At its worst, shame can become a devastating attack on one’s personhood and a threat to the integrity of the self. Many books on shame and the process of healing have been written, but few have been written specifically from a psychodynamic depth psychology perspective. It is intended that The Trauma of Shame and The Making of the Self will make an important contribution to that effort.

Shelley Stokes, Ph.D., and Sherron Lewis, LMFT Authors of Letting Go and Taking the Chance to be Real (Lewis and Stokes 2017)


Letting Go and Taking the Chance To Be Real – $15.93

If you are interested in seeking a deeper insight into how you can live more consciously to your fullest potential, this book is highly recommended. It combines several years of personal and clinical experience and authentic examples of how to grow past childhood woundings and express the strivings and desires of your real self.

Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and others. $15.93

These authors have both been presenters in the Leadership Advantage Seminars at Watts & Associates.