Here is a list of the books I most commonly recommend or refer back to often.


The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

This is the book where it all began for me. The first chapter of this book has had a long and lasting effect on me. I was a ‘paradigm shift’ in the form he discusses.

It is interesting reading it again to see how many themes I think are new to me now, are actually covered.

51bna3ici0l-_sx325_bo1204203200_The Art of Action: How Leaders Close the Gaps between Plans, Actions, and Results by Stephen Bungay

If the Seven Habits as the start of my interest in non-fiction reading, then this book was the beginning of my current reading obsession. Even though my Kindle library has a couple of other books earlier in the list.

This book discusses the evolution of the Prussian army and the reasoning behind the changes made. These changes became the model for the modern army and there are many parallels for the business world.

Specifically if you have ever used the quote “No plan survives contact with the enemy”, by Helmuth von Moltke the Elder, then this book is for you.

Specifically I often use the Back brief template that Bungay documents towards the end of the book. The following post, How to Make the Most of Your Company’s Strategy, discusses the back brief in some detail. However it really does help to have the book as background.


41hkhnz3y1lHow to Make Sense of Any Mess: Information Architecture for Everybody by Abby Covert




41jecz15wylSapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari




51qnuvobwfl-_sy346_The Lean Startup: How Constant Innovation Creates Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Reiss




Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande

No One Understands you and what to do about it by Heidi Grant Halvorson

Invisible Ink by Brian McDonald

The Personal MBA by Josh Kaufman

Intertwingled: Information Changes Everything by Peter Morville

The Phoenix Project

The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organisation by Peter Senge

Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely

The Social Animal by David Brooks

Financial Intelligence





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