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.
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.
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
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
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