Reading List

Our list of reading recommendations has books for all tastes and expertise.

Reading List

Our reading recommendations for all tastes and expertise.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Stephen R. Covey

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has captivated readers for 25 years. It has transformed the lives of Presidents and CEOs, educators, parents, and students — in short, millions of people of all ages and occupations have benefited from Dr. Covey's 7 Habits book. And, it can transform you.

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Man's Search for Meaning

Viktor Frankl

Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl’s memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering, but we can choose how to cope with it…

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Start With Why

Simon Sinek

Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty? Simon Sinek explores the question WHY.

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Your Brain at Work

David Rock

In Your Brain at Work, David Rock takes readers inside the heads—literally—of a modern two-career couple as they mentally process their workday to reveal how we can better organize, prioritize, remember, and process our daily lives.

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The Complete Guide to a Good Night’s Sleep

Dr Carmel Harrington

Dr Carmel Harrington knows that sleep solutions are not a one-size-fits-all. Sleep is highly individual and there are many reasons why you may not be sleeping well. In this definitive guide, she examines the process of sleep, the particular reasons why you are having trouble sleeping well, the behaviour patterns that hinder your restful sleep, and helps you to uncover ways to achieve deep, restful sleep on a permanent basis.

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Flow
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi takes on the problem of how to live a happier life. A meaningful life is one where the person spends his time in a state of optimal experience called Flow. To live a great life, all your goals must be unified in a way that produces the maximum amount of flow.

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Forged in Crisis; The Power of Courageous Leadership in Turbulent Times
Nancy Koehn 

Forged in Crisis tells the story of five great leaders—Ernest Shackleton, Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and Rachel Carson—and their journeys of perseverance and self-actualization in the face of enormous challenges.

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The Resilience Project; Finding Happiness Through Gratitude, Empathy and Mindfulness
Hugh Van Cuylenburg 

The key steps to leading a happier, more contented and fulfilling lifeHugh van Cuylenburg was a primary school teacher volunteering in northern India when he had a life-changing realisation: despite the underprivileged community the children were from, they were remarkably positive.

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Our Iceberg is Melting; Changing and Succeeding Under Any Conditions
Holger Rathgeber, John Kotter and Kazuhiro Fujihara

Our Iceberg Is Melting is a simple story about doing well under the stress and uncertainty of rapid change. Based on the award-winning work of Harvard Business School’s John Kotter, it can help you and your colleagues thrive during tough times.

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The Mind of the Leader; How to Lead Yourself, Your People and Your Organisation for Extraordinary Results
Jacqueline Carter and Rasmus Hougard 

In The Mind of the Leader, Hougaard and Carter draw on years of research to show that the traditional, top-down style of leadership doesn't work anymore. The successful leaders of the future will be human-centered, focused as much on growth and the bottom line as on creating a flourishing and sustainable culture.

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Leaders Eat Last
Simon Sinek

In Leaders Eat Last, Simon Sinek explains where we've gone wrong and puts out an urgent call for real leaders to step forth to make a positive difference. In this Leaders Eat Last summary, we'll explain the human need for safety, why we've become so dangerously out of balance, and how you can become a true leader.

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The One Minute Manager Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson 

The One Minute Manager gives managers three simple tools, which each take 60 seconds or less, but can tremendously improve how they do their job: getting people to stay motivated, happy and deliver great work.

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Live Lead Learn; My Stories of LIfe and Leadership
Gail Kelly

Inspiring, practical, generous and optimistic, one of our finest communicators and most successful businesswomen shares what she's learned about leadership, the culture of the workplace and the vital importance of living a whole life. Gail Kelly's presence reaches far beyond her own profession.

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Theory U; Leading from the Future as It Emerges
Otto Scharmer 

Theory U helps leaders act based on the future, not the past, and allows them to create organizational change at a global level through creative and agile methodologies. Otto Scharmer rarely concerns himself with small problems.

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Good to Great
James C. Collins

Good To Great examines what it takes for ordinary companies to become great and outperform their competitors by analyzing 28 companies over 30 years, who managed to make the transition or fell prey to their bad habits.

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The Infinite Game
Simon Sinek 

Sinek argues that business fits all the characteristics of an infinite game, notably that: there may be known as well as unknown players; new players can join at any time; each player has their own strategy; there is no set of fixed rules (though law may operate as semi-fixed rules); and there is no beginning or end.

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Emotional Agility; Get Unstuck, Embrace Change, and Thrive in Work and Life
Suzan David

Emotional agility is a revolutionary, science-based approach that allows us to navigate life's twists and turns with self-acceptance, clear-sightedness, and an open mind. Renowned psychologist Susan David developed this concept after studying emotions, happiness, and achievement for more than twenty years.

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Collaborative Intelligence
Dawna Markova 

Collaborative intelligence, or “CQ,” is a measure of our ability to think with others on behalf of what matters to us all. It is emerging as the new professional currency at a time when the way we think, interact, and innovate is shifting. In the past, “Marketshare” companies ruled by hierarchy and top-down leadership.

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Mindset:The New Psychology of Success
Carol Dweck

Dweck explains why it’s not just our abilities and talent that bring us success—but whether we approach them with a fixed or growth mindset. She makes clear why praising intelligence and ability doesn’t foster self-esteem and lead to accomplishment, but may actually jeopardize success.

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Daring Greatly

Brene Brown

From thought leader Dr. Brené Brown, a transformative new vision for the way we lead, love, work, parent, and educate that teaches us the power of vulnerability.

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Presence

Amy Cuddy

By learning to access our personal power we can achieve "presence," the states in which we stop worrying about the impression we're making on others and start being our best selves. As this revolutionary book reveals, harnessing the power of presence is as simple as learning to tweak our body language, behavior, and mind-set in our day-to-day lives.

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Thrive

Arianna Huffington

In this deeply personal book, Arianna talks candidly about her own challenges with managing time and prioritising the demands of a career and two daughters. Drawing on the latest ground breaking research and scientific findings in the fields of psychology, sports, sleep and physiology that show the profound and transformative effects of meditation, mindfulness, unplugging and giving, Arianna shows us the way to a revolution in our culture, our thinking, our workplaces, and our lives.

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The Brain that Changes Itself
Norman Doidge

The Brain That Changes Itself explores the groundbreaking research in neuroplasticity and shares fascinating stories of people who can use the brain's ability to adapt and be cured of ailments previously incurable. Your brain is amazing.

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Why We Sleep
Matthew Walker

It is a summary of scientific research on sleep to date, providing insight on how sleep affects cognitive and physical performance in both the short and long term, and what you can do to improve your own sleep (which often involves avoiding things causing bad sleep). Recommended for everyone, as sleep affects us all.

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The Rational Optimist; How Prosperity Evolves
Matt Ridley

In a bold and provocative interpretation of economic history, Matt Ridley, the New York Times-bestselling author of Genome and The Red Queen, makes the case for an economics of hope, arguing that the benefits of commerce, technology, innovation, and change—what Ridley calls cultural evolution—will inevitably increase

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The 5 Dysfunction of a Team
Patrick Lencioni

According to the book, the five dysfunctions are: Absence of trust—unwilling to be vulnerable within the group. Fear of conflict—seeking artificial harmony over constructive passionate debate. Lack of commitment—feigning buy-in for group decisions creates ambiguity throughout the organization.

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Working with Emotional Intelligence
Daniel Goleman 

In his book, Working with Emotional Intelligence, Daniel Goleman presents evidence that emotional intelligence is the most important factor in achieving success. He explains how it can be achieved through training and gives examples of how to improve your emotional intelligence at work.

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The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working; The Four Forgotten Needs That Energise Great Performance
Catherine McCarthy, Jean Gomes, and Tony Schwartz

Schwartz suggests that there are four categories of energy needs that must be accommodated for people to work at their best: physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. Only by fulfilling these generic needs can we fulfill corresponding needs: sustainability, security, self-expression, and significance

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Drive; The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
Daniel H. Pink

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us is the fourth non-fiction book by Daniel Pink. The book was published in 2009 by Riverhead Hardcover. It argues that human motivation is largely intrinsic, and that the aspects of this motivation can be divided into autonomy, mastery, and purpose.

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Change Management
Jeff Hiatt and Timothy J. Creasey

This book is a solid, research-based introduction to the discipline of change management, and a primer to catalyze change leadership and competency in managers and executives. Change Management is a practical look at what it means to manage the people side of change, and gives the reader insight into best practices in this area.

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The Greats on Leadership; Classic Wisdom for Modern Managers
Jocelyn Davis

You don't need a big title or a business degree in order to lead with impact. What you need is practical wisdom: the insight, judgment, and strength of character that all great leaders have, but that most business schools and corporate workshops don't teach. The Greats on Leadership gets you there.

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Think Again; The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know
Adam Grant 

Think Again reveals that we don't have to believe everything we think or internalize everything we feel. It's an invitation to let go of views that are no longer serving us well and prize mental flexibility over foolish consistency. If knowledge is power, knowing what we don't know is wisdom.

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Culture Renovation; 18 Leadership Actions to Build an Unshakable Company
Kevin Oakes

In Culture Renovation, the head of the world's leading HR research firm―the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp)―Kevin Oakes provides tangible, tactical insights drawn from a robust data set and informed by CEOs and HR leaders at many of the world's top companies.

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The Art of Impossible; A Peak Performance Primer Steven Kotler 

Bestselling author and peak performance expert Steven Kotler decodes the secrets of those elite performers—athletes, artists, scientists, CEOs and more—who have changed our definition of the possible, teaching us how we too can stretch far beyond our capabilities, making impossible dreams much more attainable for all

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