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Recommended Reading

"Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body"

High Performance

by Jake Humphries

To learn more about goal setting and planning a path to success


High performance isn't born. It's made.

This book uncovers the eight essential habits of the world's leading sportspeople, coaches and entrepreneurs.

From taking responsibility for your situation to finding your 'Trademark Behaviours', it reveals how the world's highest-achieving people unlocked their potential - and how you can too. Anyone can learn the secrets of high performance.

Switch

by Chip & Dan Heath

To learn about how to successfully implement changes in both life & business.


In a compelling, story-driven narrative, the Heaths bring together decades of counterintuitive research in psychology, sociology, and other fields to shed new light on how we can effect transformative change. Switch shows that successful changes follow a pattern, a pattern you can use to make the changes that matter to you, whether your interest is in changing the world or changing your waistline.

Ego Free Leadership

by Brandon Black & Shane Hughes

To learn more about people management and avoiding the ego traps we can all often fall in to


"I've got a solution," Encore's CFO tells Brandon, "but it's unorthodox". It's 2005, and Brandon Black has just been promoted to CEO of Encore Capital, a company struggling to navigate an increasingly difficult business environment. Faced with a rapidly declining stock price and low workplace morale, Brandon knows he needs change - and fast. Following his CFO's advice, he and his executive team start working with Learning as Leadership (LaL) and its president, Shayne Hughes. Through their partnership, Encore's executive team learns to root out the unproductive ego habits that undermine collaboration and performance.

How to be Heard

by Julian Treasure

To learn more about the importance of developing powerful speaking and listening skills


Julian Treasure is a sought-after and top-rated international speaker. Collectively his five TED talks on various aspects of sound and communication have been viewed more than 50 million times. His talk How To Speak So That People Want To Listen is in the rare group that has over 20 million views on TED.com alone, placing it in the top 10 TED talks of all time.

Messengers

by Stephen Martin & Joseph Marks

To learn about what qualities make a good leader, in both hard and soft leadership styles


Why are self-confident ignoramuses so often believed?

Why are thoughtful experts so often given the cold shoulder?

And why do apparently irrelevant details such as a person’s height, their relative wealth, or their Facebook photo influence whether or not we trust what they are saying?

When deciding whether or not someone is worth listening to, we think we carefully weigh their words and arguments. But those are far from being the only factors that hold sway with us.

The Science of Storytelling

by Will Storr

This book is relevant to creating your own personal story for your brand


Who would we be without stories?

Stories mould who we are, from our character to our cultural identity. They drive us to act out our dreams and ambitions and shape our politics and beliefs. We use them to construct our relationships, to keep order in our law courts, to interpret events in our newspapers and social media. Storytelling is an essential part of what makes us human.

The Power of Moments

by Chip & Dan Heath

To learn how to deliberately design powerful defining moments

In The Power of Moments, Chip and Dan Heath explore the stories of people who have created standout moments, from the owners who transformed an utterly mediocre hotel into one of the best-loved properties in Los Angeles by conjuring moments of magic for guests, to the scrappy team that turned around one of the worst elementary schools in the country by embracing an intervention that lasts less than an hour.

Filled with remarkable tales and practical insights, The Power of Moments proves we all have the power to transform ordinary experiences into unforgettable ones.

Leaders Eat Last

by Simon Sinek

A great book on leadership and how to manage people effectively


Imagine a world where almost everyone wakes up inspired to go to work, feels trusted and valued during the day, then returns home feeling fulfilled.

This is not a crazy, idealised notion.

Today, in many successful organisations, great leaders are creating environments in which people naturally work together to do remarkable things.

Atomic Habits

by James Clear

How to incorporate, build and maintain healthy habits in your life


A revolutionary system to get one per cent better every day.

People think when you want to change your life, you need to think big. But world-renowned habits expert James Clear has discovered another way. He knows that real change comes from the compound effect of hundreds of small decisions – doing two push-ups a day, waking up five minutes early, or holding a single short phone call.

He calls them atomic habits.

Peak

by Anders Ericsson & Robert Pool

A book about how anyone can develop extraordinary abilities with the right deliberate practice


Anders Ericsson has made a career studying chess champions, violin virtuosos, star athletes, and memory mavens. Peak distils three decades of myth-shattering research into a powerful learning strategy that is fundamentally different from the way people traditionally think about acquiring new abilities. Ericsson's revolutionary methods will show you how to improve at almost any skill that matters to you, and that you don't have to be a genius to achieve extraordinary things.

Payoff

by Dan Ariely

A behavioural economics book about what shapes peoples motivations


Every day we work hard to motivate ourselves. We spend much of our time trying to motivate the people working for us, with us and in business with us. In our personal lives we try to motivate our friends, partners and children.

From the economic point of view, motivation is based on a very simple trade-off: we need and want things, and we work to get them. We’re more likely to do something if we get money for it, and the more money we get, the more motivated we are.

But what if our understanding of motivation and money is all wrong?

Predictably Irrational

by Dan Ariely

Will give you insight into how to apply behavioural economics to your business


Predictably Irrational brilliantly blends everyday experiences with a series of illuminating and often surprising experiments that will change your understanding of human behaviour. And by recognising these patterns, Ariely shows, we can make better decisions in business, in matters of collective welfare and in our everyday lives, from drinking coffee to losing weight, buying a car to choosing a romantic partner.

Influence

by Robert Cialdini

In my mind this is the definitive book on sales and sales techniques


Robert Cialdini seminal expert in the fields of influence and persuasion—explains the psychology of why people say yes and how to apply these insights ethically in business and everyday settings. Using memorable stories and relatable examples, Cialdini makes this crucially important subject surprisingly easy. With Cialdini as a guide, you don't have to be a scientist to learn how to use this science.

Happy Sexy Millionaire

by Steven Bartlet

An inspiring book about a self made millionaire and the unexpected truths it taught him about happiness


In this book, I'll dismantle the most popular, unaddressed lies about happiness that we've been led to believe. I'll expose the source of these lies, examine the incentives that fuel them and replace them with a practical set of scientifically proven and unconventional ideas that will help you to live a truly fulfilled life, a life full of the love you seek and the success you deserve.

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