Back To Work Reading List
With the nights drawing in and children heading back to school, it’s time to start thinking about what you’re going to learn, work on or develop this autumn. Here’s our “Back To School” reading list for grown ups.
This is a fascinating study of the internet, using what we already know about neuroscience to predict what could happen next on the web. The internet has developed in much the same way as any system in biology does, and the book makes the point that over 99% of the systems that have ever developed have collapsed under their own weight. That’s an interesting observation, but the more interesting observations for business are about what does survive, and how they do it.
Stibel presnts his ideas in readable, accessible language, and it’s a real page turner. There’s almost too much to take in, so read steadily, take some breaks and reflect on what you’re reading as you go along, you don’t want to reach your own breakpoint.
If you’re just packing the children off to school, and breathing a sigh of relief that at least that means someone else is looking after them for part of the work day (at least until they catch up with all the new viruses that accompany the new school year), then Lean In may sound like your kind of book. Perhaps you’ll get a chance to read it after everyone has gone to bed. Alternatively, you could try the audio book and listen to it on the school run.
After years of hearing that multi-tasking was the way to go, it’s refreshing to read about how focus could be the route to success. Keller offers sensible, easy to adopt strategies for getting things done, one thing at a time.
Giving yourself permission to unplug from all of the electronic tethers modern business life carries with it, One Thing by Gary Keller discourages trying to do and have it all, taking a more step by step route to success, by achieving one thing before moving on to the next.
As a business book written by a journalist, The Power Of Habit is written for easy reading. It explores how people get into routines and how those routines can be changed. At its heart this book tells you everything you need to know about change management, why change programmes work and why many more fail, but it will be read more for its personal development slant.
Whether you want to get fit, quit smoking, lose weight, or change the way your organisation deals with conflict, treats customers or innovates then there’s lessons to be learned. Unfortunately Charles Duhigg does seem to take his own Power of Habit too far, after about half way, there’s a good deal of repetition, and perhaps some padding. Read the first third, then get on with changing your behaviours.
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Daniel Pink is the hottest thing in business publishing right now. Maybe it’s because he can write compelling business books with a splash of pink on the cover, perhaps it’s because those books’ covers have more than a hint of Eat, Pray, Love about them, or maybe it’s because he has good ideas and expresses them well.
Whether or not you view selling as a core part of your job, you are selling, both at work and in your personal life. Pink redefines the traditional ABC of selling for a more mature sales world, and offers simple but practical ways to increase your influencing ability, whatever your current perceived level of sales skill.