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The Power of Habit – by Charles Duhigg


This fascinating book combines three of my favourite elements: Practical ideas, backed by strong research, relayed by powerful stories. Duhigg’s one big idea in the book is that our habits can be broken down into three factors: A cue that triggers the habit, a routine that we subconsciously ...

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Power Play, by Yamini Naidu


Here’s a book that is so compelling you will finish it in a single sitting, but so powerful you will want to read over and over again for its insights. Yamini Naidu explores different kinds of power for leaders to use for greater influence in their personal and professional lives. You can prob...

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The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth, by Chris Brogan


Chris Brogan’s latest book is a call to action for people who want to turn their back on the idea of working in a traditional job and launch their own business. It addresses one of the biggest challenges of the new business owner: suddenly having all this freedom and flexibility, and not knowi...

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Ideas With Legs, by Nils Vesk


There are many books about business innovation, but few are as practical as this, which helps you take an idea all the way from something abstract in somebody’s head into the practical implementation in your organisation. Broadly, Vesk breaks down the “ideation” process into four group...

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TED Talks Storytelling – by Akash Karia


This brief but value-packed book, drawing inspiration from the famous TED Talks, is all about using storytelling in your presentations. It’s ideal if you would like to learn more about bringing your presentations to life through stories. The author, Akash Karia, looks at a number of features o...

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Folding Time – by Neen James


There are many books about time management, productivity and getting things done – and this is one of the best. Neen James provides a contemporary, practical approach that really works. She says time management is dead, and we need to focus on accountability, attention, and energy. These are n...

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Book Review: Succeed: How We Can Reach Our Goals, by Heidi Grant Halvorson


This book gives you the science behind goal setting. It’s not just another goal-setting process. Instead, Halvorson explains how different types of goals need different methods to achieve them, and goes on to describe the best methods for each of your goals. This is a crucial difference betwee...

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The Power of Impossible Thinking, by Colin Crook, Robert E. Gunther and Yoram R. Wind


This is a book to help you think more clearly and break free of the constricting – and possibly outdated – mental models you might be using now. Broadly, the book is based on the idea that the way we make sense of the world is largely based on our own internal processing, and far less th...

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Book Review: The Lean Startup – by Eric Ries


In this book, Eric Ries proposes a model for managing something that traditionally has been seen as somewhat unmanageable: an entrepreneurial startup business. It’s a good read, even if you’re not in a startup business, but want to use the same ideas for managing a new project, product l...

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Connected, by Nicholas Christakis and James Fowler


I first came across this book when I read of a study that found your weight was more affected by the people around you than by your individual diet or fitness program. This study is just one of those reported and discussed in this book, which is a fascinating account of how we are inter-connected. I...

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