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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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Ready, Set … Go, by Julie Meek


In this book, Julie shares ideas about health and peak performance, all beautifully laid out and delivered in small, easily digestible chunks. I enjoyed reading this book because it cleverly combines different ways of delivering messages about success: stories from well-known people, narrative from ...

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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 fo...

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Contagious – by Jonah Berger


This book is a fascinating and practical look into the psychology of influence. In particular, as the title suggests, it looks at why ideas catch on and spread. Berger presents six key principles – which he summarises with the acronym STEPPS: Social Currency (it makes you look good), Triggers ...

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Remote – by Jason Fried


The first chapter of this book is titled “The Time is Right for Remote Work”, and that’s a neat summary. In the book, Fried lays out the argument for greater acceptance and adoption of remote work. I co-authored the book Out of Office on the same topic, so it won’t come as a ...

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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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Presentation Zen 2nd Edition (including a contribution from Yours Truly)


If you’re like many presenters, Garr Reynolds’ book “Presentation Zen” might have been your bible for presentation slide design. It’s a great book, and Garr has now released a second edition. The new edition is about 70 pages longer, and among the additions is a section...

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