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Draw to Win, by Dan Roam


If you have already read Dan Roam's bestselling book “The Back of the Napkin”, you know his philosophy of conveying ideas and messages using simple drawings. This is his fourth book, and it’s a kind of “best of” book, summarising the main ideas in a concise form. ...

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The Idea-Driven Organization


Every business needs to innovate, and innovation is everybody’s business now. You can’t rely anymore on leaving innovation to an R&D team – you must involve everybody. That’s the big idea behind the book “The Idea-Driven Organization: Unlocking the Power in Bottom-U...

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Simple Rules: How to Thrive in a Complex World


My dietitian friend and client Julie Meek helps busy executives and leaders maintain their health, fitness and energy. This is an important issue for these leaders, because they often have chaotic, unpredictable lifestyles, so it’s difficult for them to get into a routine of regular meals, reg...

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Book Review: The Future of the Professions


This book is a fascinating glimpse into the future of expertise. It looks at the traditional professions (such as law, accounting, and medicine) and widens the field by adding others such as divinity, journalism, and management consulting. The father-and-son team of Richard and Daniel Susskind group...

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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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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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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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