Love That Golf (Hazell Watson & Viney, 1953)
First published over half a century ago and last reprinted in 2006.
Full of practical advice and anecdotes that will make you laugh out loud.
The 4-Hour Work Week (Vermilion, 2007)
I know the whole world has read this book but I’ve been using virtual resources from around the world ever since I read it, easily, conveniently inexpensively, and for all sorts of different projects.
If you’re one of the few people in the world who hasn’t yet read it, get with the program and buy a copy. A book summary has also just been released.
Awaken the Giant Within (1992)
This book is brilliant. I first read it in 1993, just after it was published, when I had started my very first business.
Tony Robbins really is a master at understanding and teaching how our neural conditioning works and how it impacts the lives we come to lead and how we live them.
I still use this as a reference book on a regular basis. If you think this sounds interesting then please go and buy a copy and read it.
The Art of Possibility (Penguin Books, 2000)
This book gives us a new framework for thinking about what’s possible, and delivers it in a really compelling way through case studies and memorable stories.
The Zanders have joined forces from completely different professional perspectives to develop their framework and take it to the world. Highly recommend this.
Blue Ocean Strategy (Harvard Business School Press, 2005)
I love a good strategy and I love this book! The way that “blue ocean” thinking pulls apart industries and companies to create new models that have little competition, is compelling. I highly recommend it as a as a catalyst for new thinking about your company’s position in the market.
I’m OK, You’re OK (Pan Books, 1973)
Old book but brilliant in giving a framework for difficult conversations. It is based on the premise that we all come from a position of either the Child, the Adult or the Parent in our communication with others – or with ‘difficult’ conversations.
It provides practical strategies to convert communication between two people from pear-shaped to rational.
Should be essential reading for anyone who is a manger of people, or a parent!
The 80/20 Principle (Nicholas Brealey Publishing, 1998)
This book should be a handbook for anyone involved in developing business strategy. It shows how to apply the principle to your business and the value that can result.
The author was a partner at Bain & Co and co-founder of the LEK Partnership. He knows his stuff!
The Laws of Lifetime Growth (Berrett- Koehler Publishers)
Another book from Dan Sullivan because I think he’s a brilliant thinker and teacher of successful entrepreneurial business and personal strategies. His philosophy is to always be moving toward a bigger future and thinking in terms of multiples, doing what you’re brilliant at and what you love.
Easy to read and great reference book to stay on track.