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Left Brain, Right Stuff by Phil Rozenzweig


Why you should read it: This excellent book brings forward relevant decision making research than can actually be applied to real business situations. It highlights how some of the complex variables that leaders must account for, can be managed to improve decision outcomes. A very enlightening a...
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Quiet by Susan Cain


Why you should read it: This fabulously written book is a must read for anyone interested in how different personalities see the world and provide value in the workplace and society. In particular it sets out the world as seen by introverts, a long overdue perspective! Supporting relevant qu...
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Your Brain at Work by David Rock


Why you should read it: One of the best written books in the field of applying neuroscience research to the workplace – very understandable for leaders and managers. A must read, if you wish to stay up to date with how brain research can make us more effective at work. Supporting relevant quo...
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Wait by Frank Partnoy


Why you should read it: This book makes the case for slower decision making. More precisely, the case for understanding the window of opportunity available to make a decision and then how to utilise that window to make the best decision. Procrastination, well managed, can be a competitive advanta...
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Future Minds by Richard Watson


Why you should read it: Future Minds describes how the digital age is rewiring our minds, particularly those of younger generations now entering the workplace. It poses some powerful questions on whether this re-wiring is helpful and how we all need to deal with the irreversible realities of digi...
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When Cultures Collide by Richard Lewis


Why you should read it: Unashamedly, we include this original “classic” in our review as it describes the fundamental cultural differences between countries and continents in the business world. Read and weap about all those unknowing faux pas you made in the past! Read about how to understand yo...
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The Hero and The Outlaw by Margaret Mark & Carol Pearson


Why you should read it: This book describes how a brand can be build through understanding the archetypes that will appeal to target customers. A revelation. Supporting relevant quote: "Big enduring brands become icons – not just of corporations, but of whole cultures.." What it...
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Execution – the discipline of getting things done by Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan


Why you should read it: This book provides an essential guide to making sure you and your team/organisation can actually deliver your strategy. Supporting relevant quote: "Execution: the gap between what a company’s leaders want to achieve and the ability of their organisations to deliv...
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Nudge by Thaler & Sunstein


Why you should read it: This fascinating book makes the link between public policy decisions and their communication/implementation, and how this can be more successful through understanding how individuals make decisions. Governments across the world have acknowledged this book and used it’s i...
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Smart Mobs by Howard Rheingold


Why you should read it: This book was written in 2002 and predicted the rise of the collective power of the internet and instant access. Ten years later we see the Levinson Enquiry wrestling with the subject and the speed of the Arab Spring. It was a “wow” read then, and if you simply want to g...
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The Activity Illusion by Ian Price


Why you should read it: This book is a seriously important read, especially if you never have time to read a book these days. Read this one and face your very own activity illusion in the face. Written by a highly observant and well researched colleague at First Ascent, we strongly recommend thi...
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Tribal Leadership by Dave Logan, John King & Kalee Fischer-Wright


Why you should read it: Well researched, the five stage model of Tribes in this book provides great insight into the groups that make up our communities and businesses. It shows why using ‘one size fits all’ approaches to engaging with people don’t work. The writers present a simple way of recogn...
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Multipliers by Liz Wiseman


Why you should read it: Read the book, understand the model, do the test at the end and blush as you recall all the times you have unintentionally diminished the people in your team. This is a great book for raising the awareness of leaders of how they can multiply or diminish the performance of t...
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Good Strategy / Bad Strategy – The Difference and why it matters by Richard P Rumelt


Why you should read it: This book simplifies the process of creating a great strategy and reveals why good strategy is the exception rather than the rule. The key insight driving this book is the hard-won lesson of Rumelt’s lifetime experience of strategy work. He gives examples of bad strategy ...
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Where Good ideas Come From by Steven Johnson


Why you should read it This book, which is easy to read, filled with lots of good, real life anecdotes, explores the best kinds of environments we need to create at work (and home) for good ideas to flourish. It challenges the concept of idea generation being a solitary process, happening at ...
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