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Book of the month

                                                                                                                                                          “Start with Why” by Simon Sinek; This book is now a business classic and for good reasonstart with why.jpg.  In this age of cheap manufacturing, commoditisation, overload of online content, Simon shares what he believes separates great businesses from the run of the mill.  Having a clearly defined purpose, your why.  This is a book I keep going back to again and again to inspire me personally and this book is my starting point for any strategic exercise I undertake for any business I am apart of.  BUY BOOK


“the french art of not giving a f**k” by Fabrice Midal; I don’t do and never have done new yefrench.jpgar resolutions.  I just keep working towards my higher purpose in life, whereby I want to lead, connect and inspire people.  The art of not giving a f**k is unfortunately cliche now in the book world.  This book however is a great read.  It investigates how Fabrice worked towards loving himself which then helped him to love others.  This book has certainly had a calming effect on me personally and I incorporate the simple and clear messages into my everyday.  The pervading theme is how to use mediation to improve your life, however this is not your regular “self-awareness” type book so please give it a chance and don’t put it down after the first chapter, it gets better and clearer as you read on.  BUY BOOK


personal MBA.jpg“The Personal MBA…a world-class business education in a single volume” by Josh Kaufman; This is the best business book I have ever read and I personally reach for this every few days for my reference.  I would actually give this 6 out of 5 stars if I could.  The amount of complex, disparate information and data that Josh has synthesized into easy to understand language is just mind-blowing.  This makes business simpler and easier to understand.  Whether you have studied an MBA or not, this should be a staple in your book collection.  BUY BOOK


Decision book.jpg“The Decision Book Fifty models for strategic thinking” by Mikael Krogerus and Roman Tschappeler; this little book is my secret weapon when I am looking for new and innovative ways to look at problems and to allow me to ask the right questions when adding tools to my Toolkit for Dynamic Strategy.  BUY BOOK 



“The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Ric4 hour work week.jpgh” by Timothy Ferriss; whether you want to escape the 9-5, or simply learn effective ways to free up your time and focus on your strengths in your current job, you will get a huge amount from this book.  I personally used this book as a catalyst to start this very website!  There is a reason this book has achieved New Your Times bestseller status – it will make you think and stretch your mind.  BUY BOOK


“What they Don’t teach you at Harvard Business School” by Mark H. McCormack; I wish someone recommended this book to me when I was at University studying my business and management degree.  I entered the workplace thinking I was ready to take on the bDon't teach you.jpgusiness world.  In reality I had no idea what I was in for.  There is a massive void between technical skills and book smarts and what you need to really succeed in business and in life, which includes common sense, street smarts and people skills.  Whether you are just starting out in your career or well on your way, I highly recommend this book written by the founder of IMG (International Management Group).  BUY BOOK



TED TALKS The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking by Chris Anderson; So here’s the deal.  I used to be terrified of public speaking, but I constantly put myself onto the stage and very slowly created a new normal.  It does get easier.  I still have a lot to learn, but this book – while skewed towards TED talks – has given me some great tips and tricks to improve as a public speaker, presenter or even just being better at influencing in business meetings.  BUY BOOK


“HBR’s 10 Must Reads On Strategy – Featuring ‘What is Strategy” by Michael E. Porter'”  This has 10 articles to better understand strategy holistically from idea generaHBR Strategy.jpg
tion to bringing those ideas to life.  I will be the first to admit that my thinking for my Toolkit for Dynamic Strategy has been heavily influenced by these thought-leaders and trailblazers.  This book has certainly fed my mind and created new ideas I would never have come up with alone.  BUY BOOK



“Scrum Basics: A Very Quick Guide to Agile Project Management” This book is not about you being ready to run projects, it’s simply meant as a very quick guide to get you up to speed as to where Agile project methodology, and scrum in particular, has come from and where it is now.  With scrum being the current craze around the world, and with it on the verge of ramping up in the mainstream corporate AustraliAgile.jpga (read my blog on ANZ) you do need to have a basic understanding of Agile methodologies.  Personally I don’t subscribe to blindly following methodologies from other companies, unless I feel it will add value in its own right to my intended objectives.  This book is technical, a bit dry, but it’s worth getting yourself up-to-speed as this way of working is only going to increase.  BUY BOOK


“The Customer Culture Imperative: A Leader’s Guide to Driving Superior Performance” by Dr Lindon R. Brown and Chris L. Brown; whatever label you put on the strategy you want to use in your business, every business is defined by one thing, and that’s meeting the needs of your customers.  This book looks at how Amazon, Virgin, Apple, Starbucks, and salesforce.comCustomer.jpg utilised best practice customer focus to meet the needs of their customers.  A great read for students of business, whatever your age or status.  This is still my favourite book on customer-centricity and it has heavily influenced not only this blog post, but all customer-centric strategies I have rolled out into businesses that I have worked with.  BUY BOOK



“Unshakeable; Your Guide to Financial Freedom; Creating Peace of Mind in a World of Volatility” By Tony Robbins with Peter Mallouk; I consider myself to be quite financially savvy, however I got so much out of this book. I believe anyone from rank bTony R.jpgeginners that want to be better at investing for their financial futures, to hardened financial professionals, will all get something out of this book.  It’s the first Tony Robbins book I have read and it won’t be the last.  My favourite section is the mental game required to hold on during the turbulent times that are always sure to come when it comes to the financial markets.  The secret then being ready for when the sun shines again, which it always does.  BUY BOOK


“Ego is the Enemy” by Ryan Holiday; You can read this blog entry as to the changes I have made in my life to be a better leader, better father and hopefully a better all round person.  I won’t credit Ryan with all of these changes, but there was a pivotal point in my life that I can recall so vividly and associate with this book.  Ego.jpg

My partner, who tragically lost her fight with cancer in December 2017, went into remission in mid-2016 and to celebrate she booked our dream  holiday to the Maldives to a well known surfing spot – Pasta Point.  I am a keen surfer and she put my needs before hers as to the holiday we took.  That speaks volumes as to the person she was.  I remember a certain fellow traveller who was loud, obnoxious and showing everyone around pictures of himself surfing over the last 10 years with full slideshows at the bar.  It bothered me and that means there was something there that I had to work on – it was my issue, not his.  I saw this book at the airport on the way home and proceeded to work on my ego and I approach life with humility and put my team before myself in the workplace.  I truly believe that increasing your emotional intelligence is your key to success in all facets of life.  BUY BOOK


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