A few business books you must read!

20/9/2015 |

BookshelfFor many of us, the changing season and back to school rush breathe a new kind of energy into our laid back, summer-loving selves. Why not take advantage of this burst by trying something new? Introducing a new habit or ritual to your routine is made a little easier when changes are already being implemented, and enthusiasm for all things ‘new’ is high (or perhaps just begrudgingly accepted.)

Last month, Director of Think Productive Canada and Productivity Ninja, Dawn O’Connor, wrote a very insightful article on how reading can lead to better business inspiration, increased success, even life-changing impacts and inspired ideas from as little as two hours a week.

(You can read the rest of Dawn’s article over on ProfitGuide.com – including some brilliant ways to easily incorporate reading into your office culture HERE.)

Below are a few lesser known gems plus some mainstream popular reads that we found valuable to get the September brain juices flowing. We would also love to hear about your favourite reads – feel free to share in the comment section below.

give and take
Give & Take by Adam Grant

Are you a Giver, Taker or Matcher in business? Adam Grant explores these personas and explains the surprising risks and rewards of giving too much or not enough at work.

Takers ‘strive to get as much as possible from others’. Matchers aim to keep things on an even keel (ie… I’ll give you something and I expect something of equal value in return), and Givers are ‘the rare breed of people who contribute to others without expecting anything in return’

We loved this comment from a reviewer on Good reads that summarizes the book quite well:

‘A lovely antidote to any cynicism you may have about who succeeds in business and life, and maybe a gentle nudge for anyone most concerned with getting what they can, to give a little, too.’

engage me
Engage Me by Kevin Higgins

This book is a super practical and essential guide for anyone managing business development staff. If you are a sales manager or oversee any staff required to influence your client base, this is a must read. It’s resource rich and quick to digest. Choose from many tips and tools to implement immediately and enjoy real life case studies and strategies backed by extensive research.

We love a good reference book that we can return to often and continue to get value from.

Praise for ‘Engage Me’

life changing
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

By now, most of us have made the connection between a clear and clean space yielding a more productive, clutter free mindset, but… how do we get there?

Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your space once, you’ll never have to do it again.

Clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy space, and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire. This book is truly life-changing.

Praise for The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up…


htbpnHow to be a Productivity Ninja by Graham Allcott 

In the age of information overload, traditional time management techniques simply don’t cut it when it comes to overflowing inboxes, ever-expanding to-do lists and endless, pointless meetings. Thankfully there is a better way: The Way of the Productivity Ninja.

Using techniques including Ruthlessness, Mindfulness, Zen-like Calm and Stealth & Camouflage you will get your inbox down to zero, make the most of your attention, beat procrastination and learn to work smarter, not harder.

Written by our company founder, UK’s foremost productivity expert Graham Allcott, you can see why we might be partial to it!

Praise for How to be a Productivity Ninja… 

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