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Lockdown reading list

Updated: Jan 2, 2021

I wanted to share this with you earlier than usual. My book recommendations are typically for reading on the beach during the summer or an end of year review. But needs must, COVID-19 means for some that there is a lot more time on their hands while for others a good book can help clear the head and provide time away from every day, all day fire fighting and barking orders to deal with the many crises at present.

Thanks for the many book recommendations you have made. A big shout out to my RYse coaching group, "RYsers" who suggested, "Invisible Women" which was an eye-opener for me. One of the books is what I would refer to as a classic that has stood the test of time while the others are recently published so only time will tell.

The top books to recommend for reading in the coming weeks, ones that will make you think, reflect and provoke you to do things differently are:

  1. WHAT YOU DO IS WHO YOU ARE - Ben Horowitz. Personal and corporate values are more critical today, during the crisis than ever. Do not deviate from them even in the short-term and especially not for short term economic gain. A great read.

  2. LOONSHOTS - Safi Bahcall. Ever wondered how to nurture innovation and productionise it within larger organisations? Well, Safi has some great ideas, and his writing style is thoroughly engaging.

  3. INVISIBLE WOMEN - Caroline Criado Perez. Man or woman, go and read it to raise your awareness of the inherent biases in the world of work.

  4. CROSSING THE CHASM - Geoffrey A. Moore. A classic marketing framework for cutting edge products. Lessons from this book should be applied to the marketing of services and so much more.

And an oldie but goodie and a regular favourite on my lists is another book by Ben Horowitz - THE HARD THING ABOUT HARD THINGS. Very appropriate right now, focused on leading through wartime. A must-read!

As always, if you want to explore the world of podcasts, then I would recommend Tim Ferriss' as well as Akimbo by Seth Godin.

Please share your thoughts and comments on these books and podcasts and let me know of your top book recommendations to read.

Stay safe, stay well.


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