8 must-read books on leadership

8 leadership books

Whether you’re a manager or employee, we all need to lead at some point in our lives. Meetings, projects, taking charge of a personal problem or maybe just helping others deal with their own problems.

Good leadership is a skill that’ll greatly improve your life, and who better to learn it from than those who’ve mastered it? These must-read leadership books will show you how great leaders think and act.

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Daniel Pink: why everything you know about motivation is wrong

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Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink

Thought you knew how to motivate yourself and those around you? Think again. As Daniel Pink explains in Drive, the old-school notion of motivation – offering rewards – is no longer relevant in today’s world. The secret to high performance lies in our innate desire to be autonomous, to discover and create, and to do better.  Continue Reading…

Inside The Everything Store: the rise of Amazon and Jeff Bezos

The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon by Brad Stone

What’s the first thing you think about when you hear the word ‘Amazon’? Some might immediately think of the mighty river and rainforest of South America. But for the majority it means the vast online shop filled with any product imaginable, and home of the Kindle.

The Everything Store describes the rise and rise of Amazon.com and its founder, Jeff Bezos. Continue Reading…

“Your network is your net worth.” Learn how to grow your network from Jayson Gaignard

Mastermind Dinners: Build Lifelong Relationships by Connecting Experts, Influencers, and Linchpins by Jayson Gaignard

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Mastermind Dinners is a no-nonsense, no BS, tried-and-tested, experience-based book. And I loved it. Jayson Gaignard wrote it in an honest, friendly tone and gave away the blueprint for how he used this exact method to go from a quarter-million US dollar debt to a successful business. Continue Reading…

The “magic bullet solution” for overcoming uncontrollable triggers

Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts – Becoming the Person You Want to Be by Marshall Goldsmith

Trigger → Impulse → Behavior.

This is usually the cycle for our spontaneous reactions.

There are plenty of facts, events, and circumstances in our lives that powerfully impact how we act and react.

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Manage change by breaking down the walls of resistance

Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Dan & Chip Heath

Dan Heath is a Senior Fellow at Duke University’s CASE center, which supports social entrepreneurs. At CASE he founded the Change Academy, a program designed to boost the impact of social sector leaders. His brother, Chip Heath, is a professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he teaches business strategy and organizations. Together they’ve written three New York Times bestsellers: DecisiveSwitch, and Made to Stick.

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Everything you need to know about How to Start a Startup

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You know how you sometimes highlight interesting parts of a book? Well, my version of ThinkApp’s How to Start a Startup barely has any non-highlighted sections left. It’s a treasure chest of tips and ideas to help you make your own startup successful.

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Start with WHY: the inspirational truth that stands behind the key question

Start With Why

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek

Simon Sinek’s Start With Why explores our relationship with mentors, the people we hold in high esteem and in whose footsteps we constantly try to follow. And because we’re dreaming big we’re tempted to ask, once in a while… why?

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Key ways to question your expectations and resize your dreams

Put Your Dream to the Test: 10 Questions to Help You See It and Seize It by John C. Maxwell

It’s time to size and resize your dreams. It’s not enough to dream about something. You also have to know which dreams to follow, and which ones not to. Do you know how to do this? If not, start by checking out some nuggets from John Calvin Maxwell’s book, and our book summary, below.

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