Six books all business leaders should read this Summer

July 18, 2018

As the Summer holidays are just around the corner, it is the perfect time to reflect on the first half of the year and equip yourself with fresh ideas for the second. Here are our recommendations on the best reads for business leaders this Summer:

Strategy and Innovation

Be More Pirate by Sam Conniff Allende

Sam reveals the innovative and modern strategies of Golden Age pirates. He draws parallels between the tactics and teachings of legends such as Henry Morgan, Blackbeard, Elon Musk and Banksy. Allende’s book shows business leaders how to leave their mark on the World.

Rocket Fuel: The One Essential Combination That Will Get You More of What You Want from Your Business by Gino Wickman and Mark C. Winters

This is a good model for building an organisation that combines the way vision and practical integration work together. They demonstrate that the skills of CEO and Chairman can achieve greatness when they  are combined.

People and Culture

Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility by Patty McCord

Patty is the former head of HR at Netflix and co-creator of the ‘Netflix Culture Deck’. She writes a compelling account of the culture that made Netflix succeed and the way that the Netflix Culture Deck was designed over a ten-year period.

CEO Society: The Corporate Takeover of Everyday Life by Peter Bloom and Carl Rhodes

Bloom and Rhodes describe the way that the CEO has become the blueprint for transformation. This is a model which should be adopted by business leaders, not only in their business, but across all spheres of life.

Great at Work: How Top Performers Do Less, Work Better, and Achieve More by Morten Hansen

This book is based on extensive research, as you would expect from the co-author of ‘Great by Choice’. Hansen describes seven simple practices that will improve the way you work. A modern challenge to Covey’s seven habits.

A bit of science to finish

And finally; if you are struggling to sleep in this unusually hot weather, why not read Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker, the Cambridge Neuroscientist.

He reasons that sleep makes us more intelligent, more attractive, slimmer, happier and healthier – it is even said to prevent cancer… so make sure you catch up on yours this Summer!


Happy reading!