There is always a pile of books on my bedside table that have been highly recommended by colleagues and clients but which – to my shame – remain unread.
As I head off on a two-week holiday, it is time to make some weighty decisions about which ones I will squeeze into my suitcase.
If you’re considering what books to take to the beach this summer, here are my top ten recommendations.
Why? Brilliant storytelling and useful advice for thinking differently.
Black Box Thinking, Matthew Syed
Why? A convincing argument for why we need to embrace failure to become more successful.
Tribes, Seth Godin
Why? Because, today anyone can start a movement.
Nudge, Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein
Why? Learn how no choice is ever presented to us in a neutral way.
Start With Why, Simon Sinek
Why? To be successful, your organisation first needs to be clear about why it exists and why anyone should care.
Tools of Titans, Tim Ferriss
Why? A bible of the tactics and techniques from renowned individuals.
Building a Story Brand, Donald Miller
Why? A practical guide to creating a better story about your business.
Stories for Work: The Essential Guide to Business Storytelling, Gabrielle Dolan
Why? Practical advice based on advising corporates on their storytelling.
The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results, Gary Keller and Jay Papasan
Why? These authors will convince you of the one thing you can do to make everything easier or unnecessary.
Made To Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die, Chip Heath and Dan Heath
Why? The power of finding the core of an idea.