Book review: The A**hole Survival Guide by Robert I. Sutton

Professor Robert I. Sutton is now known to many as ‘the Asshole Guy’, having given us ‘The No Asshole Rule’, followed by ‘The Asshole Survival Guide’. So if the A-word is too strong for you, look away – and miss out. I like a book that doesn’t mince its words. It’s also good if there’s… Read more

2017’s top business books

It’s that time of year when ‘best of’ shortlists are published – ‘best hotel’, ‘best ad campaign’, ‘best sports personality’. Business books are no exception; and it’s gratifying for an author to see people on trains and tubes reading actual books, often hardback (did I tell you I’ve written two books? OK. Just checking). Books… Read more

Book review: ‘Virtual Leadership’ by Penny Pullan

Up with the lark to lead a conference call with India? Or being forced to be a night owl, to contribute to the weekly round-up video call with HQ in the USA? Or, as some clients tell me – both? Then this book will really help you. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Dr Pullan… Read more

Book review: Too Fast to Think, by Chris Lewis

The irony wasn’t lost on me that Chris Lewis’s ‘Too Fast to Think – how to reclaim your creativity in a hyper-connected work culture’ had been sitting on my desk for several weeks before I got to read it. I think it’s worth the wait, with some simple, practical tips and ideas for how we… Read more

Book review: ‘Emotional Agility’ by Susan David

  It’s seldom I read a book and say it’s potentially life-changing, but this is one of those books. Many psychology books can be so caught up in their academic provenance and methodology that they don’t connect with a wide enough audience to really make a difference. On the other hand, ‘pop psychology’ books can… Read more

Book review: The Visual Communications Book by Mark Edwards

Here’s a very handy book for anyone who wants to have more productive meetings and deliver more persuasive presentations. The deluge of email (about which I wrote last week) is a major productivity drain. The other major time bandit is wading through the swamp of meetings. Mark Edwards makes a living helping people compellingly show… Read more

Book review: The Chimp Paradox by Dr Steve Peters

I’m looking forward to hearing the author speak soon at The School of Life. If you haven’t got your mitts on this book yet, grab or download a copy soon. Then you’ll be able to join Sir Chris Hoy and other members of Team GB’s super-successful 2012 Olympic team by applying the wise words of… Read more

Book review: Resonate by Nancy Duarte

This is a great book for people who have to persuade an audience with their presentations. I think it really scores for those who are experienced presenters and want to raise their game, because as the author points out, “Creating an interesting presentation requires a more thoughtful process than throwing together the blather we’ve come… Read more

Book review: Stuffocation by James Wallman

After someone I know raved about this book, I approached Stuffocation expecting to be goaded into ditching our CD collection and living life on the cloud, etc, etc. Yes, there is some of that – but there is much, much more to this book than decluttering. Stuffocation just might change your wallet, your next weekend… Read more