Things are changing fast and often unpredictably, so how do you stay up-to-date with everything?
- Step 1 is to surround yourself with a great network.
- Step 2 is to read. Reading about what others know is really the best way to feed your curiosity. Unlike a degree or masters course, you can follow your interests creating your own ‘Change Diploma’ in whatever format suits you.
Your learning journey will be fantastically unique but to help you get going, here is a good set of resources relating to culture, people and behaviour change. Plus a few almost off-topic books to keep your creative juices alive.
If you find others you think should be added then drop me an email, I’d love to hear from you.
Books that will help you tell stories that people will remember…
Made to Stick
Author : Chip & Dan Heath
A book that follows on well from The tipping Point on how to make your ideas sticky. How to win over an audience and make sure they remember your ideas.
The Pyramid Principle
Author : Barbara Minto
Not the most entertaining of books but excellent training on how to structure ideas so they ‘jump off the page’. If everyone read this book then we’d all get to the point much quicker.
Knowledge Is Beautiful
Author : David McCandless
A good coffee table book to open up your mind to the power of visual representation. After all a picture is worth a thousand words and infographics are very today’s language.
Books that will help you understand human behaviour (well as best we can)…
Thinking Fast & Slow
Author : Daniel Kahneman
“The renowned psychologist and winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics takes us on a ground breaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think.”
Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth and Happiness
Author : Thaler & Sunstein
The book that kicked off all the interest in Nudge theory and behavioural economics. A great starting point with really strong early chapters. Later sections are heavily public sector focused but still worth a read for principles it introduces.
Games People Play – The Psychology of Human Relationships
Author : Eric Berne
Transaction theory looking at how the we get locked in to patterns of behavior. One of the early transactional analysis thinkers, don’t be put off by how psychology degree reading that sounds as it’s very digestible to people interested in people change.
Books that will help you with leadership…
Lean In – Women, Work and the Will to Lead
Author : Sheryl Sandberg
It’s amazing how many women I’ve told to read this book to help persuade them to take a seat at the table. This book isn’t just a feminist book; it’s a book about the choices Sheryl made to get where she is. Fabulous read.
Mindset : Changing the Way You Think to Fulfil Your Potential
Author : Carol Dweck
This is the second most recommended-by-me book on my list and talks about how we all need to move from a fixed to a growth mindset.
Books that will help you with Organisational Change…
Author : Jez Humble, Joanne Moleskin & Barry O’Reilly
How high performance organisations innovate at scale. Really good common sense about how to apply agile principle to organisational change.
Books that will help you with personal branding or just being the best you can.
7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Author : Stephen Covey
An older but good common sense way to approach life and change. In summary; 1. Be proactive, 2. Begin with the end in mind, 3. Put first things first, 4. Think win-win, 5. Seek first to understand then to be understood, 6. Synergise, 7. Sharpen the saw.