Our essential reads

In our work for both businesses and education, we come across some amazing books. Here you will find a small curated selection of our favourites.

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Jack's Notebook: a business novel about creative problem solving

By Gregg Fraley

In Jack's Notebook, Gregg Fraley, an innovation consultant to Fortune 500 companies, illustrates a well-kept secret of corporate America: the Creative Problem Solving process. 


When Culture Matters: The 55-Minute Guide To Better Cross-Cultural Communication 

By Indy Neogy

As the irresistible force of globalisation meets the immovable object of local cultures, a whole host of pitfalls is lying in wait to trip up the unsuspecting business. Thankfully, Indy Neogy is on hand to guide you through this potential minefield, providing a wealth of practical advice on everything from global brad architecture and international marketing to internal communication with groups and individuals. 

Trend-Driven Innovation: Beat Accelerating Customer Expectations 

By Henry Mason, David Mattin, Maxwell Luthy, Delia Dumitrescu and Alexander Osterwalder

Every business leader, entrepreneur, innovator and marketer wants to know where customers are headed. The problem? The received wisdom on how to find out is wrong. In this startling new book, the team at TrendWatching share a powerful, counter-intuitive truth: to discover what people want next, stop looking at customers and start looking at businesses. That means learning how to draw powerful insights from the way leading brands and disruptive startups - from Apple to Uber, Chipotle to Patagonia - redefine customer expectations. 

Chief Culture Officer: How to Create a Living, Breathing Corporation

By Grant McCracken

The American corporation - deaf and blind to the world around it - needs a new professional. It needs a Chief Culture Officer. Grant McCracken, an anthropologist who now trains some of the world's biggest companies and consulting firms, argues that the CCO would keep a finger on the pulse of contemporary cultural trends while developing a systematic understanding of the deep waves of culture in America and the world. The CCO would be the corporation's eyes and ears, allowing it to detect coming changes, even when they exist only as the weakest of signals.

Harold and the Purple Crayon

By Crockett Johnson

Armed only with an oversized purple crayon, young Harold draws himself a landscape full of wonder and excitement.

Full of funny twists and surprises, this joyful story shows just how far your imagination can take you. Harold and the Purple Crayon has delighted readers of all ages since 1955.

The Go-Giver: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea

By Bob Burg and John Mann

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The Go-Giver tells the story of an ambitious young man names Joe who yearns for success. Joe is a true go-getter, though sometimes he feels as if the harder and faster he works, the further away his goals seem to be. Desperate to land a key sale at the end of a bad quarter, he seeks advice from the enigmatic Pindar, a legendary consultant referred to by his many devotees simply as the Chairman. 

Over the next week, Pindar introduces Joe to a series of 'go-givers': a restaurateur, a CEO, a financial adviser, a real estate broker, and the 'Connector' who brought them all together. Pindar's friends tach Joe the Five Laws of Stratospheric Success and help him open himself up to the power of giving.