7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen R Covey 2020 edition

The No. 1 Most Influential Business Book of the Twentieth Century. The 7 habits have become famous and are easily integrated into everyday thinking. The 7 habits are; Be Proactive, Begin with the End in Mind, Put First Things First, Think Win/Win, Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood, and Sharpen the Saw. It presents a principle-centered approach for solving both personal and professional problems. With penetrating insights and practical anecdotes, Stephen R. Covey reveals a step-by-step pathway for living with fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity – principles that give us the security to adapt to change and the wisdom and power to take advantage of the opportunities that change creates.

Category – Personal Development

The Art of Being Brilliant – Cope & Whittaker 2012

Being brilliant, successful and happy isn’t about changing who you are – It’s about finding out what works for you and doing more of it! This little book is crammed full of advice, case studies, quotes, funny stuff and important questions to get you thinking about your work, relationships, and life. You’ll discover your strength, learn to make the most of what you’ve got, identify where you want to be, and take some concrete steps towards your brilliant future.

Read it, do what it says, you’ll feel the results reverberate positively in everything you do.

Category – Personal Development


Feel the fear and do it anyway – Susan Jeffers 2007

Whatever your fears; Public speaking, asserting yourself, making decisions, being alone, changing jobs, interviews,  going back to school, ageing, ill health, setting up a business, This book helps you to understand the irrational side of fear and handle it so that it no longer holds you back from achieving your dreams


Category – PersonalDevelopment


Brilliant Selling Cassell & Bird. 2012

Whether you’re new to selling or want to take yourself to the next level, this definitive guide will show you how to instantly improve your sales performance.  It takes you through the sales process, how to improve your influencing skills and understanding your buyer's motives.

Category – Sales & Marketing


Brilliant Selling Cassell & Bird. 2012

Whether you’re new to selling or want to take yourself to the next level, this definitive guide will show you how to instantly improve your sales performance.  It takes you through the sales process, how to improve your influencing skills and understanding your buyer's motives.

Category – Sales & Marketing


Self promotion for Introverts - Nancy Ancowitz  2010

This book helps introverts tap into their quiet strengths, articulate their accomplishments, and launch an action plan for getting ahead. It gives practical tips and explanations on topics as diverse as Networking, writing, public speaking and planning.  Get the book rather than the kindle edition for the workbook elements are worth filling out.

Category - Branding


Eat that Frog - Brian Tracy 2001

Brian Tracy cuts to the core of what is vital to effective time management: decision, discipline, and determination. He provides clear information on how to keep technology from dominating your time. He details twenty-one practical and doable steps that will help you stop procrastinating and get more of the important tasks done – today!

Category – Productivity


The Age of Unreason – Charles Handy 2nd ed 2012

We will not survive unless we adapt to the way the world is changing. The Age of Unreason is an inspiring vision of an era of new discoveries, new enlightenment and new freedoms. It helps the reader to understand the new competitive realities in the world of work and of leisure. It can help you plan for a business future that recognises that change is ever present and a positive thing.

Category - Strategy and Planning


Start with Why - Simon Sinek 2011

Based on the most-watched TED Talk of all time. In business, it doesn't matter what you do, it matters WHY you do it.
Start with Why analyses leaders like Martin Luther King Jr and Steve Jobs and discovers that they all think in the same way - they all started with why.
Simon Sinek explains the framework needed for businesses to move past knowing what they do to how they do it, and then to ask the more important question-WHY?

Category - Purpose


Will it make the boat go faster? - Beveridge & Hunt-Davis 2011

Whether you are a business leader looking to achieve a compelling vision or a coach supporting others to unlock their potential, this book is packed with tried and tested methods to help you achieve your own 'gold medal'.  This is the second edition and includes two new chapters; one on high performance conversations and the other on performance under pressure. In the book's down to earth, practical style, the new chapters unlock simple ways for readers to thrive in their own pressured environments, and to communicate in ways which consistently improve results.

Category - Goal Setting & Motivation


Professional LinkedIn Profile - Dawn Adlam 2018

Short, snappy chapters give simple, clear guidance, making the “How to” bit of creating a killer profile easy to apply yet in a logical way. The “Tips” give you insider knowledge on LinkedIn. 

Once you string it all together, your LinkedIn account and your profile is fully optimised, and you can focus on weaving it all into your marketing with fantastic results.

Category - Branding


Business Model Generation Osterwalder & Pigneur 2010

Business Model Generation is a handbook for visionaries, game changers, and challengers striving to defy outmoded business models and design tomorrow's enterprises. If your SME needs to adapt to harsh new realities, but you don't yet have a strategy that will get you out in front of your competitors, this book is a must-read!

Category - Strategy & Planning


Financial management for small business - Colin Barrow 2006

This great book helps those who find business finance confusing to understand what they need to know to run a stable and viable enterprise.  It provides advice on proper financial planning and control and reinforces essential points through the use of questions within each section. Beginning with an introduction to the key financial statements, it moves on to look at the tools of financial analysis - the keys to controlling a business successfully. The final part of the book deals with business planning and budgeting, a vital area of business finance as most new ventures cannot get off the ground without a business plan, and existing businesses cannot expand

Category - Financial management