Our library

Our work is not just about the technical knowledge of ‘being your accountant’. In work as in life, we encourage our people to be able to apply soft skills like listening, communication, leadership, problem solving and adaptability.

Technical skills and data literacy are obviously important in our role, but that doesn’t mean we should ignore the human side of work – skills in areas that robots can’t do so well.

We believe these soft skills will are critical for success as the nature of work evolves, and as machines take on more of the easily automated aspects of work. In other words, the work of humans is going to become altogether more human.

That is why we are advocates for reading widely, reflecting and enjoying literature and learning in many forms. So, here are some titles for you to explore…

MWM’s top titles to inspire and motivate

Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone To Take Action by Simon Sinek

Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone To Take Action by Simon Sinek

Why are some people and organisations more inventive, pioneering and successful than others? And why are they able to repeat their success again and again? 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? Why do we do what we do? Why do we exist? Learning to ask these questions can unlock the secret to inspirational business.

Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies by James C. Collins and Jerry I. Porras

Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies by James C. Collins and Jerry I. Porras

Drawing upon a six-year research project, James C. Collins and Jerry I. Porras took eighteen truly exceptional and long-lasting companies and studied each in direct comparison to one of its top competitors. They examined the companies from their very beginnings to the present day — as start-ups, as midsize companies, and as large corporations. Throughout, the authors asked: What makes the truly exceptional companies different from the comparison companies and what were the common practices these enduringly great companies followed throughout their history?

Good to Great – Jim Collins (James C. Collins)

Good to Great – Jim Collins (James C. Collins)

In this book, Jim Collins uncovers the underlying variables that enable any type of organisation to make the leap from good to great while other organisations remain only good. Rigorously supported by evidence, his findings are surprising – at times even shocking – to the modern mind. Good to Great achieves a rare distinction – a management book full of vital ideas that reads as well as a fast-paced novel. It is widely regarded as one of the most important business books ever written.

Raving Fans – Ken Blanchard, Sheldon Bowles

Raving Fans – Ken Blanchard, Sheldon Bowles

straightforward and snappy guide to successful customer service from the author of the bestselling The One Minute Manager. Raving Fans, in a nutshell, is the advice given to a new Area Manager on his first day – in an extraordinary business book that will help everyone, in every kind of organisation or business, deliver stunning customer service and achieve miraculous bottom-line results.

Gung Ho! Gung Ho!: Turn On the People in Any Organization – Ken Blanchard, Sheldon Bowles

Gung Ho! Gung Ho!: Turn On the People in Any Organization – Ken Blanchard, Sheldon Bowles

Increase productivity, profits, and your own prosperity!

The three cornerstones of Gung Ho! are surprisingly simple and yet amazingly powerful: worthwhile work driven by goals and values; putting workers in control of achieving the goal; and cheering each other on. Gung Ho! creates the magic of burning, internal drive and will help create enthusiastic employees committed to success.

Together is Better: A Little Book of Inspiration – Simon Sinek

Together is Better: A Little Book of Inspiration – Simon Sinek

Aphorisms and inspiration from the bestselling leadership guru.

Most of us live our lives by accident – we live as it happens. Fulfilment comes when we live our lives on purpose.

This unique little book makes the point that together is better in a quite unexpected way. Simon Sinek, bestselling author of Start With Why and Leaders Eat Last, blends the wisdom he has gathered from around the world with a heartwarming, richly illustrated original fable.

Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress. Working hard for something we love is called passion.

Principles by Ray Dalio

Principles by Ray Dalio

Part memoir, part how-to guide, Principles is a deeply personal story, with Mr Dalio wading into how he started his firm in 1975, internal conflicts inside the company, and strife early on in his career. The book is both instructive and surprisingly moving Underneath what may seem like a clinical, emotionless approach is something different and far more poignant. Mr Dalio is preaching for individuals to have a sense of humility and introspection, an ability to open themselves to appreciate pointed criticism and use it to improve.

Atomic Habits by James Clear

Atomic Habits by James Clear

No matter your goals, Atomic Habits offers a proven framework for improving–every day. James Clear, one of the world’s leading experts on habit formation, reveals practical strategies that will teach you exactly how to form good habits, break bad ones, and master the tiny behaviours that lead to remarkable results.

Who Moved My Cheese? by Dr Spencer Johnson

Who Moved My Cheese? by Dr Spencer Johnson

‘Who Moved My Cheese?’ is a simple parable that reveals profound truths. It is an amusing and enlightening story of four characters who live in a maze and look for cheese to nourish them and make them happy. Cheese is a metaphor for what you want to have in life – whether it is a good job, a loving relationship, money or a possession, health or spiritual peace of mind. And the maze is where you look for what you want – the organisation you work in, on the family or community you live in. This profound book from bestselling author, Spencer Johnson will show you how to- Anticipate change; adapt to change quickly; enjoy change; be ready to change quickly again and again. Discover the secret for yourself and learn how to deal with change, so that you suffer from less stress and enjoy more success in your work and in life.

Other good reads

 

The One Minute Manager Builds High Performance TeamsKen Blanchard – Donald Carew & Eunice Parisi-Carew
Putting the One Minute Manager to WorkKen Blanchard and Robert Lorber
Life & Work PrinciplesRay Dalio
One Minute MentoringKen Blanchard – Claire Diaz-Ortiz
Leadership and the One Minute ManagerKen Blanchard – Patricia & Drea Zigarmi
Self-Leadership & The One Minute ManagerKen Blanchard
Helping People Win at WorkKen Blanchard and Garry Ridge
21 Years and a SpeedoLewis Pugh
Just Rock ItSonia McDonald
Leadership AttitudeSonia McDonald
The Barefoot InvestorScott Pape
Practicing the Power of NowEckhart Tolle
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a FuckMark Manson
Daring GreatlyBrene Brown
I’m Ok you’re OKThomas A Harris
LifescriptsStephen M Pollan & Mark Levine
The Decision BookMikael Krogerus and Roman Tschappeler
The Effective ManagerMark Horstman
The Happiness Trap, stop struggling, start livingDr Russ Harris
The Trusted AdvisorDavid H Maister, Charles H Green & Robert M Galford
Thinking Fast and SlowDaniel Kahneman
Wat A Ride Mate the life and times of the Mad ButcherPeter Leitch with Phil Gifford
The First 2 Hours Make Better use of your most valuable timeDonna McGeorge