At MWM we believe it’s important to inspire minds and create leaders, which is why we have pulled together a library of ‘good reads’ for the team to enjoy and learn from.
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 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, well, human.
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
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.
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?
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.
A new edition based on the timeless business classic-updated to help today’s readers succeed more quickly in a rapidly changing world. The New One Minute Manager offers a way for you to succeed sooner with less stress in changing times–both at work and at home.
How management can effectively rid themselves of ‘monkeys’ – other people’s responsibilities that cling to them and prevent them managing efficiently. This book explains in simple-minded if abstract terms how to achieve a balance between supervision and delegation for reduced tension and improved productivity in the workplace.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?’ 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 Teams||Ken Blanchard – Donald Carew & Eunice Parisi-Carew|
|Putting the One Minute Manager to Work||Ken Blanchard and Robert Lorber|
|Life & Work Principles||Ray Dalio|
|One Minute Mentoring||Ken Blanchard – Claire Diaz-Ortiz|
|Leadership and the One Minute Manager||Ken Blanchard – Patricia & Drea Zigarmi|
|Self-Leadership & The One Minute Manager||Ken Blanchard|
|Helping People Win at Work||Ken Blanchard and Garry Ridge|
|21 Years and a Speedo||Lewis Pugh|
|Just Rock It||Sonia McDonald|
|Leadership Attitude||Sonia McDonald|
|The Barefoot Investor||Scott Pape|
|Practicing the Power of Now||Eckhart Tolle|
|The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck||Mark Manson|
|Daring Greatly||Brene Brown|
|I’m Ok you’re OK||Thomas A Harris|
|Lifescripts||Stephen M Pollan & Mark Levine|
|The Decision Book||Mikael Krogerus and Roman Tschappeler|
|The Effective Manager||Mark Horstman|
|The Happiness Trap, stop struggling, start living||Dr Russ Harris|
|The Trusted Advisor||David H Maister, Charles H Green & Robert M Galford|
|Thinking Fast and Slow||Daniel Kahneman|
|Wat A Ride Mate the life and times of the Mad Butcher||Peter Leitch with Phil Gifford|
|The First 2 Hours Make Better use of your most valuable time||Donna McGeorge|