A selection of books designed to stimulate the imagination and challenge orthodox thinking. They have influenced me hugely and I wholeheartedly recommend each and every one!
The Happy Manifesto by Henry Stewart.
‘ Packed with case studies, research, videos and resources to help you successfully implement a happy workplace’
Drive. The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Dan Pink
‘Pink asserts that the secret to high performance and satisfaction at work is autonomy, mastery, and purpose. Pink offers smart techniques for putting this into action’
Your Chance to Save the World by Craig Dearden-Phillips
‘People setting up organisations often feel alone and are unaware of what they need to think about. Such individuals have drive and great instincts but may not have developed the networks needed to get an organisation off the ground. This practical book will give people the tools they need to help them succeed’
Corporate Rebels: Make Work more Fun by Joost Minnaar and Pim de Morree
‘Today’s workplaces are broken with 85% of employees disengaged, 23% feeling burned out and 37% believing that their job makes no useful contribution to society. There is a better way. It's already practised in pioneering organisations around the globe. This book gives direct evidence that you can make work enjoyable and rewarding, while boosting performance and success.’
Radical Help by Hilary Cottam
‘How should we live: how should we care for one another; grow our capabilities to work, to learn, to love and fully realise our potential? This exciting and ambitious book shows how we can redesign the welfare state for this century.’
Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter by Liz Wiseman
‘A thought-provoking and essential exploration of why some leaders (“Diminishers”) drain capability and intelligence from their teams, while others (“Multipliers”) amplify it to produce better results. Multipliers is a must-read for everyone from first-time managers to world leaders’
Rekindling Democracy: A Professional’s Guide to Working in Citizen Space by Cormac Russell
‘Rekindling Democracy sets out a manifesto for a more equitable social contract to address social issues. Russell argues that the role of the professionals ought to be defined as that which happens after the important work of citizens is done. The primary role of the 21C practitioner is not a deliverer of top-down services, but a precipitator of more active citizenship and community building’