Innovating Business Reads

Reading a selection of innovating and inspiring business books is a great way to motivate, stimulate and accelerate your mind and your work. There are tons of brilliant business books out there covering a wide spectrum of knowledge, experience, ideas and ways of thinking or working. These are some we've been dipping into recently.
Brave New Work by Aaron Dignan

The world continues to change at rapid pace along with the way we work as well, Aaron Dignan's book Brave New Work shares how some of the more forward thinking companies and businesses can reinvent their organizations to thrive. A must read for anyone who runs a business large or small, especially in 2020. When fast-scaling startups and global organizations get stuck, they call Aaron Dignan. In this book, he reveals his proven approach for eliminating red tape, dissolving bureaucracy, and doing the best work of your life.

He’s found that nearly everyone, from Wall Street to Silicon Valley, points to the same frustrations: lack of trust, bottlenecks in decision making, siloed functions and teams, meeting and email overload, tiresome budgeting, short-term thinking, and more.

Dignan says you can’t fix a team, department, or organization by tinkering around the edges. Over the years, he has helped his clients completely reinvent their operating systems—the fundamental principles and practices that shape their culture—with extraordinary success.

Available now from - Foyles - Waterstones‍

Squiggly Career by Helen Tupper and Sarah Ellis

Careers are changing; they are no longer linear and there's no such thing as a 'job for life'. Squiggly careers, where people jump constantly between roles, industries and locations, are becoming the new normal.

If you are wanting to change up your career or find it fascinating when you see others you know move between job roles or industries, this inspiring book is for you. In The Squiggly Career, personal development experts Helen Tupper and Sarah Ellis reveal 5 skills you need to master and teach you how to:

· Identify your Values
· Play to your Super Strengths
· Address your Confidence gremlins
· Design your support solar systems (Networks)
· Explore your Future Possibilities

Available now from - Foyles - Waterstones‍

Uncharted: How To Map The Future by Margaret Heffernan

How can we think about the future? What do we need to do – and who do we need to be? Could we ever predict with any certainty the impacts on us from life changing events?

In her bold and invigorating new book, distinguished businesswoman and author Margaret Heffernan explores the people and organizations who aren’t daunted by uncertainty.

Ranging freely through history and from business to science, government to friendships, this refreshing book challenges us to resist the false promises of technology and efficiency and instead to mine our own creativity and humanity for the capacity to create the futures we want and can believe in.

Available now from - Foyles - Waterstones‍

WFH (Working From Home): by Harriet Minter

The no bullsh*t guide to getting your work and life on track in the new flexible workplace.

Virtually every industry is making lasting changes that will open doors to a more flexible working week. So how do we adjust, thrive and excel in an environment where glitchy daily video conferences are the norm?

By turns fierce, funny and highly practical, Harriet Minter will show you the skills to be effective and creative during the day-to-day. Harriet breaks down how to be an inspiring and energising manager (either remotely or to a flexibly working team), how to create and thrive in a high-trust culture (on a small and large scale) and most importantly how to achieve your ambition and propel your career forwards.

Packed full of hard-won tricks, tips and tools, Harriet Minter draws on her own experience as a careers coach and adviser to companies on their flexible working culture to help you bring your best self to work – from your living room.

Available now from - Foyles - Waterstones

Remote: Office Not Required by David Heinemeier Hansson and Jason Fried

Founders of Basecamp, David Heinemeier Hansson and Jason Fried literally wrote the book on remote working. As well as making software to make remote working possible, they wrote this popular and influential book about working remotely too.

For too long our lives have been dominated by the ‘under one roof’ Industrial Revolution model of work. That era is now over. Remote: Office Not Required combines eye-opening ideas with entertaining narrative. It will convince you that working remotely increases productivity and innovation, and it will also teach you how to get it right – whether you are a manager, working solo or one of a team. Chapters include: ‘Talent isn’t bound by the hubs’, ‘It’s the technology, stupid’, ‘When to type, when to talk’, ‘Stop managing the chairs’ and ‘The virtual water cooler’.

Available now from - Waterstones‍