For those with young children, you’ll know today is World Book Day and have spent the morning hastily putting together fancy dress. Although we’ve got previous form for such practice within the office, the fancy dress didn’t extend to Eligo HQ today, so we thought it best to mark World Book Day by asking our team of recruitment consultants what are the best business and career books they have read.
John Doherty – Eligo Director
Bounce: The Myth of Talent and the Power of Practice by Matthew Syed.
Matthew Syed was a British Olympic Table Tennis player and its this experience which contributes so much to a fascinating read about what really sets super-achievers apart from the rest and what contributes to the making of a champion. A great read that will translate success into the world of business.
Jane Mercer – SAP Recruitment Specialist
The One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson.
This book is an excellent read for anyone, whether it is a manager honing their techniques, or somebody being managed and reflecting on how they are best managed. Delivered in a simple and effective story form, the basic precepts are so ridiculously simple you read it and wonder why all managers have not yet adopted the practices which I think free managers to do actual work, rather than spend all their time managing.
Karolina Samsel – Fire & Security Recruitment Support
What Colour is Your Parachute? by Richard N. Bolles
This is a must read for everyone who is thinking about their career. It’s presented as a practical manual for job hunters and career changers and addresses the tasks involved in these processes in great detail. It teaches you to undertake a “life-review” and understand yourself better; what you are looking for in life and how to get there. It’s great therapy and advice, a must-read for all job hunters or those feeling stuck in a rut!
Tara Stoner – Fire & Security Recruitment Consultant
Skill, Training and Human Resource Development by Irena Grugulis
This book focuses on the way people are developed at work; the skills that are encouraged, the way they are controlled and the implications they have for the people who possess and exercise them. It’s an interesting read especially as its from a critical perspective, it makes you see the different views on the purpose of training, development of skills and how organisations practice this.
John Guest – Divisional Director – Fire & Security Recruitment
E-Myth by Michael Gerber
E-Myth is a must read for all entrepreneurs and deals with the challenges of growing a business, the differences between having a job and having a company. It is full of useful ideas and real-life examples that can be put into practice.
Vicky Bodhani – Marketing Manager
Freakonomics by Steven D Levitt and J Dubner
I’d recommed Freakonics. It manages to be hilarious and light-hearted as well as serious about applying key principles of Economics to real-life scenarios, engaging the reader throughout. It makes you question things you have never thought to question before and confirms that analysing data always provides interesting answers.
Anne Rooke – Apple Mac Specialist Recruitment Consultant
Steve Jobs – The Exclusive Biography by Walter Isaacson
As a Mac Specialist IT recruiter, this book was a must! Steve Jobs, Apple co-founder, whilst arguably flawed in many respects personally, indisputably revolutionised the world of technology. This book gives a fascinating insight into the innovator and perfectionist he was and how he arrived at being the IT legend he always will be.
Happy World Book Day and Happy Reading!
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