If we all collated our favourite books of 2016 I’m sure we’d fill a library with high quality resources.
Here’s a few to inspire you and cheer you on. Many of the authors I’m delighted to call friends, some I’ve met just this year, and most of these books are very new! The first 3 are in my library because I said yes to the B1G1 Conference in Bali (in July), the following 3 are because I said yes to a conference in Manila (in November). Then Time To Start and DO Talk To Strangers have been launched in Dubbo and going global! This is by no means a comprehensive list – and not all of the books I’ve been given by inspiring authors this year. I still have quite a few to read!
GIVING BUSINESS is a book that brings a revolutionary perspective to business giving and provides entirely new insights into what it really takes to maximize your impact in today’s meaning-driven world.
Masami Sato, founder of the global giving initiative, Buy1GIVE1, takes you on a fascinating journey—one that leads you back to the origins of business, to her unique Japanese heritage and to the real reason why you are in business.
In this book, you will discover:
- how we have been doing so many things in counter-productive ways (and what we can be doing instead)
- how companies with a strong sense of purpose and caring are able to rise above the competition
- how you can maximize your personal, social and enterprise impact to shape our world in brand new ways.
THIS BOOK AUTOMATICALLY CHANGES LIVES
When you buy this book the life of at least one person in need somewhere in the world will automatically be made a little bit better.
That difference will be funded by the authors, and delivered automatically on your behalf via the B1G1: Business For Good movement that inspired this book.
And that is only the start… because by acting on the practical ideas in this book you will also make an even more positive difference to your business, to your life and to the world.
“Whatever size your business is, getting the right strategic business partnerships in place is fundamental to success. Callum has been creating partnerships for decades and in this book breaks down how anyone can follow his steps to partnership success.” – Jean-Michel Wu, Chief Talent Officer at McCann WorldGroup APAC
“Callum has pulled back the curtains on the mystery of creating successful partnership in his book, Progressive Partnerships – The Future of Business. Simple frameworks coupled with actionable steps show how every business person can be a small giant in their space of expertise by leveraging on other people’s resources.
Callum Laing has been starting, building and buying businesses for 20 years. He is a partner in the Private Equity company Unity Group, co-founder and non-exec director of The Marketing Group PLC and is the CEO of Entrevo Asia. He is based in Singapore with his family.
“A heartfelt, inspiring story of how one man has inspired hundreds of thousands of volunteers to overcome the poverty and injustices in their midst”
Young British journalist Thomas Graham was on a short-term editorial assignment in the Philippines when he interviewed the founder of Gawad Kalinga, Tony Meloto. Asked why poverty remained so high in the country, Mr Meloto urged Thomas to ditch the tie and delve into the heart of the matter. “You won’t find the answers you are looking for in that clipboard of theoretical questions. Instead, enter the world of the poor and find solutions together.”
Thomas promptly quit his job, moved out of his high-rise Manila apartment and set out on a journey that took him across the length and breadth of the islands. Along the way, he ignored the warnings of his embassy and headed into conflict areas sporting only a GK t-shirt for protection, befriended former gang leaders, and briefly lost his father during a visit to a prison. Wherever he went, he uncovered remarkable tales of resilience, hope and transformation which taught him more insights and life lessons in a twelve month journey than all his earlier education had achieved back home.
As a leader, what is your purpose, what is your legacy, what is your VOICE? To “Find Your VOICE as a Leader” is to:
- Discover your critical leadership VALUES;
- Create a compelling vision to get the OUTCOMES you desire;
- Build relationships with INFLUENCE and credibility;
- Make decisions that reveal your COURAGE to take a stand; and
- Communicate your overall EXPRESSION for lasting impact.
To Find Your VOICE as a Leader is the difference between becoming a bland bureaucrat and becoming a dynamic, influential role model.
“Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”
~ Steve Jobs
“The See-Saw book series is a great read, full of easy to digest mindsets and strategies…” – Dan Meyer, Analytics Expert
The book is 50 pages of easy to understand and even easier to implement sales strategies that make sense to anyone familiar with sales or not.
Have you always wanted to start your own business or side project but you can never find the time? You’re not alone. I have been fortunate to meet hundreds of business owners, managers, executives and workers who have one thing in common. Most of them have a secret passion or side project but they can never find the time to work on it. We live in the most resourceful period in history, yet we struggle to achieve our goals.
What would you start if you had two more hours today? Would you write your book, start your own blog, start your own part time business or start learning a new skill? In this book, you will learn there is plenty of time to work on your goals. You will learn how to take back control of your time and your life by following a simple, step-by-step plan. Whatever you want to pursue, if you need more time this book is for you!
I still refer to this! And have a lot of conversations about it! If you don’t have it – get it from my store here!
This will take your connecting with people to a whole new level…
- Easily and naturally talk to strangers, including famous and influential people
- Use the simple ASKING model to connect with anyone, anywhere
- Transform boring activities into everyday adventures!
I realised as I looked at my current stack of books that there’s another that has travelled with me for the entire year (and previous editions every year since I first published it in 2008) – my revised edition of Create The Life Journal. There’s a chapter about the power of thoughts and words – and writing them down – and then there’s journal pages (with inspiring quotes) to fill with your insights, ideas, aspirations, frustrations, growing pains, gratitude – whatever you feel compelled to write! It’s a breeding ground for insight and growth. If you’re looking to develop (or support) a journaling/writing habit – this one will cheer you on. Also available here in the shop.
I hope these inspire you to consider what kind of reading you could do over the holiday season and throughout the year. Books are like traveling, they expose us to new places, new ideas, and expand our world, which is so important for increasing our empathy, creativity, and problem solving skills. Let’s make 2017 our best yet!
Cheering you on,