Christmas reads: 5 books to get you ready for the new year

By the time Christmas comes around, most of us are ready to take a step back and reflect on the trials and tribulations of the previous year. Whether your professional year has been good or bad, the end of the year marks the time for self-evaluation – whether of your own individual progress or your company’s.

But by the time January arrives, we need to be set to go again, ready to move on and learn from the mistakes and successes of last year. With this in mind, what better time than the festive period to focus on honing new ideas and learning new skills for the coming year? A business book can be the perfect stocking filler, whether it’s for your Secret Santa at work, a recent graduate looking to break into the business world, or a relative looking to start a new venture.

Here’s a selection of some our favourites:

TEDBook_PicoIyer_CoverArt1.  The Art of Stillness: The Case for Taking a Timeout From Your Life, by Pico Iyer

The Art of Stillness, by journalist and author Pico Iyer, is the second to come from the TED Books imprint. Perfect for a quick read, The Art of Stillness is supposed to be read in one sitting. Deliberately short, the book is all about taking time to switch off from hectic business lifestyles – a great thought-starter for the New Year.




 2.  Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products, by Nir EyalHooked

You’ve probably already heard of Nir Eyal who has had huge success with his debut book, Hooked, this year. Hooked is a guide to building habit-forming technology – aimed at product managers, designers and start-up founders, but a brilliant read for anyone with an interest in habits and behavioural psychology

 We caught up with Nir a few weeks ago, to find out more about Hooked check out his interview here.




 3. How Google Works: The rules for success in the Internet Century, by Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenbergbb5f6936250111f04f4ed2ca8456ebe3

 No 2014 business book list would be complete without Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg’s new book, How Google Works – a fast-paced page turning primer of lessons that the ex-CEO and former SVP of Products learnt as they helped build Google into the company it is today. The book covers a broad array of topics from corporate culture, to strategy and talent, and, as you’d expect, features numerous anecdotes from Google’s history.




the small big 24.  The small BIG: small changes that spark big influence, by Steve J. Martin, Noah J. Goldstein and Robert Cialdini

Our December book of the month, The small BIG, offers practical suggestions on how to make small changes that lead to big results. A refreshingly simple concept, The small BIG discusses findings from the fields of neuroscience and technology and shows how to apply these ideas to business contexts. An entertaining and informative read, the fifty two small influence strategies explored in the book will give you plenty of ideas for the New Year.




Reputation Playbook cover Hi-Res5. The Reputation Playbook: A winning formula to help CEOs protect corporate reputation in the digital economy, by Jennifer Janson

The Reputation Playbook is corporate reputation expert Jennifer Janson’s first business book. A lively and insightful exploration of the impact that social media has on a company’s reputation, the book features interviews with CEOs from around the world. The playbook also offers a structured framework to help businesses develop, and maintain, a reputation strategy, so it’s perfect for referring back to as you progress through the coming year.


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