Recent Reading

This time last year I was about to embark on an MBA. While I enjoyed the course initially very quickly it was showing signs of not delivering to my expectations so I made a tough decision to withdrawal.

One thing I highlighted when I withdrew was that I have always read extensively and while I needed to read a huge amount during my studies what I was reading was being dictated to me – while not essentially bad I didn’t have time to read what I really wanted to.

Anyway to cut a long story short, while I have occasionally posted about the books I have read I haven’t posted about them all so I thought I’d list my recent reading – excluding a dozen or so novels!

I don’t necessarily recommend you read all the books below but I have certainly found all of them quite interesting, even some that weren’t quite what I expected (Global Citizens for example)

Every Bastard Says No – The 42 Below Story

– Justine Troy & Geoff Ross

Trade Me – The Inside Story

– Micheal O’Donnell

What the Dog Saw

– Malcolm Gladwell

A simpler Time – A memoir of love, laughter, loss and billycarts

– Peter Fitzsimons

The Brand Gap

– Marty Neumeier


– Marty Neumeier

Fletchers – A Centennial History of Fletcher Building

– Paul Goldsmith

The Design of Business – Why Design Thinking is the Next Competitive Advantage

– Roger Martin

Making Ideas Happen – Overcoming the Obstacles between Vision and Reality

– Scott Belsky

Getting Real

– Jason Fried, Heinemeier David Hansson, & Matthew Linderman


– Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson

The Fry Chronicles – An autobiography

– Stephen Fry

Global Citizens – Our vision of the World is Outdated

– Mark Gerzon

Think Twice – Harnessing the Power of Counterintuition

– Michael J. Mauboussin

Wired for Thought – How the Brain is Shaping the Future of the Internet

– Jeffery M. Stibel

Think Twice also reinforced my own thinking with regards specifically to business books. You can’t simply read a book and follow the steps outlined to become successful. Successful people take what they read/learn and apply it with their own thoughts and ideas. I enjoy reading what has wokred (and not worked) for various people and companies but I don’t attempt to apply these ideas verbatim.

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