I have gathered here a collection of books and websites that I found terribly interesting and had a great impact on how I see things.

This is just a starting point. I’ll update it on a constant basis with more info so stay tuned.

Books

Let’s start with a couple of books

Blink, The Power of Thinking without Thinking, by Malcolm Gladwell

– a wonderful book about snap decision and how the decision that we take are influenced by several biases that we are not even aware of. I have to admit that I’m a great fan of Gladwell and his writings. Gladwell’s new project Revisionisthistory is a gathering of fascinating stories that you can listen to at any time.
http://revisionisthistory.com/

The Back of the Napkin, by Dan Roam

Is all about problem solving with pictures. The best way to explain something is if you can summarize it and make a drawing out of it. This is exactly what Roam is doing in his book. It will give you different ideas how you can answer with graphical representations to questions such as Who? What? Where? and so on.

Good to Great, by Jim Collins

Great subject! Very interesting piece of research! But so are the rest of his books. If you have the time to read it, you will find inside multiple stories that will motivate you. In case you lack the time right now, you can take a look at my article ‘5 Lessons that I’ve learned from … ‘Good to Great’ it contains also a summary of the book’s concepts. Read my article here >>

How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie

One of the classics, full of simple tips and ideas of how we can improve ourselves and the interactions with our peers, friend or family.

What Got You Here Won’t Get You There, by Marshall Goldsmith

Marshall Goldsmith is recognized as one of the best leadership coaches and trainers. He was selected on the world’s most influential leadership thinkers and one of five most respected executive coaches by Forbes. The book has a bit of Carnegie style, meaning full of examples, tips and tricks.

Websites

If you want something to read in a short break, try the following websites. They are full of short meaningful articles:

Inc.com

A comprehensive collection of articles on subjects ranging from start-up to leadership.
I would give you a tip, and that is to get a digital subscription. It costs little money but it gets you access to the magazine on your phone or tablet.

Hbr.com

Harvard Business Review has a more academic approach with plenty of information on several topics. The unfortunate part is that you get a limited number of articles that you can read for free, for the rest it requires a subscription.

leadership.mit.edu

This is the website of MIT Leadership Center. The information included on the website comes more in the form of videos, if you want to get more info on articles is good idea to follow them on Twitter.

startwithwhy.com

Simon Sinek does a wonderful job with providing inspiring messages. You just have to subscribe to the newsletter. The website is mainly focusing on ‘Start with Why’ concept. I would recommend that you take a look at his TED talk about the idea.

presentationmagazine.com

If you make your goal to work on your presentation skills, this is a compelling tool. The website is full of tips and tricks. On top of that you will find some nice templates for download.

MIT Open Courses

This will keep you busy for a long time as it has a vast selection of courses. For each course you’ll have access to course materials, videos or notes without registration required.

Webminars

One more section that I want to include here is Webminars. They require more time and a higher degree of involvement but we all need them. If you hold at least a certification, chances are you have to report a certain number of credits each year. I’ve started with the Big4 websites where for each webminar that you watch live you can earn 1 CPE.


Deloitte

Depending on the area of interest you will find a couple of webminars each quarter. The part that I’ve appreciated is the overview for the next couple of months that allows you to schedule in advance and make time for it.


KPMG

Organized within institutes, each line of business has its own area where you can find webminars and podcasts. I have to admit that the structure makes it sometimes difficult to follow and get lost.


PWC

PWC kept it simple with just a couple of courses, focusing more on professional development as a line of business. You can find a catalogue with all courses offered; unfortunately the prices are not listed.


EY

With a limited number of topics, EY Thought Center is easy to browse and select. I suggest you take a look, especially if you are interested in accounting updates.


CPA Practice Advisor

Focused on tax and accounting, the webminars offered cover topics mainly focused on the US market.

What do you read? Where do you get your knowledge from?

I’m convinced each of you has their favorite books, websites or writers. Let’s share them and make it a beneficial experience for all of us.