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.
Let’s start with a couple of books
– 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.
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.
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 >>
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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?