Getting to Yes

Author: Roger Fisher & William Ury with Bruce Patton Synopsis: Good book that suggests a novel framework for improving your negotiating skills and outcomes.  Instead of negotiating based on power and positions using compromises details how both sides can gain a better deal from negotiating through principled agreement; basing neogtiations on understanding each others interests, …

Steve Jobs

Author: Walter Isaacson Synopsis: Biography of Steve Jobs.  A very complex character, the book highlights his warts and all personality.  Despite his poor treatment of people throughout his life, by creating conditions for success and through his achievements in many cases even colleagues and adversaries who fell out with him came to respect him.

7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Author: Stephen R. Covey Synopsis: Rather than focus solely on tips and methods to be proactive and self-manage brings home the importance of knowing your end goal in order to achieve it.  This was a key takeaway for me as it’s too easy to start on a path of being more effective without knowing what …


Author: Malcolm Gladwell Synopsis: An enjoyable Gladwell read discussing the importance of thin slicing; finding patterns in very narrow slices of data (also seen in A.T. Kearney’s Leadership framework: 1. Anticipate – finding weak signals).  Later chapters on the impact of appearance on our decision making both in terms of our choice of leaders and …

Build your memory

Author: Mark D’Arcy Synopsis: A summary of the ways memories are formed and useful systems to improve your ability to memorise.  The sections on pegging to remember long lists of numbers and creating memory palaces are particularly useful and work (I’ve seen my brother remember Pi to 100 decimal places using this system)