Back to school reads: four books to fuel your new season thinking

      My Misadventure in the start-up bubble

      By Dan Lyons
      Published by Hachette
      Reviewed by Alan Cairns, senior content marketing manager, Jellyfish

I once heard about an agency that encouraged employees to place a tennis ball into "happy" or "sad" buckets at the end of each working day. At first I thought this was a clever way to measure workplace happiness, but I ended up realising it was a canny way of getting employees to reflect on their own work satisfaction, prompting them to make positive changes. READ MORE

      Blue Ocean Strategy:
      How to create uncontested market space and make the competition irrelevant

      By Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne
      Published by Harvard Business Publishing
      Reviewed by Jim Lewcock, founder and CEO, The Specialist Works

This is not a book review. It’s an invitation to change your thinking. Perhaps it’s a cult. Certainly the reinvention we have all been waiting for. Have you ever wondered what actually caused all this mess of alleged corruption and client distrust in the first place? 


      The Little Black Book of Change

      By Paul Adams & Mike Straw
      Published by Capstone
      Reviewed by Mark Field, incoming director, The Bridge, News UK

In the movie Wayne’s World, when evil Benjamin asks, "How do you feel about making a change?" geeky Garth replies, "We fear change". For me this sums up people’s attitude to change.

However, when we were living in ‘Boris’ World’ and when asked the same question, 52% of the country replied, "Yeah, bring it on. We want change*". READ MORE

    Learning Leadership – the five fundamentals of becoming an exemplary leader

    By James M Kouzes and Barry Z Posner
    Reviewed by Katie Field, managing director UK, Viant

You’re always wary going into a book on "leadership", with so much waffle getting passed off as new ideas these days.

Having read Learning Leadership - the five fundamentals of becoming an exemplary leader, I’m happy to say I stand corrected. It does pretty much what it says on the tin. READ MORE