12 helpful books as recommended by YOU.

We asked and you answered


Recently on LinkedIn, we asked you to recommend books that have helped your personal development or your career. We got some really good responses back so we thought we would create a list of inspiring books (as we all know the career-boosting benefits of reading daily!).

Whether you are looking to develop a particular skill set or would just like to broaden your views, we hope you'll find some of these books helpful. Happy reading and thank you to everyone who contributed!

1. Happy - Derren Brown

Everyone says they want to be happy. But that's much more easily said than done. What does being happy actually mean? And how do you even know when you feel it?

2. Hey, Whipple, Squeeze This: The Classic Guide to Creating Ads - Luke Sullivan 

An essential read for young creatives, from starting out and getting work, to building successful campaigns, you gain a real-world perspective on what it means to be great in a fast-moving, sometimes harsh industry.

3. Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action - Simon Sinek

Why are some people and organisations more inventive, pioneering and successful than others? And why are they able to repeat their success again and again?

In business, it doesn't matter what you do, it matters WHY you do it.

4. The Courage to be Disliked - Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga

A wonderful exploration of psychology and how we make excuses for ourselves.

5. The Happiness Advantage - Shawn Achor 

The Japanese phenomenon that teaches us the simple yet profound lessons required to liberate our real selves and find lasting happiness.

6. What should I do with my life? - Po Bronson 

Po Bronson tackles the biggest, most threatening, most obvious question that anyone has to face, 'what should I do with my life?'

7. Feel the fear but do it anyway - Susan Jeffers

The phenomenal classic that has changed the lives of millions of people around the globe.

8. Big Magic - Elizabeth Gilbert

Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration from Elizabeth Gilbert's books for years. Now, this beloved author shares her wisdom and unique understanding of creativity, shattering the perceptions of mystery and suffering that surround the process – and showing us all just how easy it can be.

9. Quiet - Susan Kane

The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking. Cain argues that modern Western culture misunderstands and undervalues the traits and capabilities of introverted people, leading to "a colossal waste of talent, energy, and happiness.

10. Time to think - Nancy Klein

Listening to Ignite the Human Mind. Over the past 15 years Nancy Kline has identified 10 behaviours that form a system called a Thinking Environment, a model of human interaction that dramatically improves the way people think, and thus the way they work and liv

11. The Element - Sir Ken Robinson

A New York Times-bestselling breakthrough book about talent, passion, and achievement from one of the world's leading thinkers on creativity and self-fulfillment.

12. Man's search for Meaning - Victor Frankl

Man's Search for Meaning is a 1946 book by Viktor Frankl chronicling his experiences as an Auschwitz concentration camp inmate during World War II, and describes his psychotherapeutic method, which involved identifying a purpose in life to feel positively about, and then immersively imagining that outcome.

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