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7 Habits

7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen R Covey 2020 edition

The No. 1 Most Influential Business Book of the Twentieth Century. The 7 habits have become famous and are easily integrated into everyday thinking. The 7 habits are; Be Proactive, Begin with the End in Mind, Put First Things First, Think Win/Win, Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood, and Sharpen the Saw. It presents a principle-centered approach for solving both personal and professional problems. With penetrating insights and practical anecdotes, Stephen R. Covey reveals a step-by-step pathway for living with fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity – principles that give us the security to adapt to change and the wisdom and power to take advantage of the opportunities that change creates.

Category – Personal Development - 

Being Brilliant

The Art of Being Brilliant – Cope & Whittaker 2012

Being brilliant, successful and happy isn’t about changing who you are – It’s about finding out what works for you and doing more of it! This little book is crammed full of advice, case studies, quotes, funny stuff and important questions to get you thinking about your work, relationships, and life. You’ll discover your strength, learn to make the most of what you’ve got, identify where you want to be, and take some concrete steps towards your brilliant future.

Read it, do what it says, you’ll feel the results reverberate positively in everything you do.

Category – Personal Development


Feel the fear and do it anyway – Susan Jeffers 2007

Whatever your fears; Public speaking, asserting yourself, making decisions, being alone, changing jobs, interviews,  going back to school, ageing, ill health, setting up a business, This book helps you to understand the irrational side of fear and handle it so that it no longer holds you back from achieving your dreams


Category – PersonalDevelopment


Authentic - Neil Crofts

Thinking about getting up and telling the world what you stand for is daunting. Actually doing it is terrifying but the rewards are incredible. Imagine spending every waking hour doing what you love... Authentic shows how to do just that. 

Category – Sales & Marketing

Briliant Selling

Brilliant Selling Cassell & Bird. 2012

Whether you’re new to selling or want to take yourself to the next level, this definitive guide will show you how to instantly improve your sales performance.  It takes you through the sales process, how to improve your influencing skills and understanding your buyer's motives.

Category – Sales & Marketing

Self Promotion

Self promotion for Introverts - Nancy Ancowitz  2010

This book helps introverts tap into their quiet strengths, articulate their accomplishments, and launch an action plan for getting ahead. It gives practical tips and explanations on topics as diverse as Networking, writing, public speaking and planning.  Get the book rather than the kindle edition for the workbook elements are worth filling out.

Category - Branding

Eat That Frog

Eat that Frog - Brian Tracy 2001

Brian Tracy cuts to the core of what is vital to effective time management: decision, discipline, and determination. He provides clear information on how to keep technology from dominating your time. He details twenty-one practical and doable steps that will help you stop procrastinating and get more of the important tasks done – today!

Category – Productivity

Age of Unreason

The Age of Unreason – Charles Handy 2nd ed 2012

We will not survive unless we adapt to the way the world is changing. The Age of Unreason is an inspiring vision of an era of new discoveries, new enlightenment and new freedoms. It helps the reader to understand the new competitive realities in the world of work and of leisure. It can help you plan for a business future that recognises that change is ever present and a positive thing.

Category - Strategy and Planning

Start With Why

Start with Why - Simon Sinek 2011

Based on the most-watched TED Talk of all time. In business, it doesn't matter what you do, it matters WHY you do it.
Start with Why analyses leaders like Martin Luther King Jr and Steve Jobs and discovers that they all think in the same way - they all started with why.
Simon Sinek explains the framework needed for businesses to move past knowing what they do to how they do it, and then to ask the more important question-WHY?

Category - Purpose

Boat Go Faster

Will it make the boat go faster? - Beveridge & Hunt-Davis 2011

Whether you are a business leader looking to achieve a compelling vision or a coach supporting others to unlock their potential, this book is packed with tried and tested methods to help you achieve your own 'gold medal'.  This is the second edition and includes two new chapters; one on high performance conversations and the other on performance under pressure. In the book's down to earth, practical style, the new chapters unlock simple ways for readers to thrive in their own pressured environments, and to communicate in ways which consistently improve results.

Category - Goal Setting & Motivation

LinkedIn Profile

Professional LinkedIn Profile - Dawn Adlam 2018

Short, snappy chapters give simple, clear guidance, making the “How to” bit of creating a killer profile easy to apply yet in a logical way. The “Tips” give you insider knowledge on LinkedIn. 

Once you string it all together, your LinkedIn account and your profile is fully optimised, and you can focus on weaving it all into your marketing with fantastic results.

Category - Branding

Business Model Generation

Business Model Generation Osterwalder & Pigneur 2010

Business Model Generation is a handbook for visionaries, game changers, and challengers striving to defy outmoded business models and design tomorrow's enterprises. If your SME needs to adapt to harsh new realities, but you don't yet have a strategy that will get you out in front of your competitors, this book is a must-read!

Category - Strategy & Planning

Finacial Management

Financial management for small business - Colin Barrow 2006

This great book helps those who find business finance confusing to understand what they need to know to run a stable and viable enterprise.  It provides advice on proper financial planning and control and reinforces essential points through the use of questions within each section. Beginning with an introduction to the key financial statements, it moves on to look at the tools of financial analysis - the keys to controlling a business successfully. The final part of the book deals with business planning and budgeting, a vital area of business finance as most new ventures cannot get off the ground without a business plan, and existing businesses cannot expand

Category - Financial management

Keeping Secrets

Keeping Secrets - A Daniel Grant Secret Service Thriller - by Wendy Charlton

What happens when a spook breaks their silence?

Former Secret intelligence service operative Daniel Grant has recently started his most complex posting yet – setting up and running Shady Fields, a residential home for former spies. The clientele collectively hold some of the country’s deepest secrets. And as their minds become less focused, the risk of these explosive memories being released grows. Dan’s job is to keep the residents safe, and their knowledge protected.

Category - Fiction

Hidden Secrets

Hidden Secrets - The Second  Daniel Grant Secret Service Thriller - by Wendy Charlton

The Good Friday Agreement was drawn up in 1998 and nearly 100 terrorists had their past 'cleansed', but not everyone received a 'comfort letter'. Some former IRA members had been hung out to dry, and they resorted to a life of crime to make ends meet.

But the past has a habit of catching up with people, so when an IRA fugitive decides to become an MI5 Supergrass, shockwaves reverberate throughout the criminal underworld.

Ghosts from his past come back to haunt him, many people want him dead. Daniel Grant, the newly appointed Director General of the British Secret Service, decides to hides him in a safe-house with a difference.

Shady Fields is a secluded retirement home for retired ex Secret Service Agents, many with dementia and Alzheimer's, but don't let that fool you. They can still call on their expertise when the safety of their home is threatened.

Category - Fiction

Instant Networking

Instant Networking: The Simple Way to Build Your Business Network and See Results in Just 6 Months - by Stefan Thomas

A fresh take on the vital business skill of networking

Networking is something that many of us dread and try to avoid at all costs. But no longer the sole remit of sales people, it has become a vital business skill for us all. Expected to negotiate effectively through our careers, social lives and online presence, networking 24/7 has become a real challenge. Many experts believe that you need to be super confident or a brilliant presenter in order to network to the best of your ability but networking has changed.

Category - Networking

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