The summer holidays are the perfect time for you to catch up on the books you thought you’d read through the year and never did. There are so many business and leadership books out there, we thought we’d do you a favour and share with you 5 books we think are worth more than just a flick through this summer.

  1. The Barefoot Investor – Scott Pape

One of our favourite tv money-men, Scott Pape wrote a book with a step-by-step formula we can all follow when it comes to managing our money. While it may not be a ‘business’ book, per se, your financial health can often make or break your business success, so it’s absolutely worth mentioning on this list. It’s easy to read and relatively easy to implement.

  1. To Sell is Human – Dan Pink

This book teaches us that although, officially, 1 in 9 Americans are employed in sales (and similar elsewhere in the world), the reality is that all of us are in sales; either through our work or personal relationships. Dan Pink then goes on to look at the new sciences of selling, including why the adage of ‘Always Be Closing’ doesn’t work like it used to.

  1. Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill

This classic personal development book was written all the way back in 1937 and has sold over 100 million copies worldwide! Although some of the concepts may be outdated, in general, it’s an interesting book that works through 13 ‘steps’ for achievement in your business and personal life.

  1. Blue Ocean Strategy – Renee Mauborgne & W. Chan Kim

Blue Oceans are a marketing/product concept, of uncontested market space; an ideal market for companies; instead of the ‘red oceans’ of direct competition and fighting for dominance. It’s worth a read because it gets you thinking creatively about your business, and not just about how you can stand out from the crowd, but how you can escape it for good.

  1. Triggers – Creating Behavior that Lasts – Marshall Goldsmith

If you have the opportunity to listen to this as an audiobook, you definitely should. Marshall Goldsmith narrates his book in such a trusting, grandfatherly way, that you’ll simply want to do everything he suggests you do. There are plenty of actionable steps to help you improve your actions and reactions to triggers in your work and personal life.


At Workplace Central, we like to keep up with the latest concepts and ideas, so you can benefit from our knowledge and expertise. Our workforce management solutions are designed to free up some of your time, so finding time to read in 2018 doesn’t have to just be another thing on the list.


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