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Four business books to help you prepare for the workplace

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There's never a bad time to plan for your future.

Whether you’ve finished university and have been lucky enough to walk straight into a job or, in the words of Dolly Parton, you’re already working nine ‘til five, there is always room to read up on success. To help we have created a list of must-read books for career driven individuals who are looking to succeed.

From business writers to Nobel Prize winners these insightful books really hold their own with the rest of the summer reading shelf.

Motivational

The book: Kick Start Your Success: Four Powerful Steps to Get What You Want Out of Your Life, Career, and Business

Author: Romanus Wolter

About: Here's the kick in the pants you need to achieve anything you desire! Kick Start Your Success catapults you from "I want" to "I will" to "I did"! Let "The Kick Start Guy", who inspires 2.4 million entrepreneurs monthly, introduce you to a profound four-step process for achieving important goals in your life and work. Gain the discipline, skill and mastery it takes to pursue your purpose in life. This practical, life-affirming guide gives you the tools and techniques you need to create conversations that inspire others to help you succeed. Define your passion. Achieve your goals!

Master the four steps to success: gain confidence by defining your goals, obtain focus and convert your goals into words, find your voice and start powerful conversations that catapult you forward and triumph by becoming "inter-ask-ive and achieve your dreams. Packed with easily accessible wisdom and actionable steps, Kick Start Your Success helps you pinpoint what you want and then shows you how to go out and get it.

Available on Google Play

Tech savvy

The book: The Interim Revolution: How crowdsourcing, the on-demand Gig Economy and Teams as a Service are transforming business globally

Author: Pat Lynes

About: The Interim Revolution clearly explains what disruptive technology means to your companies and what to do to close the capability and speed gap facing organisations today. Written by Pat Lynes, business transformation expert and CEO of Sullivan and Stanley, The Interim Revolution explains how crowdsourcing, the gig economy and how a ‘ Teams as a Service’ model - essentially parachuting ‘SWAT teams’ of the best interim business experts - can transform businesses. With more executives shunning the nine-to-five corporate ladder to work on a part-time, project-by-project basis, Lynes argues that the interim revolution is coming and businesses that don’t harness the power of it are at risk.

It’s a must-read for interim executives, management consultants and management consulting, HR and human resources management, teams, business leadership skills development and top talent recruitment.

Available on Amazon

Inspirational

The book: From Good to Amazing: No Bullshit Tips for The Life You Always Wanted

Author: Michal Serwa

About: From Good to Amazing is a collection of top life coach Michael Serwa’s top tips from different areas of personal development, written in a conversational and direct style, with a few personal stories here and there. The book is designed to give readers a compassionate kick in the butt, so they can become a better version of themselves, living happier and more fulfilling lives. It’s a fresh take on the self-help genre. It deals with some of the most serious parts of life in a light-hearted way (learning while laughing!), straight to the point and jargon-free. He shows readers what they cannot see and tells them what no one else would dare to say.

Serwa is one of the UK’s most sought after, and most highly paid, life coaches working with CEOs and the world’s rich and powerful.

Available on Amazon

Insightful

The book: Thinking, fast and slow

Author: Daniel Kahneman

About:  Nobel Prize-winning Economic Scientist Daniel Kahneman has collated all of his ground-breaking research into one essential best-selling audiobook Thinking, Fast and Slow, which has been narrated by Patrick Egan. Your entire way of thinking and decision-making will be defied after reading this book. From the way in which you form your ideas to the reasons how and why these ideas came to you in the first place. Learn more about yourself and others as you are enlightened with Kahneman’s research.

Available on Audible

Money focussed

The book: Business for Bohemians: Live Well, Make Money

Author: Tom Hodgkinson

About:  Whether you dream of launching your own startup or profiting from your creativity in your spare time, Business for Bohemians will equip you with the tools to turn your talents into a profitable and enjoyable business. Accounting need no longer be a dark art. You will become au fait with business plans and a friend of the spreadsheet. You will discover that laziness can be a virtue. Above all, you will realise that freedom from the nine-to-five life is achievable - and, with Hodgkinson's comforting, pragmatic and extremely funny advice at hand, you might even enjoy yourself along the way.

Available from Foyles

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