CLAIRE, MARKETING DIRECTOR: HOW TO LEAD A QUEST, DR JASON FOX
Ever since Dr Jason Fox created this amazing video on self-sabotage for our Kick. Start. Smart. event, we’ve been keeping a close eye on his work. Jason’s most recent book highlights how workplace strategy and culture have become cursed with efficiency. It’s almost as though we’re ‘too busy’ for progress – what a thought! Here in How to Lead a Quest, we get guidance on how to turn thoughts from default thinking to pioneering leading. So far, I’ve found quite a few lessons I’ll be taking into the office.
JESS, PR & EVENTS MANAGER: JUST KIDS, PATTI SMITH
Patti Smith’s Autobiography takes you through how she went from living on the streets of New York to becoming one of the biggest female rock stars of all time. Patti is such a poetic and beautiful writer, not to mention her wildly colorful life story. I’m loving how well she manages to evoke all the gritty details of the New York creative scene in the 60s.
BEC, CHIEF SUB-EDITOR: A PATH WITH HEART, JACK KORNFIELD
The author, Jack Kornfield was one of the original teachers to bring Buddhism to the West. He actually ran away to become a monk, then decided to return back the US and practice in the ‘real world’. It’s full of lots of wisdom for navigating life, which is always welcome!
NAT, HEAD OF PARTNERSHIPS: THE TIGER’S WIFE, TEA OBREHT
Exploring timeless themes of family storytelling, imagination and memory, it’s so beautifully written, with the kind of vidid detail that instantly spirals you into another world, each and every time you pick it up.
MICHELE, DIGITAL PRODUCER: THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, PAULA HAWKINS
Fellow Gone Girl fans will really enjoy every twist and turn in The Girl on the Train. A very difficult one to put down! I’ll be heading straight to the cinema to see the film adaptation as soon as it’s out this year.
LISA, FOUNDER & CEO: ORIGINALS, ADAM GRANT
If Sheryl Sandberg gives something a nod of approval, I’m pretty much going to head straight for it! This book is a fabulous call to innovative action – it tells the story of those who are really going against the grain and it’s unbelievably inspiring to uncover people who really think outside the box. And it isn’t just about doing that in business realm – every study tells a wider story of aspects of our life where a little creative thinking and a lot guts are what’s needed. Even the smallest can make the biggest change and this book reminds you of that.