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New Year’s Eve!

New year’s Eve, when we start thinking about what we’re going to do to be better people, starting tomorrow.  Well, soon, anyway.  As soon as we’ve finished up the last of the mince pies and other Christmas goodies.

Lose weight or get fit are typically up there with the most popular resolutions.  But get a new job or improve my career prospects are also up there. We often start thinking about where we’re going with our careers as we think about getting back to work after the holidays.

With this in mind, I’ve compiled a top ten of my favourite personal development books, focusing on work, productivity, happiness, habits and change.

1. Atomic Habits by James Clear

The best guide to starting new habits and stopping bad ones.

​A book in five minutes - Atomic Habits

Also highly recommended are The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg and Willpower doesn’t work by Benjamin Hardy

​A book in five minutes - The Power of Habit

A book in five minutes - Willpower doesn't work

2. Mindset by Carol Dweck

Foundational.  More to the book than you’d think

A book in five minutes - Mindset

3. Nine Lies

Why work life balance is a myth and we should learn to fall in love with work.  Busts other common beliefs about work too.

A book in five minites - Nine Lies about Work by Marcus Buckingham and Ashley Goodall

4. Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor

Foundational, a great overview if you’re new to personal development books.

A book in five minutes - The Happiness Advantage


Honourable mention to 59 seconds by Prof Richard Wiseman. Quick tips to improve personal effectiveness and happiness

A book in five minutes - 59 seconds

5. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

An astonishing account from a survivor of a WW2 concentration camp that has much to teach us about our response when we’re in a situation we don’t like.

A book in five minutes - Man's Search for Meaning

6. The 12 Week year by Brian Moran and Michael Lennington

A practical strategy for getting things done

A book in five minutes - The 12 week year

A book in five minutes - The 12 week year, an update

​Review

​Update

7. Drive By Daniel Pink

An examination of what motivates us, and it’s not a bigger salary

A book in five minutes - Drive, the surprising truth about what motivates us

8. Brave New Work by Aaron Dignan

Interesting perspective on management theories, why organisations are structured the way they are and how to make changes

A book in five minutes - Brave New Work

9. Black Box Thinking by Matthew Syed

Compares the approach to mistakes and failure in the aviation industry with the healthcare industry. Shows us how a healthy approach to failure is better for everyone, with some things we can learn and take away as individuals

A book in five minutes - Black Box Thinking

10. Best place to work by Ron Friedman

What makes somewhere a great place to work? This book looks at the evidence.

A book in five minutes - Best place to work

What’s your favourite? And which one will you try for this new year? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy new year!