This is a shortlist of books that I have read over the years that have had a significant impact on my life and thinking that I strongly recommend. Given time, I will curate this page a bit better, soon.

On Leading self

Unlearn — In order to learn and grow, we must always pay attention to what we need to unlearn, to see the world differently.

Unlearn: Let Go of Past Success to Achieve Extraordinary Results by Barry O’Reilly

Man's searc for meaning — An extraordinary book on the purpose and meaning defines us in the most extreme circumstances.

Beacon Press: Man’s Search for Meaning
Frankl’s timeless memoir and meditation on finding meaning in the midst of suffering

Time off — On the importance of time off and setting aside time for slow focused work.

Time Off Book - Rediscover one of humanity’s greatest practices
Relearn the lost art of achieving your purpose without burning out.

Resilient: How to grow an unshakable core of calm, strength and happiness — A well written book on the challenging topic of resilience.

Resilient: How to Grow an Unshakable Core of Calm, Strength, and Happiness
These days it’s hard to count on the world outside us. So it’s vital to grow strengths inside like self-worth, patience, kindness, and joy. These make you resilient: the foundation of lasting well-being in a changing world.

How to begin — An inspiring book on how we better emotionally connect with our goals rather than simply make them SMART.

How to Begin - Best Books for Coaches, Leaders & Mentors » MBS
“How to Begin: Start Doing Something That Matters” book by Michael Bungay Stanier will help you unlock your greatness by working on the hard things.

Integration: The power of being co-active in work and life — This book brings a broader perspective on the philosophy of being co-active, on thinking in terms integration rather than separation is essential for our well being and impact in the world.

Integration: The Power of Being Co-Active in Work and Life from Changemakers Books
We live in a world of both profound separation and deep longing for connection. Betz and Kimsey-House explore not only the historical and spiritual...

On Leading teams and organisations

Time to think — On making space individually and in organisations to think and reflect deeply, to make space for and listen to diverse perspectives.

Time To Think - Time to Think

Rebel ideas — On the importance of diverse organisations and perspectives.

Rebel Ideas | Matthew Syed
Where do the best ideas come from? And how do we apply these ideas to the problems we face - at work, in the education of our children, and in the biggest shared challenges of our age: rising obesity, terrorism and climate change? In this bold and inspiring new book, Matthew Syed - bestselling autho…

Let my people go surfing — A very thoughtful book on running a business, while being an environmentalist and aspiring to minimising the negative impact on nature.

Let My People Go Surfing - Paperback Book by Yvon Chouinard
Let My People Go Surfing (Including 10 More Years of Business Unusual) - Paperback - The tale of an itinerant climber. Sales from this book benefit 1% For The Planet (

On Leading for impact

Active hope — Joanna Macy's book to inspire hopeful action in world that otherwise tends to make us fearful and apathetic.

About 1 — Active Hope

Good strategy/Bad strategy — Very clear and articulate book on what strategy is really about, and what's the difference between badly considered strategies versus strategy that leads to results.

Good Strategy/Bad Strategy | The Difference and Why It Matters

The geography of thought — Bringing perspective on a different perceptioin of the world, rather than the western rationalist view.

The Geography of Thought (March 3, 2003 edition) | Open Library
The Geography of Thought by Richard E. Nisbett, unknown edition,

The anatomy of peace — An easily digestible story of challenges, conflict and what's at the root of findinging peace.

Free Supporting Resources | The Anatomy of Peace Book
Access the free study guide, book diagrams, and sample chapters for the bestselling book, The Anatomy of Peace.

Climate — A new story — Quite a dense, but articulate analysis of the current discussion on climate change, particularly emphasising the need to look beyong superficial answers to deep problems, and seeking inclusiveness rather than polarisation.

Climate — A New Story

Immunity to change — Change is extremely hard to achieve, particularly in organisations. This book provides a framework for how to look at the deeper motivations behind change.

Immunity to Change Books, Resources & Publications | Minds at Work
Find a comprehensive list of resources, publications, and books relating to Immunity to Change as well as works by Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey.

You belong to the universe — More than the book itself, Buckminster Fuller is a provocative mind, far ahead of his time.

You Belong to the Universe
A compelling call to apply Buckminster Fuller’s creative problem-solving to present-day problemsA self-professed comprehensive anticipatory design scientist, the inventor Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983) was undoubtedly a visionary. Fuller’s creations often bordered on the realm of science fiction, ra…