Thursday, December 31, 2015

Recommended reading from 2015

I get through a lot of books during the year but here’s my recommended list from what I read in 2015 in no particular order.

The Checklist Manifesto – Atul Gawande

Checklist are the way to ensure you perform in a standard and repeatable manner. They allow you to focus on getting things done and prevent missing steps or making mistakes. This is a great book that reminds of the power of checklists and why you should be using them every day.

The Miracle Morning – Hal Elrod

Those who get up early get more done and are more successful. After reading this book I changed my morning routine to get up much earlier and it is amazing how much more I get done first thing following the suggestions and guidance from this book. If you really want to get more done in your day, read this book.

Profit First – Mike Michalowicz

Another great book that had a major impact in the way I manage money. I like that it keeps things simple and focuses on the money after all expenses (i.e. profit). if you run a business or struggle to save for a goal I’d highly recommend you read this book.

Sleep Smarter – Shawn Stevenson

The key to so many aliments we experience in the modern world is to get more sleep. This book helps you understand why sleep is so important for optimal mental and physical performance. I am still struggling with eliminating technology before bedtime as recommended within the pages but I am getting better and so is my sleep after reading this book.

The School of Greatness – Lewis Howes

A revisit for me of many of the best things I’ve learnt via other books. However, it is always good to have it re-inforced and this is great book to ensure you are across the things you need to be great. There is always room for more common sense and motivation and you’ll find it in this book.

Extreme Leadership – Jocko Willnik and Leif Babin

A book with a strong military focus which I do find both appealing and interesting. Whether on the battlefield or life to be a leader means owning and fixing the problem even if you didn’t create it. Doing so with grace and humility is tough but that what being extreme is all about. Leadership is a skill and can therefore be learned and is something can make a huge impact when applied correctly. This book gives you insight into how to go about that.

Any of these books I suggest you’d find very worthwhile and you’d certainly take away some lessons. As they say – readers are leaders – and I certainly subscribe to that so set aside some time every day and watch yourself grow as a result.