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Following on from my 2016 Annual Review, here are my favourite 10 books for 2016. Reading is one of my favourite things to do and one of my goals for 2016 was to read/listen to a book every 2 weeks – 26 books in total for the year. I didn’t reach this goal but came close enough and enjoyed each and every book.
This was one of the best books I read this year. A simple yet effective explanation of the two types of mindset – one being a fixed mindset and one being a growth mindset. From decades of research in her field of psychology, Carol explains the different outcomes of having the different types of mindset. Guy Kawasaki’s review sums this book up – “If you manage people or are a parent (which is a form of managing people), drop everything and read Mindset.”—Guy Kawasaki (author of The Art of the Start 2.0).
Michael Hyatt also loved this book and included it in his top 5 business books of 2016 as outlined in his blog post – The Best Business Books I Read In 2016.
Here is an excellent article that summaries the highlights of this book, thanks to Brain Pickings.
The Life Changing Magic Of Tidying Up (The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing) – Marie Kondo
This book has been on my ‘to read’ list for quiet a while. One of my favourite Lean tools is 5S which is implementation of Workplace Organisation. I have read many articles about Marie Kondo’s best selling book and was curious to see if and how the ‘KonMari method’ was different/similar to 5S. This book did not disappoint. It was as interesting as it was informative. It does indeed reflect some of the techniques of 5S but is also immensely different. A wonderful read for anyone who wants to banish clutter from their home for good and spend less time tidying and organising!
This was my favourite book of 2015 and makes it into my top 10 for 2016. I am a big fan of Pascal Dennis and he ensures ‘Andy and Me’ is an easy read with a really big message that simplifies the complexity of Lean through storytelling – genius! For anyone who is starting out on the Lean journey or wants an insight into the power of Lean then this book is for you. I have read this book many times and find new wisdom and learning on each reading.
The third part of the trilogy of ‘Andy and Me’ books by Pascal Dennis. Andy Saito and Tom Pappas are reunited to evaluate the operations of a New York hospital. Pascal’s brilliant storytelling ability ensures this book delivers a compelling story infused with Lean wisdom on every page. It highlights the fact that Lean and the transformational benefits it delivers can be applied to any industry. Oh how I wish the Irish healthcare system would take note and learn from Andy Saito and Tom Pappas.
Platform is an extremely well written book on building and sustaining an audience online. It is jam packed with excellent advice from a man who really knows what he is talking about. Michael Hyatt has spent most of his career in the publishing world and now runs his highly successful blog where he shares his knowledge and wisdom generously.
If you are a blogger, writer or any type of business owner and want to know more about growing your blog, readership and business through social media, I highly recommend this book. It’s easy to read and the wisdom shared is easy to implement.
Tony is a master when it comes to finance and in this book he not only shares his own wisdom but also leverages the wisdom of many of the world’s finest financial advisors to share their advice, insights and experience. Tony’s book is written in an easy to understand format for all levels of wealth which is why I liked it so much. The spectrum of financial guidance goes from the simple advice of ‘spend less, save more’ to investment advice in stocks and shares and hiring a fiduciary to help you with same. For anyone like me who doesn’t know much about stocks and shares, the steps to assist with ‘spending less and saving more’ are reason enough to buy and read this book.
A beautiful book by an incredible teacher, this book enables the reader to identify and develop their core values which in turn enables them to lead others to greatness through creativity, intelligence and organising power. This is a really easy to read book jam packed with amazing insights. Everyone is a leader, whether you are leading yourself, your family as a parent or a company as a CEO and everything in between this is a brilliant read. Deepak spells out the elements required to be an effective leader as follows, L = Look and Listen, E = Emotional Bonding, A = Awareness, D = Doing, E = Empowerment, R = Responsibility and S = Synchronicity.
Another beautiful book by Deepak, easy to read and a book you will want to visit again and again. Deepak’s insights and advice for success are so simple yet so powerful. Here are the 7 laws outlined in Deepak’s book – like all good advice from books, living the advice is the challenging part. The Law of Pure Potentiality, The Law of Giving, The Law of Karma, The Law of Least Effort, The Law of Intention and Desire, The Law of Detachment and The Law of Dharma
You can read more about these 7 laws here on Deepak’s website.
I am a huge fan of the late great Wayne Dyer and every single one of his books are as enjoyable as they are unique. In this book, Wayne highlights that the greatest gift you have been given is the gift of your imagination and that everything that currently exists in the world started in someone’s imagination. Wayne guides the reader through steps to manifesting what lies in the imagination into the physical world. As deep and insightful as all of Wayne’s writings and teachings.
I have lost count of the number of times I have read ‘The Power Of Now’. The first time I read this book I didn’t really understand it, however what I did understand was that there was a very powerful message in the book. Each subsequent reading has brought a deeper understanding of the simple principle that Eckhart teaches. There is only the ‘Now’, there never was and never will be anything other than the ‘Now’. A deep and powerful book – if this book sounds interesting to you, be prepared to give it the time it deserves. One of the best and most powerful books I have ever read.
Other books I read/listened to and thoroughly enjoyed in 2016 are,