SBM Reading List (Updated Autumn Term 2017)

 

The SBM Reading List is made up of books recommended by SBMs for SBMs. I know that people are finding this list useful because an SBM I met with recently told me he had ordered a pile of them to read! Credit has to go to @JustChezBubbles who started the Twitter hashtag #SBMreadinglist such a fab idea.

I have added links to the books on Amazon or to the publishers, but they are obviously available from a range of retailers.

Happy Reading!

 

Purpose Driven Leadership – Brigette Hyacinth (@MbaCaribbeanOrg)

Recommended by @JustChezBubbles

“It was recommended to me because of the importance of leadership skills for an SBM who will often be leading a multi disciplinary team.”

 

The Million Dollar Blog – Natasha Courtenay-Smith

I have read this book and loved it. This book is a must read for bloggers and aspiring bloggers. Read my full review of the book here:

http://www.shropshiresbm.org/2017/08/book-review-the-million-dollar-blog/

 

Fierce Conversations – Susan Scott

Recommended by @Schoolburs

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/Fierce-Conversations-Achieving-Success-Conversation-ebook/dp/B000P28V2M

 

Total Competition – Ross Braun & Adam Parr

Recommended by @lauraljbusiness

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Total-Competition-Lessons-Strategy-Formula/dp/1471162354

 

The Virgin Banker – Jayne-Anne Gadhia (@gadhiaj)

Recommended by @dawnboyes

“Always good to learn from outside the sector.”

I have read this book and it is brilliant read my review here: http://www.shropshiresbm.org/2017/10/book-review-the-virgin-banker/

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Virgin-Banker-Jayne-Anne-Gadhia-ebook/dp/B01N1898VH

 

The Lazy Optimist – Martin Gladdish

Recommended by Lisa Polhill (via LinkedIn)

Link to webpage (watch the video): https://www.lazyoptimist.co.uk/

“Capture your dreams before the lights go out.”

 

Grit – Angela Duckworth (@angeladuckw)

Recommended by @Sturner1970

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Grit-Passion-Perseverance-Angela-Duckworth-ebook/dp/B019CGY2ZG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1503350421&sr=8-1&keywords=Grit+Angela

 

Black Box Thinking – Matthew Syed (@matthewsyed)

Recommended by @Sturner1970

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Black-Box-Thinking-Surprising-Success-ebook/dp/B00PW634YQ

 

Who Moved My Cheese? – Dr Spencer Johnson

Recommended by @SJJones2014

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Who-Moved-My-Cheese-Amazing/dp/0091816971

 

Academies Financial Handbook – DFE (@educationgovuk)

Weblink: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/academies-financial-handbook

 

Leadership for Innovation – John Adair

Recommended by @Alison_m_moon

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Leadership-Innovation-Organize-Creativity-Harvest/dp/0749454792

 

Leadership Matters – Andy Buck (@Andy_Buck)

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Leadership-Matters-Leaders-Levels-Schools/dp/1909717908

 

Staying Ahead – Viv Grant (@vivgrant)

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Staying-Head-Management-Secrets-Successful/dp/0992925002

 

Leading From The Edge – James Hilton (@jameshilton300)

Recommended by @JustChezBubbles

“I particularly liked the chapter about dealing with tricky staffing situations and also the section about breaking patterns of thinking.”

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Leading-Edge-School-Recognising-Overcoming/dp/1472917340

 

Where Will I Do My Pineapples? – Gill Kelly

Recommended by @BurgeHelen

“This is an easy and informative read if you are embarking on a new build.”

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/pineapples-little-building-Independent-Thinking/dp/1845906969

 

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking – Malcolm Gladwell

Recommended by @lauraljbusiness

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Blink-Power-Thinking-Without/dp/0141014598

 

Assertiveness at Work – Ken Back & Kate Back

Recommended by @SquashyKat

“Good one for brushing up general leadership skills.”

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Assertiveness-Work-Situations-Professional-Management/dp/0077114280

 

Uplifting Leadership – Hargreaves, Boyle & Harris

Recommended by @Alison_m_moon

“Easy and inspiring read when studying MBA”.

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Uplifting-Leadership-Organizations-Communities-Performance/dp/1118921321

 

Our Iceberg is Melting – John Kotter

This is another book that I have in my Leadership Library…

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/Books/Our-Iceberg-Melting-Changing-Succeeding-Under-Conditions/0230014208

 

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference – Malcolm Gladwell

Recommended by @lauraljbusiness

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tipping-Point-Little-Things-Difference/dp/0349113467

 

Don’t Change The Lightbulbs – Rachel Jones

This is one of my favourite books, each section is written in Twitter style, scribed by well known Twitteratti. It’s an easy read and covers a range of topics, it’s a book I often pick up and browse.

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dont-change-light-bulbs-switched/dp/1781352119

 

Quiet Power – Susan Cain (@susancain)

Recommended by @lauraljbusiness

@Team_UK_SLT tweeted about this book “I plan on sharing bits of this with staff… an excellent read. I will no longer say “I wish he would speak up more”.”

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Quiet-Power-Growing-Introvert-Talking/dp/0241273552

 

Outliers: The Story of Success – Malcolm Gladwell

Recommended by @lauraljbusiness

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Outliers-Story-Success-Malcolm-Gladwell/dp/0141036257

 

When The Adults Change Everything Changes – Paul Dix (@pivotalpaul)

@Stephen_Logan tweeted about this book “CPD gold via @pivotalpaul powerful words on empowering, involving and reflecting underlying them ‘Leadership’.”

@TLideas tweeted about this book “Just finished @pivotalpaul and have one hell of a to do list for September! It’s an absolute game changer and I can’t wait to get started”.

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/When-Adults-Change-Everything-Changes/dp/1781352739

 

The Impact Code – Nigel Risner (@nigelrisner)

It’s A Zoo Around Here – Nigel Risner (@nigelrisner)

Recommended by Sandy Tomlinson

Amazon Link to The Impact Code: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Impact-Code-Live-Life-Deserve/dp/1841127167

Amazon Link to It’s A Zoo Around Here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Its-Zoo-Around-Here-Communication/dp/0954683609

I bought both of these books after hearing Nigel present at a NASBM Conference. I would thoroughly recommend these, although they were more meaningful to me having heard him speak. If you have the opportunity book on to an event where he is speaking you won’t regret it, he is very entertaining with a message that will have an impact on the way you lead.

 

Eat That Frog – Brian Tracy

Recommended by Sandy Tomlinson

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/cka/Eat-That-Frog-More-Important-Things-Today/1444765426

 

How To Run An Academy School – Katie Paxton-Doggett

Recommended by @5N_Afzal

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/How-Academy-School-Katie-Paxton-Doggett-x/dp/18607261

 

Lean In – Sheryl Sandberg (@sherylsandberg)

Recommended by @SJJones2014

“I found it amazingly powerful in terms of self belief.”

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lean-Women-Work-Will-Lead/dp/0753541629

 

Strong Woman – Karren Brady (@karren_brady)

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Strong-Woman-Truth-About-Getting-ebook/dp/B006I1CF6C/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1503488735&sr=1-1

Recommended by @ShropshireSBM

This is a book that I recently read and enjoyed. It also inspired two of my recent blog posts:

Customer Connection: http://www.shropshiresbm.org/2017/05/customer-connection/

Look the part, speak the part!: http://www.shropshiresbm.org/2017/05/look-the-part-speak-the-part/

 

Making The Leap – Jill Berry (@jillberry102)

Recommended by Crown House Publishing: https://www.crownhouse.co.uk/publications/making-the-leap

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Making-Leap-Moving-Deputy-Head/dp/17858316

 

Leadership Dialogues – John West-Burnham & Dave Harris (@BraveHead)

We had a comment direct from Dave Harris via Twitter account @BraveHead about why this book is useful for SBMs “The book is arranged over 40 topics aimed for the whole leadership team. Financial decisions should never be considered in isolation.”

https://www.crownhouse.co.uk/authors/john-west-burnham

 

Educating Drew – The Real Story of Harrop Fold – Drew Povey (@drewpovey)

@HelenSheffield said on Twitter “Just finished you book, loved it. As primary SBM completely get your issues with current system & admire how you’re paying back the debt.”

This is a book that I have read and really enjoyed, here is the review that I wrote: http://www.shropshiresbm.org/2017/10/book-review-educating-drew/

Link: http://www.johncattbookshop.com/educating-drew-the-real-story-of-harrop-fold-school

 

What next…

We would love to know your suggestions for books to read, it would be great to grow the list.

Which book has had the most impact on your career or personal development?

Which book do you regularly go back to?

If you have any suggestions please let me know the title, author and why you would recommend it. If you have a Twitter account it would be useful to add that too.

#BeTheChange

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