Books We Love

To celebrate world book day 2016 we asked the team what books they love and why, here’s what they said.

Akin Thomas

Choosing one book is really difficult, so I’m going to choose 2. Firstly the Bible. It is the one book that has totally transformed my life, how I see and how perceive.

Secondly, Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell is brilliant. The reason, it’s disruptive and causes you to look at the concept of success in a totally different way. – Akin Thomas, CEO

June Hampton

One of my favourites is ‘Shackleton’s Way’ by Margot Morrell and Stephanie Capparell. It describes itself as a leadership book that reads like an adventure story, and it does. It’s easy to remember the principles when they are demonstrated in a story. – June Hampton, Associate 


My favourite is Fierce Conversations by Susan Scott. I love it because it not only gives great insight but also really practical things to try.– Jenny Gordon, Associate


The book I really love is Margin by Richard A Swenson because it has a powerful message about the need to restore Margin in all areas of our lives so that we can focus on what matters most. This book made me rethink my lifestyle and what I prioritise. – Leone Martin, Associate


My favourite book is The Richest Man in Babylon. Before this book, I would have considered myself a non-reader. This was the first book that really engaged me. Sheyi Thomas, Account Executive  


I went on a course and they gave us the book called ‘Crucial Conversations’. What this book reflects for me is the power of words, phrases and emotion. It is the art of being able to disagree and yet still be able to work collaboratively for the good of what you are wishing to achieve. – Allison Rosenthal, Associate

Melanie Palmer

I was bowled over by Margaret Wheatley (1992) Leadership and the New Science: Learning about Organisation from an Orderly Universe. Weatley brings a quantum perspective to organisational leadership. She opened my eyes as to how organisational roles are focal points for interaction and energy exchanges. This approach contrasts with Newtonian, mechanistic views of organisations, which limit our thinking to finding an objective truth. It keeps the mind open to a myriad of possibilities that emerge from the diversity of participants. She argues that organisations reflect the universe of which they areapart and the universe, as we know; ‘demands diversity and thrives on plurality of meaning’. – Mel Palmer, Associate

Share your favourite book and why you love it in the comments below 🙂