Top 10 must-reads for graduates from our senior leaders and CEO
Our CEO and top senior leaders have put together a recommended reading list to help you develop and become the happiest and most successful version of yourself.
The list, created for those who aspire to be unconventional and hit the ground running after university, adds to the literary classics you read during high school and university.
Recommended by William Cox, Chief Executive Officer
In 1998, a crew of sailors navigated their small yacht through a treacherous storm in a world-renowned sailing competition. Their victory tells a story of teamwork through cooperation, trust, planning, and execution. As a passionate sailor himself, our CEO recommends this book to all graduates and interns so they can develop the tools needed to support teams, and overcome obstacles in life and in business.
Recommended by John McGuire, Chief Design Officer
Too often, people assume creativity and innovation are only for the "creative types". In this book, David and Tom Kelley identify the strategies that allow us to tap into our creative potential in our work and personal lives, and allow us to innovate in terms of how we approach and solve problems.
Recommended by Aneetha de Silva, Managing Director – Government
You’ll find this book on many ‘must read’ lists and that’s because it has been empowering readers for over 25 years. The tips in this book are relevant for every stage of your career, are simple and easy to follow and will help you learn how to operate more effectively.
Recommended by Liam Hayes, Chief People Officer
Kahneman exposes the capabilities, faults and biases of fast thinking, tells us where we can and cannot trust our intuitions and explains how we can tap into the benefits of slow thinking. He offers insights into how choices are made in our business and personal lives and how we can use different techniques to prevent the mental glitches that can get us into trouble.
5. The Economist – weekly magazine-format newspaper
Recommended by Stephane Asselin, Chief Executive, Asia
The Economist is a great source of information about everything in the world, business, finance, and innovations. It enables you to stay abreast of key global events. The nice thing about the publication is that it never becomes irrelevant in the sense that if you don’t have time to read it each week, there are always many articles that you can enjoy reading later. Annual special editions such as the ‘Festive Season Double Issue’ and the ‘World in 2020’ are also fantastic sources of information. I have subscribed to The Economist for 25 years!
Recommended by Louise Adams, Chief Executive, Australia & New Zealand
Based on the principle that good leadership is contagious, Willink and Babin show that even in a volatile world where people find themselves in complex teams relying heavily on influence rather than control, the resilient ability to put aside excuses and take ownership for all outcomes will be respected and replicated, both by those who lead you and those whom you lead.
Recommended by Maureen Thurston, Chief Experience Officer
“You are the shaper of your own destiny. It is entirely up to you where you want to go and who you want to be.” The last book that Dr. Seuss published during his lifetime is a perfect read for anyone starting a new phase in their life.
Recommended by Andrew Maher, Chief Digital Officer
As the full impact of digital technologies is felt, Brynjolfsson and McAfee identify the best strategies for survival and offer a new path to prosperity. A fundamentally optimistic book, it alters how we think about issues of technological, societal and economic progress.
Recommended by Brad McBean, Group Managing Principal, Advisory
Michael Lewis was fresh out of Princeton and the London School of Economics when he landed a job at one of Wall Street’s premier investment firms. An entertaining read, it’s a behind-the-scenes look at a unique and turbulent time in American business, touching on greed, gluttony, and outrageous fortune.
Recommended by Tracey Ryan, Managing Director – New Zealand
Marilyn Carlson Nelson is one of the most successful CEOs in the world, achieving global recognition for the Carlson company and brand. This book was recommended for its real and heartfelt glimpse into the challenges Marilyn faced as a leader; and the principles, values and experiences that guided her.
If the saying ‘knowledge is power’ is true for you, then the above list will kick-start your career. Good luck on your journey!