“Around you there are many examples of ways to solve your own problems and create compelling opportunities. Learn to look outside.”

David Mansfield 

Revolution Reading

Business books and articles are an excellent source of new ideas and different perspectives. Each selection will be summarised, highlighting the lessons to be learned and an actionable idea that David recommends you apply to your business. A new Revolution Reading will be added every month.

The One Thing

By Gary Keller and Jay Papasan

What's it about?

Bestseller ‘The ONE Thing’ by real estate entrepreneurs and authors, Gary Keller and Jay Papasan, looks at the benefits of focusing on the one most important thing or task that’ll help you to achieve your goals (rather than opting for the scattergun approach). Their theory is that you’ll get the desired result with the biggest impact by adopting a much more focused approach. Amongst other things, you’ll learn about the ‘six lies of success’ and the ‘4 productivity thieves’, which looks at why multitasking doesn’t work and why not everything on your to-do list matters. This is a great read if you’re looking for help to define your goals and the most effective techniques in how to achieve them.

What's in it for me?

You’ll learn how to prioritise the things that matter most to you and how to adopt the discipline of habit-forming to achieve your goals.

What can I learn?

  1. The power of thinking big and the opportunities this can bring
  2. The importance of prioritising your to-do list – not all tasks are of equal importance
  3. How to form better and long lasting habits
  4. To live with more purpose and how this can lead to extraordinary results
  5. Why multitasking is so inefficient and unhelpful

Start on Monday:

Focusing on multiple things at once will likely lead to mistakes and you’ll work less efficiently. Decide what the most important thing is on your to do list this week and give it your full attention.


Bad Blood, by John Carreyou

What's in it for me?

Bad Blood will show you the pitfalls of confirmation bias in business and just how powerful it can be – when you really want to believe something, you will.

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What they don’t teach you at Harvard Business School, by By Mark H McCormack

What's in it for me?

This book is suited to middle management roles and entrepreneurs looking to gain some practical advice on topics such as sales, negotiation, running a business, reading others and time management.

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Talking to Strangers, by Malcolm Gladwell

What's in it for me?

Iwill help you to explore your own behaviour in dealing with strangers and guide you in building stronger relationships 

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Shoe Dog, by Phil Knight

What's in it for me?

This is not your typical checklist and tips business book. It is an honest account of the often tumultuous road to success, which will energise and inspire the most determined entrepreneurs.

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Atomic Habits, by James Clear

What's in it for me?

You will find out how habits are formed, how to make them stick and how embracing habits is a great way to take control of your life and achieve more.

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Only the Paranoid Survive, by Andrew S. Grove

What's in it for me?

Learn how one of the most successful companies in the world survived moments of crisis. Gove gives advice on how to identify ‘strategic inflection points’ and lead teams through them.

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