World Book Day 2021

It's World Book Day!

5 months ago by Claire Smith

​Today is World Book Day and, like many of the team at MorePeople, you may have spent more time reading recently thanks to lockdown 1, 2, 3… or all three!

Recommended books


Here are 10 books that have inspired our team, both personally and professionally:

Guy How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie:

“I’ve read this numerous times and his 12 golden rules have become my bible for how to live and be a great person, as well as a leader and manager. I would be a grumpy old b****** without it!”

Andrew The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey:

“Covey’s 7 Habits is almost as old as I am but the principles and wisdom remain as relevant now as they did in the 80’s when he wrote it. The concepts are simple and very easily implemented into daily life – work or otherwise. I’m yet to reach Covey nirvana and make all the habits part of my routine but there’s more implemented than from any other book I reckon.”

Sarah S.U.M.O (Shut Up, Move On): The Straight-Talking guide to Succeeding in Life by Paul McGee:

“It’s a great motivational book that is easy to read and doesn’t contain ‘jargon’ that you won’t understand. It’s helped me to explore emotions and try out new ways to tackle situations, both at work and in my personal life. Very interesting and worth a read!”

Tom Our Iceberg is Melting: Changing and Succeeding Under Any Conditions by John Kotter and Holger Rathgeber:

“This book is all about change management and how to bring a high performing team through changes. Change for some people is tough to go through and anything that can help people to successfully navigate it has got to help – especially given all the changes the world has been going through in the past 12 months.”

Tom Good to Great: Why some companies make the leap… and others don’t by Jim Collins:

“We based our internal conference around some of the concepts in this book last year. It includes lots of insight into how the best businesses do things differently.”

Morten - The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do, and How to Change by Charles Duhigg:

“It’s rare to find a motivational / business book that you don’t want to put down, but this was one for me. Lots of great examples of how habits drive our lives, both personally and professionally, and some great advice on how to alter them!”

Lawrence Mindset: Changing the way you think to fulfil your potential by Carol Dweck:

“Changing your mind-set can give you a whole new outlook on life and challenges that are thrown your way, either in the workplace or in life. If you change your outlook, it can be a real tool to moving forward.”

Lawrence The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups by Daniel Coyle:

“I also really rate this one. If you are business looking at your staff retention, or building a successful business, it is a great read. Businesses can sometimes be narrow minded in their hiring and what is important, but this actually puts things in to perspective and shows what is important to become a successful business.”

Rich First Man In: Leading from the Front by Ant Middleton:

“Ant’s first book is refreshingly honest and raw, reiterating the need to be a leader, even without the title, and stressing the importance of the supporting role within leadership.”

Claire The Chimp Paradox: The Mind Management Programme for Confidence, Success and Happiness by Prof Steve Peters:

“This book really helped me to understand how the mind works and the constant battle between thinking emotionally and logically. We all have a ‘chimp’ inside our brains and it’s up to us to embrace it and learn to manage it. Steve Peters is also a brilliant masters athlete and his techniques have definitely helped to calm my pre-race nerves!”

What books would you recommend?