1. Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi, Portfolio Penguin, 2014
Dubbed one of the world's most 'connected' individuals, Ferrazzi is a master networker with contacts that stretch from Washington's corridors of power to Hollywood's A-list. He completely demystifies networking and makes it into a more enjoyable experience. Sharing his personal experiences and strategies used by some of the world's most famous leaders, this book is jam-packed with advice on how to work a room, build relationships and become a 'conference commando'.
2. The Rules of Work by Richard Templar, Pearson Education Limited, 2012
Templar's book is a must-read for anyone in the corporate world. It outlines the personal strategies to adopt in the workplace in order to have a successful and rewarding career without becoming ruthless and unpleasant, and without getting bogged down in office politics and backstabbing. The Rules of Work is full of common sense, humour and honesty. He describes his book as a 'gift' - and it is. If you want to super-charge your career, make sure you get your hands on a copy.
3. The Art of Happiness by HH Dalai Lama & Howard C Cutler, Hodder Paperbacks, 1999
This isn't about the doctrines of Buddhism or the political situation in Tibet; it's a book on how to lead a happier life. During extended interviews with the Dalai Lama, psychiatrist Cutler posed questions about relationships, love, loss and the pursuit of wealth; here, he translates those conversations and interprets the ideas for a Western audience. An intriguing East-meets-West handbook on how we can ride through life's challenges. It never fails to pick me up.
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