BOOKS: The book that shook

BOOKS: The book that shook - 'I was tempted to opt for one or two of the more interesting business-related books I've read. John P Kotter's Leading Change and The 500-Year Delta by Jim Taylor and Watt Wacker have both stimulated my grey matter.

by DAWN AIREY, CEO of C5
Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

'I was tempted to opt for one or two of the more interesting business-related books I've read. John P Kotter's Leading Change and The 500-Year Delta by Jim Taylor and Watt Wacker have both stimulated my grey matter.

But when I sat down and thought about which book had not only had the biggest impact on me but also consistently given me the most pleasure, there was only one possible choice - Charles M Schulz's Peanuts cartoons. I've loved these books ever since I was a child, and I now own every one ever published - more than a hundred.

Rather than Charlie Brown, I've always identified with Lucy Van Pelt: she's an elder sister who always wants to get her own way, and comes up with some good one-liners. I can't imagine why I feel so in tune with her!

The cartoons are full of great insight. The characters are brilliant and Schulz had a knack for encapsulating those key moments of childhood in just a few poignant frames.

Even today, I think Peanuts gives me a real philosophy for life - I still like to pull the football away just before a rival tries to kick it.'

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