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Inspirational Books for Christmas

Inspirational Books for Christmas

The gift of a book can spark new ideas, change behaviour, inspire new goals, boost achievement and transform people’s lives. Here are a few suggestions of interesting books to change someone’s life this Christmas.

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Legacy by James Kerr

When you’re on top of your game, how do you change your game?

Legacy studies the heart of the world’s most successful sporting team, the legendary All Blacks of New Zealand, to reveal 15 powerful and practical lessons for leadership. The All Blacks are the world’s most successful sporting outfit, undefeated in over 75% of their international matches over the last 100 years. What is the secret of their success? And what can we – as individuals, companies and teams – learn from them?

Legacy is a unique, inspiring handbook for leaders in all fields and asks: What are the secrets of sustained success? How do you turn vision into action? How do you achieve world-class standards, day after day, week after week, year after year? How do you handle pressure? How do you turn purpose into practice? What do you leave behind you after you’re gone? What will be your legacy?

438 Days: An Incredible True Story of Survival At Sea by Jonathan Franklin

On 17th November, 2012, Salvador Alvarenga left the coast of Mexico for a two-day fishing trip. A vicious storm killed his engine and the current dragged his boat out to sea. The storm picked up and carried him West, deeper into the heart of the Pacific Ocean. Alvarenga would not touch solid ground again for 14 months. When he was washed ashore on January 30th, 2014, he had drifted over 9,000 miles. Three dozen cruise ships and container vessels passed nearby, yet not one stopped for the stranded fisherman. Alvarenga developed a method of survival that kept his body and mind intact long enough for the Pacific Ocean to spit him up onto a remote palm-studded island. Crawling ashore, he was saved by a local couple living in their own private castaway paradise.  This is an epic tale of survival and one man’s incredible story of beating the ultimate odds.

The Lifestyle Entrepreneur: How to Turn Your Interests into Money by Cato Hoeben and Angela Neustatter

This book that proves there’s a new way of having a career, whether you are in a job, unemployed, or retired. Why have one boring job-for-life when you can have several incomes and develop different career roles? Companies have long known the benefits of having multiple suppliers and changed their way of operating to capture these benefits. This book shows that the way to become a lifestyle entrepreneur is to start small and how to turn it into a business. It is a must-read for people who want to apply these same principles to their personal lives for careers that are rewarding both financially and personally. Those who would like to continue with their job for the moment, or are in between jobs, will find the practical steps required to launch their lives into a new direction.

More Human: Designing a World Where People Come First by Steve Hilton

Steve Hilton, visiting professor at Stanford University and former senior adviser to Prime Minister David Cameron, believes that the frustrations people have with government, politics, their economic circumstances and their daily lives are caused by deep structural problems in the systems that dominate our modern world – systems that are broken because they’ve grown too far from the human scale. He shows us how change is possible, offering the latest research, compelling stories and case studies from all over the world across industry, politics, education, design and social action to show us what can happen when we make our world more human. This book is a manifesto and call to action for a more local, more accountable and more human way of living that will make us more productive, more fulfilled and ultimately happier.

Steal The Show by Michael Port

Every day there are moments when you must persuade, inform, and motivate others effectively. Each of those moments requires you, in some way, to play a role, to heighten the impact of your words and to manage your emotions and nerves. Every interaction is a performance, whether you’re speaking up in a meeting, pitching a client, or walking into a job interview. In Steal the Show, New York Times best-selling author Michael Port teaches readers how to make the most of every presentation and interaction. He demonstrates how the methods of successful actors can help you connect with, inspire and persuade any audience. His key strategies for commanding an audience’s attention include developing a clear focus for every performance, making sure you engage with your listeners, and finding the best role for yourself in order to convey your message with maximum impact.

According To Yes by Dawn French

Dawn French, number one bestselling author of A Tiny Bit Marvellous and Oh Dear Silvia, returns with her joyously funny new novel, According To YES.

The Foreign Land of the Very Wealthy – otherwise known as Manhattan’s Upper East Side – has its own rigid code of behaviour. It’s a code strictly adhered to by the Wilder-Bingham family. Emotional displays are unacceptable. Unruly behaviour – definitely not welcome. Fun – no thanks. This is Glenn Wilder-Bingham’s kingdom. A beautifully displayed impeccably edited fortress of restraint. So when Rosie Kitto, an eccentric thirty-eight-year-old primary school teacher from England, bounces into their lives with a secret sorrow and a heart as big as the city, nobody realises that she hasn’t read the rule book. For the Wilder-Bingham family, whose lives begin to unravel thread by thread, the consequences are explosive. Because after a lifetime of saying no, what happens when everyone starts saying . . . yes?