Reading list

During the course of dozens of episodes I’ve read some fantastic books on work culture. Here’s my top 10 – and then a wider list of more

1. Alive at Work – Daniel Cable

2. Quiet – Susan Cain

3. The Good Jobs Strategy – Zeynep Ton

4. Why We Sleep – Matthew Walker

5. Social Physics – Sandy Pentland

6. Drive – Dan Pink

7. Scrum – Jeff Sutherland

8. The Happiness Track – Emma Seppala

9. Deep Work – Cal Newport

10. Give and Take – Adam Grant

The Progress Principle – Teresa Amabile

Gone For Lunch – Laura Archer

Quiet – Susan Cain

One Step Ahead – Stevyn Colgan

Daily Rituals (2014) – Mason Currey

Principles – Ray Dalio

Happiness by Design (2015) – Paul Dolan

How Emotions Are Made (2017) – Lisa Feldman Barrett

Rework (2010) – Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson

Lean Out (2017) – Dawn Foster

The Checklist Manifesto – Atul Gawande

Solve for Happy – Mo Gawdat

Give and Take (2013), Originals (2017) – Adam Grant

Deep Survival – Laurence Gonsalves

The Power of Moments (2018) – Chip & Dan Heath

YES is More – Bjarke Ingels

Whiplash – Joi Ito

Obliquity – John Kay

Happiness – Richard Layard

The Advantage – Patrick Lencioni

The Organized Mind – Daniel Levitan

Disrupted – Dan Lyons

Powerful – Patty McCord

Deep Work (2016) – Cal Newport

Social Physics (2015), Honest Signals (2010) – Sandy Pentland

Power – Jeffrey Pfeffer

Drive (2011), When (2017) – Daniel Pink

Laughter (2001) – Robert Provine

A Book About Innocent – Richard Reed

Happy Mondays – Richard Reeves

Why Work Sucks and How to Fix It – Cali Ressler and Jody Thompson

Doctors at War (2017), The Last Amateurs (2008) – Mark De Rond

Lean In (2015) – Sheryl Sandberg

The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working – Tony Schwartz

Learned Optimism – Martin Seligman

The Happiness Track – Emma Seppala

Rest – Alex Soojung-Kim Pang

Business Bullshit (2017) – Andre Spicer

The Upstarts – Brad Stone

Scrum (2015) – Jeff Sutherland

Do What You Love – Miya Tokumitsu

The Good Jobs Strategy – Zeynep Ton

Never Split the Difference: Negotiating as If Your Life Depended on It, 2016
by Chris Voss  (with Tahl Raz)

People Analytics (2013) – Ben Waber

A Technique for Producing Ideas (1939) – James Webb Young

Alive at Work
Daniel Cable
Alive at Work
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About Me

I’m Bruce Daisley. I’ve spent my career working in media and technology companies like Twitter, YouTube, Google and Emap. Along the way I’ve become obsessed with making our jobs better, and how often we get it wrong. Eat Sleep Work Repeat (and my book, The Joy of Work) are my attempts to escape the bad opinions that leaders bring to work culture – and to replace them with evidence and facts.

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