Eagle Labs Reading List

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Thank you for sharing the books, blogs, podcasts and videos that have inspired you and impacted the way you’ve set up and run your business.

Here’s what some of our members and partners have shared and we hope it will inspire you and help you grow your business. We’ll be adding more so make sure you bookmark the page and let us know what’s inspired you and we’ll add it to the list.


Recommended by John Connelly, Managing Director of C4DI


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High Output Management

by Andy Grove

"Just a really solid book about the basics of management. If you’re starting out with no formal training and few peers around you to help - it’s a really cracking read. It’s pretty old now, but really rated - Andy was CEO of Intel.
"Try and re-read it every couple of years and check what we’re doing against it!"

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Let My People Go Surfing

by Yvonne Chouinard (Patagonia Founder)

"Really talks about building a business with passion and purpose. A lot of what we try and do is built on that - do the right thing and the right things happen and the business plan will take care of itself. If you’re not passionate about what you’re doing - do something different.
"Just recognising the importance of what drives people and what they’re passionate about and try and find a way of helping them do that at work."

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Love Is The Killer App

by Tim Sanders

" I can’t stand all the shallow networking and business relationships that have no depth - when people ask you what you’re doing at the weekend on a Friday and then ask you what you did at the weekend on a Monday. This is a great book at helping you to create quality and meaningful relationships with people you work with.
"Attempted heightened awareness of how I'm treating people!"

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Snakes in Suits When Psychopaths Go To Work

by Paul Babiak and Robert Hare

"A really helpful way of understanding how to deal with some of the crazy people you come across… what makes them tick, how they operate, how they manipulate.
"Put in place things to spot the nutters and simple processes to deal with them without getting wound up and dragged in and down!"

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15 Lessons in Leadership

by James Kerr

"It’s all about the All Blacks Rugby Team and the 15 principles that drive them.  Super book for business.  It talks a lot about having everyone pointing in the same direction (following the spear) and what happens when people don’t do that or wreck the bonds/culture. Their rule in the team is “no d**kheads”.
"Get rid of the d**kh**ds early and quickly."

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by Pragya Agarwal

Recommended by Mo Kanjilal, Co-Creator of Watch This Space.

"It unravels unconscious bias and how embedded it is in our brains in a really eye opening way and we use examples from this book all the time as there are so many practical and non-judgemental ideas."

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High Output Management

by Andy Grove

Recommended by Mark Kingsley-Williams, Founder of Lawpanel and member of the Eagle Labs LawTech ecosystem.

"It's all about maximising productivity, with practical advice for navigating real life scenarios. Talking is not doing, and doing is what builds businesses. Still much to work for us to work on!"

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Wisdom from Rich Dad, Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money - That the Poor and the Middle Class Do Not!

by Robert T. Kiyosaki

Recommended by Balraj Singh, Eagle Labs LawTech Lab Manager.

"In short... it’s all about how to make money work for you, and the importance of being financially educated 'building assets'."

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Ian Traynar, Serial Entrepreneur

I've been an entrepreneur for 40 years. I've read a few books in that time, but it always comes back to classical universal themes such as "renewing vision", "creating good habits", "good copywriting", "creatively managing stress".

Currently in the first two genres I'd recommend Simon Sinek's latest book The Infinite Game or James Clear's Atomic Habits.

But what happens when someone close to you takes their own life? What or who do you turn to for solace or sense-making? Such an event took place for me last year. She was in her early twenties, the shock was immense, I was left stunned unable to move or think for about three hours. What do I say to her parents? Speechless, I reached out for a book of poetry - Words Under The Words by Naomi Shihab Nye. The last line of her poem Kindness says:


... Then it is only kindness that makes sense anymore,
only kindness that ties your shoes
and sends you out into the day to mail letters and purchase bread
only kindness that raises its head
from the crowd of the world to say
'It is I you have been looking for',
and then goes with you everywhere
like a shadow or a friend.



I'm also reminded that in troubled times, the recent inauguration of the new US president included the poets' Seamus Heaney and Amanda Gorman - how appropriate. Don’t forget the power of the creative arts.


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Morgan Housel

The Psychology of Money:
Timeless Lessons on Wealth, Greed and Happiness

by Morgan Housel

Recommended by Ian Browne, Ignite Accelerator COO and Eagle Labs Belfast member.

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The Black Swan

by Nassim Taleb

Recommended by Kevin Mulhern, Engineer at Eagle Labs Aberdeen.

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Also recommended by Kevin:
The Fearless Organisation - Amy Edminson
The Passions and the Interest - Albert Hirschmann
Debt: The First 5000 Years - avid Graeber

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The First 90 Days

by Michael D Watkins

Recommended by Debby Clement, Founder of Peopley and Southampton Eagle Labs member.

"I found this to be the best book for leaders changing roles." 

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Also recommended by Debbie:
The Unicorn Project
Team Topologies
Uncharted – Margaret Heffernan
Bring your Human to Work
No Ego – Cy Wakeman – Reality-based leadership
What Matters Now – Gary Hamel
Get rid of the performance review – Samuel A Culbert

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Alan Klement

When Coffee and Kale Compete

by Alan Klement

Recommended by Oli Littlejohn from CodeBase, our mentoring and Eagle Labs Edinburgh partner.

"It's a great primer on Jobs to be Done, both the theory and loads of case studies that help ground your knowledge. It has really practical suggestions for talking to customers, which I've used to get far more meaningful feedback from our community." 

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Dorset Growth Hub Podcasts

Recommended by Sharon Jones Engineer at Eagle Labs Bournemouth.

"This is a hybrid information series – sharing both podcasts and then joining together for a live discussion and Q&A." 

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