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Enrich, Expand and Escape with a Book

It’s come to that time of the year where we can plan our reading list for the coming months. Maybe you might have some vouchers to spend. Perhaps you’re looking for some you-time. Or even a quick present…. 

We live in an age where we can spend hours In front of a screen, emails pinging, binging on TV boxsets or surfing social media. But nothing beats an enjoyable book!

Whether on a kindle or with that lovely new book smell, reading can help to improve our understanding of others, motivation and build success!  

We asked the team for some personal recommendations for books which they have enjoyed and supported their development. Here’s a selection of the recommendations (click on the title to find out more about the book and author): 


 How to be a Productivity Ninja by Graham Allcott. 

“How to be a Productivity Ninja is written clearly: it is humorous and insightful, with logical and detailed chapters, recognising the tyranny faced by millions on a daily basis coping with barrages of emails, frequent interruptions and the myriad of distractions we face.

“Thoroughly recommend to all professionals, anyone using work email and those wanting to enjoy their work more, feel less anxious about their growing ‘to do list’ and ‘get things done effectively, with less stress. The book works its way through the CORD (collect, organise, review, and do) system as a way of collating, processing, and prioritising workloads.

Recommended by David Foster MInstLM BA (Hons)  

Head of Curriculum at Exalt-Training 


Leaders Eat Last: Why some teams pull together and others don’t: Simon Sinek 

“Leadership is not a rank, it is a responsibility. Leadership is not about being in charge, it is about taking care of those in your charge.

When we take care of our people, our people will take care of us. They will help see that our cause becomes a reality.

In Leaders Eat Last, Simon Sinek, internationally bestselling author of Start with Why, investigates these great leaders from Marine Corps Officers, who do not just sacrifice their place at the table but often their comfort and even their lives for those in their care, to the heads of big business and government – each putting aside their interests to protect their teams.” 

Recommended by Ben Wakefield, Head of Business, Education & Care at Exalt Training 


Never Split the Difference by Christopher Voss. 

“Ex FBI negotiator Voss reveals the 9 key principles that helped him, and his colleagues succeed. Rooted in the real-life experiences of an intelligence professional at the top of his game, Never Split the Difference  will give you the competitive edge in any discussion or negotiation!” 

Recommended by Caroline Sharp, Partnerships Director at Exalt-Training 


The man who mistook his wife for a hat by Oliver Sachs. 

“An interesting read. Written by Oliver Sachs who is a neurologist and in it, he describes his case histories of his patients. Really is an eye-opener into neurology and the brain!” 

Recommended by Jo Marston, Children in Care and Education Provision Manager at Exalt-Training. 


Think like a Monk by Jay Shetty 

“A great read for anyone looking for peace and purpose in every day. Removing Negativity and healing Anxiety by drawing on his time as a Vedic Monk Jay Shetty provides a truly inspiring book that I fully recommend.” 

Recommended by Matt Orchard, Digital Marketing Executive at Exalt-Training. 


 Mind Hunter by John Douglas and Mark Olshaker 

“Has you hooked from page 1” 

Recommended by Marie Kerwick, Business Skills Coach at Exalt-Training.  


Of course there are hundreds of great books out there but we hope you enjoy these! You will find all of these available at Amazon. However, we recommend supporting your local small bookstore if you can. If they don’t stock it see if they can order it in.   Let us know if you have any recommendations! enquiries@exalt-training.com