Whispir's Reading List

Jessica Sealby

As we approach the weekend, why not seize your free days to expand your mind with a great read? Here's a selection of Whispir's top weekend reading picks.

1. Maharam Stories

Recommended by: Jeromy Wells, CEO

Why you should read it:

The Maharam stories are particular favourites of mine. The stories aim to "supplant the predictable celebration of one’s wares with an opportunity to explore." This desire for storytelling makes their brand much more interesting and the philosophy around building elegant narratives is one we’re striving toward at Whispir.

2. Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World

By Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler

Recommended by: Jeromy Wells, CEO

Why you should read it:

The insight around Skunk Works and how to make them work for innovation were particularly interesting. At Whispir, we’ve ‘gone skunk’ and we love it - the approach is informing how we take these original principles, rework them into a modern context and build on them. We’re using skunk works as a base to develop advanced, disruptive products to support our transformation and evolution.

3. Building Trust: In Business, Politics, Relationships, and Life.

By Robert C. Solomon and Fern

Recommended by: Rob Mathewson, Senior Solutions Consultant

Why you should read it:

Since reading this book, I’ve reoriented my approach to my customer relationships with a focus on establishing and maintaining trust. If you can build and maintain a trusting relationship with your customers by fulfilling even the simplest of promises, you will cultivate a more resilient relationship that can endure those rare, but inevitable breakdowns in delivery.

4. Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration 

By Ed Catmull and Amy Wallace

Recommended by: Iris Sturbaut, Office Manager & HR Coordinator

Why you should read it:

Catmull is one of the founders of Pixar and he discusses how Pixar tried to boost creativity and inspiration, what issues they struggled with and how they tried to resolve them, and how they tried to create a culture where candor was the norm. One of the things that stuck with me is that Pixar changed the shape of the tables in meeting rooms and where people were seated. They realised rectangular shaped tables did not let everybody participate, and that senior management would always sit at the head of the table and the hierarchy would then go downwards next to them. So, they opted for round tables and employees from different levels were spread around the table to collaborate.

5. How to Win Friends and Influence People

By Dale Carnegie

Recommended by: Anastas Manojlovski, Solutions Architect

Why you should read it:

This book is a timeless classic; the anecdotes might be a bit outdated but the lessons are fundamental. It reiterates all the things we all know and think, and seem to do without thinking. Basically, it reaffirms your actions when working with people. A must read, in my opinion.

6. Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers

By Timothy Ferriss

Recommended by: Charles Rogers, Channel Manager Telstra Business

Why you should read it:

This book is brilliant. I recommend you buy the physical book; my copy has about 80 post-it notes marking pages to go back to. It's broken into healthy, wealthy and wise. The book is the information he gleaned, then distilled, from 200 podcasts with some great people. Ferris wrote The 4 Hour workweek and he's a pro at hacking processes. There is a lot in here to do with bio hacking, systems hacking, etc.

7. Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead

By Laszlo Bock

Recommended by: Rajiv Yagnik, Client Executive

Why you should read it:

The main takeaways for me were the concepts around how to lead, build, and motivate a team around you. It’s good for those who aspire to enter management.

8. How Music Got Free: A Story of Obsession and Invention

By Stephen Witt

Recommended by: Lachlan Hessing, Motion and Video Producer

Why you should read it:

A fascinating insight into how it only takes a new technology, a few pairs of hands and some peer pressure to derail an entire industry.

9. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

By Mark Manson

Recommended by: Charles Rogers, Client Executive

Why you should read it:

This is just a great read; it’s nice to read a self-help style book that actually says, "you screwed up" or "you're not special" but then takes that and shows you how to turn it into something worthwhile and positive. It’s a kick back against the ‘every kid gets a medal’ mentality. Mark Manson has written a lot of essays that I've read online and his essay called F*ck yes or No is one of my favorites that I go back to every few months and share with anyone facing a big decision.

10. Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

By Angela Duckworth

Recommended by: Nikki Boer, Content Strategist

Why you should read it: 

This is a heartening book for anyone striving for success in any field. It's basic premise is that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but rather the result of focused persistence and determination.

Or at least I think that's what it's about, I haven't finished it yet ...