These are the landmark books Alison Jones, host of the Extraordinary Business Book Club, selected as her 2020 Big Reads - one big chewy title a month (plus a few extra cheeky ones too...)
The Double X Economy: The Epic Potential of Empowering Women - SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2020 ROYAL SOCIETY INISGHT INVESTMENT SCIENCE
Professor Linda Scott£18.98 £17.65
An extraordinary, devastating critique of how women are systematically excluded and marginalised in so many areas of our culture. You MUST read this.
Jenny Odell£20.00 £18.60
Lyrical, thoughtful and life-affirming antidote to the always-on culture.
Matthew Syed£9.99 £9.29
If you've ever wondered why diversity and inclusion matter so much in business (and indeed life): THIS.
You've heard about the 'teal' organization - here's where the concept was introduced. Chewy but satisfying.
The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation, and Growth
Amy C. Edmondson£22.99 £21.38
One of the most foundational works of business psychology. You'll be hard pressed to find a work on leadership that doesn't draw on this: read the original to understand why.
Adam Grant£8.99 £8.36
Turns out nice guys DON'T always come last - Grant's 'otherish giver' is best placed to reap the benefits of social capital without burning out. Fascinating and actionable.
Safi Bahcall£13.99 £13.01
Some of the best business storytelling I've ever read.
Katrine (Y) Marcal£8.99 £8.36
A bit ranty (but that's understandable). Worth reading just for the immortal line: 'It turns out the real invisible hand may have been the one that put the dinner on his table every night for his entire life—his mother's.'
Ray Dalio£25.00 £23.25
You might not agree with everything, but it's rare to see a leader with this clarity of thinking about the way he lives and leads: if nothing else it will get you thinking about your own, often hidden, principles.
GUY RAZ£20.00 £18.60
Masterful storytelling from journalist Guy Raz and bucketfuls of inspiration for anyone going through tough times in their early startup years.
Angus Deaton and Anne Case£20.00 £18.60
OK, it's not a cheerful read. But it's an important and coruscating analysis of what is going on in America and why white working-class Americans are dying in such disturbing numbers at their own hands - by guns, overdose and/or substance abuse.
Erin Meyer and Reed Hastings£20.00 £18.60
Who says you need a holiday policy? A radical rethink of how to build a high-performing company from a leader who seems to be making rather a good job of it.
Susan Cain£9.99 £9.29
Another classic - essential reading for extroverts just as much as introverts.
Margaret Heffernan£20.00 £18.60