17 September 2020

Lunch breaks are a great time to feed our minds, as well as our stomachs. Discover these highly recommended books, also available as e-books and in English, German and Italian. Enjoy!

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1 Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

Since its release in 1989, Covey’s seven habits have changed the lives of presidents, CEOs, and millions of readers around the world. This book is on every “must read” list from Amazon to Forbes. In an unforgettable book, Covey sets out powerful lessons with examples relevant to today as they were three decades ago. Covey also released The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness on “how to find our voice and inspire others to find theirs.”

2 Start with Why by Simon Sinek

The most inspiring leaders and organisations start with Why, How, and What in that exact order. Simon Sinek explains that people do not buy what we do but why we do it. The question “why” tugs at the fundamental core of our purpose, call, and belief as either a person or an organisation. These questions include: Why do we exist as a company? Or why do we get out of bed in the morning? The problems of “how” and “what” are often answered by facts and figures, but the “why” taps into the part of our brains that controls human behaviour. For more insights, click here to hear the author’s inspiring speech.

3 Business Adventures by John Brooks

In Business Adventures, the author writes about the fascinating exploits of corporate life. From big company failures to Wall Street complexities, John Brooks narrates the perfect plot filled with drama, conflict, and resolution. When the WSJ asked Bill Gates what his all-time favourite book was, he responded, “…more than four decades after it was first published — ‘Business Adventures’ remains the best business book I’ve ever read.”

4 How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie

This timeless bestseller was published in 1936 by Dale Carnegie, a farmer from southeast Missouri in the United States. Carnegie quickly learned that the way he spoke to others, in gesture, tone, and speech, could earn him respect despite his humble beginnings. The realisation led to a career-long journey to pursue the art of confidence, communication, and winning people over. With over 30 million copies sold in 40 languages, Carnegie has helped build communication strategies for countless corporations and offer meaningful insights for us to overcome fear and master the art of influence.

5 Who Moved my Cheese? by Spencer Johnson

Only 94 pages long, this reader-friendly book introduces four characters wandering through a maze, each searching for cheese to make them happy. The cheese is a metaphor for what we seek in life, whether it’s a perfect job, life partner, love, money, or physical and mental health. The four characters – embodying humanity- face unpredictability and obstacles in their search for cheese. A light and entertaining story, Johnson motivates us not to fear change, but embrace it.

What are you reading this month? Send us your tips, links and suggestions, this is your chance to discuss the books you are reading and what you think of them. Share your reads with us: simply send an email to onebank@unicredit.eu and once a month we’ll include a selection in this blog. 

Happy reading!