What is Jacinda reading this summer?

Honestly, we have no idea, but we can assume it will be a mix of fairly dry government material, the latest in leadership theory and some parenting books! A more important question is what will you be reading this summer? Whether you like e-books or the printed version, there’s something out there for everyone.

Here’s our top 5 picks:


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Start With Why by Simon Sinek

How great leaders inspire everyone to take action.

This has been a favourite of ours for some time. The Golden Circle framework is something we present in workshops and use internally to guide business decisions. We have it available to borrow from our library on a first come, first served basis. 


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Imagine It Forward by Beth Comstock with Tahl Raz

Courage, Creativity and the Power of Change.

Confronting change is incredibly hard, both organizationally and personally. People become resistant. They are afraid. Yet the pace of change in our world will never be slower than it is right now, says Beth Comstock, the former Vice Chair and head of marketing and innovation at GE.

At Whitelaw Weber we are seeing constant change throughout the accounting, tourism and travel industries just to name a few. Confronting change head on and being prepared is a must.


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Six Thinking Hats by Edward de Bono

Six Thinking Hats offers a practical and uniquely positive approach to making decisions and exploring new ideas.

Your success in business depends on how you think. "The main difficulty of thinking is confusion," writes Edward de Bono, long recognized as the foremost international authority on conceptual thinking and on the teaching of thinking as a skill. "We try to do too much at once. Emotions, information, logic, hope, and creativity all crowd in on us. It is like juggling with too many balls." The solution? De Bono unscrambles the thinking process with his "six thinking hats”

This is a great read if you are considering the future of your business and any obstacles you are facing.


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Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg

Women, Work and the Will to Lead

This provocative, inspiring book about women and power grew out of an electrifying TED talk Sandberg gave in 2010, in which she expressed her concern that progress for women in achieving major leadership positions had stalled. The talk became a phenomenon and has since been viewed nearly 2,000,000 times. In Lean In, she fuses humorous personal anecdotes, singular lessons on confidence and leadership, and practical advice for women based on research, data, her own experiences, and the experiences of other women of all ages. Sandberg has an uncanny gift for cutting through layers of ambiguity that surround working women, and in Lean In she grapples, piercingly, with the great questions of modern life. Her message to women is overwhelmingly positive. She is a trailblazing model for the ideas she so passionately espouses, and she's on the pulse of a topic that has never been more relevant.

Again, this is another book that really resonated with the female members of our team and is available to borrow from our library.


Belong by Radha Agrawal

Find Your People, Create Community and Live a More Connected Life

How is it that the internet connects us to a world of people, yet so many of us feel more isolated than ever? That we have hundreds, even thousands of friends on social media, but not a single person to truly confide in? Radha Agrawal calls this “community confusion,” and in Belong she offers every reader a blueprint to find their people and build and nurture community, because connectedness—as more and more studies show—is our key to happiness, fulfilment, and success.

You’ve probably heard us talk about our purpose of enriching families and communities through successful business. Underpinning this is the recognition that when we belong and work together as a community we all win. A great uplifting read.