Thank you to everyone who came out for our ReputationTime “Black Friday” meetup at Cafe Film Noir! Attendees brought along their favourite book on politics, communications, or leadership and shared it with the group over a meal and drinks, which lead to very interesting and lively discussion. We were introduced to so many great books, we just have to share them with everyone who didn’t make it to the meetup – enjoy!
1. “The Blair Years” by Alastair Campbell – Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair’s press secretary, strategist, and closest confidant details in diary excerpts the tumultuous rise to power and the defining moments of the decade. Get this book for 17€ here.
2. “Prisoners of Geography” by Tim Marshall – This book explains the impact geography has on international political affairs and how it has shaped current borders. Ideologies come and go, but geopolitical facts ensure that the state of the world is always where we were going to end up.
3. “Selling Hitler: Propaganda and the Nazi Brand” by Nicholas O’Shaughnessy – During the Third Reich Hitler understood that almost everything in the human consciousness was potential propaganda material. This book examines the way posters, images, architecture, weapons and other forms of communication were all carefully crafted to serve as a government instrument supporting the ideology.
4. “Create Dangerously” by Albert Camus – The book is composed of three speeches by the writer, including the title speech. Although he speaks about art, his ideas as a whole are more philosophical. Camus discusses the relationship between art and society and the responsibility of artists to ‘create dangerously’.
5. “Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job. Kill It in Your Career. Rock Social Media.” by Aliza Licht – Step inside the world of a global fashion communications executive. The book gives advice, provides inspiration and includes lessons learned with an emphasis on communication and building your personal brand.
6. “What the Dog Saw” by Malcolm Gladwell – This book is a compilation of essays published by the author in The New Yorker magazine. The book explores social psychology and challenges preconceptions of seemingly mundane topics such as ketchup or hair dye. The author looks for success stories in unexpected places, allowing you to view the world through someone else’s eyes.
7. “Leadership on the Line: Staying Alive through the Dangers of Leading” by Martin Linsky and Ronald A. Heifetz – Being a leader requires putting yourself out there and taking risks. In this book the authors set out how to make a difference as a leader without getting burned and pushed aside, including everyday tools for personal survival.
8. “Esejas par politiku” by Plutarch – This book in Latvian is a compilation of essays on politics by the famous ancient Greek writer and historian. The content of the essays is surprisingly timeless, and the simple, practical advice on governance can be just as easily applicable to modern times.
9. “Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable” by Seth Godin – This book discusses the changes in marketing, exploring aspects such as packaging, patterns and communication. Don’t reinvent the wheel – simply repackage!
10. “The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters” by Emily Esfahani Smith – The book uses research in positive psychology, as well as insights from historical figures and interviews with other great minds to set out four pillars of meaning. There are untapped sources of meaning all around us that can help us lead a more satisfying life.
11. “The Tim Ferriss Show” by Tim Ferriss – Not a book, but the nr. 1 business podcast on iTunes. This show interviews world-class performers from entertainment to sports, and breaks down their daily routines to better understand their habits of success.
To hear more about communication and leadership attend the ReputationTime keynote and networking event with communicator, writer and strategist Alastair Campbell on May 11th: “Leadership Crisis Management in the Digital Age”.
Often described as the second most powerful figure in Britain, Campbell is best known for his role as former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s spokesman, press secretary and director of communications and strategy. He was pivotal to the founding of the New Labour party and their sensational election victory in 1997.