Have you marked “reading inspiring books” in your new year resolutions? You’ll start a reading list and even buy the books. But at the end of the year, you realize you haven’t read one-quarter of what you plan to. What if we use the power of being a team to read more mind-opening books in less time? Here is our trick.

Most of us at Keen Bull are books lovers with never-ending reading lists and not enough time to go through it. With this starting new year, we all have lots of motivation to start reading more to explore some new concepts & theories, feed our creativity or train ourselves on a specific topic. But like most new year’s intention, we will fail at some point to keep the pace and end up with a bigger pile of books to read at the end of the year

So for 2018, we have decided to join forces to sustain our reading habits over the year, have a greater shared knowledge and achieve a shared reading objective of at least a book per month. Five of us shared 3 to 5 books they would like to read this year. It has to be books you want to share the knowledge with the others so that they learn through you the main ideas as well as the key findings you collected in your reading journey.

We came up with 18 books we would like to collectively “read”. Here is the list in a chaotic order with only the key topics and the team member’s comment on it:


1. Getting Things Done by David Allen

THE book & THE author that has inspired many productivity techniques  – #productivity


2. The Doodle Revolution by Sunni Brown

The bible for info-doodling or how to master visual facilitation techniques  – #VisualFacilitation #Sketchnoting


3. Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Richard H. Thaler & Cass R. Sunstein

How sensible “choice architecture” can successfully nudge people towards the best decision without restricting their freedom of choice – #BehavioralScience #Nudge #Sustainability


4. The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power by Shoshana Zuboff

Amazing thinking from an amazing Author – #Capitalism


5. Walt Disney – The Triumph of the American Imagination by Neal Gabler

Discovering the life and business of Walt Disney and how he shapes the film industry and the imagination & cultural references from many children’s generation – #Biography #Imagination


6. One Mission: How Leaders Build a Team of Teams by Chris Fussell

The follow-up to Team of teams. Fussell is excellent – #TeamWork


7. The Circular Economy: A Wealth of Flows – 2nd Edition by Ken Webster

Exploring the consequences of applying circular Economy principles to production, employment, education, money and finance and how it induces a shift in public policy and taxation – #CircularEconomy #SystemThinking


8. Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things by Michael Braungart and William McDonough

An exciting case for changing the way we make things and consider the act of producing. The key being taking nature as a model in the way we design things –  #CircularEconomy #SustainableDesign


9. Getting Beyond Better: How Social Entrepreneurship Works by Roger L. Martin and Sally R. Osberg

How social entrepreneurs target systems that exist in a stable but unjust equilibrium and transform them into entirely new, superior, and sustainable equilibria  – #SocialEntrepreneurs #Entrepreneurship #ImpactEnterprises


10. Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari

The book describes mankind’s current abilities and achievements and attempts to paint an image of the future. Many philosophical issues are discussed, such as the human experience, individualism, human emotion, and consciousness  – #History #Humanity #Perspective


11. From the front of the room by Dan Newman

The Notebook on Facilitation for Experienced Practitioners – #Facilitation


12. The Power of Less by Leo Balbauta

The keys to focusing once energy on the essential things in business and life. A book on personal ecology and managing one’s personal energy – #Frugality #BehavioralScience


13. How To Make Sense Of Any Mess by Abby Covert

A step-by-step process for making sense of messes made of information and people – #InformationArchitecture #SenseMaking #Learning #Understanding #Design


14. Simply Complexity: A Clear Guide to Complexity Theory by Neil Johnson

What do traffic jams, stock market crashes, and wars have in common? They are all explained using complexity, an unsolved puzzle that many researchers believe is the key to predicting – and ultimately solving—everything from terrorist attacks and pandemic viruses right down to rush hour traffic congestion – #SystemsThinking #Complexity #SystemsScience


15. The Complete Facilitator’s Handbook by John Heron

A comprehensive guide providing the key to successful facilitation – #Facilitation #Codesign #ParticipatoryDesign #Education #Teaching


16. Designing Regenerative Cultures by Daniel Wahl

An impressive and wide-ranging analysis of what’s wrong with our societies, organizations, ideologies, worldviews, and cultures – and how to put them right – #SustainableDevelopment #RegenerativeDesign #SystemsThinking #SystemsChange #SystemsPractice


17.  Mindshift: Break Through Obstacles to Learning and Discover Your Hidden Potential by Barbara Oakley

Strategies for learning that are backed by neuroscience so that we can realize the joy and benefits of a learning lifestyle. Get deep into the world of how people change and grow – #Neuroscience


18. The End of Competitive Advantage: How to Keep Your Strategy Moving as Fast as Your Business by Rita McGrath

A new playbook for strategy, one based on updated assumptions about how the world works, and shows how some of the world’s most successful companies use this method to compete and win today – #Strategy


One of those books caught your eyes? Reach out to Sophie (sophie.conchon@keenbull.com) so that we include you in the online session we share on this book!

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