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20 Books that Changed my Life: A case of Memory Nguwi

Editorial Team
03/04/2020 4:13 PM

One of the lessons I
learnt very early in life is that most of the personal development should be
self-driven. The majority of what I know as a Consultant is self-taught and
experimentation in real life. I read lots of books. When on the road I  listen to one to two audiobooks. I use most
of my idle time to listen to audiobooks and read books on Amazon Kindle.  Today I want to share the books that have
helped me go a gear up in what I do.  I
will start with audible books and go to Kindle books.

  1. My
    American Journey by Collin Powell
  2. The ride of a lifetime by Robert

  3. Organisational Culture by Naomi

  4. The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson
  5. What it takes to be #1
  6. Governance in the Digital Age by
    Brian Stafford and Dottie Schindlinger
  7. Be Board ready by Betsy Atkins
  8. Great CEOs are lazy by Jim

  9. What the best CEOs know by
    Jeffrey Krames

  10. Coaching for performance by Jim

  11. The Drunkard’s Walk by Leonard

What runs through these
books are practical life lessons for everyone who aspires to improve themselves.
My American Journey, for example, looks
at leadership and strategy in a war situation but written specifically for
executive leaders and those who aspire to go into leadership. I have never seen
a book that so rich with practical lessons that you can put to use daily in
your life. When I finished the Drunkard’s walk my whole life changed
concerning how I look at facts of life and interpret them. I learnt that there
are things that happen in life that are random and have no immediate explanation.
The quest for answers must always be guided by science and facts. You can not
remain the same after going through this book. 
As you go through the book “Be Board ready” you will learn what
it takes to prepare for board appointments. 
Betsy takes you through a journey of practical steps you need to take to
prepare for this journey.  Naomi Stanford takes you through a
journey to understand in simple terms what organisational culture is and how to
transform it. I have chosen the above books for their practical value. They all
talk about the problems you encounter every day and how to develop solutions
for them. If you are like me; self-driven, then do not miss the book “ What it takes to be #1”.

On the books I  have personally read and benefited immensely
from the Amazon Kindle books are the following 10 books:

  1. Boards that deliver by Ram Charam
  2. The fearless organisation by Amy
    C Edmondson

  3. Cognitive Capitalism by Heiner

  4. Originals by Dam Grant
  5. Hiring Talent by Tom Foster
  6. Step by step Guide to OKRs by
    Alexander  Maasik
  7. The Implementer's Starter Kit by
    Wendy Hirsch

  8. Why do so many incompetent men
    become leaders(and how to fix it) by Tomas Chamorro- Premuzic
  9. The talent delusion: Why data,
    not intuition, is the key to unlocking human potential
  10. Denying to the grave – Why we
    ignore facts that will save us by Sara E. Gorman, PHD, MPH and Jack M. Gorman,

The above 10 Kindle
books are a must for everyone in a leadership position or aspiring to go into a
leadership position. I have chosen the above books because of their practical
value to everyone who wants to improve how they manage themselves and others.

Memory Nguwi is an
Occupational Psychologist, Data Scientist, Speaker, & Managing Consultant-
Industrial Psychology Consultants (Pvt) Ltd a management and human resources
consulting firm. https://www.linkedin.com/in/memorynguwi/ Phone +263 4
481946-48/481950/2900276/2900966 or cell number +263 77 2356 361 or email: mnguwi@ipcconsultants.com  or visit our
website at www.ipcconsultants.com

Editorial Team

This article was written by one of the consultants at IPC

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