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Book review and podcast recommendations

Popular Podcasts for the Tech Loving Accountant


Cloud Busting Podcast

Jeremy, Dave and their guests discuss Cloud technology and the impact of Cloud transformation on organisations and people in general.

ln each episode, they will be demystifying the cloud and aim to equip you with the knowledge you need to make informed and practical decisions about cloud adoption, deeper exploitation and its wider benefits and impacts.

They cover a wide range of topics including cloud adoption, data and analytics and remote working to name a few.


Speaking Ambition

Speaking Ambition explores the stories of leadership inside the walls of some of the world's leading financial institutes.

Alexandra Bond Burnett hosts each episode and topics range from advice on speaking on camera, challenges faced in leadership roles and topics such as Imposter Syndrome and how to lead a global team.


How I Built

Guy Raz dives into the stories behind some of the world's best known companies. How I Built This weaves a narrative journey about innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists—and the movements they built.

Book Recommendations from Carl Reader

Carl Reader is a serial entrepreneur, chairman of business advisory firm d&t, and author of Boss It, The Start Up Coach and The Franchising Handbook. He features regularly in the national press and on stage, and regularly provides content through his social media channels under the handle @CarlReader. He has helped thousands of business owners either start or grow their business by helping them understand that business isn't difficult, in language an eight year old can understand.


The four hour work week – Tim Ferriss

This book has really helped me design the way I wanted to live, rather than the way that my business and my clients would like me to live. By implementing the DEAL (Delegate, Eliminate, Automate, Liberate) strategies and focusing on what is important rather than what society perceives I should do, I’ve been able to live a life I couldn’t have imagined before. It encouraged me to think ‘bigger and better’ in all areas of my life. I’d also highly recommend Tim’s podcast, The Tim Ferriss Show, and the two books (Tools of Titans and Tribe of Mentors) which are effectively transcriptions of the best episodes from his podcast.


Awaken the giant within – Tony Robbins

Anthony Robbins is a phenomenal communicator, and this book is an insight into his views on peak performance, goal setting and Neuro-Associative Conditioning (a derivative of Neuro Linguistic Programming). It is a very heavy read, but I still use some of the techniques and strategies today to ensure that I am on the right track.


Rocket Fuel – Gino Wickman

So, I guess I need to include a ‘business book’ somewhere in this list! Rocket Fuel was a book recommended to me about 5 years ago by two good friends in the accounting space, Aynsley Damery and Paul Bulpitt, over a boozy lunch. Within the book, Wickman contends that every successful business is run by a partnership, not a solo person – the Visionary, and the Integrator. Using the tools within the book really helped me and my business partner Ben to shape the way that we communicate with each other and our management team. It ultimately led us to building the business to the point where he and I could step away as joint chairs in February 2019, leaving the day to day running and operation of the business to our executive board.

Bonus reviews!

It was really tough to condense this down to three books, as I am an avid fan of personal and business development books. So, I’d add the following titles as ‘highly recommended’! The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (Covey), Rich Dad Poor Dad (Kiyosaki), Secrets of the Millionaire Mind (Eker), The Success Principles (Canfield), Think and Grow Rich (Hill), How To Win Friends and Influence People (Carnegie), The Daily Stoic (Holiday), The Alchemist (Coelho), Reinventing Organisations (Laloux), and Influence (Cialdini).

Plus, of course, Boss It – released 3 October 2020 (UK), 27 October 2020 (US & Global)!