Lane4 Book Club

Reaching for a book

Our consultants share the books that have changed the way they look at the world this year. The perfect presents for the management consultants in your life.

1. More time to think

by Nancy Kline

A former ‘Listener of the Year’, Nancy Kline explores why we need to think about the way we think if we want the best from ourselves and our teams.

2. New Power

by Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms

Social media and the internet have disrupted the relationship between information and power. This book shows you how to navigate the hyperconnected world.

3. One from many: Visa and the rise of the chaordic organization

by Dee Hock

An ‘old-but-gold’ book, this study of how VISA embodies both cooperation and conflict still has a lot to teach us about putting the ‘organise’ in ‘organisation’.

4. Dare to Lead

by Brené Brown

Drawing on two decades of research, this is a call-to-arms for courageous leadership. Essential reading for leaders seeking to further develop their empathy and values.

5. Digital Minimalism

by Cal Newport

A professor of computer science, Cal Newport believes screen addiction ‘shatters our time into shards too small to be present’. This book offers a path back to uninterrupted thought.

6. The Halo Effect

by Phil Rosenzweig

Punchy, witty and insightful, this book cuts to the heart of what business performance means, and reveals the delusions that come with the conventional understanding of success.

7. Shoe Dog

by Phil Knight 

Recommended by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, this book by the founder of NIKE provides an authoritative look at the journey from idea to start-up to internationally recognised brand.

8. No Hard Feelings

by Liz Fosslien and Mollie West Duffy

A compelling case for showing emotion in the workplace, this guide uses behavioural economics, psychology and witty illustrations to lead us towards happy, productive working lives.