Summer reading

As the summer holidays stretch out before us and some of us pack our bags to escape it all to recharge our batteries, it’s a great time to grab a book, get reading and refuel your brain.

If you’re looking for something that also gives you some fresh ideas for work and earns you some CPD points, check out this list of recommended reads from some of our community.

If you’ve got a recommendation to share, please send us a note on email on twitter, include the title, author, your name and a brief couple of sentences of why you recommended this title. We’ll add your’s to the list.




Lorraine Leaney

Neuroscience for organisational change, by Hilary Scarlett

“I have found it hugely beneficial in my role as communications manager at Network Rail. Like many other companies we regularly go through change but with a science-based approach, it has really helped when working with business leaders. Many senior managers have asked me about the ideas we have taken from the book and they are all busy reading up on it for themselves as the NR library now stocks several copies.”

Stephen Waddington

Disrupted. My misadventures in the start-up bubble, by Dan Lyons.

“It raises important questions about ageism, corporate culture, the future of work, media and singularity”

Martin Flegg

A Practical Guide for Internal Communicators, by Simon Steers

“I’ve been dipping into this quite a bit over the last few weeks. A great refresher on IC principles and practice.”

Lesley Crook

Brilliant Business Writing, by Neil Taylor.

“I loved this book, found it really helpful, amusing, quick read”

Helen Deverell

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

“Although not strictly related to internal comms, Big Magic looks at how we should all be fearless when it comes to creativity – I loved it!”

[updated to include a link to Helen’s review of this book]

John Gannon

The One Minute Manager Meets the Monkey (The One Minute Manager), by Kenneth Blanchard and Oncken, William, Jr.

“How you can effectively rid yourself of monkeys; other people’s responsibilities”

John Townsend

Made to Stick: Why some ideas take hold and others come unstuck, by Chip Heath and Dan Heath

“This is still one of the best I’ve read on communications”

Jo Twiselton

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, by Daniel H. Pink

“I’m still mad about Drive by Daniel Pink-now read it three times”

Katie Marlow

The Silo Effect, by Gillian Tett.

“This book is on my ‘to read pile…’ it takes an anthropological approach to look at how individuals, teams and organisations work in silos. It’s one of many I can’t wait to read.”

We’ve also picked up a few recommended reads from speakers at events and here are a few:

Talking About Machines: An Ethnography of a Modern Job (Collection on Technology & Work), by Julian E. Orr

Reinventing Organisations, by Frederic Laloux

Working out loud, by John Stepper

Human Universe, by Professor Brian Cox & Andrew Cohen

How we are, by Vincent Deary

The Chimp Paradox, by Professor Steve Peters

Welcome to your Brian, by Sandra Aamodt and Sam Wang

Do Story, how to tell your story so the world listens, by Bobette Buster (there’s a full range from the Do lectures)

Working, by Studs Terkel

Viral Change, by Leandro Herrero


If you’re looking for further summer reading inspiration, see our long list from last year here.

And some other good lists here:

Stephen Waddington (crowdsourced) 2016

Gloria Lombardi 2015

Rachel Miller 2015


Stephen Waddington recently launched a twitter book club too. Read about that here.


If you have a good book to share, let us know, drop us a line with the title, the author, your name and a couple of sentences why it’s recommended.


Enjoy your summer reading.

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