The Hall of Fame

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John Burness

There is no safety net. Many start-ups fail within the first five years. One in three small businesses will cease to exist in the next ten years. In the last fifty years over 80% of Fortune 500 companies have disappeared. Simply surviving is difficult. It’s not surprising that most entrepreneurs live under the constant pressure of long hours, stress and risk.

Yet we all know business people for whom the opposite is the case. They don’t work all the time. Their companies have sustainable worth and a long-term future. They understand how to thrive. How do they work less and make more while building such value? How do they survive against the odds? This book will show you.

If you own or are involved in the management of a company of any size or about to embark on your own start up adventure read Against the Odds and learn to:

• Change the way you think to improve your business outcomes forever
• Ensure that your company will survive and prosper through the early years
• Work less and stress less while making more money
• Build long-term value that can be sustained or released when you want
• Become a successful entrepreneur and make it look easy

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Nikki Gatenby

Do you want to make life better for yourself and the people you work with? Are you held back by the thought that putting people first could harm your bottom line?

SUPERENGAGED is an honest, in-depth and upbeat look at the value of having values and the power of creating a people-focused workplace culture, packed with tips and guidance for increasing your profits and improving your outcomes. It’s for CEOs and COOs, HR directors and finance directors, entrepreneurs, business owners and anyone who’s on their way up.

Whatever your company’s size, shape or sector, SUPERENGAGED will help people in leadership roles feel more confident about what employee engagement means and how to improve it. It’s full of practical advice from the MD of Propellernet, one of the UK’s most engaged workplaces, that will turn your people into your biggest ambassadors, whilst learning from their successes and swerving their epic fails. So, if you’d like to know how to engage your people and live out your values whilst driving a healthy profit, then yes, this is the book for you.

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Lucy Barkas

The 2020s is the decade of LeaderX. As Baby Boomers start to retire, they make way for a new type of leader. A leader who puts people, teams and culture at the heart of their organisation. A values-driven leader who believes in empowering and engaging others to deliver their best work by focusing on the vision and then working together to achieve it.
As GenerationX and the older Millenials step up to key leadership roles for the first time, the opportunity for long-lasting impactful change is huge, but, to be honest, so are the challenges.
In this book, Lucy Barkas, a leadership and team development expert with over 20 years’ experience in developing talent and high-performing teams, will show you how to step up and become a LeaderX. Following her 5 Mys methodology, you will learn how to become LeaderX and create highly engaged, cohesive and empowering organisations that deliver results.

This book will:
• show you why you are different and how to utilise your unique qualities as LeaderX and achieve results
• give you the courage and confidence to create new ways of working and create a high performing culture
• give you practical exercises, tips and a roadmap to lead differently with impact
By the end of the book, you’ll be ready to take bold action, create followership and reach your potential as LeaderX

Lucy Barkas is a leadership and team development consultant who has been working with the next generation of leaders through her company 3WH. She found her secret to success was building high-performing teams and empowering others to achieve.

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David Price

Why do some organisations thrive while others seem paralysed by inaction? How do we become more innovative?

The Power of Us is the result of a three-year journey around the world seeking out highly successful companies from BrewDog and Patagonia to inner city schools and renewable energy co-ops to find the answers.

Cultivating people-powered innovation enables everyone to collaboratively work to figure things out. We just need to nurture the mindset and culture that makes innovation an everyday occurrence.

Consultant, global thought leader and author David Price shows you how with a practical toolkit of ideas centred on 8 key principles:

Trust and Transparency

Engagement and Equity

Autonomy and Agency

Mastery and Meaning

Thought-provoking and incisive, The Power of Us is an urgent call for leaders, teams and individuals to challenge the status quo, transform our lives and rebuild a better world for the future.

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Chris Hirst

Winner of Business Book of the Year Award 2020: Leadership for the Future
A Financial Times Business Book of the Month

Leadership is not some special club, open only to elites. It's not a gold star given to those with fancy titles and expensive degrees. Leadership is what we all try to do every day.

Based on the author's hard-won experience as a Global CEO, this smart, fun book delivers a step-by-step working manual on how to lead - for anyone. Full of simple and direct approaches, it demystifies an over-analysed subject to get to the heart of modern leadership: the life-changing, career-transforming power to get stuff done.

These principles and actionable steps apply to every field, from small businesses to community initiatives, from schools to sports teams to global enterprises. No matter your goal, this book will show you how to:

- make effective decisions
- build a world-class team
- take care of yourself and others
- achieve results

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Simon Shepard

When life takes control of us, we lose our perspective on what really matters: our health, work and relationships – three essential foundation stones of wellbeing. Learn to interact positively with these three aspects of life and you can win the battle for balance.

This book will challenge you to think about what is important to you and provides exercises and tools that will enable you to take back control.

Read The Battle for Balance to help you:

- Understand what is important to you
- Consider how you want to play the game of life
- Create greater energy and resilience both at and away from work
- Build strong and fulfilling community relationships
- Feel in control of your own life

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Beth Stallwood

Beth Stallwood is a coach, facilitator, speaker, consultant and author, and the founder of Create WorkJoy. She’s spent 20 years developing her signature practical, passionate approach, and excels at getting to the heart of what’s actually going on – whether that’s for an individual client stuck in WorkGloom or an organisation with a people challenge to solve. Her clients range from global corporations, to tech scale-ups, sports governing bodies, charities and higher education institutions. Beth has extensive experience in the fields of learning, development and organisational culture and is an expert host of large-scale speaker events. Her qualifications include an MA in Human Resource Management and an Advanced Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring. Beth’s first book, WorkJoy: a toolkit for a better working life, is out in January 2023 and her podcast, the WorkJoy Jam, is available on all major podcast platforms.

Janie Van Hool

In organizations, it’s a miracle our conversations get us anywhere at all – we are constantly distracted by goals, consumed by the draw of emails, multi-tasking in everything that we do. We rush from meeting to meeting, from call to call. We don’t take breaks and we work on the move. Even our downtime is stimulated – videos, social media, noise.

We spend about 80% of our day involved in communicating and at least half of that should be listening and yet only 2% of people have ever had any formal training in how to listen.

This book supports leaders by showing them how to cut through the noise and listen expertly. It is a constructive toolkit for raising the game in communication with strategies, tools and techniques to implement with confidence. Discover:

· How to find out how people are feeling.
· How to set up different modalities of listening in your business.
· How to determine what kind of listener you want to be.
· How to implement practical tools – using short, medium and longer-term strategies.
· How to help others listen to you more fully.

In a world of remote working, where we need to acknowledge different and minority voices, and where leaders are juggling uncertainty with so many challenges to solve, expertise in listening and communicating in a way that supports listening are more important than ever. The Listening Shift provides the tools you need to create a listening environment where colleagues feel heard and acknowledged, and yet they understand clearly how to move forward.

Patrick Dunne

Boards provides a practical, realistic, thought-provoking and useful guide to life as a board member. It is split into three areas, 'Purpose', 'People' and 'Process' reflecting the three key areas of concern for any board. This is combined with the fourth section which sets out a series of real life dilemmas for readers to practice on, making this book an ideal companion for anyone who is an aspirant, novice or seasoned board member. Drawing on Patrick's extensive range of experience working with and on boards in many sectors, in the UK and internationally, it is equally applicable to business, charities and social enterprises, professional services firms, public bodies and universities. The book is also written in a highly accessible and engaging style that brings life and fun to what is a very serious topic.

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