Merry Christmas / Summer Reading List

By December 22, 2016Uncategorized

Before I wrap up for the year I wanted to take a few minutes to wish you all a very Merry Christmas.

It’s been a big and exhausting year for many of the people we work with – so I hope you all have the chance to rest, relax and enjoy some well deserved time with family and friends.

I love a bit of time reading over the summer break. So I’ve collected some of my favourite things I’ve read and written over the past year.

Maybe you’ll find something to read and enjoy over the break. I hope so.

Merry Christmas,
Steve Pell

A Summer 2016/17 Reading List

Published @ Thought Leadership Partners

My main adventure day-to-day is building the profile of CEOs – most of whom run fast growth technology businesses. As part of this work I write regularly on CEO comms and marketing. Some of the pieces that have resonated this year:

Published @ Management Disrupted 

Many of you will know Management Disrupted as a side project where I interview interesting Australian CEOs. There were a bunch of fun interviews this year including: Martin Hosking (Redbubble), Collis Ta’eed (Envato), Simon Lee (PromisePay), Tim Fung (Airtasker), Didier Elzinga (Culture Amp) and Jason Wyatt (Marketplacer)

Some broader reading I really enjoyed in 2016: 

Three articles that made me rethink my perspective and changed the way I look at the world in a small way:

Two newsletters that I’ve loved this year are

  • Nextdraft – A daily newsletter that’s never boring
  • Marketoonist – Weekly cartoons on marketing and communications

Two books that have kept me thinking all year:

  • Good Strategy/Bad Strategy by Richard Rumelt. Perhaps the best business book I’ve read in the past five years. A powerful reminder that strategy is much more than a buzzword or synonym for success. Simple, practical and more insightful than most business school courses on strategy.
  • You Are the Message by Roger Ailes (founder of Fox News). Even if you deeply disagree with Ailes politics and personality, it’s impossible to ignore the impact of Fox News on the media and political landscape. A practical guide for how to communicate in the current environment.
Let me know what you enjoyed – I’d love your feedback.