Top 45 BOOKS to Become…

a Super High Achiever in the HR & People World

(don’t tell the CIPD)



Yes, I’m challenging You to read 2 of these books per month!

Why bother? The picture half way down the page explains all…


These books, rigorously screened and carefully chosen by HRWaterfall.com, will make you a hugely more EFFECTIVE, impactful and SMART People Professional.


So here you are: a special, HAND-PICKED BLEND of fiction and non-fiction ready to EXPLODE your world.

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Top 45 BOOKS


Michael Foley – The Age of Absurdity: Why Modern Life Makes It Hard To Be Happy

Theme/Lessons: Understanding life’s background situation.


William Boyd – Any Human Heart

Theme/Lessons: 3rd class degree? No problem. Interesting life ahead.


Robin Kermode – Speak So Your Audience Will Listen: 7 Steps to Confident and Successful Public Speaking

Theme/Lessons: Clenching your bum cheeks makes you a better speaker!


Ricardo Semler – Maverick!

Theme/Lessons: Fire useless executives fast. Build massive organisational democracy.


Darren Hardy – The Compound Effect

Theme/Lessons: Good habits compounded perform small recurring miracles.


Charles Handy – The Empty Raincoat

Theme/Lessons: We must build a road together, out of organisational hollowness.


Albert Camus – The Myth of Sisyphus

Theme/Lessons: Experiencing progress is important.


Jacob Morgan – The Employee Experience Advantage

Theme/Lessons: Success = treat your people really well for the long term.


Boo Hoo: a dot.com story from concept to catastrophe

Theme/Lessons: The roller coaster ride of building a company and hiring at breakneck speed.


Jia Jiang – Rejection Proof

Theme/Lessons: Learning to love the opportunities rejection throws up.


Vincent Van Gogh – The Letters

Theme/Lessons: Knowing yourself.


Erich Fromm – The Fear of Freedom

Theme/Lessons: Splash into the psychological relationship between fear and personal liberty.


Rob Yeung – The Extra One Per Cent

Theme/Lessons: Progress in tiny increments still wins.


Anita Roddick – Business As Unusual

Theme/Lessons: Stick your neck out and be bold.


Seth Godin – Purple Cow

Theme/Lessons: Distinguish your organisation beyond the comfort limit. Normal is invisible.


Daniel Goleman – Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ

Theme/Lessons: Mastering the emotional conflicts thrown up by our society. Understand your amygdala!


Paulo Coelho – The Alchemist

Theme/Lessons: Pursuing a meaningful destiny.


Nicolas Bouvier – The Way of The World

Theme/Lessons: Why people need adventure to nourish them.


John Hegarty – On Creativity

Theme/Lessons: Do your rules teach you anything new?


Dale Carnegie – How to Win Friends and Influence People

Theme/Lessons: Classic mind games for doing good. Read again.


Alain De Botton – Status Anxiety

Theme/Lessons: Objectify your world (what you think people think of you). Exquisite coverage of bohemia as a solution.


Kevin Murray – The Language of Leaders

Theme/Lessons: Leadership communication assistance from the world’s top CEOs.





JG Ballard – High Rise

Theme/Lessons: Rigid hierarchy ends badly.


Oren Klaff – Pitch Anything

Theme/Lessons: You’re the prize!


Robert Leach – The Investor’s Guide to Understanding Accounts

Theme/Lessons: How to really read a balance sheet.


Kegan and Lahey – Everyone Culture

Theme/Lessons: Growth for everyone, because your talent is everyone.


Jeffrey Gitomer – The Sales Bible

Theme/Lessons: Handy resource to develop your sales skills.


Will Kintish – Business Networking The Survival Guide

Theme/Lessons: Network like a pro by learning to artfully step around a room.


Fernando Pessoa – The Book of Disquiet

Theme/Lessons: Because we’re all swimming our way through life.


Oliver James – Affluenza

Theme/Lessons: What’s really wrong with us.


Abib-Pech – Leadership (FT Guides)

Theme/Lessons: Practical advice for your evolution as a leader.


Alain De Botton – The Consolations of Philosophy

Theme/Lessons: Imperfection is human and natural.


Jim Haudan – The Art of Engagement

Theme/Lessons: Visual is powerful, the slipstream to somewhere better.


Gogol – Diary of a Madman

Theme/Lessons: Pushing people to the edge with monotony.


Stephen Covey – The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Theme/Lessons: Getting things done properly.


James Reed – Why You? 101 Interview Questions You’ll Never Fear Again

Theme/Lessons: Understand what they’re really asking about you, or you about them.


John M. Hull – On Sight and Insight

Theme/Lessons: Full force insight into the world of blindness.


Rilke – Letters to a Young Poet

Theme/Lessons: Generous and inspirational mentorship.


JD Salinger – The Catcher in The Rye

Theme/Lessons: Avoid being a phoney.


Albert Camus – The Outsider

Theme/Lessons: Get to know people deeply.


Carl R. Rogers – A Therapist’s View of Psychotherapy: On Becoming a Person

Theme/Lessons: Never will you recruit badly again. This is a winner for developing your empathetic eye.


Bohumil Hrabal – Too loud a Solitude

Theme/Lessons: Achingly beautiful account of someone integrating their life of the mind with their job.


Desmond Morris – The Human Zoo

Theme/Lessons: Possibly the best book about people in existence.


Thomas Wolfe – Of Time and the River

Theme/Lessons: You’re an energetic, passionate part of the world, and never forget it.


Milan Kundera – The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Theme/Lessons: Through the window of the human palette.



Phew, now for the best news…

Once you’ve devoured all these books, you’re entitled to use the credential letters IDIM after your name (I Did It Myself).


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