October – What We’re Reading

The Do Book Company is an independent publishing house based in Shoreditch, London. They produce a series of inspirational guidebooks in print and digital formats.

Their books are written by speakers from the Do Lectures whose ideas have inspired others to go and Do. Their aim is to recreate that same positive change in book form – whether that’s the mastery of a new skill or craft, a simple mindshift, or a shot of inspiration to help you get started.

Each book is fairly short, about 100 pages, as it focuses on the ‘doing’ rather than the background theory. Concise, practical guides that make it easier to Do stuff.

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My firm favourites that I keep referring back to time and again are:

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When you get the right balance in life you can do amazing things: create, perform, lead a team, build a great company, raise a family. But so often the scales tip and we feel overwhelmed and stressed.

Michael Townsend Williams, an adman turned yoga teacher and mindfulness coach, is an advocate of ‘welldoing’ – leading a busy and productive life, but not at the expense of our health and wellbeing. And key to this? Our breath.

The crucial link between mind and body, our breath reflects what we’re dealing with at any given moment. It tells us when we’re out of our depth.

With simple breathing exercises and elements from yoga, meditation and mindfulness, Do Breathe will help you to:

  • Reduce stress and increase productivity
  • Improve focus and work flow
  • Cultivate new good habits and drop the bad
  • Build courage and resilience

Why not breathe yourself better?

 

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This book is about disruption. About doing things differently. About having ideas that will change the world. That will at least change your world. It’s also about delivering those ideas.

Do Disrupt is an interactive workbook that will help you create or refine your business idea and take it from concept to market. It will encourage you to define your customer, identify the competition… and then outsmart them. You’ll also find out why you need a chat with your Nan and a tape measure.

If you’re starting a new business or you’re the rebel inside, it’s not enough to shake things gently. It’s about thinking big. Being innovative. Making a difference.

 

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The most important brands in the world make us feel something. They do that because they have something they want to change. And as customers, we want to be part of that change. These companies have a reason to exist over and above making a profit: They have a Purpose.

Yes, we love the product they make. But the thing we love most about them is the change they are making.

 

Purpose is an incredibly powerful thing. It provides the strength to fight the impossible. It tells your story, it builds your teams and it defines your culture.

In Do Purpose, David Hieatt offers insights on how to build one of these purpose-driven companies. You know, those rare brands we all fall in love with. The crazy ones that don’t just make something, but change something as well.

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