What We’re Reading This Summer

It’s officially Summer-Holiday-Time and if you’re anything like the Cutitronics team you’ll be looking forward to some serious downtime and relaxation.  Whether spent at home or away, surrounded by family and friends or in the solitude of a retreat, holidays are the perfect time to catch up on books, box-sets and podcasts you might otherwise have missed in your rush from one week to the next.

We’re a caring-sharing bunch here, so we rounded up each of the team before they jetted-off on their respective trips and asked them to share a few of their favourite holiday reads.

First up, is our illustrious leader, Dr David Heath.

  1. A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership by James Comey
  2. A reread of ‘Who moved my cheese?’, a tiny book to give a refreshing reminder that could not be more relevant in the shifting sands of today’s marketplace.

These are followed by books I plan to read but do not actually expect to even open given I will be spending most of the daylight hours in a swimming pool with my kids!

  1. Algorithms of Life by Tom Griffiths
  2. Superforcasting by Dan Gardener
  3. Blink by Malcom Gladwell
  4. BlackBox Thinking by Matthew Syde
  5. The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schawrt
  6. Zero to One by Peter Tiel

Brian McGuiness, Head of Services, Systems & Software

Most recently read and would be good for holiday reading:

    1. The Phoenix Project by Gene Kim
    2. Start With Why by Simon Sinek
    3. DevOps handbook: How to Create World-Class Agility, Reliability, and Security in Technology Organizations by Gene Kim and Patrick Debois

Stuart Kelly, Head of Product Development

  1. Prosperity without Growth: Economics for a Finite Planet by Tim Jackson
  2. Total Design: Integrated Methods for Successful Product Engineering by Stuart Pugh
  3. Persuasion:  The Art of Influencing People by Borg

Wilma McDaniel, Commercial Director

  1. The Greatness Guide by Robin Sharma
  2. Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
  3. How to be brilliant by Michael Heppel

Craig Rattray, CFO

I buy various books on Kindle and often do not finish them as I vary between them depending upon how I feel that day.  Preferences are autobiographies of business and sports people – favourites include Roman Abramovich (unofficial version – very interesting), Richard Branson, Simon Cowell, Jack Welch, Sir Alex Ferguson, Paul Gascoigne, and my footballing hero Kenny Dalglish.  One of the most amusing is Paul Merson – great when chilling by the pool with a beer as most of it is about his drinking and drug escapades with a little bit of football!

Others include various books on the demise of RBS that were interesting, plus Winners and How they Success by Alastair Campbell; Swim with the Sharks without being Eaten; and Good Strategy, Bad Strategy.

 

Barry Hochfield, Chairman

  1. The Singularity is near – Ray Kurzweil
  2. Why E=MC2 – Dr Brian Cox
  3. Bad Science – Ben Goldacre

 

Mark Leese, Electronics Design Engineer

Real-time Bluetooth Networks: Shape the World by Jonathan W Valvano. Bluetooth can be a taken-for-granted technology, and a bit of a dark horse. It’s a key technology for Cutitronics, and has great depths of potential within our products. This is a good though-provoker as well as technical reference.

 

Emma McKale, Marketing Manager

  1. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
  2. The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
  3. Whatever You Think, Think The Opposite by Paul Arden

 

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