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It’s that time of year again. When every magazine and website starts rolling out their end of year “best of” lists (usually to make up for the lack of actual writing taking place while everyone’s busy getting stuck into the festivities).

It used to be lists of albums, but since the emergence of Spotify and Deezer I’ve rarely found myself getting deeply enthralled in new release long-players.

Now, it’s all about books.

There are few better ways to improve your skills or kickstart your creativity than by reading books.

At the start of 2016, I set myself the challenge of reading one non-fiction and one fiction book, plus a graphic novel, every month.

I failed miserably, but I still managed to plough through several thousand words that have skyrocketed my personal development and kept me wildly entertained in equal measure.

Here, then, are the five non-fiction books that inspired me the most in 2016:

High Output Management by Andrew S. Grove

Ben Horowitz cites Andy Grove’s High Output Management as one of the most influential business leadership books of all time. Full of practical advice on how to leverage your organisation to deliver the most valuable results, this is a must-read for managers at every level.

Top Takeaway: A manager’s output = the output of his organization + the output of the neighbouring organizations under his influence.



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