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Steal like an artist: 10 things nobody told you about being creative By Austin Kleon

This is the best book on creativity I’ve read all year. The end. What you need more convincing? Okay, here’s the book summed up on one quote: Every artist gets asked the question, “Where do you get your ideas?” The honest artist answers, “I steal them.” This is the kind of book that you finish […]

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Lipstick on a Pig: Winning In the No-Spin Era by Someone Who Knows the Game by Torie Clarke

Don’t you just love this title? What is it with pigs and marketing/comms? It reminds me of this quote: “Creativity is like washing a pig. It’s messy. It has no rules. No clear beginning, middle or end. It’s kind of a pain in the ass, and when you’re done, you’re not sure if the pig […]

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Good Self, Bad Self: Transforming Your Worst Qualities into Your Biggest Assets by Judy Smith

If you are gloriously obsessed with the TV show Scandal (like myself), then you will know exactly who Olivia Pope is.  What you might not know is her kick-arse character (a fixer for politicians) is based on a REAL person: Judy Smith. I do believe I squealed with excitement when I found out Scandal was […]

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The 22 Immutable Laws of Branding by Al Ries, Laura Ries

This book is known as a branding classic (first published in 1993) so I shouldn’t have been surprised to find that much of the advice and lessons are still incredibly relevant. If you’re about to name a product or business then there’s some super useful stuff in this book for you. In particular I found […]

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Managing Up: 59 Ways to Build a Career-Advancing Relationship with Your Boss by Michael S. Dobson

PAYRISE! PROMOTION! Ah, that got your attention? 🙂  Who doesn’t want at least one of the above at one or many stages in their career? Well this book (and yes I’m a sucker for a career-advicey book) is all about your relationship with your boss, who ultimately represents this (unless you have some weird and […]

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Growth Hacker Marketing, by Ryan Holiday

I was absolutely dying to read this! Pre-ordered it on Amazon and then sat waiting on launch day checking and re-checking my kindle expectantly. Of course I felt silly when I realised that NZ is a day ahead so launch day was actually… not until tomorrow. Moving on… I thought Ryan’s first book was a […]

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