6 business books you should read – recommendations from the Nexus team

To celebrate World Book Day, we asked the Nexus team for their must-read business books.

With loads to choose from we’ve whittled it down to this shortlist:


Check out the list below:

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Book: Effective Succession Planning by William J. Rothwell

Recommended by: Gareth Scargill

“This book is invaluable for business leaders serious about the most valuable resource they possess – their people.

I’ve found it particularly useful when assessing work requirements, and its helped me to develop structures that enable business growth.”

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Book: The Chimp Paradox by Professor Steve Peters

Recommended by: Lorraine Devaney

“I found this one super helpful in my personal development. The brain can be devious, and it helped me to not overthink things.”

Image of Barry Singleton standing and leaning with his left arm on a glass balcony within the Nexus building. He is smiling to camera.

Book: How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Recommended by: Barry Singleton

“This book was first published in 1936 but it’s still the bible for creating meaningful relationships almost 100 years later.”

Headshot of Dennis Dokter, Nexus Relationship Manager

Book: Invisible Women by Caroline Criado-Perez

Recommended by: Dennis Dokter

“We live in a world which is built for and by men and this book illustrates this in an eye-opening way.”

Naat Ka Hui

Book: Eat That Frog! by Brian Tracey

Recommended by: Naat Ka Hui

“This one is really about time-management. It helps you to understand what’s most important in your daily work and zoom in on that. I always try to eat the ugliest frog at the start of every day!”

Martin Stow, Nexus Director sat on a sofa, casually leaning and smiling to camera

Book: Beyond Entrepreneurship 2.0 by Jim Collins

Recommended by: Martin Stow

“The thing I love about this book is that it summarises Jim Collins’ work really well. It’s got everything you need to know about creating a good strategy and how you can capitalise on it.”

And finally… it doesn’t always have to be a book.

TV show: The Bear on Disney+

Recommended by: Alan Gallacher

“‘The Bear’ on Disney has some unexpected but insightful lessons on leadership and teamwork. So much so that Forbes did an article on it. I found the French brigade analogy to be really impactful.”