It’s been a while since I last wrote a post on this site, nearly 18 months ago. A lot has happened since then, with Foss Digital being an amazing success, but ultimately I missed the daily side of being in one agency. The fantastic opportunity provided by Jake and Jessica at e3creative came up and I think it took me less than 24 hours to make a decision on taking the position as their Head of Search. Also huge thanks to Becky at Forward Role Recruitment for the intro.
As its the start of a new year, I like to reflect on personal achievements and failures (its the former athlete in me) and be hypercritical of myself. I’ve set myself some big goals to achieve across a number of different parts of working and personal life which isn’t necessarily for sharing but more as a way of focusing for the upcoming 12 months.
One of the goals I have set is to read more to help my continued development, I tend to read a lot of digital marketing blogs/websites and listen/watch podcasts and vlogs (which my team will attest to – pretty sure they have auto-rules set up for all the emails 🙂 )
So I put a tweet out to my network on Twitter asking for book suggestions
Looking for book recommendations for 2018 reading list. Both marketing & non marketing related. pic.twitter.com/dSfRNCWARv
— Dan Bell (@danbellj) December 29, 2017
I tagged a number of people and have had some awesome responses so far, which means I know have a list of 26 books to work through, which is roughly 2.2 books per month (generation thing that Jek).
First response from Penny Langton
The Chimp Paradox, The Brain Audit, Start with Why, Ben Mezrich (the Oligarchs books particularly good and his American gambling ones), Power of One (if you want a big classic to get into), The Other Hand & Good Calories Bad Calories (last one a good health book)📖
— Penny (@penny_langton) December 29, 2017
Then the legend that is Dan Barker
few i enjoyed this year:
a bazaar life (lord alliance)
platform strategy (@lreillier)
management of luxury (berghaus)
tokyo vice (recd by @louiseonair)
rules for modern life (david tang rip)
shadow state (@aljwhite)
spider network (@davidenrich)
devil’s bargain / what happened.
— dan barker (@danbarker) December 29, 2017
I’ve probably recommended Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff and Stop Thinking Start Living before but just in case. Chimp Paradox definitely. Fiction: The Circle, Pattern Recognition and A Million Little Pieces (could or could not be fiction! )
— Rob Weatherhead (@RobWeatherhead) December 29, 2017
This is definitely going to keep me busy and I think I’ll find a way of sharing my thoughts on the books as I read them. I’ve curated all the selections into clickable links to purchase directly from Amazon should anyone reading the post become intrigued by the suggestions. (disclaimer – they are Amazon affiliate links).
Have an amazing rest of the Christmas break and wishing you all a fantastic New Year.