11th July 2019


Acre Frameworks’ Personal Development Reading List 2.0

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Our Acre Frameworks non-technical development methodology encourages professionals to embrace a growth mindset and self-leadership approach. This requires individuals to get curious, become more self-aware, and proactively seek out learning opportunities.

As our team continues to discover new books we would, once again, love to offer some more of our top reading suggestions to supplement your professional development:


Leading in a Culture of Change offers new and seasoned leaders’ insights into the dynamics of change and presents a unique and imaginative approach for navigating the intricacies of the change process. Michael Fullan–an internationally acclaimed expert in organizational change–shows how leaders in all types of organizations can accomplish their goals and become exceptional leaders. He draws on the most current ideas and theories on the topic of effective leadership, incorporates case examples of large scale transformation, and reveals a remarkable convergence of powerful themes or, as he calls them, the five core competencies.


Grounded in research, Self-Leadership: How to Become a More Successful, Efficient, and Effective Leader from the Inside Out is based on a simple yet revolutionary principle: First learn to lead yourself, and then you will be in a solid position to effectively lead others. This inclusive approach to self-motivation and self-influence equips readers with the strategies and tips they need to build a strong foundation in the study of management, as well as enhancing their own personal effectiveness. (Sage Publishing, 2019)


Forget everything you thought you knew about how to motivate people – at work, at school, at home. It is wrong. As Daniel H. Pink explains in his paradigm-shattering book Drive, the secret to high performance and satisfaction in today’s world is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and the world. Along the way, he takes us to companies that are enlisting new approaches to motivation, and introduces us to the scientists and entrepreneurs who are pointing a bold way forward.


In this groundbreaking book, A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas-journalist and innovation expert Warren Berger shows that one of the most powerful forces for igniting change in business and in our daily lives is a simple, under-appreciated tool–one that has been available to us since childhood. Questioning–deeply, imaginatively, “beautifully”–can help us identify and solve problems, come up with game-changing ideas, and pursue fresh opportunities. So why are we often reluctant to ask “Why?”


Astrophysicist and author Mario Livio investigates perhaps the most human of all our characteristics–curiosity–in this “lively, expert, and definitely not dumbed-down account” (Kirkus Reviews) as he explores our innate desire to know why.


Why is there more chance we’ll believe something if it’s in a bold type face? Why are judges more likely to deny parole before lunch? Why do we assume a good-looking person will be more competent? The answer lies in the two ways we make choices: fast, intuitive thinking, and slow, rational thinking. Thinking, Fast and Slow reveals how our minds are tripped up by error and prejudice (even when we think we are being logical), and gives you practical techniques for slower, smarter thinking. It will enable to you make better decisions at work, at home, and in everything you do.


Be a more effective leader with strategic thinking Leading with Strategic Thinking reveals what effective leaders do differently. Eschewing the one-size-fits-all leadership model, this helpful guide outlines four general leadership types and demonstrates how each type achieves success whether through personal vision, structured process, collaboration, or by empowering others.


Creativity has long been thought to be an individual gift, best pursued alone; schools, organizations, and whole industries are built on this idea. But what if the most common beliefs about how creativity works are wrong? Group Genius tears down some of the most popular myths about creativity, revealing that creativity is always collaborative-even when you’re alone.

Want more? Discover another list of our recommended personal development books here.