My Facebook newsfeed has been full of children dressed up as weird and wonderful characters today in celebration of World Book Day.
I sent my daughter to nursery today clutching a bag of gingerbread and wearing a party frock in an attempt to be Gretel from Hansel and Gretel (note to self – always have a stash of dressing up clothes handy for when short-notice occasions crop up!).
I am asked constantly to recommend books to do with internal communication, social media, change and PR.
Since 2009 I have published reading lists via Amazon and linked to them on my Rachel’s Resources page.
However, today, I thought I’d share the cream of the crop from all of those lists and categorise them by topic.
I’ve also had the privilege of contributing chapters to and being interviewed for a number of books. You can see the ones I’ve contributed to via my books page.
So, in recognition of World Book Day, here are my recommended reads (in no particular order) of books that I have read and enjoyed over the years.
I refer to many of them a lot, and am always on the lookout for new ones to read. What’s missing? What should I be aware of? You can Tweet me @AllthingsIC or comment below.
I have created a Twitter list of all the people I’ve referenced below who are on Twitter.
See the books tag to discover reviews, views and thoughts on books via articles that I’ve published over the years.
Internal communication, change and culture
- Exploring Internal Communication, Kevin Ruck
- Making the Connections: Using Internal Communication to Turn Strategy into Action, Bill Quirke
- The Culture Builders, by Jane Sparrow
- Communicating Change: Winning Employee Support for New Business Goals, Larkin
- Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, Daniel Pink
- Internal Communications: Insights, Practices and Models, Aniisu K. Verghese
- The CEO: Chief Engagement Officer: Turning Hierarchy Upside Down to Drive Performance, John Smythe
- Effective Internal Communication (PR In Practice), Smith & Mounter
- Corporate Communication: A Guide to Theory and Practice, Cornelissen
- Gower Handbook of Internal Communication, Marc Wright
- Leading Change, John P. Kotter
- Riding the Waves of Culture: Understanding Diversity in Global Business – revised and updated third edition: Understanding Cultural Diversity in Business
- Built To Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies, Collins
- Viral Change: The Alternative to Slow, Painful and Unsuccessful Management of Change in Organisations, Herrero
- The Public Relations Strategic Toolkit: An Essential Guide to Successful Public Relations Practice, Yaxley + Theaker
I’ve spotted online that there is an updated version of the Mounter book I’ve linked to above, it’s due out in August this year and is written by Pamela, Liam Fitzpatrick and Klavs Valskov. Knowing them all well, I’m sure it will be a corker: Internal Communications: A Manual for Practitioners (PR In Practice).
- Organizations Don’t Tweet, People Do: A Manager’s Guide to the Social Web, Euan Semple
- Share This: The Social Media Handbook for PR Professionals, CIPR
- Maximize Your Social: A One-Stop Guide to Building a Social Media Strategy for Marketing and Business Success, Neal Schaffer
- Brand Vandals: Reputation Wreckers and How to Build Better Defences: Corporate Reputation Risk and Response, Waddington and Earl
- What’s the Future of Business?: Changing the Way Businesses Create Experiences, Brian Solis
- Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy, Social World, Gary Vaynerchuk
- Writing on the Wall: Social Media – The First 2,000 Years, Standage
- Social Media Strategy: A Step-by-step Guide to Building Your Social Business, Lardi & Fuchs
- The Business of Influence: Reframing Marketing and PR for the Digital Age, Sheldrake
- The Connected Company, Dave Gray
- Share This Too: More Social Media Solutions for PR Professionals, CIPR
- Likeable Social Media: How to Delight Your Customers, Create an Irresistible Brand, and Be Generally Amazing on Facebook (& Other Social Networks), Dave Kerpen
- The Cluetrain Manifesto, Locke et al
- The Social Organization: How to Use Social Media to Tap the Collective Genius of Your Customers and Employees, Bradley & McDonald
- Age of Context: Mobile, Sensors, Data and the Future of Privacy, Scoble and Israel
- Stop Tweeting Boring Sh*t: The New Rules of Work
Books that make you (me) think differently about the world of work
- Homo Imitans: The Art of Social Infection: Viral Change in Action. Herrero
- Tribes: We need you to lead us, Seth Godin
- Good To Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t, Jim Collins
- Yes! 50 Secrets from the Science of Persuasion
- Culture Shock: A Handbook For 21st Century Business, Will McInnes
- Quiet: The power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking, Susan Cain
- Youtility: Why Smart Marketing is About Help not Hype, Jay Baer
Post author: Rachel Miller.