A slightly late happy new year to you all.

Since September 2015, these blog posts have featured  a selection of “must-reads” or “essential resources”, some I’ve sourced, others provided by the experts interviewed. And I thought it would be useful to gather them all in one place.

They’re ordered alphabetically by subject matter.

4 essential resources for change makers

Executive coach and business strategy mentor Neela Bettridge, recommends…

A Coach’s Guide to Developing Exemplary Leaders James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner with Elaine Biech

Level Five Leadership: The Triumph of Humility and Fierce Resolve by Jim Collins

What Leaders Really Do by John B Kotter in Harvard Business Review

The Making of a Corporate Athlete by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz

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Confidence, mentoring and tips for men managing women – 8 must-reads

5 Confidence Killers for Women (and How to Slay Them) – Nicole Fallon in Business News Daily

5 Powerful Ways to Boost Your Confidence – Peter Economy in Inc.

5 Ways Women Can Exude Confidence At Work – Christine Perkett in Forbes

Richard Branson’s Guide to Finding a Mentor – Entrepreneur

How To Find A Great Mentor — First, Don’t Ever Ask A Stranger  – Kathy Caprino in Forbes

10 Ways To Be A Better Mentor, From Those Who’ve Done It – T. A. Frank, The Drucker Institute

Women at work: a guide for men – Joanne Lipman in the Wall Street Journal

Groundbreaking New Way to Lead Female Employees – Jeff Haden in Inc.

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5 Diversity and inclusion must-reads

An Employer’s Guide to Creating an inclusive workplace – Equality and Human Rights Commission

Global Diversity and Inclusion: Fostering Innovation Through a Diverse Workforce – Forbes Insights

Creating and sustaining diversity and inclusion in organizations: strategies and approaches – Evangelina Holvino, Bernardo M. Ferdman and Deborah Merrill-Sands

How to Make Diversity and Inclusion Real
Douglas R. Conant in Harvard Business Review

Millennials have a different definition of diversity and inclusion – Fast Company

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6 ethical leadership must-reads

Recommended by Dr Katalin Illes, who leads Westminster Business School’s three-day Ethical Leadership programme

Alvesson, M and Spicer, A.( 2011) Metaphors we lead by, Understanding Leadership in the real world, Routledge Read a review in Integral Leadership Review

Ciulla, Joanne B. (2008). Leadership Studies and the fusion of horizons, Leadership Quarterly, 19 (4), pp 393-5 Download Joanne B. Ciulla’s article: “The state of leadership ethics and the work that lies before us”

Ladkin, D. (2015) Mastering the Ethical Dimension of Organizations, Edward Elgar Watch Donna Ladkin talking about ethical leadership

Laloux, F. (2014) Reinventing Organizations, Nelson Parker Visit the Reinventing Organizations website

Leigh, A. (2014) Ethical Leadership, Kogan Pages Visit the Ethical Leadership website

Scharmer, O. and Kaufer, K. 2013. Leading from the Emerging Future, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc. San Francisco Visit Otto Scharmer’s website

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The best 2 resources for healthcare governance

The Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP)

Good Governance Institute

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6 must-reads on improvisation techniques and leadership

Yes, And… Improv Techniques To Make You A Better Boss – Lindsay Lavine in Fast Company

Why Improv Training Is Great Business Training – Jesse Scinto in Forbes

Leadership Agility: Using Improv to Build Critical Skills – Kipp Kelly for UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

4 Leadership Lessons Improv Actors Know – Minda Zetlin in Inc.

For Leaders, Improv Training Is No Laughing Matter – Frank Kalman in Cheif Learning Officer

Wikipedia page for Viola Spolin – the originator of improv

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8 innovation must-reads

The World’s 50 most innovative companies – the Fast Company list and their reflections on their list

The World’s Most Innovative Companies – the Forbes list (2015)

How Diversity Can Drive Innovation Sylvia Ann Hewlett, Melinda Marshall and Laura Sherbin (Harvard Business Review, 2013)

Scott Berkun on the Five Best Innovation Books EVER (2012)

Jill Lepore on What the gospel of innovation gets wrong (The New Yorker, 2014)

Why Sustainability Is Now the Key Driver of Innovation Ram Nidumolu, C.K. Prahalad, and M.R. Rangaswami (Harvard Business Review, 2009)

Has the ideas machine broken down? (The Economist, 2013)

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5 leadership must-reads

recommended by one of Denmark’s most successful international businesswomen, Chairman of Essenta, and contributor to Westminster Business School’s Women for the Board Programme, Lani Bannach

Inside the 2015 Fortune Most Powerful Women list – Jennifer Reingold in Fortune

Roderick Kramer: How to Avoid Paranoia in the Workplace Loren Mooney in Insights by Stanford Business

Here’s why networking isn’t just about landing your dream job – Hal Gregerson in F0rtune

Decision making: a cognitive process of choice – Dr Jennifer Murray for Essenta (PDF download)

That Moment When A Quiet Leader Outshines The Loud One – Rob Asghar in Forbes

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5 must-reads on leadership and trust

In debates, watch for signs of warmth – TED Q&A with Amy Cuddy

You Can’t Be a Great Leader Without Trust. Here’s How You Build It – David Horsager in Forbes

The Most Important Skill for Great Leaders? TrustworthinessHeidi Grant Halvorson in 99U

How the Best Leaders Build Trust – Stephen M. R. Covey in Leadership Now

The Importance of Trust in Leadership – David L. Mineo in Research Management Review

3 essential project management resources

Association for Project Management (APM) website

ProjectManagement.comonline community of Project Managers offering over 12000 how-to articles, templates, project plans, and checklists

Project Manager Today – online magazine for project managers

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Essential risk management resources

The Institute of Risk Management website has a Knowledge and Resources section providing guides and briefings, information about risk management standards, case studies, blogs and more. Some of the content is publicly accessible, the rest can only be reached if you log in as a member.

You can also test your own risk intelligence on the Projection Point website.

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3 social media must-reads

recommended by social media maven Meral Crifasi

The Social Executive: How to Master Social Media and Why its Good for Business  – Dionne Kasian-Lew

The Art of Social Media – Guy Kawasaki

Optimize: How to Attract and Engage More Customers by Integrating SEO, Social Media, and Content Marketing

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6 essential speech-related resources for leaders

Speechwriter and award-winning novelist Jo Nadin recommends watching TED talks

Speechwriter and author Simon Lancaster recommends reading, watching or listening to great speeches including Obama’s Chicago victory speech Watch the speech or Read a transcript, and Scottish Nationalist Party MP Mhairi Black’s maiden speech in the House of Commons

Also useful:

10 Keys To Writing A Speech – Jeff Schmitt in Forbes

5 Tips For Giving A Powerful Speech That Will Inspire Your Audience – Jacquelyn Smith in Business Insider

Winning Minds: Secrets from the Language of Leadership by Simon Lancaster

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3 great speeches by women

recommended by Simon Lancaster

The surprising secret to speaking with confidence. Caroline Goyder, TEDxBrixton

Shonda Rhimes delivers Dartmouth’s commencement speech

Sheryl Sandberg: So we leaned in … now what?

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3 text analysis must-reads

Text Mining and its Business Applications – Niladri Biswas in CodeProject

Improving the Consumer E-commerce Experience Through Text Mining – Luke Wallace for Software Advice

How Traders Are Using Text and Data Mining to Beat the Market – Roy Kaufman in TheStreet

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5 essential women in leadership resources

The Guardian Women in Leadership section

It’s Time for a New Discussion on “Women in Leadership” – Avivah Wittenberg-Cox in Forbes

Women Rising: The Unseen Barriers – Herminia Ibarra, Robin J. Ely and Deborah M. Kolb in Harvard Business Review

Catalyst’s Women in Leadership resources

The Most Undervalued Leadership Traits Of Women – Glenn Llopis in Forbes

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5 must-reads: Women leaders and culture change

From Enron to Advocacy: How Women are Transforming Corporate Culture – Nicole Alvino in Forbes

Women in management: tackling the talent pipeline – Chartered Management Institute White Paper (2013)

Hiring More Women Means Changing Your Company’s Culture – Avivah Wittenberg-Cox in Harvard Business Review

How to manage cultural change without causing a mutiny – Liz Valentine in the Guardian Women in Leadership

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