Manchester Business School – Class of 2017

It was great to speak to the class of 2017 last week and lovely to be back at the school.

I mentioned a few books that I’ve found useful over the years and I’ve been asked by a few people what the full titles were. Most of them will be very familiar to anyone who works in tech (or has worked with me over the last few years) but perhaps not so familiar to someone coming from another field. I don’t know if they will make the MBS MBA reading list but all of these are worth a read.


The Lean Startup – Eric Ries

The Curve – Nicholas Lovell

The Innovator’s Dilemma – Clayton Christensen

The Hard Thing About Hard Things – Ben Horowitz

Zero to One – Peter Thiel & Blake Masters


Modern Meeting Standard – Al Pittampalli

Getting Things Done – David Allen

Inbox Zero

The First 90 Days – Michael Watkins

The trick about sweeping the contents of your desk everything into a nearby draw I’ll claim for myself …..