Like you I am always looking to improve my skills. Most of my work involves sales, marketing and corporate strategy, as well as detailed awareness of what is happening in the market for each of the specialist disciplines for which I recruit. It is fundamentally important that I am able to offer quality business advice to clients based on a deep understanding of their situation and requirements.
A lot of the most up to date information I find to ensure I am ahead of the game and can identify trends and opportunities in recruitment, sales and marketing comes from a vast number of website blogs and channels, to which I subscribe.
However as often as possible I like to get a new perspective or take a deep dive into a subject and that can often be achieved in the contents of a book. Consequently, I try and read as much as possible (one or two books per month, sometimes more, sometimes less) usually depending on how much free or flight time I have!
2015 has been a good year for reading. So much so that I have had to relocate and consolidate my books from the last year onto a new bookshelf, which you can see above. The one thing to mention is that several of these books are brand new and have not been read yet (e.g the Jack Daly Hyper Sales Growth and Fanatical Prospecting by Jeb Blount, although I am half way through FIT by Warren Kennaugh, bought at the same time!).
I am always keen to hear of new and recommended books, if you have any. Feel free to get in touch also if you would like my recommendations for the year and which books I have found the most beneficial.