Here are the books that  I have found most useful to date on the subjects that I most commonly discuss on my blog.  The links will take you to Amazon and feature my top reads on knowledge management, parenting and life in general. 

Knowledge Management

  • Cultivating communities of practice
    CoPs are the ‘killer app’ when it comes to deploying effective KM in a corporate setting.  This is arguably the only book you’ll ever need on the subject.
  • Knowledge Management for teams and projects
    Written by the wonderful Nick Milton (and includes a case study from yours truly!) this is a very practical guide.
  • Learning to Fly
    Brilliant introduction to knowledge management (also includes a case study from lil ‘ole me – that’s not why it’s brilliant, I might add!)  It’s great because it’s practical and straight forward and a super introduction for KM newbies and arguably something more experienced hands should revisit from time to time.
  • Process Consultation Revisited: Building the helping relationship
    Everyone who is involved in a helping relationship in any way – whether it’s seeing external clients or delivering any sort of internal advisory service – should have the 10 principles of process consultation posted by their desk!

Parenting

  • What to expect the first year
    This was a bible to me and tremendous for dipping in and out of to look at what the next developmental stage might bring as well as looking for solutions to common challenges.
  • How Babies Talk: The Magic and Mystery of Language in the First Three Years of Life
    I started fretting as my daughter careered towards the 18 month mark.  I didn’t have a ‘what to expect the second year’ book.  This very accessible guide provides both the academic research and easy to try experiments at home.  It gave me the confidence that my daughter’s language development is normal albeit in the lower, slower quartile compared to some.  Thanks to this book I now keep a ‘word diary’ which is a useful tool for me and perhaps an interesting gift for her when she’s older.
  • Hidden Messages: What Our Words and Actions Are Really Telling Our Children
    A very practical book which follows the format of a story, what the hidden message is and what you can do to change.  It’s really for toddlers and above so I found it particularly useful pre-reading to gear up for the toddler stage and beyond.

General reads

  • An Intimate History of Humanity
    I love this because it takes the knowledge management approach to history.  Zeldin takes on big themes with delicious titles such as ‘How men and women have slowly learned to have interesting conversations’.
  • Mindfulness in Plain English
    I do not subscribe to the religious aspects of buddhism in anyway however many buddhist principles relating to developing your mindfulness are useful guides to finding inner calm in an increasingly frantic world.  This is a hands on, nuts and bolts no nonsense guide to what meditation is all about, how to do it and how to trouble shoot difficulties you may be experiencing with it.
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