Reading and watching these will stimulate the grey matter
Thinking, Fast and Slow
I will quote the FT review here, because it is the perfect summary: "There have been many good books on human rationality and irrationality, but only one masterpiece. Kahneman, a winner of the Nobel Prize for economics, distils a lifetime of research into an encyclopedic coverage of both the surprising miracles and the equally surprising mistakes of our conscious and unconscious thinking. He achieves an even greater miracle by weaving his insights into an engaging narrative that is compulsively readable from beginning to end."(William Easterly Financial Times)
What they teach you at Harvard Business School
Hilarious insider's look into this elite institution written by a former Daily Telegraph journalist. The humour is mixed with some business insight, but this is not an MBA crash course. A must read for anyone considering an MBA from a top school.
Mrs Moneypenny's Careers Advice for Ambitious Women
A manual on what ambitious women should be doing and thinking about at every stage in their careers. Unlike Lean In, it is not just theory, but includes lots of practical advice. The homework sections at the end of each chapter are very useful indeed.
Ogilvy on Advertising by David Ogilvy
The original advertising guru writes his thoughts on how to appeal to people's emotions and get them to buy things. Beautifully illustrated and good fun to read (especially if you are a media nerd).
Power: Why Some People Have It - and Others Don't
In short: Machiavelli for the 21st century. Excellent book by Standford Professor of Organizational Behaviour Jeff Pfeffer talks about the tactics used to gain and keep power. Unlike many business books which say how things should be (fair, ethical etc), it talks about how things actually are. You don't have to use all the lessons in the book, but it is important to know how competitive personalities can behave to win.
The Corporate Personality by Wally Olins
If you are curious about branding, you really should read this book by the Godfather of corporate identity and branding. Although the title sounds dull, this book is not.
Seducing the Boys Club by Nina DiSesa
Being a woman in a man's world is tough (I've worked in finance and in tech) and this book by a senior advertising exec gives good tips on how to be a female boss in an alpha environment.
Oprah Winfrey on Career, Life and Leadership
Thought provoking and wise. Watching Oprah's Q&A at the Stanford Graduate School of Business will be an hour well spent.
Chicago Booth Review
A YouTube channel from my Alma Mater. Research driven discussion by Chicago Booth academics, alumni and prominent outsiders, e.g. Alan Rusbridger. Frequently updated with topical stuff.
Websites, Articles and Podcasts
A cleverly curated site of things that an intelligent cultured person should be reading.
How to raise money by Paul Graham
No nonsense guide to the strings and arrows of fundraising by the Y Combinator supremo.
Broad Mic site & podcast
Weekly podcast founded by former Goldman Sachs trader and New York based angel investor Sara Weinheimer. Good interviews with interesting female entrepreneurs and investors. Start-up life is harder for women, so this is worth a listen.