I will update this list as I discover new resources. If you have a resource you think I should add, please email me.
Creativity Incby Ed Catmull, Amy Wallace (Random House, 2014)
A brilliant book. Very accessible. It covers many aspects of encouraging and maintaining creativity in an organisation and it uses Pixar movies as an example.
It was amazing to hear how some of the Pixar movies changed as they were developed.
I listened to the audio book which was narrated by the author which always adds to the experience.
Ed Catmull worked closely with Steve Jobs and the book finishes with Ed’s thoughts on Steve.
Highly recommend, 10 / 10.
Excel 2013 Power Programming with VBAby John Walkenbach (Wiley)
This is the third version of this book that I have bought. I own XL 2000, XL 2007 and now this one. It’s worth updating as new features are added in each Excel version.
I highly recommend this book if you have been using macros for a while and want to take them to another level. It is not a step by step instruction guide you need to read and absorb.
It demonstrates and explains many best-practice techniques but it can take time to digest the ideas. It has a companion website with the examples from the book.
(John Walkenbach is my favorite Excel author and I was honoured that he wrote a recommendation that appears on the back of my own book)
Using Excel For Business Analysisby Danielle Stein Fairhurst (Wiley)
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book to review.
If you’re after an introduction to using Excel for Financial Modelling, this is a good place to start. Danielle has even included shortcuts and explanations for the Mac version of Excel. For the beginner there are lots of good habits that you can learn. For the more experienced users there are explanations of how common bad habits can impact your models.
Just following her recommendations and using her tips could save you hours of work and also the frustration of “learning the hard way”.
Great book that will assist you in creating pivot table reports in Excel from external data sources.
It takes you through step by step for each different data source. includes MS Query and SQL. includes instructions for pivot table creation.
For intermediate to advanced users.
David vs Goliathby Malcolm Gladwell
Audio book review – this book goes into detail about some small vs large encounters and discusses what they have in common.
Some very interesting and amazing stories.
On Writingby Stephen King
A great book if you’re thinking of becoming a writer.
It starts with the autobiographical back story to help you understand how he became the writer he is and then goes into some good tips for all writers.
Finishes with his horrific accident that nearly killed him and how writing helped him recover.
I’m not a fan of his fiction books, but I am a fan of this book.
Outliersby Malcolm Gladwell
Audio book review – A great listen.
It takes you on a journey of understanding into the stories behind how many well known people succeeded.
Very interesting and sure to provide some enlightening conversations about the stories.
Covers things from air crashes to ice hockey and maths in between.
Predictably Irrationalby Dan Ariely
Some great research and some amazing findings about how and why we react the way we do.
Microsoft Excel and Access Integrationby Michael Alexander and Geoffrey Clark
The premise behind this book is that Access is a powerful relational database and Excel is the world’s most widely used spreadsheet package. By using them together you can create some really powerful and useful applications.
Excel and Access work very well together. Access providing the database capabilities and Excel pivot table reporting and easy of use interface. Not many users are skilled in Access but they are capable in Excel.
Excel can provide the user friendly front end and Access the database back end.
This book takes you through how to take advantage of the best of both Excel and Access to create applications. It includes VBA example which can hep add that professional finish and customisation to a project.
It is aimed at intermediate to advanced users.
What The Dog Sawby Malcolm Gladwell
I’ve read and enjoyed most of Malcolm Gladwell’s books.
This compilation of articles is both interesting and eye opening in many areas.
He dispels many myths and also questions conventional wisdom.
Well worth the read.
101 Ready-to-Use Excel Formulasby Michael Alexander and Dick Kusleika
This book contains a good cross section of formulas that solve specific issues in Excel.
You can learn the mechanics of formula creation and how to use Excel’s most useful functions.
Real world examples are a good way to learn Excel functions.
It is a bit shorter than most Excel books, it has just over 200 pages.
Forks Over Knivesby Alona Pulde M.D.
I have seen the movie and wholeheartedly agree with the ideas behind it as I have read The China Study on which some of the movie is based.
This book explains the ideas behind a plant based diet and the many, many benefits.
There are lots of reason to go for a plant based diet. Health, ethics, the environment and social justice.
The less animal products you consume the better you and our world we be. Bill Clinton is a recent convert to a plant based diet.
I’ve been a vegan since 2005 and it was the best thing I did.
This book includes recipes.
Excel 2007 Chartsby John Walkenbach
John Walkenbach is by far my favorite Excel author (I was honored to have his review on the back of my book!).
This book covers many charting tips and trick, plus advice on the best charts to use and also those to avoid.
Includes more advanced topics like interactive and dynamic charts. The later editions of the book that cover the newer versions are just as good.
Great ideas and advice highly recommend. Probably best to buy the later editions as Excel 2007 had a few issues with charts and macros.
Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actionsby Guy Kawasaki
I agree with a lot of his ideals.
His examples are pertinent. Lots of great ideas for your business and practical ways to promote it effectively.
This was my first Guy Kawasaki book and it won’t be my last.
I enjoy his writing style and the content.
The Brain that Changes Itselfby Norman Doidge M.D.
An amazing book. The case histories are astonishing. The brain is so powerful.
The thing that struck me was there are many new cutting edge learning techniques being used very successfully but they are NOT being used in our educational institutions – why not?
An eye-opening and brain expanding book – use some of your plasticity and read it.
Professional Excel Development 2nd editionby Rob Bovey, Dennis Wallentin, Stephen Bullen & John Green
The second edition is the one to buy, it has many improvements over the first edition.
Probably the most advanced book written about Excel that I have seen. This book is not meant for beginners.
It has a host of best practices that are worth incorporating into your Excel files.
This book covers normal spreadsheet formatting and functions plus macros and data requirements as well as other more advanced topics that enable you to create stand alone Excel solutions.
I highly recommend this book for advanced users of Excel. Prepare to have your mind expanded.