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Top Book, Podcast, Tedtalk Recommendations of Strategy Bites Podcast Guests [Updated]

Top Book, Podcast, Tedtalk Recommendations of Strategy Bites Podcast Guests [Updated]


Do you have a few minutes to read? No matter where you are or what you’re doing, reading can be a great way to expand your knowledge. My guests typically come from Management Consulting or the world of Strategy, and have succeeded in their chosen paths. So by spending a few minutes reading my blog or listening to my podcast, you can likely benefit in some way.

Managers are always looking for ways to improve their management skills. Instead of taking a course, why not read the best books on management? These books have been recommended by top consultants around the world. Find out which ones you should be reading!

🎆Toby Norton-Smith-Smith-MD of X15 Ventures
📕Valuation: Measuring and Managing the Value of Companies by Tim Koller, Marc Goedhart, David Wessels

🎆Deanne Stewart -CEO of Aware Super
📕The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni
📕The Ideal Team Player: How to Recognize and Cultivate The Three Essential Virtues by Patrick Lencioni

🎆Jean Hayden – Strategy & Operations Director Google Cloud
📕True North: A Memoir by Jill Ker Conway &
📕Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson by Robert Caro

🎆James Twiss – CEO – Beforepay
📕War & Peace Novel by Leo Tolstoy

🎆Diane Smith-Gander AO – ED & NED and Former McKinsey Partner
📕Mentally at Work: Optimising health and business performance through connection by Genevieve Hawkins
📕Strategy Beyond the Hockey Stick: People, Probabilities, and Big Moves to Beat the Odds by Chris Bradley, Martin Hirt, and Sven Smit
📕Not Always Diplomatic: An Australian Woman’s Journey Through international affairs by Sue Boyd

🎆Rob Marcolina Group Executive at Qantas
📕 The Ride of a Lifetime by Robert Iger

🎆 Joao Segorbe EGM Strategy & Corporate Development at AGL Australia
📕 The Signal and the Noise By Nate Silver

🎆 Fiona Hayes-St.Clair Chief Strategy Officer at QBE
🎙️ Brene Brown Podcast / Revisionist History by Malcolm Gladwell / Exponential View by Harvard Business Review

🎆 John Lydon Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company
📕 Humble Consulting: How to Provide Real Help Faster by Edgar Schein

🎆  Anthony Millet Global Partner at Antler
📕 The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz

🎆 Felix S. Danziger at HDPartners
📕 Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations by Brené Brown

🎆 Victor Cheng CEO & Coach at Caseinterview.com
📕 The Obstacle Is the Way Book by Ryan Holiday

🎆 Amanda Price Partner in Charge, Ventures KPMG Australia
📕 The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz

🎆 Tim Moore Director at Dorado Capital
📕 Wealth, War and Wisdom by Barton Biggs

🎆 Lili Sussman Chief Strategy Officer at Wisr
📕 The Power of Vulnerability by Brené Brown

🎆 Liana Downey Chief Executive Officer at Common Ground
🎙️ The Placebo Effect – Ted Talk

🎆 Leah Weckert Chief Executive Commercial and Coles Express at Coles
📽️📺 The Power of Vulnerability / The Call to Courage by Brené Brown

🎆 Tennealle O’ Shannessy Chief Executive Officer at Adore Beauty
📕 Thinking, fast, and slow by Daniel Kahneman

🎆 Paul Mullins Board Member at Investigo
📽️ Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room

🎆 Ilan Israelstam Board Member at Betashares
📕 Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, Good to Great by Jim Collins

🎆 Stephanie Knight Chief Learning Officer at Management Consulted
📕📽️ Works of Brené Brown

🎆 Adam Jacobs Co-Founder at Hatch
📕 The Consolations of Philosophy by Alian de Botton

🎆 Lucy Wark Founder at Normal
📕 Winners Take All by Anand Giridharadas

🎆 Stuart Fitzroy Managing Director APAC at Rokt
📕 Culture Code by Daniel Coyle

🎆 Joshua Taylor VP Strategy & Insights at PepsiCo
🎙️ Hardcore History by Dan Parlin

🎆 Victor Cheng CEO at CaseInterview
📕 Richistan by Robert Frank

🎆 Katrina Barry CEO at me&u
🎙️ Legacy Podcast

🎆 Steve Duke Host of Two Roads Podcast
📕 When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi / Designing your Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans / Lost Connections by Johann Hari

🎆 Asha Walsh Associate Partner at Oaktree Talent
📕 Lean In by Cheryl Sandberg

🎆 Sophie Hayek CEO at PropHero
📕 Let My People Go Surfing by Yvon Chouinard

🎆 Milosh Milisavljevic Chief Customer Officer at Medibank
📕 Essentialism by Greg McKeown / Effortless by Greg McKeown / Lost Connection by Johann Hari / Bittersweet by Susan Cain / No Rules Rules by Erin Meyer & Reed Hastings

🎆 Anna Podolsky, CEO at Lyka
📕 Power of Moments by Chip Heath and Dan Heath / Atomic Habits by James Clear

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Melbourne-based Strategy Analyst

Melbourne-based Strategy Analyst

Our client is an industry leader in the funds management sector and this is a great opportunity to join their small and high performing team.  They are looking to hire a Melbourne-based Strategy Analyst.

The team is responsible for developing their group strategy that supports the company’s financial goals as well as its growth initiatives.  

Work life balance is a key priority for the team and this company has one of the most generous annual leave allowances that I’ve seen.  

The Melbourne-based Strategy Analyst will work closely with the Strategy Manager and Head of Strategy as well as the ELT and Board. 

Key Responsibilities:  

  • Identify strategic implications such as external trends, research, and internal or external data to develop recommendations with supporting strategic rationale. 
  • Analyse data and identify trends to generate recommendations and support rationale through synthesising external insights and research. 
  • Deliver key areas of analysis that are aligned with the company’s global and domestic insights, information and trends.  
  • Support the strategic framework and translate global and domestic insights, information and trends into deep dive reviews and presentations to the Executive and Board is an essential part of this role. 
  • Supporting year-round business planning processes, developing reports and materials about Executive and Board strategy, and conducting strategy offsite visits. 
  • Other duties as requested by either the Strategy Manager or the Head of Strategy from time to time. 

Key Requirements required for the position: 

  • A minimum of 12 months experience in management consulting or an in house strategy role.  
  • Strong understanding of numeracy and data analysis, as well as strategic thinking and commercial acumen. 
  • Strong strategic thinking and commercial acumen with experience in analysing strategic problems, and developing data driven insights 
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills 
  • A demonstrated passion for data driven analysis and business strategy 
  • Tertiary qualifications in a business-related discipline are a pre-requisite, with relevant post graduate qualifications (eg MBA) highly regarded 
  • Understanding or experience in Financial Services would be advantageous 

If this sounds like a good fit, please reach out to Amy Savage or email her your CV at amy@oaktreetalent.com. Thank you! 

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Melbourne-based Strategy Analyst

This Melbourne-based Strategy Analyst role is Exclusive to Oaktree and will take home an annual income of $120k to $130k + super.

If you would also like to checkout other jobs that we are currently sourcing for, you can check it here.

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    Sydney-based Strategy Manager

    Sydney-based Strategy Manager

    We are hiring for a Sydney-based Strategy Manager! Our client is driven by its purpose over its revenue and this role is suited to someone who is passionate about helping people! Not only that, this business prioritises the health and wellbeing of its employees and this is a rare opportunity to join a strategy team with 9-5 working hours!  

    With a sole purpose of supporting their clients and customers in every possible way, the role of Strategy Manager is responsible for providing sound strategic advice to senior executives across the organisation, and leading projects in order to develop business strategies that enable the company to achieve its strategic objectives. 

    Being a customer focused business you can enjoy variety in this role from strategising customer experience and customer value proposition to developing operating models, vendor management, digital and data strategy and adopting innovation at scale.  

    Key Responsibilities: 

    • Planning and managing strategy projects, including working with external strategy consulting firms when needed.  
    • Providing input and execute strategic planning initiatives, as well as develop a broad base of industry and functional knowledge.  
    • Proactively identifying strategic issues and defining problems to support senior stakeholders. 
    • When it comes to complex issues and problems, you have the ability to think critically and come up with insightful strategies in collaboration with others.  
    • Staying ahead of the curve by researching emerging trends and technologies to identify internal and external strategic opportunities.  
    • Conducting complex qualitative and quantitative analysis to assess opportunities and create initiatives.  
    • Stimulating constructive dialogue among business stakeholders and team members through clear verbal and written communication. 
    • Working with your team and other parts of the company to make sure all our projects and business activities are aligned.  
    • Identifying opportunities and successfully translating strategic recommendations into practical plans.  
    • Aiming to contribute positively to your own professional development, as well as that of your team and stakeholders. 


    • 5+ years in a management consulting firm (either from an MBB, LEK, Oliver Wyman, Strategy&, Monitor Deloitte etc).  
    • Exceptional communication skills, both written (Board paper writing and PowerPoint slide development) and oral. 
    • Relevant tertiary education. 
    • Critically think through complex issues and problems to frame problems, scope work and develop strategies insightfully and in collaboration with others. 
    • Communicate both verbally and in writing in a way that stimulates constructive and impactful dialogue among business stakeholders and team members.

    If you think you this position is for you, send your CV to Amy Savage at amy@oaktreetalent.com or drop your CV below. 

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    Sydney-based Strategy Manager

    This Sydney-based Strategy Manager role is Exclusive to Oaktree and will take home an annual income of $200k + super + bonus.

    If you would also like to checkout other jobs that we are currently sourcing for, you can check it here.

    Send us your CV

      Sydney-based Senior Manager Strategic Insights

      Sydney-based Senior Manager Strategic Insights

      Do you have a blend of the commercial strategy mindset and technical data analytics skills? If the answer is YES, this role, a Sydney-based Senior Manager Strategic Insights, presents an amazing opportunity to play to your strengths and work closely with the Head of Strategy and the wider strategy team whilst offering strategic data insights to support their strategy. 

      Our client, one of Australia’s most iconic brands, has an opportunity for a Sydney-based Senior Manager Strategic Insights to join their strategy team.  

      As Sydney-based Senior Manager Strategic Insights, you will use your blend of Strategy as well as Data Analytics experience to drive the usage of data and insights within the Strategy & Growth team. 

      Deep dive analytics will help to shape the future of this business and you will utilise your strong SQL skills to deliver exceptional insights to the business.  

      This is a workplace that offers a flexi working environment, offers excellent long term career growth and an amazing benefits package.  

      Key Responsibilities: 

      • Provide data driven lens to business strategies and key growth initiatives. 
      • Translate complex data sets into clear and compelling narrative to drive data driven decision making 
      • Drive and influence prioritisation of high value initiatives across the Strategy & Growth team. 
      • Oversee delivery quality and producing outputs that meet client standards. 
      • Coach junior team members as well as oversee and educate end users on the insights which have been developed. 
      • Deliver reports that are timely and relevant. 
      • Identify changes in the market, understand their customers better, and make better decisions about their products and services. 

      Background & Qualifications: 

      • 5+ years in management consulting and data analytics – strategy and data is the key skill required to be successful in this role.  
      • Commitment, professionalism, respect, and a ‘can-do’ attitude in any situation. 
      • Belief in the value of coaching your direct report and investing in building an effective and attractive team culture. 
      • Proven analytical and problem solving skills, with the ability to overlay commercial acumen to developed insights and recommendations. 
      • Extensive experience in extracting and manipulating large volume data with SQL, with Tableau experience being advantageous.  
      • High level of computer literacy, especially with Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint Prior experience in using Tableau desired. 
      • Proven ability to communicate insights and recommendations to senior stakeholders in a clear and concise manner, both in verbal and written formats Strong capability of managing and prioritising a number of competing tasks for different stakeholders. 

      If this seems to be a good fit, please feel free to get in touch with Amy Savage or email her at amy@oaktreetalent.com or apply through the link below. 

      #sydney #oaktreetalent #sydneyjobs #jobs #strategyjobsaustralia

      Sydney-based Senior Manager Strategic Insights

      This Sydney-based Senior Manager Strategic Insights role is Exclusive to Oaktree and will take home an annual income of $170-$190k inc super + bonus & benefits.

      If you would also like to checkout other jobs that we are currently sourcing for, you can check it here.

      Send us your CV

        Brisbane-based Strategy Manager or Melbourne-based

        Brisbane-based Strategy Manager or Melbourne-based

        This is a rare opportunity for a Brisbane-based Strategy Manager to play a huge part in the growth strategy of this PE backed innovative and growing company.  

        If you want a role that gives you exposure to the CEO and Board, this is an opportunity not to be missed.  

        This role can be based in Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane and is working for an established and highly regarded Chief Strategy Officer.  

        The Company is looking for a Sydney-based or Brisbane-based Strategy Manager to drive change and make things happen within the industry and within the business. They are an Australian-based subsidiary of a Japan founded company, so they are particularly interested in someone with experience in technology related, transportation, and logistics experience. 

        This company has a strong heritage and assets, as well as deep customer relationships, which gives it an advantage when it comes to leading the transformation of the logistics sector. By pursuing a customer-led strategy, the company can grow and transform in a way that is best suited for its target markets. 

        Key Responsibilities include:  

        • Be able to decide where to invest in operational capability in order to establish industry leadership. 
        • Protect and enhance their offering of speed, reach, and scale to B2B and B2C customers as well as being leaders in customer experience, sustainability, and offer innovation. 
        • Gather data using different methods, analyse the data to gain insights, and formulate conclusions that will help you understand and improve the business.  
        • Develop recommendations to increase the effectiveness of your marketing and sales efforts. 
        • Work with senior management and executive leaders to help implement recommendations.  
        • Consult with them regularly to discuss business and organisational challenges and identify solutions. 
        • Take initiative both within the project team and contribute towards the overarching Group strategy formulation and execution.  
        • Thrive on working independently and taking ownership of tasks. 

        Qualifications for the role include: 

        • A strong background in strategy development and planning is ideal, such as having at least 2 to 5 years’ experience in a rigorous global consulting firm or corporate strategy function.  
        • Demonstrate a proven record of academic excellence, such as having a Master’s degree in business administration (MBA). 
        • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills. 
        • Strong critical thinking and analytical capabilities. 
        •  Experience conduction market and competitor research and analysis 
        •  An innovative and collaborative approach to problem-solving. 
        •  Natural self-direction, with the ability to operate in ambiguity and learn quickly. 
        •  Eagerness to collaborate, coach, mentor, and help others grow professionally. 
        •  Experience in transport and logistics sector a plus 

        If this role seems to be of interest to you and if you think you are a good fit, please reach out to Amy Savage for more information or email her your CV at amy@oaktreetalent.com to be considered for the position. 

        #sydney #oaktreetalent #sydneyjobs #jobs #strategyjobsaustralia

        Brisbane-based Strategy Manager

        This Brisbane-based Strategy Manager role is Exclusive to Oaktree and will take home an annual income of $150k to $170k base + super + bonus.

        If you would also like to checkout other jobs that we are currently sourcing for, you can check it here.

        Send us your CV