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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]

WHAT HAVE BEEN THE TOP BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE GUESTS I HAVE HAD ON MY STRATEGY BITES PODCAST TO DATE?

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 – 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

🎆 Aliza Knox – Senior Advisor at BCG
📕 Radical Candor: How to Get What You Want by Saying What You Mean by Kim Scott

🎆 Wendy McKay – Managing Director at Pollination
🎙️ Outrage and Optimism by Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac
📕Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi

🎆 Mailys Pauletto – Contract Consultant, Former Roland Berger Consultant
🎙️ The One You Feed by iHeartPodcasts

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Head of Strategic Transformation – Sydney Hybrid

Head of Strategic Transformation – Sydney Hybrid

This ASX company is a leader in its field in Australia, often outperforming its competitors. They are expanding their reach and would like to hire a Head of Strategic Transformation in Sydney to help drive their continued growth and commitment to customer excellence. 

This Head of Strategic Transformation in Sydney should be a Strategy expert with some expertise in digital, customer, commercial, and value chain operations. You should also be able to lead the team and make informed decisions using analytics to rapidly solve critical business problems to enable growth. 

You will be right at the forefront of emerging technologies and innovations. You will also have the opportunity to contribute and benefit from these advances as you help create better experiences for millions of consumers.  

Key Responsibilities include:  

  • Help identify ways in which data and analytics can be applied to create a better experience.  
  • Use a comprehensive strategy toolkit to define the problem and assess the potential benefits before creating an end-to-end analytics strategy and strategy roadmap.  
  • Strive to ensure that the organisation has a culture of insights that drive capability shifts. 
  • Partner with all business stakeholders so that key strategic objectives, roadmaps, benefits and financial goals are met.  
  • Lead the requirements gathering process and assemble a team with the required skills for successful delivery.  
  • Navigate complex projects to ensure goals and objectives are met. 
  • Help customers, team members, and the business at large tackle their challenges 

 Key Qualifications: 

  • Extensive experience in strategy, acquired ideally from a top-tier strategy consulting- McKinsey, Bain, BCG, Kearney, LEK, Roland Berger, OC&C 
  • Experience driving strategic transformation programs, ideally in FMCG / consumer-driven driven organisations 
  • Track record in delivering business outcomes and guiding innovation within analytics while fostering an inclusive, friendly and down-to-earth culture 
  • Outstanding influencing and business partnering skills including the ability to navigate diverse senior stakeholders 
  • Tertiary qualification in a related discipline. Postgraduate qualifications like an MBA are desirable 

If you are an individual who is passionate about developing innovative solutions and making an impact, then this role is for you! Send your CV to Anika Stokes at anika@oaktreetalent.com to be considered for the position. 

#strategyandtransformationjobsaustralia #oaktreetalentsearch

Head of Strategic Transformation in Sydney - Hybrid

This Head of Strategic Transformation in Sydney – Hybrid is Exclusive to Oaktree and will take home an annual pay of $300k + super + bonus.

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

Send us your CV





    Senior Manager Transformation in Sydney

    Senior Manager Transformation in Sydney

    If you want to work for a for-purpose company that is embarking on a major change initiative, then this role is for you. This company is focused on sustainability and clean-living energy in Australia, and they are on the lookout for a Transformation leader in Sydney who can help drive their major transformation effort enterprise-wide.

    This position is a key role in the optimisation of company initiatives and the implementation of company-wide best practices. You will have 2 direct reports.

    Key Responsibilities include:

    • Lead the team in the strategic initiative portfolio management process and be responsible for setting up a regular schedule, constructing an efficient governance system, and ensuring that all reports are submitted in a timely manner.
    • Ensure that everyone involved is on the same page and collaborating efficiently. This role requires great organisational and communication skills to ensure the process runs smoothly.
    • Ability to motivate employees and key stakeholders, set goals, and drive change in an organisation.
    • Plan, prioritise, think strategically, take accountability for results, and use business enablers such as finance, technology, procurement, and contract management.
    • Communicate efficiently and commit to providing top-notch service.
    • Collaborate well with team members, influence and negotiate confidently, and demonstrate resilience and courage when facing difficulties.
    • Strive to continuously improve.
    • Be able to act with integrity, lead by example, and value diversity.

    Qualifications include: 

    • Tertiary finance or business qualifications at degree level
    • Demonstrated 13 years plus experience in managing an enterprise-level CoE-focused PMO in a complex, matrixed organisation.
    • Proven track record of success in influencing diverse stakeholders across an organisation.
    • Expertise in setting up governance strictures and reporting metrics.
    • Demonstrated ability to implement best practice PMO methodology, processes, templates across an organisation, with evidence of measure of success.
    • Proven experience in tracking and effectively reporting on performance of organisation-wide strategic projects.
    • Ability to think, analyse and consider the broader context to develop practical solutions and recommendations to present to senior management.
    • Ability to undertake objective, critical analysis to identify the most effective solutions.
    • Expertise in creating and maintaining complex data models in Excel.
    • Business acumen, in particular finance, and commitment to achieving positive business outcomes.
    • Ability to influence diverse groups of stakeholders.

    If you are up for the challenge and you seem like a good fit for this organisation, please reach out to Anika Stokes at anika@oaktreetalent.com.

    #strategyandtransformationjobsaustralia #oaktreetalentsearch

    Senior Manager - Transformation in Sydney

    This SSenior Manager – Transformation in Sydney is Exclusive to Oaktree and will take home an annual pay of $280k inc super.

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

    Send us your CV





      Head of Strategy in Sydney

      Head of Strategy in Sydney

      This ASX company is a leader in its field in Australia, often outperforming its competitors. They are expanding their reach and would like to hire a Head of Strategic Transformation in Sydney to help drive their continued growth and commitment to customer excellence. 

      This Head of Strategic Transformation in Sydney should be a Strategy expert with some expertise in digital, customer, commercial, and value chain operations. You should also be able to lead the team and make informed decisions using analytics to rapidly solve critical business problems to enable growth. 

      You will be right at the forefront of emerging technologies and innovations. You will also have the opportunity to contribute and benefit from these advances as you help create better experiences for millions of consumers.  

      Key Responsibilities include:  

      • Help identify ways in which data and analytics can be applied to create a better experience.  
      • Use a comprehensive strategy toolkit to define the problem and assess the potential benefits before creating an end-to-end analytics strategy and strategy roadmap.  
      • Strive to ensure that the organisation has a culture of insights that drive capability shifts. 
      • Partner with all business stakeholders so that key strategic objectives, roadmaps, benefits and financial goals are met.  
      • Lead the requirements gathering process and assemble a team with the required skills for successful delivery.  
      • Navigate complex projects to ensure goals and objectives are met. 
      • Help customers, team members, and the business at large tackle their challenges 

       Key Qualifications: 

      • Extensive experience in strategy, acquired ideally from a top-tier strategy consulting- McKinsey, Bain, BCG, Kearney, LEK, Roland Berger, OC&C 
      • Experience driving strategic transformation programs, ideally in FMCG / consumer-driven driven organisations 
      • Track record in delivering business outcomes and guiding innovation within analytics while fostering an inclusive, friendly and down-to-earth culture 
      • Outstanding influencing and business partnering skills including the ability to navigate diverse senior stakeholders 
      • Tertiary qualification in a related discipline. Postgraduate qualifications like an MBA are desirable 

      If you are an individual who is passionate about developing innovative solutions and making an impact, then this role is for you! Send your CV to Anika Stokes at anika@oaktreetalent.com to be considered for the position. 

      #strategyandtransformationjobsaustralia #oaktreetalentsearch

      Head of Strategic Transformation in Sydney

      This Head of Strategic Transformation in Sydney is Exclusive to Oaktree and will take home an annual pay of $300k + super + bonus.

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

      Send us your CV





        Head of Strategy in Sydney

        Head of Strategy in Sydney

        This ASX company is one of the most sought-after companies in Australia as they embrace internal career growth and continue to diversify into new and exciting business areas.  

        We are currently supporting them to hire a Head of Strategy in Sydney to lead business unit strategy & transformation with a focus on Digital. Working with a team of top tier peers, The Head of Strategy will drive the business unit’s strategic agenda across the business. 

        As the leader of this division, you will be responsible for managing a portfolio of projects, aligning them with the organisation’s strategic objectives. This requires great interpersonal skills and an ability to motivate people enterprise-wide to collaborate on initiatives that can drive real business success. You will also need to stay up-to-date on industry trends and market developments so that you can make informed decisions that will drive growth and progress. 

        Key responsibilities include:  

        • Drive SME Strategy projects across the business 
        • Provide thought-provoking ideas that can help the team define their plans for the future.  
        • Engage in meaningful conversations with the leadership team, helping them to shape their objectives and goals.  
        • Form successful partnerships and ensure that all initiatives are planned out from beginning to end.  
        • Provide leadership and mentorship to the strategy team.  
        • Mentor and develop a team of top-tier consultants and experienced strategists, helping them reach their full potential through thoughtful direction and guidance.  
        • Ensure that the team is working towards the same goal with an effective strategy. 
        • Coordinate the activities of a community squad and provide career development guidance to team members. 
        • Focus on effective communication and engagement at the executive level and involve the creation of high-level strategy updates.  

        Key Qualifications include: 

        • Minimum 5 to 7 years of experience in a top tier strategy consultancy. (McKinsey, Bain, BCG, Kearny, LEK, PJP, OC&C or Roland Berger) 
        • Experience in and deep passion for all things digital experience, personalisation, digital technology and digital marketing 
        • Deep experience and knowledge of strategic problem solving and frameworks, delivering large-scale projects and change management 
        • Exceptional ability to influence, establish and maintain strong relationships with senior leadership team 
        • Outstanding written and oral communication 
        • Strong leadership, coaching and people development skills 
        • Organised and structured, able to coordinate multiple streams of work in parallel 
        • Result-oriented, positive work ethic, collaborative and people-oriented mindset 
        • Consumer market experience is required 
        • Outstanding academic record and social achievements; top tier MBA preferred 

        This is a great opportunity to be part of something bigger and have a lasting impact on the organisation’s success. If you want this type of challenge, reach out to Anika Stokes at anika@oaktreetalent.com 

        #strategyandtransformationjobsaustralia #oaktreetalentsearch

        Head of Strategy in Sydney

        This Head of Strategy in Sydney is Exclusive to Oaktree and will take home an annual pay of $260k-$270k + super + bonus.

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

        Send us your CV