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Consortia works with some of the best hiring managers in the business, and they've got plenty of knowledge and inspiration to share. But where do they get their inspiration from? Consultant Joe Stacey, our specialist permanent recruiter for Frontend Developers spoke with some of the clients he works closely with to find out what books inspire them from outside of the tech box.  Here are just a few of the top inspirational book recommendations from our clients who've read them, loved them, and put them into practice.


  1. Man's Search for Meaning by Victor E Frankl


Introducing his psychotherapeutic methods on the idea of meaning for the first time, Holocaust survivor Frankl chronicles his time in a Nazi concentration camp during World War II.

'It's a great place to start if you're looking into managing stress levels and happiness. It helps me to remember the book's key messages whenever I feel like things are getting a bit too overwhelming!'

              Morgan Sadr-Hashemi


  1. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey


Stephen Covey's iconic self-help and business book encourages readers to find the 'true north' guiding principles to shape and improve your working and personal life.

'It's one of those books I tend to re-read any time I join a new job.'

Alexander Rehm at The Creative Assembly


  1. The Plague by Albert Camus


Published in 1947, a plague sweeps a French Algerian city as the unknown narrator attempts to present a snapshot of everyday life with an absurdist twist.

'I last re-read it towards the end of 2019, and obviously, its themes became very relevant soon after. I find it inspiring because it shows our capacity for mutual aid, for looking out for each other in the face of an absurd and meaningless existence. It gives me faith in human nature.'

Russell Dunphy at Good Gym


  1. Trillion Dollar Coach by Eric Schmidt


Cataloguing the professional triumphs of Bill Campbell, who helped foster growth in Silicon Valley companies, most notably Google, Apple, and Intuit.

'I bought this book from a LinkedIn post recommendation. The book has helped me re-emphasise my understanding of workplace empathy and how important my team is, and my people are. This book gives an excellent insight into the Silicon Valley culture.'

Venkatesh Balakumar



  1. Language Instinct by Daniel Pinker


Pinker's psychological 1994 book studies the instinctive nature of language and the capacity for humans to communicate better through our remarkable ability for language.

'This book is the first of a three-part book; for some, it may be dry; that was what I thought initially. It takes you beyond just the language we speak, which we take for granted. It has immensely helped me speak, write, and understand what people intend to say and read behind intentions.'

Venkatesh Balakumar



  1. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card


This military science fiction novel, considered a cornerstone of the genre, is set on a future Earth where young children are trained through increasingly tricky games to combat a further invasion of the planet from hostile forces.

'Lesson learned? The only way for talented people to succeed is to become so good others can't ignore them. It distils the importance of assistance, but how in the end, you cannot expect anyone else to help you.'

              Mika Bostrom at Smarkets,


  1. Life Inc. by Douglas Rushkoff


Writer and documentary filmmaker Rushkoff chronicles the sudden explosion of corporations from distant thought to current social phenomenon.

'An economist knows the price of everything and the value of nothing. This book explores how everyone being an armchair economic has already affected societal norms.'

              Mika Bostrom at Smarkets,


  1. Galatea 2.2 by Richard Powers


This 1995 novel transforming the Pygmalion myth explores thought and language in a new, complex reality.

'Stunning literary exploration into the difference between computational and biological intelligence and what constitutes life, done through a unique format.'

              Jason Atlas


  1. Rework by David Heinemeier Hansson and Jason Fried


Entrepreneurs Hansson and Fried's New York Times Bestseller transforms business thinking, showing you how to succeed in an enterprise faster and easier.

'The only business book you'll ever need. Presented in a simple (but not simplistic) manner and filled with pure gems of wisdom for future entrepreneurs and founders.'

              Pedro Moreira


  1. Art of War by Sun Tzu


Sun Tzu's ancient Chinese military strategies on the most effective methods of warmongering acts as a great influence for individuals looking to commandeer their professional lives.

'For me, this book is not about war; it's about reminding myself of my target, the strategy to reach there, and the discipline I have to follow my journey.'

              Venkatesh Balakumar


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