So many books to read, but so little time to actually read them.
In honour of World Book Day, we're making no exception by offering you our team's reading recommendations: their favorite and key professional book ever.
More than just informative writings, we offer you, in this article, unforgettable experiences that have inspired Geoffrey, Bastien, Hélène, Maxime and Heddy. For some of them, these books are even the very foundations of their vision of work and the energy they put into deploying it within our team.
Searching for new books to read? Needing inspiration? Lacking a gift idea for a lost friend? You're at the right place.
Predictable Revenue: Turn Your Business Into a Sales Machine with the $100 Million Best practices of Salesforce.com
Written by Aaron Ross & Marylou Tyler, recommended by Geoffrey (CEO)
Called "The Sales Bible of Silicon Valley", this book helps you to discover the sales specialization system and outbound sales process that, in just a few years, helped add $100 million in recurring revenue to Salesforce.com, almost doubling their enterprise growth with zero cold calls. This is an entirely new kind of sales system for CEOs, entrepreneurs and sales VPs to help you build a sales machine. What does it take for your sales team to generate as many highly-qualified new leads as you want, create predictable revenue, and meet your financial goals without your constant focus and attention? Predictable Revenue has the answers!
Roots of Heaven
Written by Romain Gary, recommended by Heddy (Sustainability Business Manager)
In the middle of the 20th century, the main character, Morel, wants to prevent the extermination of elephants in Africa. At the same time, in French Equatorial Africa (FEA), the idea of independence begins to spread here and there.
The story tells of Morel's struggle, his actions in favor of the elephants, the tracking down of which he is the object by the authorities, and, in parallel, the conflicts of interest between the commitments of some and others: for the elephants, for independence, for the colonial power, for the safeguarding of the traditions, for the forward march of man towards modernity, for the short-term interest, for the honor of Man...
The Happy Recruiter
Written by James Reed, recommended by Hélène (VP HR)
A business is only as great as the people at its heart, making recruitment the most important key to success. In this book, the chairman of Britain’s largest recruitment company offers invaluable and specific advice on the secrets to excelling in recruitment. This book is a step-by-step guide to becoming the best recruitment consultant you can be, focusing on strategy and practical advice while revealing the seven key attributes of a great recruiter. This book is an accessible read for recruiters at any stage of their career, packed with tips and examples from James Reed's extensive network of recruitment professionals. This thorough and honest book is a must-have for any person that has an interest in recruitment.
Empire of the Ants
Written by Bernard Werber, recommended by Maxime (Industry Operations Director)
By the time you read this, seven hundred million ants will have been born on the planet. Seven hundred million individuals in a community estimated at one billion, and which has its cities, its hierarchy, its colonies, its language, its industrial production, its slaves, its mercenaries... Its weapons too. Terribly destructive. When he enters the cellar of the house bequeathed to him by an old entomologist uncle, Jonathan Wells is far from suspecting that he is going to meet them. Following him, we discover the fabulously rich, monstrous and fascinating world of these "infra-terrestrials", in a unique thriller where suspense and horror are based on the most rigorous scientific data on every page. For the first time, here is a novel whose heroes are... ants.
Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies
Written by Nick Bostrom, recommended by Bastien (IT Operations Director)
What will happen when machines surpass human intelligence? Will robots save us or destroy us? Isaac Asimov put it forward as early as 1942 with his three laws of robotics: artificial intelligence must be controlled to the core so that it can never attack humans. But how can we ensure that a superintelligence will not prove hostile to the survival of humanity?
In this unique book, an international bestseller translated into 19 languages, Nick Bostrom reveals the difficulties that the search for a superior intelligence will pose and how to solve them. It is undoubtedly the greatest challenge that humanity will have to face. We must be prepared for it.
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