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This book has 4 recommendations

Nancy Johnston (CEO & Founder/Tengri)

The most influential book I'd recommend for all CEOs are either setting up or running a business is 'Let my people go surfing-the education of a reluctant businessman' by Yvon Chouinard. It's provided a wonderful blueprint to help shape the Tengri business DNA and a recommended read for all aspiring and existing CEOs.

Andrew Youderian (Founder/eCommerceFuel)

Question: What five books would you recommend to young people interested in your career path & why?


  • 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (Getting the right things done)
  • Entreleadership (Great primer on management)
  • Let My People Go Surfing (How to build a business on your terms, that embraces your values)
  • Essentialism (The Importance of focus)
  • Work the System (A primer on building systems in your business)

Kai Yeo (Partner & Creative Director of BUREAU, Co-founder and Design Lead of Hutan Tropical)

I like that it is as much a pleasure to read, as it is inspiring for the work that I am doing now as the Design Lead for Hutan Tropical, an outdoor equipment and clothing brand that I started with a friend. So I guess that ticks both ‘business’ and ‘non-business’ boxes for me. Yvon’s the founder of Patagonia, legendary climber, businessman and environmentalist. The book’s original intent was to be a philosophical manual for the employees of Patagonia but it has so much relevance and inspiration for what I am doing now in building Hutan as a responsible outdoor equipment company. Yvon has set a minimum standard for what everyone who is new to the industry should aspire to.

Holger Seim (CEO/Blinkist)

When it comes to biographies I particularly like Let My People Go Surfing.

Amazon description

From his youth as the son of a French Canadian handyman to the thrilling, ambitious climbing expeditions that inspired his innovative designs for the sport's equipment, Let My People Go Surfing is the story of a man who brought doing good and having grand adventures into the heart of his business life-a book that will deeply affect entrepreneurs and outdoor enthusiasts alike.

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