Tribeca Top Ten: must-read books

Tribeca Top Ten: must-read books Kitty Flanagan

We’re back for the next instalment of our Tribeca Top Ten. This time we’ve challenged our Tribeca Tribe to come up with their recommendations for books to read or listen to when you’ve got a few moments to sit back and relax.

Personal development

Having found early success, Holiday came to the realisation that ego can cloud ambition and hinder personal and professional growth, particularly when accomplishments are tied to self-worth. In fact he had the title of his book tattooed on his forearm as a daily reminder of its message. Armed with his own insights and those from historical and contemporary figures who conquered their own ego, Holiday writes, “you will be less invested in the story you tell about your own specialness, and as a result, you will be liberated to accomplish the world-changing work you’ve set out to achieve.”

If you’ve read some of our previous articles, you’ll know that we’re massive Brené Brown fans. In Dare to Lead, Brown tackles two main questions that leaders from start-ups to Fortune 50 companies kept asking in her research: How do you cultivate braver, more daring leaders? And, how do you embed the value of courage in your culture? The simple answer is it’s not easy, as choosing courage over comfort requires a commitment to doing bold work, having tough conversations and showing up with our whole hearts. But Brown believes it’s more than worth it: “We want to be brave with our lives and work. It’s why we’re here.”

How do we become the best that we can be, as individuals, teams and as organisations? Syed attempts to answer this question through the lens of sport, drawing on neuroscience research into sports performance, his own observations as an award-winning sports journalist, and the stories behind figures such as Roger Federer and the all-conquering All Blacks. A fascinating and provocative book about the mental game of sport.

First published in 1997, this groundbreaking book is still as relevant today, maybe even more so given the life-altering events of 2020. Tolle’s message is simple: living in the now is the truest path to happiness and enlightenment. And while this message may not seem stunningly original or fresh, Tolle’s clear writing, supportive voice and enthusiasm make this a great read and reminder about the power of being fully present in each moment in life.


Inspired by true events, this is the story of how society’s ‘lovely ladies’ won a war. Set in 1914 around the mysterious world of Miss Lily, the book has been described as: “equal parts Downtown Abbey and wartime action, with enough romance and intrigue to make it 100% not-put-down-able”. If you get hooked by Miss Lily, there’s another four books in this captivating series written by renowned Australian author Jackie French.

6. Shoe Dog by Phil Knight

In 1962, fresh out of business school, Phil Knight borrowed $50 from his father and created a company with a simple mission: import high-quality, low-cost athletic shoes from Japan. He made $8,000 in his first year; today Nike’s annual sales top $30 billion. This candid and riveting memoir by Knight shares the inside story of the company’s early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world’s most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.

7. Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silcon Startup by John Carreyou

This is the amazing true story of Theranos, the Silicon Valley ‘unicorn’ startup which promised to revolutionise the medical industry with a machine that would make blood tests significantly faster and easier. There was just one problem: the technology didn’t work. Carreyou’s investigation of the company and fraudulent actions of CEO Elizabeth Holmes saw Theranos shares plummet from $9 billion to zero and Holmes suffer one of the greatest falls from grace in corporate history. 

Fun and fiction

We all need a good laugh – and some helpful advice along the way doesn’t hurt either. Flanagan provides both, providing readers with the antidote to every annoying little thing – from warning against ruining fruit salad by placing banana in it, to riling up about leaving one useless square of toilet paper on the roll. What started as a joke on Kitty Flanagan’s popular segment on ABC TV’s The Weekly, is now a quintessential reference book with the power to change society.

Developed from a short web-based comedy series, The Drop-Off is a hilarious glimpse into the world of parents, children and a school community. Set around the comings and goings at Bayside Primary, the book tells the story of Lizzie, Megan and Sam who become accidental friends over good coffee, banter and wrong-world jokes at school drop off. But when tragedy strikes at the school, the unlikely trio have to step up.

When a murder occurs on the North Carolina coast, the so-called “Marsh Girl” AKA Kya is immediately suspected by the locals. But Kya is not what they say. This critically acclaimed book is a story of resilience, survival, hope, love, loss, loneliness, desperation, prejudice, determination and strength. Hard to put down once you start.

There’s plenty of places to order books online, but one of our favourites is the Book Depository. And if you want to see what everyone else thinks of a book, check out goodreads

Stay tuned for our next Tribeca Top Ten, and please share with us any of your favourite books by emailing us at marketing@tribecafinancial.com.au.

If you missed our previous Tribeca Top Ten, click here for must-listen podcasts and here for binge-worthy TV shows.

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