The Eligo Book Club: John Guest – Fire & Security Recruitment Director


#lifeateligo, World Book Day

We’re a varied bunch here and all love a good read. Each world book day we’ve put together a quick blog going round the office and asking for our consultants best recommendations on books on a variety of subjects. These have been so successful that we’ve decided to branch out and focus on a small selection of books each consultant would love to recommend for a multitude of purposes and reasons. First up, we have Fire & Security Recruitment Director John Guest. Happy Reading!

One of my new year’s resolutions last year was to read more, and since I haven’t looked back. Around the office I quite often find myself suggesting a read to one of my colleagues, with many of these reads shaping both my career and life. Here’s just a few of the books I’d recommend and a brief description of why. I’d love to hear your thoughts if you read any of these and of course, any of your recommendations for myself and the team also!


For the millennial

rich dad poor dadRich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki

“It’s a book that I read in my mid-20s, it changes how you think about money and teaches you many lessons that will be super valuable in a world where life expectancy is increasing and retirement will be longer than ever before!”

Robert Kiyosaki takes a unique take on economics and the art of money management through the perspective of his own highly educated, but fiscally unstable father, and that of his close friend’s dad who is a multi-millionaire but dropped out of school in eighth-grade. It’s a great read on learning about managing your money, dropping out of the rat-race, and the fundamental differences between those who are successful and those who are not.



For those looking to be more organised in 2017 

getting things doneGetting Things Done by David Allen

“In a world of ever increasing tasks and distractions this book helps to break down projects into manageable tasks by applying the DO, DELEGATE or DIARISE system; well worth a read.”

Since it was first published in 2001, David Allen’s Getting Things Done has become one of the most influential self-help guides available. In it, David Allen teaches you how to keep a clear head, relax and organise your thoughts while implementing methods that he has introduced at organisations such as Microsoft, Lockheed and the US Department of Justice.


For an all round read covering everything from leadership to modern marketing and business development strategies

askgaryveeAskGaryVee by Gary Vaynerchuk

“Gary’s latest book is more of a Q&A than a novel so very easy to pick up and put down, it covers a multitude of different topics around business, marketing, self-awareness and work/life balance.”

Gary Vaynerchuk has become something of a global phenomenon over the last few years. Starting out by taking over his father’s wine business and creating a series of vlogs and podcasts to aid complement the business, he has gone on to become an expert in all things social media, interaction, and entrepreneurship in the digital age. #AskGaryVee showcases the most popular and useful questions from his popular podcast show and presents practical, timely, and timeless advice on marketing, social media, entrepreneurship, and everything else you have been afraid to ask but are dying to know.


For those looking for an interesting Autobiography

wysiwygWhat you see is what you get by Alan Sugar

“Love him or hate him, Lord Sugar certainly has a back-story that we can all take something from; always able to spot a business opportunity since childhood, it is no surprise that Alan is now a household name.”

Born in 1947, brought up on a council estate, going from rags to riches; most people are familiar with the story of Alan Sugar. His autobiography What you see is what you get takes us through his life in much greater detail revealing stories of how he built his empire, nearly lost it all, and became a television household name. It’s funny, forthright, and includes something that everyone can take away from.


For a light-hearted read about Sales

Contrarian SalespersonContrarian Salesperson by Jody Williamson

“This is one I recently read that provides a quick light-hearted read about Alan Atleaster, an underperforming sales person. He’s about to get fired unless he agrees to work with a coach who goes on to instil him with 8 key principles for success in sales such as “If you feel it, say it””

Being a contrarian salesperson is all about doing the opposite of what other salespeople do, because ultimately, if you act like every other salesperson you’re going to be treated like every other salesperson. Alan Atleaster is struggling so his fed-up boss sends him to see an eccentric sales coach, where he must master the Eight Rules of the Contrarian Salesperson, and strive to hold on to his job.



Let us know if you’ve read any of these books on our recommendation or even if you have any to recommend to John based on his list. We’d love to hear from you.

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John Guest is the divisional director of Eligo Fire & Security recruitment specialising in recruitment strategies and job opportunities across the Fire & Security industry. He is also an Institute of Directors Young Directors Forum board member. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with him for everything from career advice to advising on successful hiring for your company. | 0208 944 4180 | @eligosecurity