Reset and refresh: podcasts and books to inspire success

Business owners have had to adapt and rapidly respond to an unprecedented and constantly changing commercial landscape over the past few weeks.  For a vast majority, it’s been a time to embrace a shifting of gear and doing things completely differently. 

As we move closer to returning to business as usual, there is an opportunity for businesses to refresh and reset. So, to help you do that, we’ve put together a list of podcasts and books which provide practical business advice, insights and tips to inspire success.


NZ Business podcast – with Paul Spain

Hear from influential New Zealand business leaders and entrepreneurs including Rod Drury (Xero founder), Sir Stephen Tindall (founder, The Warehouse Group), Sir Michael Hill (founder, Michael Hill jewellers), Mike Bennetts (CEO, Z Energy), Jason Paris (CEO, Vodafone) and Jolie Hodson (CEO, Spark). The podcast inspires and challenges those in business and leadership in New Zealand. 

Online marketing made easy - with Amy Porterfield

A podcast designed to inspire with clear steps to put the insights learned into profitable action. It offers ideas and practical tips on how to stand out in the highly competitive online space.

The Tim Ferriss Show – with Tim Ferriss

Often ranked number 1 out of more than 500,000 podcasts, selected as “Best of” Apple Podcasts for three years running, and voted the top business podcast by readers of Fortune Magazine‘s Term Sheet. Tim Ferriss speaks with industry leaders, entrepreneurs and celebrities, presenting a mix of free business advice and life tips.

Xero In

Xero’s podcast series talks to everyday small business owners about the challenges and successes in their entrepreneurial journey. A wide range of topics are covered, including digital marketing tactics, brand loyalty and embracing innovation. 


7 Habits of Highly Effective People – by Stephen R Covey

First published in 1990, author Stephen R. Covey shares timeless insights on how small business owners can overcome the challenges of balancing the demands of their business and personal life and thrive in both areas.

How to Win Friends & Influence People - by Dale Carnegie

An ageless bestseller which imparts time-tested advice including, amongst other things, six ways to make people like you, twelve ways to win people to your way of thinking, nine ways to change people without arousing resentment, improve your ability to get things done, as well as enable you to win new clients and customers.

Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well- - Being, Wisdom, and Wonder - by Arianna Huffington

A personal book from the editor of The Huffington Post about the challenges of managing time and prioritising the demands of a career and raising a family. It draws on ground-breaking research and scientific findings which reveal the profound and transformative effects of meditation, mindfulness, unplugging, and giving. 

Crush it – by Gary Vaynerchuk

Author Gary Vaynerchuk provides advice on how to harness the Internet to realise their entrepreneurial goals. It’s a step-by-step manual for modern business.

The Small Business Book - by Leith Oliver and John English 

The Small Business Book is the bestselling, practical guide to running your own business in New Zealand, providing advice for people wanting to start a business and strategies for refining your operation and maximising your profits for those with businesses.

The Small Business Book has been written to help you get into business, successfully stay in business and make a success from being in business.