Published Books and Writing Projects


Writing

Published Books

Graeme’s books have been specifically written to provide real value for everyone wanting to understand the new world of work and the implications for their companies, their families and their lives. Graeme has six books, four of which were published by Penguin. Click the links below to jump down this page to details and purchasing options:

Leading in a changing world book cover
Leading in a Changing World
2015
The Enemy Within cover
The Enemy Within
An ebook, 2014
Mind the Gap cover
Mind the Gap
2004, updated 2011
Navigating your career cover
Navigating Your Career
2012
Future Proof Your Child book cover
Future-Proof Your Child
2008
Mind Over Money book cover
Mind Over Money
2001

Also see a list below of the books Graeme has contributed to.

Follow the links provided to purchase single copies in either paperback or electronic format. For bulk purchases, please contact Graeme to see if a discount can be negotiated with the publishers. Click on the book covers for larger images.


Leading in a Changing World

5 steps to success in the new world of work

Graeme Codrington and Keith Coats, 2015
ISBN: 978-1512286724

Why read it:
  • In a changing world, everything needs to change – including and especially the way we lead
  • Understand the forces causing deep disruptive change in our world
  • Identify the new role of leaders in an adaptive world
  • Uncover what leaders need to know, do, and be, in order to lead confidently and effectively into the future
  • Discover the Invitational Leadership model
  • Learn new skills and mindsets for leaders in a changing world
Purchasing options:

* Paperback:
  – Amazon.com
  – Amazon.co.uk

* Electronic / ebook:
  – Kindle @Amazon.com
  – Kindle @Amazon.co.uk

Two of the most dominant themes on business bookshelves are those of ‘Leadership’ and ‘Change’. Leading in a Changing World brings together these two vital topics in a challenging, compelling and practical manner.

This book is about the current and future challenges that leaders face, and explores the type of thinking, behaviour and habits that leaders will need in order to successfully navigate the unfolding future. The challenge to be a ‘future-fit’ leader is both unrelenting and difficult work. Leading in a Changing World will help you understand and practice what is required to be future-fit as well as provide you with a leadership framework for tomorrow’s world.

The authors have drawn on their vast collective global experience in bringing you this book. Having worked with executive and senior leaders across multiple industries in all corners of the globe, Leading in a Changing World offers a rich tapestry of the breadth and depth of that the leadership ‘journey’ and experience.

As a leader, this book is for you.

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Introduction to the Enemy Within

Nine key issues holding your company and team hostage – and what to do about them to ensure success in a turbulent world

Graeme Codrington, 2014
ASIN: B00WROLSAI

Why read it:

What is holding you and your organisation back from truly achieving your goals? Is it just the turbulent world, the aggressive competition, the changing market conditions and new, complex expectations of customers and stakeholders? Or could it be that there is something inside that’s holding you back? Could it be that your organisational DNA itself needs to change? Do you have an enemy within?

This is increasingly the experience of leaders, as they battle to shift their organisations and teams to face the realities of change in their industries and markets. We know that we need to change. Most leaders also know ‘what that change is’ that needs to happen – they have new strategies and updated metrics for their teams. And yet, in spite of all this, the ability to change seems beyond them.

  • Access some of the latest thinking in organizational culture and design
  • Identify key areas of potential weakness for organizations facing deep disruptive change
  • Use the helpful analytical tool to check your organizational DNA – try the online analysis tool now
  • Find practical tips and hints to improve your organizational DNA
  • Learn how to change your organization and team for good
Purchasing options:

* Electronic / ebook:
  – Kindle @Amazon.com
  – Kindle @Amazon.co.uk

Too many organisations think their biggest threats come from outside: from changing markets, conditions and competitors. Actually, the biggest issues most face right now come from inside their own organisations. Many organisations have outdated DNA and are not ‘future fit’ or ready for the rapidly changing world they now inhabit.

The Enemy Within offers both strategic and practical insights into what needs to be guarded and what needs to be changed if we are to thrive in the future.

TomorrowToday Global’s research, spanning almost every industry and sector and conducted with our client base across more than 50 countries, has identified nine key factors that contribute to corporate culture and that are currently holding organisations hostage. It is clear that past success counts for very little when it comes to the future we’re facing. The onus now is on agility, nimbleness and the inherent capacity to respond to external disruptions – and internal threats. The challenge is one of translating this awareness into practical mindsets and behaviours within our organisations. ‘The Enemy Within’ helps us understand and meet these challenges.

The nine key areas of corporate DNA that are addressed are:

1. People
2. Physical Environment
3. Motivators
4. Decisions
5. Structures
6. Processes
7. Measurement
8. Development of people
9. Purpose

Use these factors as a checklist to identify potential weaknesses in your corporate culture, and to decide where to focus your attention internally. There is no such thing as an “ideal” culture, and in fact, most employees have a sense of what needs to be done to improve their own business.

We have designed an online Organizational DNA analysis tool. It’s available for free here.

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Mind the Gap

Understanding different generations: Own your past, know your generation, choose your future

Graeme Codrington and Sue Grant-Marshall, Penguin, Updated edition 2011 (originally 2004)
ISBN: 978-0143528418 | ASIN: B009TRAAAA

Why read it:
  • A detailed introduction to understanding generations
  • A thick book (over 400 pages), but easy to read format
  • Apply generations to many different contexts, from family to work, and advertising to teaching
  • Fun: lots of interesting and unexpected fact boxes and “top ten” type lists
  • Prescribed reading for many workplaces and schools
Purchasing options:

* Paperback:
  – Amazon.com
  – Amazon.co.uk
  – Takealot.com

* Electronic / ebook:
  – Kindle @Amazon.com
  – Kindle @Amazon.co.uk
  – Takealot.com
  – Kobo
  – Exclusives

“Mind the Gap” is for you if you want to know why: Your 18-year-old son isn’t interested in being a doctor – he wants to save the whale; your grandfather gives you Big Band CDs for your birthday; your secretary knows more than you do; your grandson calls you Peter instead of granddad. In short, this title aims to promote understanding between the generations. This is vitally important in all of our relationships, especially in the workplace. Application chapters focus attention on: work, marketing and advertising, leadership, teamwork, finances, parenting, education and training, “retyrement”, travel, politics, faith, health, and home. Still a best selling book, with five star reviews!

This edition has been fully revised, expanded and updated. With all new chapters on the next generation, generations around the world and more, as well as new information and updated insights based on 10 years of applying generational in companies and organisations in over 50 countries.



NOTE: The first edition of the book was re-issued with a different cover design in late 2010. Here is Penguin’s press release.

First edition, new cover


First edition, old cover:

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Navigating Your Career

5 steps to success in the new world of work

Graeme Codrington and Kerry Dawkins, Penguin, 2012
ISBN: 978-0143530268 | ASIN: B009TRABEK

Why read it:
  • Make more of your career by learning how to create a long term plan
  • Understand how changes in the world of work in the next decade will shape your career
  • Identify the opportunities for personal growth, development and securing your future
  • Do the very practical exercises outlined in the book to develop an actual career navigation plan
  • Learn from the case studies of people just like yourself
  • Be confident in your ability to find – and keep – a job that ensures you live your selected lifestyle, and is also something that you love.
Purchasing options:

* Paperback:
  – Amazon.com
  – Amazon.co.uk

* Electronic / ebook:
  – Kindle @Amazon.com
  – Kindle @Amazon.co.uk
  – Kobo
  – Exclusives

The world of work has never been as difficult or complicated as it is right now. And yet, at the same time there have never been as many opportunities. If you know what you’re looking for, and sure of how to position yourself in a competitive jobs market, there are ways for you to find your dream job. And not just for now: you can actually spend every day of the rest of your life doing something you love that contributes to changing the world.

It all starts with a radical mindset shift: treat your career as a journey to be navigated. Then follow five steps for lifelong job satisfaction. This is not a quick fix solution. It will require some hard work and focus to become a career navigator. The good news is that hundreds of people have already successfully followed the advice in this book. You can join them today, and start to reap the rewards of a fulfilling and rewarding career.

The best time to start properly navigating your career is twenty years ago. The second best time is today. Don’t delay. Start now.


NOTE: We have created a dedicated website as a companion to the book, including an online career assessment and navigation progress tool. It’s available for you here.

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Future Proof Your Child

Parenting the wired generation

Graeme Codrington and Nikki Bush, Penguin, 2008
ISBN: 9780143025801 | ASIN: B009TRA8YI

Why read it:
  • Aimed at parents of primary and pre-primary children
  • Understand why the world has changed, and how to respond as a parent of young children
  • Learn about the future world of work and the implications for the young people who will only enter it in the next decade
  • Discover which jobs will disappear – and which will not.
  • Access over 500 practical tips for connecting with your children, and helping them grow up confident and well rounded in a digital world
  • Get practical parenting help
  • Help your children start to develop their profiles as young as 8 years old, and get a step ahead of their peers in their search for a job and career.
Purchasing options:

* Paperback:
  – Amazon.com
  – Amazon.co.uk
  – Kalahari.com

* Electronic / ebook:
  – Kindle @Amazon.com
  – Kindle @Amazon.co.uk
  – Takealot.com
  – Kobo
  – Exclusives

‘Stop the world, I want to get off!’ is the regular refrain of many of today’s time-pressured parents. ‘Give me an experience and I’ll promise you a relationship,’ is the mantra of their children. The world has changed. The future has changed. Childhood is changing. Raising children has never been more challenging – or potentially rewarding. It is increasingly obvious that the world into which our young children will enter as adults, somewhere between 2020 and 2030, will be nothing like the world their parents grew up in, or even the world we currently inhabit. We need a better understanding of the world of the future in order to prepare our children and to ‘future-proof’ them. Future-proof your Child is a very different kind of parenting book. While it contains many useful practical hints and tips, it also focuses on the context for parenting and child development today. It convinces 21st-century parents of the need to change their approach to parenting future generations.

This title will help you to create a framework for your parenting experience as you embark on the highly personal adventure of raising children who will thrive in the future.It is relevant, accessible, practical and inspirational. It will take you back in time and forward into the future to help you make the best choices for your children now! Future-proof your Child highlights the critical importance of making choices, having conversations, and consciously connecting with tomorrow’s children today.

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Mind Over Money

How different generations approach personal financial management

Graeme Codrington, Louis Fourie and Sue Grant-Marshall, Penguin, 2001
ISBN: 978-0143024095

Why read it:
  • Manage your money to ensure that you can live the lifestyle you want to – and continue to do so your whole life
  • Understand your attitude to money: where it comes from, and what it means for your financial future
  • Help other people to manage their money, especially people older and younger than yourself who have very different attitudes towards finances
  • Secure your future, and the future for your children.
Purchasing options:

OUT OF PRINT

* Paperback:
  – Amazon.com
  – Amazon.co.uk

* Electronic / ebook:
Not available

“Mind Over Money” is not so much about your money as it is about your mind. It’s about your attitude and approach to money. It’s not hard to make money if you are careful and sussed – millionaires are two a penny today. But, keeping it is the problem. That’s what smart people do. It’s what you need to do. Playwright Tennessee Williams said, ” You can be young without money but you can’t be old without it.” Bear this in mind – today’s 30 and 40 year olds will live to be 100 years old. Teenagers will crack 120 years easily. That’s a long time to live in “retirement”. Will your money last?

This title is about how to live from womb to tomb in such a way that you can live – and die – in comfort. Along the way the authors show you how to grow up happy; choose the right careers (forget what your parents and teachers say); understand why Baby Boomers can’t stop shopping and why the Silent generation saves like mad and always pays cash for everything. You’ll appreciate your teenager, your father, your wife, your grandchild’s attitudes to money – at last. Best of all – you’ll understand yourself!

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My colleagues’ books

Everything I Know About Leadership I Learnt from The Kids

Leadership lessons from unlikely sources, with great discussion starters for teams and leaders

Keith Coats, Penguin, 2006
ISBN: 978-0143024675

Why read it:
  • A beautifully written book of stories and personal reflections that will instantly hit home and have you nodding your head in recognition and empathy. Each chapter is a new story, followed by leadership lessons
  • Easy to read, hard to put down
  • Remarkable leadership lessons and insights
  • can be used with your team, your family or just by yourself, to help you reflect on your own leadership style and developmental journey.
  • A real gem.
Purchasing options:

OUT OF PRINT

* Paperback:
  – Amazon.com
  – Amazon.co.uk

* Electronic / ebook:
  – Takealot.com
  – Kobo

‘Can I drive the car?’ is a familiar refrain for most parents. But in dealing with this issue of control, trust and training, is there a lesson to be learnt, a lesson that can be applied by leaders in the business environment? The author has written a title that draws on everyday events in the life of his family, pointing out how these experiences translate into important lessons in leadership. Whether they are issues of control or communication, inspiration or loyalty, or simply getting through the tough times, Coats explores the universal lessons we learn as parents and shows how to apply them in the boardroom, the office or the factory.

NOTE: Available in Afrikaans: Alles wat ek van leierskap weet, het my kinders my geleer – Kalahari.com

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Contributions


The Exceptional Speaker
The Exceptional Speaker, edited by Alan Stevens and Paul du Toit, 2013
Graeme contributed two chapters to this book.
BUY: Amazon.co.uk



The Adolescent Storm, by Meg Fargher and Helen Dooley, Penguin, 2009

Like a storm, adolescence is a powerful, dynamic and often chaotic time. As parents, we can do a lot to lessen the negative impact if we have the right tools. Standing firm and holding onto one’s values in the face of bombardment from adolescents, who in turn are facing their own pressures of identity and self doubt, requires a clear head, encouragement . . .and a handbook. The Adolescent Storm is that handbook.

Graeme wrote the Forward to this book.

BUY: Paperback available in South Africa: Takealot.com
OR, buy on Kindle @Amazon.com; Kindle @Amazon.co.uk or Kobo

 

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