Helpful resources to stop you reinventing the wheel

Recommending reading in the midst of a pandemic to busy vets, nurses and customer care team members might seem like an odd thing to do at first. And yet there is much we can all learn by exploring the experiences of others who have gone through similar challenges and found practical ways to work smarter. Now more than ever we need to make sure we’re not double-handling tasks and information, or spending time solving problems that somebody else has already found a solution to.

With this in mind, allow us to suggest three books that might illuminate and inspire – all are hugely relevant to veterinary practice, helping team and individuals find better ways of working.


  1. “Thinking, fast and slow”, Daniel Kahneman

    The Nobel Prize winning author explores how our minds can be inadvertently subject to error and prejudice, even when we think we are being rational and considered. Looking at examples from across society, he shares practical techniques to help you practise critical thinking by slowing down responses – taking time, to save time. We’ve found it to be incredibly helpful when making decisions both large and small.

  2. “Nudge: Improving decisions about health, wealth and happiness”, Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein

    The premise of this great book is that in the everyday choices we make, we often act poorly, based on bias. No decision is ever presented to us in a neutral way, and so in order to make the ‘right’ choice we need to understand how people think. Using lots of amusing and insightful examples, the book shows how we can all be nudged in the right direction, without restricting our choices or freedoms.

  3. “Start with why: how great leaders inspire everyone to take action”, Simon Sinek

    Based on one of the most-watched TED talks, this fascinating book explores how successful leaders and innovators all started by concentrating on why they were doing things, not on the details of what they were doing. Essential reading for all managers and team leaders, helping you understand how to inspire others to come along with you when change is needed, and empower them to take responsibility.


This isn’t an exhaustive list, by any means, and if you’d like more recommendations from Alison’s own little private book club, then please do ask! Similarly, if there are books that you’ve found helpful, then let us know too.

And once you’ve finished reading, if you’d like more information on the practical support and training that Onswitch can offer, don’t forget to check out our website, where you’ll find a webchat option to chat through your specific needs with an experienced member of our team.

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