Books you must read

BOOKS THAT HELP YOU THINK DIFFERENTLY AND GROW

MINDSET

The wonderful book by Carol Dweck that proposes there are two categories of individuals— those that have a fixed mindset and those that have a growth mindset. A fixed mindset is, as it implies, that that the individual has a “fixed” view of their ability, intellect or prowess. The growth mindset believes that there is always the ability to develop and grow.

Why you should read it:

This book has huge implications for how we lead, teach, coach and parent. There is literally some wisdom in it for everyone. If you’re interested in how what you say impacts on others and how to get the best out of people, read this book.

DARING GREATLY

Every day we experience the uncertainty, risk and emotional exposure that define what it means to be vulnerable or to dare greatly. Based on 12 years of research, Dr Brene Brown dispels the cultural myth that vulnerability is weakness and argues that it is, in truth, our most accurate measure of courage.

Why you should read it:

This is one of my favourite books of all time. Why? It applies to every one of us. And again, it can be applied in a workplace setting, family or relationship setting. Brene Brown talks about why being vulnerable ultimately enables you to grow.

“It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly… who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and how at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.”
Theodore Roosevelt

LEARNED OPTIMISM

Known as the father of the new science of Positive Psychology, Martin Seligman draws on more than twenty years of clinical research to demonstrate how optimism enhances the quality of life and how anyone can decide to practice it. Offering many simple techniques, Dr Seligman explains how to break an “I give up” habit, develop a more constructive explanatory style for interpreting your behavior, and experience the benefits of a more positive interior dialogue.

Why you should read it:

The good news is that optimism can be learnt. This book provides great techniques for reframing your internal dialogue.

THE THIRD SPACE

The Third Space is that moment of transition between one role or task to the next role or task.
Daily we undertake dozens of different roles and tasks. Dr Adam’s research and the research he partnered with Deakin University on, showed that what we do in this transitional gap (The Third Space) has a huge impact on our happiness, performance and balance. The research also showed that all too often we carry the mindset and emotional state from one activity to the next – leading to negative and occasionally disastrous consequences

Why you should read it:

This book provides simple, practical techniques that enable you to move from one situation to the next. This can be anything from not bringing home the days’ stress to your family, or moving on from a particularly bad experience and not allowing that to influence all future experiences. It is a simple read, with great examples and stories, and a book that I return to over and over again.

TIME TO THINK

In Time to Think, Nancy Kline asserts that as change proliferates in our lives and organisations, we must prize each other’s minds above all else. We must learn how to help people to think for themselves. In this book, she describes how we can achieve this and presents a step by step guide that can be used in any situation.

Why you should read it:

This book is all about listening.. And how much you can learn and grow by listening. Such a simple approach, but so powerful when it is implemented.

MARCUS BUCKINGHAM BOOKS

Marcus Buckingham has written a number of books. First, Break all the Rules and Now, Discover your Strengths are books that help you identify what the great managers do, and what you can do with who you are, and what your strengths are.

SPEED OF TRUST

Stephen M. R Covey’s book uncovers the overlooked and underestimated power of trust in a page-turning look into what he calls “the one thing that changes everything.” A ground breaking book that challenges the age old assumption that trust is merely a soft, social virtue and instead demonstrates that trust is a hard-edged, economic driver — a learnable and measurable skill that makes organisations more profitable and relationships more energising.

DIFFERENCE (REIMAGINE AND REINVENT YOUR BUSINESS)

Bernadette Jiwa write about marketing and story telling, but in a way that is applicable to pretty much every business situation and function. Difference has some really useful models that help you reimagine and reinvent your business.

DE BONO - SIX THINKING HATS (DIFFERENT WAYS TO LOOK AT AN ISSUE)

This is one of my favourite books on change. What makes it work is it’s extremely simple model (although rigorously researched) that can be applied to pretty much any change. The Heath brothers have also written Decisive and Made to Stick.

SWITCH (INTRODUCE CHANGE)

This method is a wonderful way of looking at different aspects of an issue, problem or proposal. It is great for teams that get stuck in a particular mindset, or a particular way of thinking.

GETTING TO YES (NEGOTIATION)

This book is an absolute classic for good reason. This book cuts through the jargon to present a few easily remembered principles that will guide you to access, no matter what the other side does or whatever dirty tricks they resort to.

FIVE DYSFUNCTIONS OF A TEAM (TEAMWORK)

Patrick Lencioni’s classic on teamwork is a simple, quick read that provides a classic overview of what makes for a strong team. Patrick has also written The Advantage, another great read on organisational health.

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