Some thought provoking books

I’ve read some excellent books recently and thought it might be fun to share a few that have caused me to think differently about work, life and the early talent market over the last couple of years.

  • Presence by Amy Cuddy. Following her excellent TED Talk which explores how body language influences the way we behave, this book goes into much greater depth about how to achieve “presence” to help you perform at your best.  A great read for anyone interested in imposter syndrome, how to conquer nerves, and how to benefit from a more positive mind set in your day-to-day life.
  • Made To Stick by Chip and Dan Heath. Still my favourite book on the power of marketing messages and how to make sure they resonate with your audience.  The book is based on the concept of SUCCES: build your messages using Simple, Unexpected, Concrete, Credible, Emotional Stories.  I’ve used this method with some of my clients to create propositions that catch students’ attention in the mad world of Welcome Week on campus.
  • Moneyball by Michael Lewis. I don’t know anything about baseball but this very approachable book resonated because of the central theme about making deductions based on measuring the criteria that actually matter.  I spent a lot of time trying to do this at City University to understand whether the services we offered were actually helping our students.
  • Mindfulness: A practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world by Mark Williams and Danny Penman. I first read this five years ago but a recent Mindfulness Retreat with Tessa McEwan made me pick it up again.  I’m trying to break my habit of “always being elsewhere” – thinking ahead or trying to do two things at once.  This book is full of great ideas that are helping me to do just that.

And finally, for an interesting read about where the human race might be heading, Sapiens and Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari completely blew my mind.  Thought provoking, amusing and terrifying in equal measures.

So, what’s on your bookshelf (or in your Kindle) at the moment?

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