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Clueless: coaching people who just don’t get it Mashiri & Nowack; Envisia Learning (2nd ed); 2013

Okay: so the title really drew me to this book; it’s eye-catching and challenging, and I went for it! Actually, there’s another reason: I’m keen to improve my own coaching practice and am a sponge for new approaches and ideas that will help me to provide even better service to clients. About the title, more later!

I’m really pleased that I picked this book up. It is easy to navigate, has a very readable style and – unquestionably – has lasting value. Organised in 4 parts, the reader is led through a simple coaching framework devised and practised by the authors: the framework appears, helpfully, on page 1, and it contains three elements – Enlighten, Encourage and Enable – which are succinctly summarised in the first 7 pages. Thereafter, by way of further introduction, coaching in the context of behavioural change is explained.

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Book review: The Joy of work: Bruce Daisley (Penguin-Random House; 2020)

The Joy of Work

 

The author of this new and very readable book has a career history that includes senior roles at Google / You Tube and Twitter in EMEA. The premise of this book is simple: we can make work far more accessible and rewarding by adopting a number of simple and easily-implemented techniques.

Which is great and begs the question: if they are so easy, why are all organisations not adopting them, wholesale? After all, making work accessible and rewarding is the holy grail in organisational development and employee engagement circles. There may be many answers to this, but the obvious one is linked to 2 things – corporate culture and the absence of a willingness to try and stick with simple organisational approaches that focus more on individual and team productivity and less on traditional processes.

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Designing the Purposeful World: Clive Wilson, Routledge; 2018

Designing the Purposeful World

I have to declare an interest in this book upfront: the author is a colleague of mine. I’ll leave it for you to decide whether this strengthens or weakens the review you’re about to read!

Wilson’s second book focusses on a topic that is clearly a passion for him: how can we all unite to make the world a better place to be? This may sound rather esoteric, but the thesis is grounded in a number of pretty straightforward and sincere approaches that are quickly developed in the book. For example, Wilson introduces the book with an assertion that all of his audiences – whether they be young or old, professional or blue-collar and European, American or of another culture – have arrived at the same conclusions about how they see the future of the world. And these conclusions are remarkably similar to those of the United Nations with their sustainable development goals (see more about the SDG here - www.sustainabledevelopment.un.org).

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Good People: Anthony Tjan (Portfolio Penguin; 2017)

Good People The Only Leadership Decision That Really Matters

Let’s be clear: the author is a Successful Guy. Harvard MBA, serial entrepreneur and start-up investor; and, winning author and HBR contributor. I just want you to know this, in case you do not get around to reading the book: Anthony – or, Tony, as he refers to himself – would want you know this.

Now that I’ve got that out of the way, let me reassure you that my tongue-in-cheek, ironic opening to this review should not put you off browsing this thought-provoking paperback. It is readable, has a flow, combines assertion with example and provides regular reinforcement from eminent supporting sources. Tjan asserts on the book’s cover that the only leadership decision that really matters is good people; something which is hard to disagree with. It charts the lessons learned by Tjan during his 22-odd years in business, with almost 100 interviews conducted to dig deeper into what ‘good people’ constitutes and how goodness can be defined, identified and developed.

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Brain-savvy Woman: a two-in-one guide to the neuroscience that can help your career: Jan Hills and Francesca Hills (Head, Heart + Brain; 2017)

Brain savvy Woman a two in one guide to the neuroscience that can help your career

The first thing immediately apparent about this book is that it is in fact two books; confusing, huh?! The mother-daughter authoring duo has given us a 700-page bonanza packed full of insight, information and intention. Essentially, both books are about the neuroscience and nature of gender bias in business – one focusses single-mindedly on this whilst the other looks at the survival and thriving strategies that both men and women can employ to create a more fulfilling career for themselves.

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