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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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My 10 strategies for integrative coaching: Vincent Lenhardt, Palgrave-MacMillan; 2017)

My 10 Strategies for Integrative Coaching Co constructing the Journey from Freedom to Responsibility

Lenhardt’s book, translated from his native French by Guy Bullen, is an intense and involving read which requires time and commitment from the reader. I suggest that, although the author commends his work both to “seasoned coaches and those starting on the coaching journey”, this is not for those without a strong desire to delve deeply into the art and science of the subject.

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Social. Why our brains are wired to connect: Matthew D. Lieberman (OUP, 2015)

Social Why our brains are wired to connect

Okay: so this is a serious and challenging book. You need to know that right from the start. Written by UCLA Professor, Lieberman, who heads the social cognitive neuroscience laboratory, it is a journey into the exploration of our social-cognitive processes. His premise is that some parts of our social mind can be traced back to the earliest mammals whereas other parts have evolved fairly recently and may be a fundamental part of what makes humans distinct from other species. It is replete with the results of experiments conducted by the author, his colleagues and many others in the neuroscience, psychology and sociology world; and, it charts the rich use of technology and neuroscience to nourish our understanding of ourselves and others.

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Leadership Results: Sebastian Salicru (Wiley, 2017)

Leadership Results How to create adaptive leaders and high performing organisations for an uncertain world

 

Having had some previous contact with the author, Sebastian Salicru, I was delighted to be given early sight of his new leadership book, which is sub-titled “how to create adaptive leaders and high-performing organisations for an uncertain world”. He is, after all, a highly-experienced business practitioner and thought leader. He acknowledges the significant importance of effective leadership at a time of uncertainty and turbulence for people in organisations and in positions of authority. This book offers a good explanation of this and a number of personal strategies for adapting to the new reality. For some, it may be a slightly uncomfortable read: for many, it will be enlightening and thought-provoking.

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