Book Reviews

5 books every leader should read in 2018

With a New Year just around the corner, you’ve no doubt started giving thought to your goals for 2018. As a leader, chances are you’ll meet with your team for annual planning to chart the course of your company’s growth for the next year, to prepare for new growth, and to plan for any challenges you foresee. But leadership happens outside of the workplace as well, and the most successful leaders understand that you never stop sharpening your skills or increasing your knowledge.

Personal development, especially in the area of leadership, is a task all leaders should regularly pursue, so […]

7 books to help you become a better leader

The most successful leaders know that you never stop learning. They’re continuously building upon their skills and they’re regularly expanding their knowledge base.

If you’re an avid reader who enjoys adding to your toolbox, here’s a list of 7 incredible books that will help you become a better leader. You can click the cover image for any book in order to read more about it.

 

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action

by Simon Sinek

“Sinek starts with a fundamental question: Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do […]

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Sharpen the Saw

Today, we’re completing our series on The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

There’s a reason why Stephen Covey’s global sensation has been a bestseller for decades. The information found within the pages of this book truly has the power to change your life both in the personal and professional spheres.

My hope is that your journey through this 7-part series has been informative, educational, and enlightening. I hope also that you’ve been able to implement the strategies from each installment with amazing results.

Before we continue, let’s take a quick look at the ground we’ve covered so far. In case you’ve […]

By |March 6th, 2017|Book Reviews, Coaching, Development, Leadership, Motivation, Positivity, Potential, Productivity, Relationship Building, Research, Resilience, Social Support, Values and Behaviours|Comments Off on The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Sharpen the Saw

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Synergise

Today, we’re continuing our series on The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. I hope this series has proved to be informative and enlightening, and that you’ve been able to implement the strategies from each installment into your personal and professional life with amazing results. We only have two more habits to talk about, but before we dive into that, let’s look at the ground we’ve already covered.

Here are the topics we’ve discussed thus far:

In Part 1 ,we discussed the importance of taking initiative and being proactive in life.

In Part 2, we discussed how getting clear on your values will help you live […]

By |February 21st, 2017|Adaptive Teams, Book Reviews, Coaching, Communication, Community, Development, Leadership, Positivity, Potential, Productivity, Teamwork|Comments Off on The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Synergise

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Seek First to Understand

Today, we’re continuing our series on The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

 

If you’ve missed any of the previous installments, you can access them below:

In Part 1 ,we discussed the importance of taking initiative and being proactive in life.

In Part 2, we discussed how getting clear on your values will help you live a more meaningful and satisfying life.

In Part 3, we covered the necessity behind time management and effectively setting goals.

In Part 4, we talked about the notion of thinking ‘win-win’ to build your character and create better relationships.

 

So let’s now discuss Habit #5 in Covey’s bestselling book: seek first to […]

By |February 9th, 2017|Book Reviews, Coaching, Communication, Development, Leadership, Mastery, Mindfulness, Potential, Productivity, Relationship Building|Comments Off on The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Seek First to Understand

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Put First Things First

Welcome to the third installment in our series about The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

If you missed the first installment, you can read it here. In it, we discuss the first habit in Stephen Covey’s bestselling book: being proactive. Being proactive is all about taking a self-starter’s response to life’s challenges. In other words, you take the initiative. Instead of waiting for opportunities to come to you, you step forward and create your own opportunities. The result? A powerful paradigm shift that allows you to see how much you truly have influence over in your life.

The second installment, […]

By |January 11th, 2017|Book Reviews, Development, Emotional Intelligence, Leadership, Mastery, Motivation, Positivity, Productivity, Purpose, Values and Behaviours|Comments Off on The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Put First Things First

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Begin with the End in Mind

Welcome to the second installment in our new series about The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

If you missed the first installment, you can read it here. In it, we discuss the first habit in Stephen Covey’s bestselling book, and that is the habit of being proactive. This is all about your response to life’s challenges.

Are you passive when trials surface, letting things happen to you and believing there’s nothing you can do to change your situation? Or are you a self-starter, taking the initiative because you understand that there’s plenty you can control and influence, and so you […]

By |December 22nd, 2016|Book Reviews, Coaching, Development, Leadership, Mindfulness, Positivity, Potential, Productivity, Purpose, Values and Behaviours|Comments Off on The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Begin with the End in Mind

Building a robust, productive team

Lately on the blog, we’ve been diving into the book Die Empty by Todd Henry. Todd Henry is the founder of Accidental Creative, a company that helps creative people and teams be prolific, brilliant and healthy. If you’re an organisation that’s looking to leverage the talents of your team members and get them more engaged with a bigger picture so that these same individuals can produce their best work, the book is a must-read. It will help you understand how you can bring out the fullest potential in the people you lead. Of particular note are the three types […]

Helping Your Team Become Better Planners

Last time on the blog, we began a discussion on some principles featured in the book Die Empty by Todd Henry. Leaders especially will thrive as a result of absorbing the material that Henry presents, particularly where it concerns bringing out the fullest potential in the people you lead. That’s because in Die Empty, Henry describes three types of work that are needed to work at your fullest capability:

 

Mapping: “planning your work. It is when you strategize, conceive, think, plan, and plot your course of action. It’s the “work before the work” that helps you stay aligned.”

Making: “actually doing […]

By |May 14th, 2015|Book Reviews, Coaching, Communication, Development, Employee Engagement, Leadership, Motivation, Organisational Culture, Potential, Purpose|Comments Off on Helping Your Team Become Better Planners

How To Reach Your Full Potential

“Each day that we postpone difficult tasks and succumb to the clutter that chokes creativity, discipline, and innovation results in a net deficit to the world, our organizations, and ourselves. Die Empty is a tool for people who aren’t willing to put off their most important work for another day. Todd Henry explains the forces that keep us in stagnation, and introduces a process for instilling consistent practices into your life that will keep you on a true and steady course. Henry shows how to cultivate the mindset and the methods you need to sustain your enthusiasm, push through […]