For me the last week or so has been about slowing life down to the sort of pace that really allows one to reflect on time gone by and plan for the next year, something that most of us do to varying degrees each year. This first post of a small series is a little bit of a cheat as this year I have managed to read a fair bit, mainly on trains and planes, but also try to do so for a little bit ahead of going to sleep each night.
Those that know me will already know that I truly believe certain books appear just at the write time or call to you just when you need them. To that end, I'd like to share with you what I'm reading during this period and why.
1. The MBA Day by Day by Chris Dalton - this is the 2nd iteration of 'The Everyday MBA' by one of my old business school professors. Even if I pack books when travelling, there's something about having a look at airport book stores that may yield a gem. For me this is a slow read, but also a reference one. So far, its taken me right back to some of my learnings during that period, but with refreshed content also speaking to me in terms of where I am now both in a corporate capacity and as a leader.
2. Be Free where you are by Thich Nhat Hanh - This book was in my brother's apartment and he suggested I may like to read it. He's a psychiatrist and it was given to all delegates of a conference he attended a few years ago. A short, succinct read that I read in a morning and could revisit in the future with some core mindfulness leanings that one can put into practice should they choose immediately.
3. Pre-suasion by Robert Cialdini - This book was suggested by a relatively new team member who joined the company I work for last year. As a result, it was purchased and gifted by the MD to the entire sales team. I've since moved teams and asked if I could borrow a copy for my holiday read. At the time of writing, I'd started it, however suspect it will be a slow read and one I can continue whilst travelling and back on the road.
4. Made to Stick by Chip and Dan Heath - a book I vaguely recall reading whilst writing my final project at business school. As with point 1, the content has been updated however re-reading this now has reminded me a few gems whilst learning new ones. As with point 2, my brother left it on the table for me as he thought it may be my cup of tea. It was gifted to him by a friend of his and he hasn't gotten around to reading it yet.
5. How to work like a CAT by Karen Wormald - my brother is a self-confessed cat lover and over the last week, I've been spending time with his cat. I'm pretty sure I even bought him this book but don't remember! I've read it before and a nice easy read that can be finished over a cup of coffee. A funny little book to use some cat characteristic to navigate organisations!
So those are my 5 main reads at the minute. I'll update above accordingly. What books are speaking to you at the moment?