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Your spring clean bookshelf – pt 1

All, Your Bookshelf


1. Metamorphosis: How and Why We Change by Polly Morland

Most of us would like to change something about ourselves, although all too often we feel that we can’t. Yet as this book shows, change is not an event – it is a process at which we are more skilled than we realise, a story we are already good at telling.

What makes a violinist become a policeman, or a monk fall in love? How does someone lose eighteen stone in as many months, or when can simply taking a new name usher in a new life? These and other stories combine with a wealth of smart thinking from psychology, philosophy, literature and science to explore how true stories of ordinary and extraordinary transformation can help us to live better, happier lives.

Exploring how some people harness the change that governs all our lives and then succeed in shaping it, like master storytellers, toward the happy ending of their choosing, Polly Morland unravels the mysteries and the mechanisms of human change showing that change is possible for us all. Appealing to that part of anyone that is stuck in a rut, Metamorphosis is about how and why real people change, and how the imagination can become the engine of our transformation too.

2. The Book of You: Daily Micro Actions for a Happier, Healthier You by Nora Rosendahl, Nelli Lähteenmäki and Aleksi Hoffman

Be happier, healthier, and more fulfilled by spending a minute each day with The Book of YOU! Life is not about how many steps you walk, how many calories you eat or your place on the leaderboard. Life is about feelings, moments, shared experiences; enjoying every victory, celebrating balance and showing vulnerability.

Change can be hard and rarely happens overnight. The aim of this book is to empower you to make change happen with 365 micro-actions, one for each day of the year, divided into four areas: LOVE, MIND, FOOD and MOVE. Complete just one micro-action each day and it will help you live a happier, more fulfilled life.

3. The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything by Ken Robinson

This is a groundbreaking international bestseller that will help you fulfil your true potential! The Element is the point at which natural talent meets personal passion. In this hugely influential book, world-renowned creativity expert Ken Robinson considers the child bored in class, the disillusioned employee and those of us who feel frustrated but can’t quite explain why – and shows how we all need to reach our Element.

Through the stories of people like Vidal Sassoon, Arianna Huffington and Matt Groening, who have recognised their unique talents and made a successful living doing what they love, Robinson explains how every one of us can find ourselves in our Element, and achieve everything we’re capable of. With a wry sense of humour, Ken Robinson shows the urgent need to enhance creativity and innovation by thinking differently about ourselves. Above all, he inspires us to reconnect with our true self – it could just change everything.

4. Leading Well from Within: A Neuroscience and Mindfulness-Based Framework for Conscious Leadership by Dr. Daniel Friedland

Are you a high-performing executive, entrepreneur or professional secretly overwhelmed by stress or burnout? Are you seeking inspiration, purpose, and meaning in your life? Are you looking to gain an edge in your leadership performance?

The solution is not just trying harder, or even trying to eliminate all the stress in your life. It’s increasing your awareness and inner resources – including leveraging stress as an asset – to achieve the outcomes that matter most. In other words, it’s to become a Conscious Leader.

Dr. Daniel Friedland shares the compelling evidence and neuroscience behind what makes Conscious Leadership so effective and how you can cultivate it through the practice of mindfulness. Then, building on this solid foundation, you’ll discover the 4 in 4 Framework™ – a proven, four-step process to help you: experience greater control and composure under stress, transform stress into an energy source to meet your greatest challenges, focus your energy and attention to experience more vitality and greater success and significance at work and at home, catalyse your growth as a leader and cultivate a more conscious, actively engaged, and high-performing culture.

Packed with real-life stories, tools, and practices, Leading Well from Within is your complete guidebook to flourishing in your life and multiplying your positive impact in your business, organisation, family, community, and the world!

5. The Multi-Hyphen Method: Work Less, Create More and Design A Career That Works for You by Emma Gannon

The world of work is changing – so how do you keep up? You have the ability to make money on your own terms, when and where you want – but where do you start? If you’ve been itching to convert your craft into a career, or your side-hustle into a start up, then The Multi-Hyphen Method is for you.

Award-winning blogger – social media editor – podcast creator, Emma Gannon, teaches that it doesn’t matter if you’re a part-time PA with a blog, or a nurse who runs an online store in the evenings – whatever your ratio, whatever your mixture, we can all channel our own entrepreneurial spirit to live more fulfilled and financially healthy lives.

The internet and our phones mean we can work wherever, whenever and allows us to design our own working lives. Forget the outdated stigma of being a jack of all trades, because having many strings to your bow is essential to get ahead in the modern working world. We all have the skills necessary to work less and create more, and The Multi-Hyphen Method is the source of inspiration you need to help you navigate your way towards your own definition of success.