PF Book Club
At PF, continuous learning is extremely close to our hearts. As Adam Grant says, “Leaders who don’t have time to read are leaders who don’t make time to learn. Leadership development depends not on your level of knowledge, but on your level of motivation to keep expanding your knowledge.” As we journey into the future with an expansive mindset, we enjoy sharing the inspiration we find in the travels of others. Discover and dream with us each month as we share our #pfbookclub recommendations.
Four Thousand Weeks by Oliver Burkeman
The start of a new year is always filled with plans to best manage our time – yet there never seems to be enough of it! In fact, assuming we live to be eighty, the average human lifespan is just over four thousand weeks. So, this month, we are rejecting the futile modern fixation on “getting everything done”, furthering our commitment to great transformation starting with self, and leaning into the entertaining, humourous, practical, and ultimately profound guide to time that is Oliver Burkeman’s Four Thousand Weeks.
Drawing on the insights of both ancient and contemporary philosophers, psychologists, and spiritual teachers, this must-read reveals why modern society’s “life hacks” and time management tips often prove futile in practice, and suggests that what is required instead is a fundamental shift in how we view time itself which embraces our limitations and empowers us to focus on what truly matters.
With much to contemplate, challenge, and amuse, the reader will surface with a new vantage point to observe (and ideally let go of) addictions to incessant productivity, impatience, worry, attention, distraction, and procrastination.
Deeply inspired, we will be sharing some of our own insights around life, productivity, efficiency, and success in the coming months. Watch this space! ✨
Generation Dread by Britt Wray
The Power of Servant Leadership by Robert Greenleaf
This month we are leaning into The Power of Servant Leadership by Robert Greenleaf, stimulated and inspired by the wisdom, rather than the formulas, to be found in his collection of essays, and supportive of the move towards a practice of a more caring, serving kind of leadership.
Deeply profound, it contains the best of his insights around:
- The nature and practice of servant-leadership
- The continual refinement of the servant-as-leader concept
- Related issues of spirit, commitment to vision, and wholeness.
Leaders will surface from the pages motivated to put serving others, including employees, customers, and community, first; more deeply understanding the cultural transformation taking place around us.
Read the book here 🔍 https://booktopia.kh4ffx.net/kjrX9L
How Creativity Rules The World by Maria Brito
This month we are inspired by How Creativity Rules the World by Maria Brito; deeply supportive of its revelation that anyone can cultivate the habits, actions, and attitudes that inspire creativity and foster innovation.
A powerful playbook that guides you to strike gold with ideas, it explores how to:
✔️Overcome limiting thoughts and dispel myths about creativity
✔️Understand creativity through concrete data, historical passages, and examples of modern entrepreneurship
✔️Develop timeless habits, principles, and tools that worked six centuries ago and continue to work today
✔️Employ creativity in an everyday context to produce extraordinary results
Learn how to make creativity work for your career here 📖 https://lnkd.in/gx2rJVsP
Scaling Up Excellence by Robert Sutton and Huggy Rao
This month we are leaning into Scaling Up Excellence by Robert Sutton and Huggy Rao and the vivid examples, deep research, and practical advice it provides on one of the toughest challenges leaders confront: how to spread success from a few small pockets of an organisation to its entire fabric.
A powerful playbook that belongs on the desk of every scaling supporter, it:
- Identifies the key scaling challenges that confront every organisation;
- Tackles the difficult trade-offs that must be made between tailoring and replicating;
- Reveals how to develop, spread, and instill the right mindsets;
- Shares ways to eliminate destructive beliefs and behaviours; and
- Unpacks the principles to cascade excellence through ecosystems.
Read the book here 📖 https://booktopia.kh4ffx.net/2rzWqA
The Body Keeps the Score by Dr Bessel van der Kolk
This month we are transforming our understanding of trauma and being offered a bold new paradigm for healing via Dr Bessel van der Kolk’s The Body Keeps The Score. One of the world’s foremost experts on trauma, Dr van der Kolk leverages both his 30 years of experience and recent scientific advances to reveal how trauma literally reshapes both body and brain, compromising sufferers’ capacities for pleasure, engagement, self-control, and trust. This must-read exposes the tremendous power of our relationships both to hurt and to heal–and offers new hope for reclaiming lives.
Discover more here 🔍 https://lnkd.in/dqR_nmJE
Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialised World by David Epstein
This month we are reading David Epstein’s Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialised World – a book that challenges the ‘mastery myth’ which has come to dominate our understanding of careers and excellence. Looking at some of the world’s top performers in a range of different arenas, Epstein makes the argument that generalists, rather than highly niched professionals, are more successful in the long run due to increased creativity, agility, and problem-solving capabilities.
Strategic thinking requires us to be generalists: to be able to recombine ideas from different spaces, to have a curiosity about the world and to think through the power of analogy. While specialisation can grow our competitive advantage, it is not enough at the higher levels to create transformative results. And in a market where data science and artificial intelligence is increasingly providing all the specialist answers we might need, it is the ability to think more broadly which really counts.
It’s time to start thinking about your range, and how it can enlarge your strategic possibilities.
Discover more here 🔍 https://lnkd.in/dsxGmBHQ
Together by Vivek H. Murthy
This edition of #pfbookclub sees us shining a light on loneliness, health, and what happens when we find connection in Vivek H. Murthy’s Together.
When he accepted the role of Surgeon General under Obama, Vivek Murthy did so during an age steeped in disconnection, discovering a health crisis that connects the sick and the seemingly well: loneliness. So how can we treat it, and what does it mean to live in this lonely age? This book traces Murthy’s journey to find the answers, examining:
- global proportions of this epidemic;
- root causes and effects;
- social support groups;
- mentoring circles;
- community efforts; and
- lessons for combating loneliness in our own lives.
Part medical exploration, part social toolkit, Together shows how we can collectively learn to let go of our loneliness so we can let come our connectedness.
Discover more here 🔍 booktopia.kh4ffx.net/MXVVJY
Belonging by Owen Eastwood
“Whakapapa” is a Maori idea which embodies our universal human need to belong. It represents a powerful spiritual belief – that each of us is part of an unbroken and unbreakable chain of people who share a sacred identity. Drawing on his own Maori ancestry, Owen places this concept at the core of his methods to maximise a team’s performance. Shining a light on where these powerful ideas are applied around the world in high-performing settings encompassing sport, business, the arts, and military, aspects of Owen’s unique approach include:
✔️ finding your identity story;
✔️ defining a shared purpose;
✔️ visioning future success;
✔️ sharing ownership with others;
✔️ understanding the ‘silent dance’ that plays out in groups;
✔️ setting the conditions to unleash talent; and
✔️ converting our diversity into a competitive advantage.
Discover more here🔍 http://booktopia.kh4ffx.net/Kev3mN
Better Allies by Karen Catlin
Calling all allies! This month we are discovering everyday actions we can all take to create more inclusive, engaging workplaces via Better Allies by Karen Catlin.
Demystifying allyship in an actionable, approachable, and blame-free way, the reader is equipped with straightforward advice around:
✅Attracting and hiring a diverse workforce;
✅Cultivating a welcome, respectful and supportive environment;
✅Amplifying and advocating for others;
✅Giving effective and equitable performance feedback;
✅Using more inclusive language; and
✅Running inclusive conferences and events.
Serving as both invitation and roadmap, Better Allies will surely inspire every person and organisation to use their ally superpowers to create a culture where everyone can do their best work and thrive. ✨
Discover more here 🔍https://booktopia.kh4ffx.net/QOG7OY
The Data Imperative by Henri Schildt
Offering an integrative and balanced account of ongoing changes in our modern world, Schildt explores how artificial intelligence, algorithms and other data-driven pursuits are shaping the future of work for everyone – from executives and professionals through to frontline workers.
You will walk away equipped with a broad framework for understanding digitalisation not as a technological change, but as a new normative mindset. 💻💡
Discover more here 🔍booktopia.kh4ffx.net/Zdmo1z
Atlas of the Heart by Brené Brown
This month, as we explore regeneration and reconnect with ourselves and each other, we are lovingly leaning into Atlas of the Heart by Brené Brown. Examining the 87 emotions and experiences that define what it means to be human, it is a must-read for anyone yearning to become more emotionally fluent and connected in this life.
Jam-packed with Brené’s extensive research and her extraordinary skills as a storyteller, you will walk away empowered to share and steward your most personal stories – armed with the foresight that accurately naming an experience doesn’t give the experience more power, it gives us the power of understanding, meaning and choice.
Start mapping with an adventurous heart here 🗺️💕
Discover more here 🔍http://booktopia.kh4ffx.net/MXk1R2
The Kindness Code by Magnus Wood
This month we’re diving into The Kindness Code: Seven Keys to Unlocking the Power of Kindness at Work by Magnus Wood. It is a must-read for anyone yearning for more kindness in their professional ecosystems.
Jam-packed with recent research, the reader is taken by the hand and led through seven highly practical ways to begin practicing kindness immediately and influence the environment around them.
Full of compelling advice no matter where you are on the career ladder, you will walk away fuelled with science-based information, insights, and practical tips to instantly ignite kindness within your organisation.
Discover more here 🔍
Leadership is Language by L. David Marquet
This month we’re reading Leadership is Language: The Hidden Power of What You Say and What You Don’t by L. David Marquet. It reveals how leaders can bring out the best in their teams through better communication.
You’ll gain a refreshing and actionable framework to help empower your teams to:
✔ take responsibility; and
✔ address challenges without waiting to be told what to do.
Full of compelling advice, this book highlights how small changes in language can lead to dramatic changes in a team’s success and happiness
Discover more here 🔍
Agile Leadership for Turbulent Times by Sharon Oliver, Frederick Hoelscher and Colin Williams
This month we’re reading Agile Leadership for Turbulent Times by Sharon Olivier, Frederick Hoelscher and Colin Williams. It reveals how to become a more agile leader through understanding and integrating your three key intelligences – ego, eco and intuition.
You’ll gain a deeper understanding of:
✔Your unique leadership blend through diagnostic inventory;
✔Your strengths and interferences;
✔Developing your ability to use the three intelligences to expand your leadership repertoire; and
✔Enabling teams to be more flexible, responsive and autonomous.
Thought-provoking and engaging, if you are curious about the role and purpose of leadership in a turbulent world then regardless of your sector or seniority, this one’s for you!
Discover more here 🔍