Recommended Reading

Mindfulness

A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled & Sane New World: Taming The Mind – Ruby Wax

Ruby’s latest books are earning great reviews as she guides you through the stresses of modern life with her characteristic wit.  She shares her journey to mindfulness and brings with it a method to a happier, healthier life.

Change
Who Moved my Cheese? – Dr Spencer Johnson
This is a very accessible book which is really quick to read but tells a very fundamental story about how to deal with change. That is, if you don’t move with change you will get left behind. Everything changes and we have to cope with that change if we are to thrive.

If change is tough for you this book is a must. I personally struggle with change, but over time (and with effort) I have learned to manage my reactions and make change as comfortable as I can.

This is a fun and quirky book but the messages are profound.

Assertiveness
Assertiveness at Work – Ken and Kate Back

I refer to this book often, and it is the basis of an assertiveness training course that I run. This is a great book written by a British couple who really understand what assertive behaviour looks, sounds and feels like. There are lots of practical exercises which you can dip in and out of.

I would highly recommend this book if you are struggling to assert yourself at work or in your personal life.

Managing Money
The Richest Man in Babylon – George S Clason

This American author educates us about the way to improve our personal finances, with ethical underpinning principles. The book is written as a parable and uses metaphors to tell the story.

I found this book really charming and it helped me to focus my attention on all aspects of financial prudence.

Personal Effectiveness
Seven Habits of Highly Effective People – Steven Covey

This book has sold over 15 million copies – need I say any more! This book can be picked up and but down easily as each of the 7 habits are discrete and self contained. The beauty of this book is that it can be applied to any role, organization, culture or situation.

The Chimp Paradox, by Dr Steve Peters.

It explains that emotional/logical brain so simply, and has some great tips to help manage our ‘state’. The author supported the British cycling team during the 2012 Olympics and Sir Chris Hoy writes a personal testimonial for this book.

Action
Do it or Ditch it – Bev James

This is a special book for me because the author is a local woman who I have known for over 20 years, who has been a tremendous inspiration to me.

Notwithstanding my personal connection, I found this book really interesting because from the very start the author shares her stories. The really great thing about this book is that it is separated into 2 parts. Part I gives you all the strategies and techniques, whilst Part II gives you the chance apply them to your life. This is a live and dynamic book which gives anyone with an ‘idea’ the chance to re-group, reflect and refresh.

Time Management
Eat that Frog – Brian Tracy

Brian Tracy is a remarkable man, now well into his senior life. He is still writing many books, speaking publicly and running businesses. He has some very clear and sound advice about our relationship with time, our poor habits and what makes the difference between success and failure.

I will leave you to discover the significance of the ‘frog’ and hope you enjoy this accessible and easy to read book.

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