This has been a weird run-up to the summer break. Although diaries are finally starting to clear and the ‘out-of-office’ messages are starting to multiply as people disappear for their holiday breaks, we can’t say that we didn’t notice the change in the season this year. The weather is astonishing and is making people run for cover. What a great excuse to sit down and do nothing much.
I’ve always looked forward to this time of year as a great space to recharge my internal batteries. If you are lucky enough to be taking a break or even for those of us still at work, this is a real opportunity to find a bit of shade, slow down a bit and catch up on some thinking time and then carve out some equally precious reading time.
As the saying goes, ‘so many books – so little time’. So, what to read? Well, it is summer after all and you probably want to start with something relaxing, perhaps that fabulous novel you were given at Christmas which has been sitting waiting for your attention? But after that, perhaps something relevant for work or enhancing your own skills?
Having difficulties with change at work? Try ‘Our Iceberg is Melting’ by John Kotter or ‘Who Moved my Cheese’ by Dr Spencer Johnson.
Having trouble getting stuff done? Try ’18 Minutes’ by Peter Bregman
Want to make sure that everyone gets it right first time? You must read ‘The Checklist’ by Atul Gawande. In fact, I think everyone should read this book ….
Or perhaps ask a colleague or line manager which book they would recommend. It could start a great discussion.
I hope your recharging will be most enjoyable and get you ready for what’s next. Happy reading!
If your reading list is too short then I’d love to help you so do give me a call.