Imagine how relaxed you'll be!

Good heavens! Suddenly it’s summer.  Diaries are starting to clear and the ‘out-of-office’ messages are starting to multiply as people disappear for their holiday breaks.  Even the sun has made a brief appearance. 

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 great opportunity to slow down a bit, catch up on some thinking time and 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? But after that, perhaps something relevant for work or enhancing your own skills?

Having difficulties with change at work?  Try ‘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!

True professionalism - Read more, read often

We are all subject to fairly staggering amounts of information each day, coming at us from an ever increasing range of sources.  Have you ever considered how much of this ‘stuff’ you actually read and ingest, finding relevance for how you live or work, or storing it away for further use later? The mixed drivers of intellectual curiosity and the need to remain up to date for professional and CPD purposes should be enough to make you apportion a significant percentage of your time to reading as widely and as frequently as possible.

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