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Springboard: Mindset

The latest in our series that uses the ‘book review’ format as a springboard into a wider conversation about the world of work—and how to do it better. Mindset by Dr Carol S Dweck ____________________________ Which mindset do you have? Read each statement and decide if you mostly agree with it or disagree with it:

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A hierarchy required by nature

When I was in Year 3, I won a book prize for topping my class. The book, called How Things Work, had pictures of steam engines, telephone exchanges and aeroplanes; motor cars, power stations and printing presses. It fired my imagination and curiosity for how things work, which has never diminished. Technical systems, like the

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Springboard: Principles

The latest in our series that uses the ‘book review’ format as a springboard into a wider conversation about the world of work—and how to do it better. Principles: Life & Work by Ray Dalio ____________________________ ‘Principles,’ says Ray Dalio, founder of the world’s most successful hedge fund, ‘are ways of successfully dealing with reality

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mediumTo be, or not to be, our best selves?

One of the greatest gifts of growing up in a Western culture is the emphasis placed on what Jung called individuation. While our identity is partially defined by our gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnic group, age, wealth, class, and other determinants, we are ultimately unique individuals. As we progress through life and explore the deep

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Shut up and listen

Have you ever left a meeting satisfied your opinion was fully understood and accepted, only to discover later that the other person ‘heard’ something completely different? Sometimes it’s deliberate—a lack of transparency or political expediency. More often the problem is an absence of true communication. Unfortunately, most of the time we never get the feedback

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Springboard: A Beautiful Constraint

In this series, I share some books that have inspired me recently using the ‘book review’ format as a springboard into a wider conversation about the world of work—and how to do it better. A Beautiful Constraint by Adam Morgan & Mark Barden ____________________________ I’ve been studying constraints and consulting in them for the last

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