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Brain Food for 2017


New Year, New You etc ad nauseam. I don’t know about you but I think we ought to adopt resolutions we have some hope of following. Clearly all that fitness and diet stuff is not something I feel able to commit to. However, it’s not hard for me to resolve to read some good brain food type books, I’d read a toilet roll if there was something written on it, and committing to feeding my mind will be ‘improving’. So here are my recommended reads for the next few months or so, including ones I have read, am reading and have on my list…

  1. nonobviousNon-Obvious 2017 – Do you tire of ridiculous trend predictions you can’t apply to your job? Wake yourself up with these highly applicable, just-round-the-corner developments. Rohit Bargava breaks down the trends into consumable chunks with concrete recommendations on how to apply them to your business or client. There are useful examples for case studies to follow up on and statistics and facts that back up his statements. What’s even better is that he is prepared to stand by his methods to the extent that he lists all his previous trends from the last 4 years with an assessment of how accurate they were. That’s confidence.
  2. timeparadoxThe Time Paradox – Ever wondered why your mate spends everything he has on amazing holidays and sound systems while you can’t bring yourself to buy a new pair of socks? Wonder no longer. While it may not be the only reason for the difference between you The Time Paradox certainly explains a lot. Author Phillip Zimbardo is a psychologist and applies his learning and experience to the question of how perceptions of time affect human behavior. From the impact of salaries vs wages to the reasons why some work their lives away for a future they can only enjoy when they are too decrepit to experience it our perceptions of time impact on everything from relationships to money to careers to hobbies. Get it to understand yourself and others.
  3. steelbreezeOn the steel breeze – I’m a big advocate of SF to provide a glimpse into imminent trends and reflect on undercurrents going on in society right now. The latest from Alastair Reynolds  is beautifully written (like all his others), scientifically intriguing and reflects on questions of ecology, identity and conspiracy. What’s not to like? Give yourself the gift of escape.
  4. inevitableThe Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Developments that will shape our world – This is one on my ‘to read’ list. It lists such topics as ‘Becoming’, ‘Sharing’ and ‘Questioning’ which are good starts on their own. Throw in the fact that the books is written by Kevin Kelly who launched Wired and has been thinking about this stuff for years and I am excited to see what this book sparks.
  5. personalityPersonality Types: Using the Enneagram for Self-Discovery – Did you know that personality tests are a far more accurate way of assessing whether someone is right for your organization? And yet as managers we prefer to rely on our shakey and easily influenced instincts. The Enneagram is one of many personality tests out there, but I have found it personally very helpful in understanding myself and others in work and at home, particularly since it understands that people express themselves differently when under stress than they do when feeling good about life. Expand your self-understanding.
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