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Good Reads – Two book recommendations for May

By RJP LLP on 31 May, 2017

This month we have been looking out for interesting new books that are relevant to Livewire subscribers. There were two that caught our eye because their focus is so topical currently:

 

Option B, Sheryl Sandberg

Given the current levels of uncertainty, resilience is certainly an essential trait for business owners in particular to have, and if it can be further developed, what’s not to like? In her new book, Option B, Facebook’s COO, Sheryl Sandberg explores in depth the issues of grief and resilience, plus ways to deal with adversity. Although the book is essentially Sandberg’s personal journey, its contents are relevant to everyone.

Prompted by the sudden death of her husband in 2015 whilst on holiday, it offers many strategies for building greater resilience; a prerequisite for success. Option B’s co-author and Wharton University psychologist, Adam Grant explains in the book that ‘there are concrete steps people can take to recover and rebound from life-shattering experiences. We are not born with a fixed amount of resilience. It is a muscle that everyone can build.’

Ultimately, we will all experience Option B scenarios at some point, in either our personal lives or our business lives. This book promotes the idea that resilience can be built upon, and provides useful advice on overcoming adversity and making the most of any situation, which is surely useful for everyone.

 

Fully Connected, Julia Hobsbawm

Are you one of the 1/3rd of UK adults who will check their smartphone if they wake up during the night? According to researchers at Deloitte, people have never been more addicted to their phones and are increasingly vulnerable to the FOMO (fear of missing out) syndrome. The trouble is, as much as phone and device over-use may be damaging to our health and wellbeing, being connected is a necessary feature of contemporary living.

Julia Hobsbawm, a professor of networking and professional business communicator explores this paradox, offering practical solutions for creating a better system to manage our use of technology. As she explains, for all the advantages of our connected world, we face unprecedented challenges, including how to manage our time more effectively and how to navigate the huge ‘tsunami’ of information we are expected to digest on a daily basis.

In this book, she shares her ‘roadmap’ of ways to cultivate new connections and contacts, filter the information supply, and thrive, which she describes as a ‘social health blueprint’. Rather than telling us to disconnect, she offers 6 practical ways to rethink the ways we are using technology and communicating, to find more sustainable alternative systems that connect “the right knowledge with the right people at the right time”.

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