August’s recommendations

August’s recommendations

This time I'd like to recommend something more than books.

The weather outside here in Poland is telling me that it is time to prepare for the autumn. Personally, I prefer the upcoming time rather than summer because it’s much more comfortable to live in that environment and also it’s much better to read books and learn something new.

In today’s post, I’d like to share a few book recommendations, articles, and podcasts that I listened to last month.

Career Fear (and how to beat it) by Somi Arian

In today’s fast-changing environment many people are changing jobs very often. Also, many of us have a lot of doubts and fears when it comes to their future career. In her books, Somi Arian presents the future of work and how to choose the best one for you.

Key takeaways
  • Author presented three dominant work cultures in 21st century – corporate, entrepreneurial or start-up, and influencer. Corporate culture is the oldest one. Currently corporations are aware that they need to care about employees because many of them are moving to start up-s environment. Start-ups prefer “flat” business structure. The most recent culture of work is influencer due to the rapid evolution of social media which have a huge impact on the youngest generations.
  • To be successful in your career you need perspective, a good mind-set and human skills. These skills are required because world is changing so fast so you need to know how to learn from the past, be prepare for the future and how to cooperate with other people.
  • AI (artificial intelligence) AI (artificial intelligence) will play a significant role in the future of work. With that, people will have many challenges. For example, they will need to create some kind of “ethics of AI”. On the other hand, the most advanced technology won’t replace some of the people’s capacity – for example critical judgment.
  • Do you know what what kind of person you are? You can use an assessment tool called “OCEAN” to assess that. One of the page where you can do that is here. In addition to that is good to know what motivates you and how you defines success (more money, impact or/and recognition?).
  • To understand better yourself and other people Emotional Intelligence (I wrote an article about it) and mindfulness are important. This type of Intellifence becomes more popular than IQ because we need to deal with different type of emotions all the time and knowing how to control them is crucial as well in the workplace. Mindfulness is the ability to be in the present moment and develop self control to make better decisions, control your emotions and enjoy more life.

From Know-How to Do-How – The short and Simple Guide to Making Change Happen by Dave Corber and Ian Roberts

Changes are an integral part of our lives. In some cases, we know what we would like to do but we don’t know how to do it. This book gives useful exercises to recognize how you think, your assumptions and how to implement the change in your life, or in your organization. Also, the authors teach how to work with negative thought patterns and replace them with positive ones.

Key takeaways
  • Translating from know-how into do-how require clear identification of goals. When you or your organization have them in place it’s much easier to plan the steps which are results-oriented. Also you don’t need to wait for the perfect time, you can begin your journey just now and never look for perfectionism because that doesn’t exist.
  • The authors presented the “Three Rs” rule which states for reality plus response equal result. Result here means determination of the state that you’d like to achieve – and it needs to be in your mind before you start thinking about response. Confront your reality – investigate and review hidden assumptions that you may have before you decide for the response. These two elements are really helpful to select a response that will give an expected result.
  • Take responsibility for your choices. The concept is really simple. You are in charge of your life, your actions, behaviours, environment and so on. If you conform to the problem, solve it yourself. This is one of the parts of the “Do-how Map” presented in this book.
  • There are “hidden rules” on which people are making the decisions but they are not aware of them. One of them is limited awarness. People like to look for the evidence that supports what they want to think and at the same time ignore everything which does not support it.
  • Organizations need to allow employees to feel comfortable when it comes to implementation of changes. If the company doesn’t match with the change strategy it will be hard to translate from know-how into do-how. Sometimes people may think that it’s safer to “not get anything wrong” than “get things right” and this is one of the issues that executives of companies should work with to embrace a culture of change.

Personal development videos

This month I’d like to also recommend two youtube videos from the personal development area:

Podcasts

1. SPI 287: Should I Create a Personal Brand? Pros and Cons
2. Katy Milkman | How to Change – Good Life project podcast
3. Thinking like an entrepreneur – The Digital Marketing Podcast
4. Steve Smith on lessons from outer space and a near death experience – Finding Mastery podcast
5. Align Your Work With Your Why, with Kwame Marfo – Coaching for Leaders podcast
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