Book Reviews

Black Box Thinking: The Surprising Truth About Success by [Syed, Matthew]

BLACK BOX THINKING: THE SURPRISING TRUTH ABOUT SUCCESS – MATTHEW SYED

Creative breakthrough always begins with multiple failures – we just don’t hear about them. Black Box Thinking advocates for changing attitudes towards failure, embracing our mistakes as a crucial step toward invention by understanding and overcoming what went wrong.

Matthew Syed’s approach carries across not just sport but business, politics, healthcare and education. “A means of finding an edge in a fast-changing world”

Supported by many incredible, jaw dropping true stories, he believes the most successful organisation are those where everyone is infused with a growth mindset and a learning mindset.

I honestly believe that if everyone reads this book and takes it to heart bureaucracy would be reduced, lives would be saved, fewer businesses would fail and a great deal of waste would be avoided.

Black Box Thinking: The Surprising Truth About Success – Matthew Syed

Reviewed by Carolyn George

 

 Key Person of InfluenceKEY PERSON OF INFLUENCE:

THE FIVE-STEP METHOD TO BECOME ONE OF THE MOST HIGHLY VALUED AND HIGHLY PAID PEOPLE IN YOUR INDUSTRY – DANIEL PRIESTLEY

Many people think it takes decades of hard work, academic qualifications and a generous measure of good luck to become a Key Person of Influence. This book shows you that there is a five-step strategy for fast-tracking your way to the inner circle of the industry you love.

An easy read and making a good, useful point, well worth  taking on board whether you are in business or any other sphere.      Reviewed by Carolyn George

 

How to Win Friends and Influence People

HOW TO WIN FRIENDS AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE – DALE CARNEGIE

What can you say about this classic? For a start it’s sold over 16 million copies.This was the first self-help book I ever read – aged 16, . Mind you until the 80’s there weren’t a lot of these sort of books on the shelf.  However I can honestly say I learned a lot, it had a major affect on my thinking, much of which is still with me today.  After all it is the reference book that many of today’s guides are based upon.
You might also want to check out the updated version ‘How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Digital Age‘.

How to Win Friends and Influence People

Reviewed by Carolyn George

 

The Miracle Morning: The 6 Habits That Will Transform Your Life Before 8AM: Change your life with one of the world's highest rated self help books

The Miracle Morning:

The 6 Habits That Will Transform Your Life Before 8AM: Change your life with one of the world’s highest rated self help books

What’s being widely regarded as “one of the most life changing books ever written” may be the simplest approach to achieving everything you’ve ever wanted, and faster than you ever thought possible

‘Hal Elrod is a genius and his book The Miracle Morning has been magical in my life’ Robert Kiyosaki, bestselling author of Rich Dad Poor Dad

What if you could wake up tomorrow and any – or EVERY – area of your life was beginning to transform? What would you change? The Miracle Morning is already transforming the lives of tens of thousands of people around the world by showing them how to wake up each day with more ENERGY, MOTIVATION, and FOCUS to take your life to the next level. It’s been right here in front of us all along, but this book has

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

THE 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE – STEPHEN COVEY

This book has incredible re-read value, which is quite rare in the self-help/personal development field. Normally you pick up one or two of the key ideas from a book and move on. Stephen’s book, however, is full of rich content for personal development, productivity and time management, relationships and even spirituality.

The first three habits outline how to do inner work. How to establish and cultivate your values and vision, how to increase your performance, and how to manage your life. The next three habits outline how to communicate, work in a team and form deeper relationships with others. The seventh habit outlines how to continuously work on improving these habits.

I first read the book 18 months ago, and have already re-read it cover to cover. I will likely re-read it again in the next 12 months. It is also a great resource to dip in and out of, to remind yourself of a strategy, or investigate how to implement an existing habit to a deeper level.

Absolutely phenomenal book.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

the power of habit book cover

THE POWER OF HABIT:

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO, AND HOW TO CHANGE – CHARLES DUHIGG

A superb book which focuses on why and how habits are formed (Cue > Routine > Reward) and most importantly how we can change our habits. This book will give you the understanding and the tools you need to break bad habits and build new good habits. Full of fascinating anecdotes and calling on some interesting and insightful research, you won’t want to put this book down.

So if you want to loose weight, stop smoking, start exercising, this is a must read. But equally this book can be used to identify and modify more subtle habits, leading to a meaningful impact on your life.

If you have any interest in understand how the mind works, or simply want a toolkit for change, I highly recommend this book.

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do, and How to Change