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The Myth of Multitasking

Dave Crenshaw, 2008, Jossey-Bass

This is a simple little parable in the same vein as the One Minute Manager series. It is very quick and easy to read and has a couple of very practical activities. The thrust of the book is that while it is possible to switch between different tasks very quickly and give the illusion of multitasking, it is, in fact, a very inefficient strategy. What we are actually doing is switch tasking or background tasking. No it is not a generational thing as our brain does not evolve that quickly and, sorry ladies, there is no evidence, other than urban myth anecdotal evidence, that women can mul..read more

The Naked Ape

Desmond Morris, ,

An oldie but a goodie. There are close to 200 species of apes. All are covered with hair except one, the naked ape, self-named Homo sapiens. This book looks at us through a zoologists eyes, looks beyond the façade and shows how many of our everyday behaviours are driven by some very basic instincts...read more

The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion

Jonathan Haidt, 2012, Pantheon

I very much enjoyed Jonathan Haidt’s last book The Happiness Hypothesis so I was very much looking forward to this one. And I was not disappointed. It is fantastic. In November 1989 the Berlin Wall came down signalling the failure of communism. In 2007/2008 the housing market and the stock market came down signalling the failure of capitalism. Since then there has been very little new thinking on either side of politics. This is perhaps exacerbating oppositional politics and the lack of collaborative politics If we are to work together to create a new way of political thinkin..read more

The Time Paradox

Philip Zimbardo, ,

Positive and negative perceptions of the past, the present and the future will play a significant role in every important decision that you make … and until you read a book like this the effect is most likely unconscious. Again this book is based in solid scientific research and yet is also very readable. I particularly like the section that outlines suggestions for shifting your own perception of time...read more

The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working: The Four Forgotten Needs That Energize Great Performance

Tony Schwartz, Jean Gomes, Catherine McCarthy, 2010, Free Press

Are you working over 10 hours a day non-stop in an effort to be more productive? Then you are fooling yourself. We are not machines and as humans we pulse. We take energy in we expend energy, we work we rest, we are awake, we sleep. Tony Swartz argues that it is energy more than time that we need to bring to our work to be more efficient. Some timely reminders of what is obvious and yet seemingly forgotten by millions of people everyday.”..read more

Think and Grow Rich

Napoleon Hill , 2004, ISBN 1593302002

An absolute classic. Few books could be said to change people… this is undoubtedly one. It teaches thousands of people a year practical steps to achievement and financial independence. A must read for anyone who wants more out of life...read more