Investing more by slowing down to speed up


As the holiday season draws closer and with only 9 sleeps until Christmas, now could be the best opportunity to spend some time reflecting on the success of 2015 and what we might do differently in our businesses during 2016 to achieve even greater personal and company success.

 

For me personally, taking some time out to recharge and sharpen the saw is best done with a good book in hand (as well as a glass of wine) so for this blog post I have decided to share a few of my favourites…

 

The Management Favourite Good to Great – Jim Collins. ISBN: 978-0712676090

Peppered with dozens of stories and examples from the great and not-so-great, Collins lays a well-reasoned roadmap to excellence that any organisation would do well to consider. Like Built to Last, Good to Great is one of those books that managers and CEOs will be reading and rereading for years to come.

 

Something closer to home in the form of the Olympic Games in 2000 held in Sydney Will it Make the Boat Go Faster? – Ben Hunt-Davis. ISBN: 978-1848769663

This book covers goals, motivation, taking risks, change and importantly how to filter out unhelpfulness from others. The story of Ben winning his gold medal in Sydney is nothing short of miraculous and really gripping.

 

Getting the best from your people The Chimp Paradox – Dr Steve Peters. ISBN: 978-0091935580

Steve and his book can take a leadership team where ego, insecurity and emotion dominate, and turn them into a harmonious group where the team is truly more than the sum of its parts.

 

Personal excellence and leading from the front How to be Brilliant – Nicholas Bate. ISBN: 978-0956784803

In the fast paced world we live in it’s easy to forget the basics: how to prioritise, how to set and achieve our goals, & keep ourselves healthy & motivated. This book is a great reminder of all of these things and more …

 

2016 will see the launch of some exciting new opportunities for Partners, some of which will be embraced by many of you as well as some requiring the implementation of creative business models to extract the most value. Investing in ourselves will provide us with best possible foundation to win…remembering, “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.” Charles Darwin

 

I wish you all a great holiday season and look forward to connecting with many of you in 2016.

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