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Sandahl and Alexis
Teams Unleashed provides a guide to
achieving team performance. It aims
to give teams the tools to incorporate
new practices that build team
effectiveness. The book introduces five
core competencies for working
effectively in groups, describes
essential team coaching skills, and
provides exercises and activities to
generate important conversations
around team norms.
I Am My Brand
Featuring female entrepreneurs from
around the world, Springer’s book is a
collection of personal brand advice
that offers practical guidance for
female entrepreneurs, freelancers and
executives. I Am My Brand explores the
techniques used by different women,
as well as the challenges they have faced
and their paths to overcoming them.
The book is designed to support
readers on their own journey to brand
success and self-empowerment in
work and life.
Author: Marga Hoek
The Trillion Dollar Shift explores new
ways of creating a profitable business,
while positively affecting the planet
and the people who call it home. The
UN’s 17 Sustainable Development
Goals identify what we should all be
striving for, Hoek explains.
Combining research with case studies,
the book demonstrates how
sustainable companies can build a
stronger competitive market position,
be more attractive to employees and
customers, build better brands and
have better commercial results.
At a time of extreme political
upheaval this book attempts to
explain who leads us and why. It
brings to life all nine inhabitants of 10
Downing Street over the past 50 years
– from Harold Wilson to Theresa May
– outlining their successes and failures
and what made them special. Based on
in-depth interviews, the book
examines the people who have defined
the UK’s position in the world and the
leadership demands of the highest
public office in the land.
Author: Simon Sinek
Sinek offers a new approach to
business strategy by asking ‘are you
playing the finite game or the infinite
game?’ In The Infinite Game Sinek
applies what he calls ‘game theory’ to
explore how great businesses achieve
long-lasting success. He explains that
building long-term value and healthy
enduring growth (playing the ‘infinite
game’) is the only thing that matters.
In this series of wellbeing columns,
KAREN BEAVEN offers advice to others in HR
When was the last time you stopped working and
took a breather? Maybe you know you need to but
you’re waiting for things to calm down a bit first.
You’ll probably find yourself saying things like ‘it’s
OK, I like a challenge’. Or maybe you’ve started
beginning every conversation with ‘sorry it’s taken me
so long to get back to you’. You start skipping lunch
or eating it on the go. Maybe you start drinking more
coffee. Your sleep pattern is all over the place. Noone
knows how much overtime you’re doing.
You probably keep saying yes to new projects and
taking on more work. You’re not going to let it beat
you and keep telling yourself and anyone that asks
that everything is OK.
If this sounds like you STOP NOW. It is definitely time
to take a breather. Even though it might feel counterintuitive
when you’re in the thick of it it’s the absolute
best thing for your wellbeing, the wellbeing of your
team and for the business you’re supporting.
You can’t do your best work if you’re on the edge
of burnout. And you don’t always realise how close
you are to the edge until you go over it. Whether you
realise it or not, you’re probably not making the best
decisions and sooner or later this pace and way of
working will catch up with you.
So what can you do? Actually quite a lot. There are
many techniques you can apply, but the first thing
you need to do is decide to own this. Decide that
you’re going to be the one to put this right, and in
doing that lead the way and help other people see
that it’s OK to take a breather too.
This could be something as simple as taking time
out to get a healthy lunch every day. Or blocking
some ‘consolidation’ time out in your calendar. Call it
what you want, but start with two hours a week where
you have some quiet time to think, consolidate and
reflect. Get out of the office if you can and go for
a walk. Try to clear your mind and create space for
new ideas and solutions.
56 HR November 2019 hrmagazine.co.uk