Feeling in control over your life is crucial to success and wellbeing.
Our world is changing – so fast, so furiously, so ferociously – that to stand out you need to tap into your own resources and competences. Doing so puts you firmly back into the driving seat of your own life, enabling you to be happier, find and do work you love and have a true sense of purpose. But what are the key competences that you need?
7 Skills for the Future sets the scene for seven new soft skills that will propel you forward. Through a combination of scientific research, no-nonsense advice, practical exercises and case studies, this book shows you how to understand, develop and use:
- Adaptability – respond better to opportunities and change by being flexible and agile
- Critical thinking – think smarter, more resourcefully, creatively and collaboratively
- Empathy – nurture all your relationships by learning how to listen and be present
- Integrity – trust, values and honesty are the name of the game now as is authenticity
- Optimism – be the most positive person you know
- Being Proactive – respond rather than react and learn to reinvent yourself
- Resilience – make mistakes, bounce back, learn from experience and move on to the next challenge
By learning how to tap into these essential skills, and understanding how to put them into practice each day of our lives, we can be happier, more effective and abler to cope with change in an uncertain and exciting future.
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Do Improvise: Less Push. More Pause. Better Results. A New Approach to Work (and Life) by Robert Poynton£8.46
EMMA SUE SAYS: “A great little book on the power of USING improv principles in life and at work.”
Everyday we deal with the unplanned and the unexpected – from a broken toaster to losing (or gaining) a major client. Our natural ability to improvise gets us through. But we feel as if we re winging it, rather than acting with courage and conviction. Robert Poynton teaches an acclaimed method to some of the world s biggest brands and companies. Improvisational skills that an actor might use on stage are honed and applied to the everyday business of work and life. The end result is a new approach that embraces change as a natural process and has creativity and innovation at its heart. With killer games to put the theory into practice, Do Improvise will help you: Become more productive without trying harder; Overcome creative blocks and generate new ideas; Respond fluently to circumstances beyond your control Inspire and motivate others; Not sure what to do next? Improvise.
By Unimenta Associate Julie Cooper
Written for busy managers, this handbook is an easy to read, accessible reference tool to help you get the best out of every conversation you’ll ever have at work. This essential guide provides user-friendly strategies for getting it right every time.
Do you sometimes get taken for granted, ignored or overlooked? Are you always recognised for the talents you bring? If you want someone to hear your message, then this is the book for you. It will help you identify why your message isn’t always being heard, and give you strategies to makes sure the people who matter hear what you have to say. Start being heard now.
EMMA SUE SAYS: “I love this book because it emphasises that it’s not about luck or talent when it comes to success or going for your dreams but much more about your own attitude to persevering and how you respond when you get a setback. Build your grit and you’ll be successful – simple.”
EMMA SUE SAYS: “This is a great book on happiness! Happiness contains simple exercises that will train the mind to recognize and pursue happiness by concentrating on the fundamental things in life, and in doing so change the way we view the world.”
If you are involved in developing people, it’s likely that sooner or later you’ll need to have a conversation about a 360 report. Giving 360 feedback can be daunting. How will the person respond to it? How can you make it the positive, developmental experience it should be? This book will show you how to get the best out of that meeting.
Great communication comes from understanding and training your brain! I wrote this book to help make it easier to understand the different processes your brain goes through when you receive email, are overloaded by a host of different messages or are having to present at short notice to a room full of new people. The first section is all about working smarter and overcoming distractions. We then take a look at how to be excellent at any kind of communication whether it’s face-to-face, on social media, on a telephone or writing. The book is perfect for those entering the workplace.
EMMA SUE SAYS: “Anyone can build up resilience, the key to a positive mindset, unshakeable sense of self and the ability to get back up again and withstand anything life throws your way. This book has 12 valuable tools which will strengthen your resilience skills.”