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April 17, 2020

Audio Books

Using audio books is a great way for me to relax in the evenings, when I am travelling or when I was doing my morning commute. There are specific reasons that I listen to audio books, sometimes for insights or to challenge my own perspectives. For motivation, to help me think through a specific challenge, to get to know a personality a little better or just as food for my soul!

These are some of the recent audio books I have listened to, have a listen to them and let me know what you think.

Becoming - Michelle Obama

Becoming is a biography on how a young Michelle Robinson became Michelle Obama, the woman who the world admires today. She depicts her youth in Chicago and how she had to battle hardships and discrimination to become the icon that inspires many women around the world. She could not have become who she is today without confidence in her ability, her voice and unwavering mental strength to challenge a society that places her at the bottom on the totem pole.

The journey she took, of course came with its moments of failure but without the drive to succeed she would never be where she is today.

Rising Strong - Brene Brown

Brene Brown has a wonderful and special way that she is able to ‘get to you’ and connect your thinking. I found her as a PhD Doctor and researcher, down to earth and personable. Rising strong is a self-development book that teaches tools to bounce back from moments of failure and disappointment. Brown realises that without failure, one does not grow, there is no change.She is able to break down aspects of life into simple and understandable concepts that inspire me to get up, brush myself off, and fight back to create the ending I want for myself.

Resisting Happiness - Matthew Kelly

Mathew Kelly is a teacher, author and speaker. I really connected with this book, he recollects true stories and uses them to address self-sabotage, disregarding our hopes and dreams, and self-expressions. When addressing the question of happiness, Kelly realises that he is not a Philosopher but knows that there is a sense of accepting your current quality of life, when greater levels are achievable.

When discussing self-sabotage, he explains concepts such as resistance. To Kelly, resistance is the self-destructive act of lazily attending or a lack of motivation toward tasks that are for your benefit. However, you may conjure the energy for tasks that are undoubtedly against you and your progression. This book helped me dig into my faith and challenge myself.

5 dysfunctions of a team - Patrick Lencioni

I have read and used this book when navigating my last leadership team and the journey we took. It is truly a very interesting book that makes you come face to face with some of your ‘challenges’.

Lencioni’s 5 Dysfunctions of a team is a powerful story on leadership and the plights that leaders may face. It follows the journey of Katheryn Peterson, the CEO of a company and the tasks she had on her hands to unite a team whose lack of cohesion put the business in jeopardy. As well as the various individual characters that made up the leadership team, that is where I think we can begin to identify the character that we are. Katheryn Peterson had to show extraordinary levels of leadership skill to bring the team together. The book then goes on to explain how to surpass obstacles that hinder teams from performing to their maximum.

Let me know your thoughts on any of these books by sharing your comments below.

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