Speakers Corner Book Club: How Your Business Can Win
This month’s book club dives into what it takes to win in the game of business. Focusing on 3 books; Thinking the Unthinkable, Five Steps to a Winning Mindset and The Business of Winning, Payal, Sophie and Abbie followed the stories of Nik Gowing and Chris Langdon, Damian Hughes and Mark Gallagher as they share the secrets of leadership, teamwork, mindsets and how to win.
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Join us in discovering the brilliant minds behind the pages of this month’s reading list.
Thinking the Unthinkable – Nik Gowing & Chris Langdon
Giving full insights into the world of business, political leaders and leadership, Nik Gowing and Chris Langdon’s Thinking the Unthinkable demonstrates how these three factors contribute to the world we live in today. Taking a deep dive into the challenges faces by leaders in organisations today, the book considers the struggles of Brexit, changing mindsets, culture and behaviours while finding strategic approaches to deal with the changing world. This is a perfect book from leaders who want to make a change within their organisation and start thinking outside the cultural norms.
“A toxic culture frequently suppresses all possibilities to create the right conditions to modify culture positively. To fix it, a leader must accept the scale and nature of it first, otherwise he or she will fail”
Five Steps to a Winning Mindset – Damian Hughes
Damian Hughes is a Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Psychology, and in his book The Five STEPS to a Winning Mindset, he draws on examples of the best coaches in the world across a variety of sports to put together five principles for leaders in business: Simplicity, Thinking Emotions, Practical, Stories. With an easy, engaging and oftentimes witty style, Damien makes his examples engaging to even those amongst us with minimal knowledge of sports, and the clarity of his writing makes this applicable to even a casual reader. Each chapter concludes with an exercise or practical takeaway for business leaders to use in their day-to-day.
‘What matters is not only what we know, but how simply and clearly we can communicate it to those who need to grasp it in order to succeed.’
The Business of Winning - Mark Gallagher
The focus of F1 is to win, but the competition isn’t confined to the track. It extends to sponsorship, marketing, engineering, health and safety, and above all, a strong and unified team. With technology constantly evolving, a single poorly designed component in the race could be fatal to any member of the team as well as the sponsorship which funds them. Mark has been able to rub shoulders and sit with the biggest names in F1, and within his book The Business of Winning, he takes us through the history of the sport, explaining the strategies which made or broke teams. With an abundance of wonderful anecdotes along the way, you really get the feeling that you’re sitting alongside the team.
“If you aim to be the best then it's essential to evolve constantly, learn from past mistakes, look for new opportunities and have the flexibility to implement improved processes and solutions along the way.”
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