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Most people don’t have time to read the books they want to. Each week join Steph (@stephsbizbookshelf), a life-long bookworm, as she brings you the lessons from the best non-fiction books she’s read. Steph will share the ‘three big things’ the books taught her, favourite quotes and actions she’s implemented since reading the book. If you have an ever-growing pile of half-read books on your bedside table, this podcast is for you. Steph's Business Bookshelf; doing the reading so you don't have to.

Steph's Business Bookshelf Podcast Steph Clarke

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Most people don’t have time to read the books they want to. Each week join Steph (@stephsbizbookshelf), a life-long bookworm, as she brings you the lessons from the best non-fiction books she’s read. Steph will share the ‘three big things’ the books taught her, favourite quotes and actions she’s implemented since reading the book. If you have an ever-growing pile of half-read books on your bedside table, this podcast is for you. Steph's Business Bookshelf; doing the reading so you don't have to.

    What I read in January 2023: five books on life, food, and the future of work

    What I read in January 2023: five books on life, food, and the future of work

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    Welcome to 2023 and to 'season two' of Steph's Business Bookshelf. ICYMI, this year I'm experimenting with a slightly different style of episode, featuring reviews of what I read over the last month. There'll still be occasional 'three big idea' episodes popping up throughout the year, and the four years and 197 other book based episodes will still be in the back catalogue to be enjoyed. 

    January is always a more book-heavy month, and this one was no exception. This month I'm talking about...


    And Away by Bob Mortimer (audiobook) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫
    Pocket Full of Do by Chris Do ⭐️⭐️⭐️
    Taste by Stanley Tucci (audiobook) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫
    How the Future Works by Helen Kupp, Sheela Subramanian, and Brian Elliott ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫
    $100m Offers by Alex Hormozi ⭐️⭐️⭐️

    I'd love to hear what you think of these new episodes, and what you're reading at the moment. Drop me a message and say hi on...LinkedInInstagram
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    It's 2023: what I'll be reading this year, and a year of experiments

    It's 2023: what I'll be reading this year, and a year of experiments

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    Hi friends, as we roll into 2023 I wanted to share some of the reading I'm planning on doing in 2023, some experiments I'm playing with, my word of the year, and a few changes to the schedule that are coming up.

    Here's Madeleine's newsletter that I mention in this episode.

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    The best books I read in 2022

    The best books I read in 2022

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    It's time for the wrap that's not quite as good as the Spotify wrap, but still one of my favourite bits of the year; looking back at the books I've spent my year reading.

    This year I read 52 books, 29% were ebooks, 42% were physical books, and 29% were audiobooks. I use the StoryGraph app to track my reading.

    Here's some of the books that get a mention...

    The Top 3


    Imaginable by Jane McGonigal (Listen to the three big ideas here)
    Stolen Focus by Johann Hari (Listen to the three big ideas here)
    Brave New Work by Aaron Dignan (Listen to the three big ideas here)

    Honourable Mentions


    Big Feelings by Liz Fosslien and Mollie West Duffy (Listen to the three big ideas here)
    Creative Acts for Curious People by Stanford dSchool
    Good Pop, Bad Pop by Jarvis Cocker
    Will by Will Smith
    I Didn't do the Thing Today by Madeleine Dore (Listen to the three big ideas here)
    This Working Life by Lisa Leong & Monique Ross (Listen to the three big ideas here)

    What were your reading highlights this year? Let me know by connecting on Instagram or LinkedIn.

     
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    Big Feelings by Liz Fosslien and Mollie West Duffy: how to be a human

    Big Feelings by Liz Fosslien and Mollie West Duffy: how to be a human

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    About the authors

    Liz Fosslien is the co-author and illustrator of the WSJ bestseller No Hard Feelings: The Secret Power of Embracing Emotion at Work and Big Feelings: How to Be Okay When Things Are Not Okay. She leads the content and communications teams at Humu, where she helps leaders and their teams take small steps towards profound improvement. Prior to joining Humu, Liz designed and led workshops for executives at Google, Facebook, and Nike on how to create inclusive cultures. Her writing and data visualization projects have appeared in CNN, The Economist, The Financial Times, and NPR. Liz starts every day by eating plain Greek yogurt and reading academic abstracts. 

    Mollie West Duffy is the co-author of the WSJ bestseller No Hard Feelings: The Secret Power of Embracing Emotion at Work and Big Feelings: How to Be Okay When Things Are Not Okay. She was previously an Organizational Design Lead at global innovation firm IDEO, and a research associate for the Dean of Harvard Business School. She has worked with companies of all sizes on organizational development, leadership development, and workplace culture. Her writing has been featured in Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, and Entrepreneur, and she’s taught design courses at Stanford and USC. Mollie loves personality tests.

    Source: https://www.lizandmollie.com/bios 

     

    About the book

    Uncertainty. Anger. Despair. Envy. When you’re overwhelmed by big feelings, it can seem like you’re the only one who is struggling. But having difficult emotions doesn’t mean you’re malfunctioning. It means you’re human.

    Weaving surprising science with personal stories and original illustrations, each chapter examines one uncomfortable feeling—like envy, burnout, and anxiety—and lays out strategies for making it manageable. You’ll learn:



    How to use regret as a compass for making decisions



    How to identify what’s behind your anger and communicate it productively



    Why you might be suffering perfectionism, and how to detach your self-worth from what you do



    Big Feelings helps us understand that difficult emotions are not abnormal, and that we can emerge from them with a deeper sense of meaning.

    Source: https://www.lizandmollie.com/big-feelings 

    Three big ideas


    Dispel the myths
    Nothing is permanent
    We are human

     
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    Ideaflow by Jeremy Utley and Perry Klebahn: how to have more ideas

    Ideaflow by Jeremy Utley and Perry Klebahn: how to have more ideas

    About the book

    Great Ideas. Methods, not Magic.

    Innovation is not an event; it’s a practice. Don’t leave the big ideas to the creatives. Revolutionize your creative process by mastering Ideaflow: the proven strategy that anyone can use to routinely generate and commercialize innovative ideas. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, student, C-suite leader, or anything in between, this book will teach you how to unleash creativity and innovation to magnify and accelerate all your other efforts, by simply building it into your daily routine

    About the authors

    Jeremy is the Director of Executive Education at Stanford d.school and an Adjunct Professor at Stanford's School of Engineering. He is the co-host of the d.school’s widely popular program “Stanford’s Masters of Creativity.”

    Perry is a seasoned teacher, entrepreneur, product designer, chief executive and co-founding member of the Stanford d.school's faculty with over 20 years of experience.

    Find out more about the book and authors here.

    Big ideas

    1) All problems are idea problems

    2) You're not testing enough

    3) Elevate
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    The 6 Types of Working Genius by Patrick Lencioni: how to find out if you're a genius or frustrated

    The 6 Types of Working Genius by Patrick Lencioni: how to find out if you're a genius or frustrated

    About the author

    Pat is one of the founders of The Table Group and is the pioneer of the organizational health movement. He is the author of 13 books, which have sold over 6 million copies and been translated into more than 30 languages.

    As President of the Table Group, Pat spends his time speaking and writing about leadership, teamwork, and organizational health and consulting with executives and their teams.

    Prior to founding the firm in 1997, Pat worked at Bain & Company, Oracle Corporation and Sybase. Pat lives in the Bay Area with his wife and four boys.

    Source: https://www.tablegroup.com/pat/#pat 

    About the book

    Pat's new book, The Six Types of Working Genius, is on track to be his biggest and most impactful book yet. In classic Lencioni fashion, Pat brings his model to life in a page-turning fable that is as relatable as it is compelling. He tells the story of Bull Brooks, an entreprhttps://www.stephsbusinessbookshelf.com/the-five-dysfunctions-of-a-team-by-patrick-lencioni-why-you-need-to-embrace-conflict/eneur, husband, and father who sets out to solve his own frustration at work and stumbles into a new way of thinking that revolutionizes the way he sees his work, his team, and even his marriage. Bull's story is indicative of every man and woman who is striving to avoid burnout and find fulfillment, dignity and success in their work.

    Beyond the personal discovery and instant relief that Working Genius provides, the model also gives teams a remarkably simple and practical framework for tapping into one another's natural gifts, which increases productivity and reduces unnecessary judgment.

    Whether you're a team leader or entrepreneur, a front-line employee or executive, or a school teacher or stay-at-home parent, this book will help you find more joy, fulfillment and success in your work and your life.

    Source: https://www.workinggenius.com/book 

    Three big ideas


    The 6 types
    Know your category
    In it together

    Other books of Pat's I've talked about

    Five Dysfunctions of a Team (my favourite)

    The Ideal Team Player
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19 Ratings

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Love it!

Love the short, sharp format. Each episode teaches me something new and helps me decide which books from my never ending wishlist to actually buy and read!

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One of my goals this year was to read more books. At first, I found it quite challenging as I was flooded with recommendations however, I was unsure where to start. Recently, when I went travelling, I downloaded a variety of Steph's Business Bookshelf episodes and have since been very inspired to make time for reading.

I thoroughly enjoy how the format is concise, full of insights and inspiration. I'm looking forward to learning more and reading more from the next episodes!

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