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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.

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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.

    I Didn't Do The Thing Today by Madeleine Dore: why productivity is not the meaning of life

    I Didn't Do The Thing Today by Madeleine Dore: why productivity is not the meaning of life

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    About the book

    Any given day brings a never-ending list of things to do. There’s the work thing, the catch-up thing, the laundry thing, the creative thing, the exercise thing, the family thing, the thing we don’t want to do, the thing we’ve been putting off (despite it being the most important thing). Even on days where we get a lot done, the thing left undone can leave us feeling guilty, anxious, or disappointed.

    After five years of searching for the secret to productivity, Madeleine Dore discovered there isn’t one. Instead, we’re being set up to fail. I Didn’t Do The Thing Today is the inspiring call to take productivity off its pedestal — by dismantling our comparison to others, aspirational routines, and the unrealistic notions of what can be done in a day, we can finally embrace the joyful messiness and unpredictability of life.

    For anyone who has ever felt the pressure to do more, be more, achieve more, this antidote to our doing-obsession is the permission slip we all need to find our own way.

    Source: https://extraordinaryroutines.com/book

    About the author

    Madeleine Dore is a writer and interviewer exploring how we can broaden the definition of a day well spent. For the past five years, Madeleine has been asking creative thinkers how they navigate their days on her popular blog Extraordinary Routines and podcast Routines & Ruts.

    She has contributed columns and features to Sunday Life, BBC WorkLife, ArtsHub, 99u, Womankind, Kill Your Darlings, The Design Files, ABC Life and more. Madeleine regularly conducts life experiments and hosts events to explore how creativity isn’t just something we do, but how we approach our lives.

    Source: https://extraordinaryroutines.com/about

    Big idea #1 — Be a day artist

    One of the underlying ideas is this concept of being a ‘day artist’, or seeing each day as a work of art. Being creative, rather than doing creativity in how we live. This means being creative with the elements of a day, even when that day doesn’t go to plan.

    There’s a nice quote in the book from Helena Bonham Carter that says;“Everything in life is art. What you do, how you dress, the way you love someone and how you talk, your smile and your personality, what you believe in and all your dreams, the way you drink your tea, how you decorate your home, or party ,your grocery list, the food you make, how your writing looks, the way you feel. Life is art.”

    It’s a great reminder that we get to choose how to live. It’s quite a freeing idea. Taking this approach involves a little bit more play, and wonder and curiosity. 

    Maybe you don’t start the day by ‘eating the frog’ or doing the most unpleasant thing first, but maybe you start the day with something that’s pure pleasure instead. There’s a fantastic example in the book, about a chef who starts the day with a bowl of porridge with a dollop of clotted cream on top, along with some brown sugar, and he just thinks that’s the best way to start the day because by breakfast, he’s already won the day! A perfect example of prioritizing delight over dread.

    Being a day artist might mean making changes to your environment, having a corner of a room dedicated to reading, for example. It doesn’t need to be that you need lots of extra space, but maybe you just use your space differently. There’s example in the book from Austin Kleon, who talks about having a really clear, crisp, clean work area with his computer where he writes, but then a really messy desk, which is where he does all his messy collage work.

    It means letting go of expectations, or at least holding them much more lightly and letting things surprise us, which can then allow us to explore what we really want, not just what we think we “should” be doing.

    Now, we can’t seek consta

    • 14 min
    How to Begin by Michael Bungay Stainer; how to change your life with a worthy goal

    How to Begin by Michael Bungay Stainer; how to change your life with a worthy goal

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    About the book

    We unlock our greatness by working on the hard things. Instead of doubting yourself, fearing you’ll make a mistake, and feeling like you need to play “small” so you don’t disrupt the status quo, start showing up for yourself so you can show up for the world. Don’t regret a life half-lived. Stepping up and pursuing your dreams is hard … and it’s exhilarating, and it’s important. Let me show you how to get clear, get confident, and start anything that matters.

    Source: https://www.mbs.works/best-books-training-for-coaches-leaders-and-mentors/how-to-begin-book/

    About the author

    Michael Bungay Stanier is the author of six books which between them have sold more than a million copies. He’s best known for The Coaching Habit, the best-selling coaching book of the century and already recognised as a classic. Michael was a Rhodes Scholar and plays the ukulele badly. He’s Australian, and lives in Toronto, Canada.

    Source: https://www.mbs.works/about/

     

    Big idea #1 — Set a worthy goal

    This is the bulk of the book. You go through this process a few different times to refine and improve your worthy goal.

    The first phase is purposely messy and probably quite dull. And you test this first draft of your goal on whether it’s thrilling, important, and daunting. 

    Round two of the iteration, has you adding some active words and verbs, before testing it again. A final refinement has you scoring the goal on how thrilling, important, and daunting it is, each out of seven. If the score is low (18/21), your goal needs a bit more work. You might need to add a word, or make the goal bigger, or maybe more constrained, or specific. And then voila, you have a worthy goal.

    Big idea #2 - The pain of reality

    As any good coach would, Michael has you taking a good, hard look in the mirror. The book takes you through examining your habits, your false starts, your patterns and behaviours, and your ‘mosquitoes’, as he calls them, that buzz around you and follow you around, whatever it is you try to do.

    This is an exercise in self-awareness and compassion, not self-loathing. You might go through this and realise some uncomfortable truths about your tendencies and things that may have set you back in the past, but it’s very much about being aware of them, and then being able to work with, or around, them this time.

    The next part is about painting a picture of your future, whether you do, or whether you don’t, see through this worthy goal. This is really useful to see the true opportunities and opportunity costs, of doing or not achieving this goal.

    One of my favourite exercises in the book is the idea of defining You2.0, which really hones in on what you want yourself to look like when you’re operating at your very best, versus operating at 85%. It’s such a great way of thinking back to situations where you really thrive, and what that looks like, to give yourself the boost that you can rekindle that again.

    Big idea #3 — Set yourself up to succeed

    As with any good goal setting book, there’s a big emphasis on setting yourself up for success. This includes having the right people around you; the people who are going to nurture you and you need a bit of nurturing, give you a bit of a kick or a nudge when you need it, or who you can aspire to and who can teach you. Ultimately the people who can both support and challenge you along the way.

    The other piece is around awareness. There’s a lot of activities in here around really knowing thyself, understanding where you’re likely to trip yourself up, and where you’re likely to not be as effective as you could be in reaching your worthy goal.

    Finally, thinking about experiments and practices. Michael talks a lot about how to take small first steps. Which isn’t necessar

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    What you should read in 2022

    What you should read in 2022

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    This week we're taking a gentle start to the year talking about the books on my reading list for this year, and how I'm rethinking my reading habits and goals.

    Here's some of the books I mention in the episode;
    How to Begin by Michal Bungay Stanier
    Atlas of the Heart by Brené Brown
    I Didn't Do The Thing by Madeline Dore
    This Working Life by Lisa Leong and Monique Ross
    How to Tell a Story by The Moth
    The Power of Regret by Daniel Pink
    Stolen Focus by Johann Hari
    Making Numbers Count by Chip Heath
    The Biography of Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson

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    • 10 min
    How We Read: Claire Hatton on royalty, leadership, and changing reading tastes

    How We Read: Claire Hatton on royalty, leadership, and changing reading tastes

    It's a December special with this bonus mini-series called How We Read, featuring conversations about the books that have stuck with us.

    This spin off series will continue in 2022 for members of the brand new Steph's Business Bookshelf Patreon, launching January 2022.

    In this episode of How We Read I'm talking to Claire Hatton about her top books of 2021, how she reads, and why 2021 has spurred some different genres of reading for her.
    Here's the books he talked about:
    1. Leading Edge by Holly Ransom
    2. Victoria, The Queen by Julia Baird
    3. Happiest Man on Earth by Eddie Jaku

    Plus, honourable mentions of Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo, Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister by Jung Chang, and Phosphorescence by Julia Baird.

    You can connect with Claire through LinkedIn and by checking out her podcast Don’t Stop Us Now, on your favourite podcast provider.

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    • 24 min
    How We Read: Lisa Leong's existential musings and top reads of 2021

    How We Read: Lisa Leong's existential musings and top reads of 2021

    It's a December special with a bonus mini-series called How We Read, featuring conversations about the books that have stuck with us.

    This spin off series will continue in 2022 for members of the brand new Steph's Business Bookshelf Patreon, launching January 2022.

    In this episode of How We Read I'm talking to Lisa Leong about her top books of 2021, some existential considerations on what's really essential, and a few insights from her new book.

    Here's the books she talked about:

    1. The Mindful Therapist by Daniel J. Siegel
    2. The Art of Possibility by Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander

    You can connect with Lisa through LinkedIn or Instagram, pre-order her new book This Working Life here, and listen to her podcast, This Working Life wherever you get your podcasts.

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    • 24 min
    How We Read: Shane Hatton's top two books of 2021

    How We Read: Shane Hatton's top two books of 2021

    It's a December special with a bonus mini-series called How We Read, featuring conversations about the books that have stuck with us.

    This spin off series will continue in 2022 for members of the brand new Steph's Business Bookshelf Patreon, launching January 2022.

    In this first ever episode of How We Read I'm talking to Shane Hatton about his top books of 2021, how he reads, and how he weaved his way into a book club this year.

    Here's the books he talked about:
    Super Thinking: The Big Book of Mental Models by Gabriel Weinberg and Lauren McCann
    The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World by Melinda Gates

    Plus, an honourable mention of The Medici Effect, With a New Preface and Discussion Guide: What Elephants and Epidemics Can Teach Us About Innovation by Frans Johansson.

    You can connect with Shane through LinkedIn | Instagram | his website.

     

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