“The reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest (people) of the past centuries.” – Descartes
At H-Training we love books. Both our Founder and Managing director began their educational journey’s in the humanities. And we still read as much as ever!
It is fascinating when you think of how in the age of content, the book is still managing to hold its own. With the emergence of cultural phenomenon’s like Jordan Peterson (link) and the attendant success of his book, 12 Rules for Life (ink) spearheaded by a record-breaking Youtube (link) following, our relationships with culture continues to evolve. Recently on the Bill Simmons Podcast, Malcolm Gladwell announced that the physical and kindle sales of his new book (title) were being equalled by the audio version.
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At H-Training we are constantly grappling with the development of content for our clients and as part of this we are launching our books series.
The area of Leadership, is very much a cluttered space. This is in part due to its complexity and our fascination with it. However, there is also so much to be learned from leaders of old and the lesson their lives provide. And furthermore, this space is not unique to business. Many people in the social and public realms along with politics have equally compelling stories to tell us. Added to this there is a huge focus in Learning and Development on Psychology.
H-Training loves technology, but we also recognise that still, despite all of the developments we have made, it is still people who drive business. Understanding people and their complexity, nuance, irrationality and amazing capacity, will all contribute to you being a better leader. And there is no better way to target specific aspects of this by reading strategically (or listening as the case may be).
Whether it is Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman, How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie, getting to grips with the fascinating story of Tony O’Reilly in Matt Coopers’ The Maximalist, or exposing yourself to what true leadership really looks like in A Team of Rivals, the Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, by Doris Kearns Godwin, everything you need to succeed not only in business but also life comes alive in pages.
We will be bringing you this series regularly and highlighting each time how we utilise certain lessons in our training and also making these case studies around each individual available as part of our programmes.
The series begins with a review of Matt Coopers’ The Maximalist.
As a professional coach, mentor and facilitator Ciaran has a passionate interest in developing competencies at all workplace levels but particularly in first-line and mid-level managers. His well-developed skills in coaching and his unique approach gains the confidence of clients and supports them towards significant development.