The Genius Groove: The New Science of Creativity – Dr Manjir Samanta-Laughton

The Genius Groove: The New Science of Creativity – Dr Manjir Samanta-Laughton

Post-event update It was amazing having the author at the book club to grill answer our questions. Not only did she break the science down for us into something easy to understand, but she answered questions on how we could apply the concepts to our own lives. Also, it meant that I could sit back [...]

Milton Keynes Personal and Professional Development Book Club – The Chimp Paradox – Prof Steve Rogers

Milton Keynes Personal and Professional Development Book Club – The Chimp Paradox – Prof Steve Rogers

Post-event update WE LOVED - the exercises spattered throughout the book which helped us manage our chimp. 5 points we got from the book 1.Rogers has summarised how the brain works by using a model - we have a chimp, a human and a computer which are all interacting tougher. The chimp is 5 times [...]

Milton Keynes Personal and Professional Development Book Club – Daring Greatly – Brené Brown

Milton Keynes Personal and Professional Development Book Club – Daring Greatly – Brené Brown

Post event update Brené Brown has spent years researching vulnerability, shame and how they relate to wholehearted living. You can see her speak about this on a video which has 'gone viral' here https://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_on_vulnerability. Daring Greatly in a nutshell: Vulnerability and shame are uncomfortable emotions, and we do an awful lot to avoid them. Building resilience [...]

Milton Keynes Personal and Professional Development Book Club – Start with Why – Simon Sinek

Milton Keynes Personal and Professional Development Book Club – Start with Why – Simon Sinek

Post event update: Start with Why was a book with a very important message - if you start with WHY you are doing something, everything else falls into place and decisions become a lot easier. For example, if Company XYZ has a mission to make the best THING to help customers with their BLAH, any [...]

Milton Keynes Personal and Professional Development Book Club – Man’s Search for Meaning – Viktor E. Frankl

Milton Keynes Personal and Professional Development Book Club – Man’s Search for Meaning – Viktor E. Frankl

Post event update: This was one of our most harrowing reads; Victor E Frank's account of his life in a concentration camp, and how he and his fellow prisoners survived the torture, the cold and the starvation and lived to tell the tale. The clue is in the title; Frankl - a psychotherapist who studied [...]

Milton Keynes Personal and Professional Development Book Club – One Small Step Can Change Your Life – The Kaizen Way – Robert Maurer

Milton Keynes Personal and Professional Development Book Club – One Small Step Can Change Your Life – The Kaizen Way – Robert Maurer

Again, an enjoyable discussion which I have summarised here. What is Kaizen? Kaizen is a process of improving a habit using very small steps. Small steps can lead to big changes. Kaizen disarms the brain’s fear response making change come more naturally. By asking small, gentle questions, we keep the fight-or-flight response in the ‘off’ [...]

Milton Keynes Personal and Professional Development Book Club – The subtle art of not giving a f*ck – Mark Manson

Milton Keynes Personal and Professional Development Book Club – The subtle art of not giving a f*ck – Mark Manson

Post event update: We had a great discussion about the points made in this book, which we thought would be better titled 'the subtle art of carefully choosing what to give a f*ck about'. Points we discussed were: Mason's premise is that problems are inevitable, but that we can choose our problems by choosing what [...]