Reading Challenge 2019

My 2019 Reading Challenge

Last year in September, I decided to go back and read more. I have been an avid reader in the past, but in the previous three years, the number of books that I had read decreased consistently. There was always something more appealing, probably a Netflix series to watch. I kept browsing a lot on the web, but it’s not the same. So in September last year, I took the resolution to read more. And have since used Goodreads to track my advancements, using the Reading Challenge feature, which essentially allows you to set a target and keep track of how much you read. I set myself to read at least 50 books. Well, I’m now well over 100 (and the year is not over). The Value of a Reading Challenge But what are the advantages of reading? Easy: it gives a real boost to my Learning Agility, wakes up curiosity. It allows me to discover a lot of new things. On a personal basis, it will enable me to be authentic (by just having a look at my reading list, you can immediately catch my multipotentialite and knowmad side). …

Book Review: Rebel Talent by Francesca Gino

Book Review: Rebel Talent by Francesca Gino

Rebel Talent is a book by Harvard Business School Professor Francesca Gino. Its subtitle Why it Pays to Break the Rules at Work and in Life already summarises the main message that the book carries: in many situations breaking (or bending) rules can be positive both at work and in life. Of course, it depends on which rules. And the author goes to a great extent into making a case with many concrete examples from different types of organisations. Some are out of our traditional radar, like the Restaurant Osteria Francescanaof Massimo Bottura. This multi-Michelin star winning chef is not the typical chef you would expect. And becomes one of the leading examples in how “breaking the rules” of traditionalism delivers value through agility and creativity. Who is a Rebel? Rebels are defined as people who are deviants but positively and constructively. They challenge the established norms and assumptions and do things differently from the crowd. Rebels break the rules, not in a legal sense or to get into trouble. They break the rules of steadiness, the assumptions that keep organisations static. These …

Are you a Multipotentialite

Are you a Multipotentialite?

Multipotentialite is the last buzz word that I came through, that helps describe my own personality. I must admit I have missed it. Its origin is rooted in a Ted Talk by Emilie Wapnick, which mainly tried to answer a few common questions for some people. Are you interested in many topics and subject? (Yes) When you are interested in a topic, you deep dive in it fully, just to feel bored after a few days? (Yes) Do you have difficulty in defining what you are good at? (Yes) Do you have problems in adapting to an agenda, and are often led by “streams of consciousness“? (Yes) Is your personal purpose vast to be defined? (Yes) Then there are high chances that you too are a Multipotentialite. In Emilie Wapnick’s word, it’s someone with many interests and creative pursuits. And below you can find her exciting Ted Talk. Multipotentialites thrive on learning, exploring, and mastering new skills. We are excellent at bringing disparate ideas together in creative ways. This makes us incredible innovators and problem solvers. Emilie Wapnick If that doesn’t sound new …

Book Review: The Leader You Want to Be by Amy Jen Su

Book Review: The Leader You Want to Be by Amy Jen Su

The Leader You Want To Be is the second book by Amy Jen Su and is based on the extensive coaching experience of the author. The book is very engaging from the very beginning. The author introduces from the opening two types of leaders: Leader A and Leader B. Leader A is all about high energy and enthusiasm, and through these, she’s capable of making a difference with her work. Leader B, on the other end, is exhausted and overwhelmed, feeling like making only little impact.  I guess we all easily recognize examples of Leader a and Leader B from our experience of real life. But what the author introduces here is not two persona type that represents different individuals. We all are both Leader A and Leader B in a different moment of our lives.  Leader A and Leader B are representative of all of us. Amy Jen Su, The Leader You Want to Be, page 2. The difference between Leader A (“The Balanced Leader “) and Leader B (“The Stressed Leader “), can go down to simple things: an accident on the way …

Build Your Skill: Resilience

Build your Skills: Resilience

Resilience is one of the topics that has been “hot” in the recent HR Congress I attended in Nice. Technically it is challenging to define Resilience as a Skill, as it is something more complicated than a pure competence. Many different factors dial in creating Resilience, and I want to dedicate some time to give some glimpses on this. Resilience: a Definition In simple words, Resilience is the ability of a person to adapt to changing circumstances and to bounce back from challenges and stress. In other words, Resilience is the ‘rubber ball’ factor: the ability to bounce back in the event of adversity. A resilient person has the ability to cope with and rise to the inevitable challenges, problems and set-backs met in the course of life, getting strengthened from these. Resilience is accepting your new reality, even if it’s less good than the one you had before. You can fight it, you can do nothing but scream about what you’ve lost, or you can accept that and try to put together something that’s good Elizabeth Edwards, …