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  • Tamar Balkin

Some "light" reading, and listening for the New Year

Updated: Oct 23, 2022

For those of you who want to start the year with some 'light' reading or listening, here are my favourite podcasts and books.

Podcasts: HBR IdeaCast I have been listening to HBR IdeaCast on and off for about 4 years. It is weekly podcast featuring the leading thinkers in business and management from Harvard Business Review. Sarah Green is a marvellous interviewer. Work and Life with Stew Friedman Stew Friedman founded the Work/Life Integration Project at Warton, the podcast is a recording of his live radio show on the Warton Business Radio. I really enjoyed Episode 45. when he interviewed Sarah Green Carmichael (HBR IdeaCast) on the topic of Work Obsession. The First Four Years David Sherry shares his insights into his strategy for successfully living as an entrepreneur in 2017. His perspective is energetic and refreshing. The Knowledge Project: Shane Parrish of Farnham street interviews international experts on a wide variety of business related topics. To help us master the best of what other people have figured out. I particularly enjoyed his "in between episode" Entitled Are we too busy to pay attention to life? Echo Junction Podcast Adam Fraser Talks Social and Digital, helping you to make sense of the day to day noise and complexity in the social media and digital marketing sector. His interview with Mitch Joel is a brilliant overview of the impact of digital and the associated changes in marketing. Books: Here are some I have waiting on my shelf for a quiet moment over the summer, or at some point in 2018. Daniel Pink: To Sell is Human Dan Pink believes that sales isn't what it used to be, as consumers are more informed and savvy than ever. His practical tips and refreshing perspective is useful for all of us who need to persuade others. Adam Grant: Give and Take Give and Take highlights what effective networking, collaboration, influence, negotiation, and leadership skills have in common, and how givers achieve extraordinary results across a wide range of industries. Adam Grant: Originals Adam Grant examines how people can drive creative, moral, and organisational progress—and how leaders can encourage originality in their organisations.

Thank you for your support over the past year. Wishing you a relaxing summer break and I look forward to working with you in 2018. I am taking a break with the family, returning to work January 22nd.

A bit about me: At the end of my Masters Degree in Organisational Psychology I was told the best place to work is "wherever you can find a good boss". As an Executive Coach my aim is to help my clients be "excellent bosses", so that they and their direct reports all bounce out of bed excited about their day at work. My 20 year career is driven by a belief that we spend so much time at work it should be an enjoyable, challenging and energising experience.

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