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July's Reading List

The 100-Year Life: Living and Working in an Age of Longevity – Lynda Gratton & Andrew Scott

What the Cover Says: Does the thought of working for 60 or 70 years fill you with dread? Or can you see the potential for a more stimulating future as a result of having so much extra time?  Many of us have been raised on the traditional notion of a three-stage approach to our working lives: education, followed by work and then retirement. But this well-established pathway is already beginning to collapse – life expectancy is rising, final-salary pensions are vanishing, and increasing numbers of people are juggling multiple careers. Whether you are 18, 45 or 60, you will need to do things very differently from previous generations and learn to structure your life in completely new ways.  The 100-Year Life is here to help.  Drawing on the unique pairing of their experience in psychology and economics, Lynda Gratton and Andrew Scott offer a broad-ranging analysis as well as a raft of solutions, showing how to rethink your finances, your education, your career and your relationships and create a fulfilling 100-year life.

Why I Read It:  This one was a recommendation from the well-read Ben Keene.  As one of the founders of Rebel Book Club, Ben has great taste in books!

What I Thought:  I have not stopped talking about or recommending this book, which is probably all I need to say!  This book is incredibly thought-provoking, offering a robust analysis of increased life expectancy and what that means for managing your assets through a longer life.  The book is filled with solutions as well as being hard-hitting about the realities of a 100-year life.  I strongly urge you to check out their diagnostic to get a snapshot of your tangible and intangible assets.

Creative Confidence – Tom Kelley & David Kelley

What the Cover Says: A powerful and inspiring book from the founders of IDEO, the award-winning design firm, on unleashing the creativity that lies within each and every one of us.  Too often, companies and individuals assume that creativity and innovation are the domain of the ‘creative types’. But two of the foremost experts in innovation, design and creativity on the planet show us that each and every one of us is creative.  In an entertaining and inspiring narrative that draws on countless stories from their work at IDEO, and with many of the world’s top companies and design firms, David and Tom Kelley identify the principles and strategies that will allow us to tap into our creative potential in our work lives, and in our personal lives, allow us to think outside the box in terms of how we approach and solve problems.  ‘Creative Confidence’ is a book that will help each of us be more productive and successful in our lives and in our careers.

Why I Read It: I have been trying to cultivate my creative side since leaving work so, of course, I hit google to find books about creativity and came across this one!

What I Thought: This book has really helped me shift my perspective on creativity and innovation.  Tom and David Kelley tell amazing stories of organisations and individuals they have worked with; my favourite is about how a group of college students designed a warmer to keep premature babies alive.  These stories are combined with lots of practical tips and exercises to help strengthen those creative muscles – make sure you learn how to draw on page 60!  You cannot fail to fail to be inspired by this book.

Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong – and the New Research That’s Rewriting the Story – Angela Saini

What the Cover Says: From intelligence to emotion, for centuries science has told us that men and women are fundamentally different. But this is not the whole story.  Shedding light on controversial research and investigating the ferocious gender wars in biology, psychology and anthropology, Angela Saini takes readers on an eye-opening journey to uncover how women are being rediscovered. She explores what these revelations mean for us as individuals and as a society, revealing an alternative view of science in which women are included, rather than excluded.

Why I Read It: I think I read about this book somewhere (don’t ask me where!) and I love books like this.  In fact, I read something similar by Cordelia Fine last year.

What I Thought:  I haven’t quite finished this but I’m nearly there and a rainy afternoon is just what I need!  This is one of the most balanced books on gender and science I have read.  Saini examines everything from evolutionary biology and anthropology to neuroscience, presenting the different arguments about sex differences.  A great reminder of how important culture and society, as well as our biology, are in shaping who we are.

Rebel Book Club Read

Those of you who read these posts regularly will know I am an avid member of the Rebel Book Club.  This month, for the first time, the Book Club book was Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari.  I read this at the end of last year and loved it!

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