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I love to share articles and resources that I find helpful. Links to books and websites are below, or follow me on Facebook where I regularly post links to more items of interest.

Books

  • The Art of Possibility, by Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander (Penguin, 2000). I love this book. It is very inspiring, and creatively written, so it is a pleasure to read. Ben Zander’s YouTube videos also well worth a watch. A wonderful approach to authentic leadership.
  • Quiet, by Susan Cain. (Penguin, 2012). This is about the power of being an introvert, and why extroversion is culturally dominant in the West. As an introvert myself this was an enlightening and affirming read. Susan’s TED Talk and web site are also great resources.
  • The Go-Giver, by Bob Burg and John David Mann (Portfolio, 2007). This parable illustrates five ‘laws of stratospheric success’ in business and in life. I know this sounds cheesy, and just like every other business success book out there, but I do really like the message the authors present. Its about generosity, abundance and authenticity. Give freely of yourself and you will receive. Don’t have time to read the book? Here’s a quick overview.
  • Rushing Women’s Syndrome, by Dr Libby Weaver (Little Green Frog Publishing, 2011). If you want to understand the consequences of chronic stress on the body and mind, this is a good place to start. Full of physiological detail, but written in an accessible style, it gives a good understanding of the symptoms and causes of adrenal fatigue. If you are feeling tired, fatigued, have digestive problems, a busy mind and trouble sleeping this book may help. I didn’t connect with the ‘rushing woman’ of the title however. Chronic stress can come from sources other than an overactive life. Dr Libby is a marketing force to be reckoned with, which I find a little off-putting, but I really respect her message and the quality of her information.
  • Mindset, by Carol S. Dweck (Ballantine Books, 2006). Do you, your staff, or your children approach life from a fixed or a growth mindset? This book explains these approaches and how fundamental these approaches are to learning, achievement and success (or lack thereof).  Reading this deepened my understanding of my own behaviour and the behaviour of those around me, and showed me how to help promote a growth mindset. At the very least, have a look at the website or TED talk.
  • Daring Greatly, by Brené Brown. If you’re challenged by the idea of being vulnerable, struggle with self acceptance, feel shame, or lack courage this is a great resource. Or visit her website and watch her TED talks. Brené’s work gets to the heart of what it is to live an authentic life.

Websites

  • www.susanbirch.co.nz Susan Birch is a exercise and functional nutrition consultant based in Rotorua. She can help sort out your health and fitness challenges. She also has a gym www.truefit.co.nz.
  • www.soundstrue.com is a place to access a huge range of resources to help you live a more genuine, loving and meaningful life. This covers a huge range of approaches, from the science of mindfulness to the teachings of various spiritual traditions and thought leaders. The free podcast ‘Insights at the Edge’, with Sounds True founder Tami Simon, is a great way to access some of the thinking.
  • I enjoyed this podcast from Sounds True with Tami Simon interviewing Mary O’Malley about waking up to life. Although I found the terminology used a bit too far to the spiritual fringe for me (and thus may be a bit off-putting), I found the experiences and ideas she’s talking about mesh with my experiences of seeking to live a more authentic life. Tami Simon is endlessly logical and nicely cuts through the more esoteric aspects with very practical questions. Worth a listen if you are interested in authenticity.
  • www.heysigmund.com. A beautifully written blog ‘where the science of psychology meets the art of being human’. Lots of helpful articles about dealing with the challenges of being human (such as anxiety and depression) and how to head towards a happier, more fulfilling life.
  • www.brenebrown.com. Brené Brown’s website with loads of resources to help you live a more authentic life.
  • www.calm.auckland.ac.nz. Computer Assisted Learning for the Mind. A huge resource to help you better manage the challenges in life, from Auckland University Medical School. Includes lots of free-to-download mindfulness meditations.
  • www.goodnutrition.co.nz. Tatjana Smolic is a Registered nutritionist based in Rotorua who can help with dietary influences on wellbeing and stress management.
  • www.neuroleadership.com. David Rock is the founder of the NeuroLeadership Institute, bringing the science of how our brains work to leadership and management practices. I haven’t read his stuff yet, but it looks fascinating!
  • Brain Development and Learning by Nathan Mikaere-Wallis. I like how this short collection of notes covers a lot of key points on how parents, carers and educators could better engage with children’s developing brains to improve the learning environment.

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