Iris Clermont, author of Team Rhythm: Eleven ways to lead your team from overwhelmed to inspired recommends a valuable selection of books! Before jumping into the interview, please check out Iris's book:
Q. Do you have a favourite smart thinking book (and why that book)?
What Got You Here Won't Get You There: How successful people become even more successful by Marshall Goldsmith.
What Got You Here Won't Get You There by Marshall Goldsmith because this book reminds me to take a fresh look at all the influencing changes around me and rethink what I need to do differently. It reminds me which skills should be improved and which could use particular focus and attention to add value for my clients.
Q. What's the most recent smart thinking book you've read (and how would you rate it)?
Outstanding in the Middle How Middle Managers Make the Difference by Birgitta Sjöstrand.
OUTSTANDING in the MIDDLE: How Middle Managers Make the Difference by Birgitta Sjöstrand is outstanding, with 5 out of 5 stars, as every word adds real value for middle managers and leaders from 360 different aspects. I enjoyed every word of the book and especially gained from the cultural aspects, demonstrating clarity and transparency. I am looking forward to adding real value to my clients and teams in the middle management area, taking special care and awareness of the cultural differences and their effects.
Q. Do you have a favourite childhood book?
Momo by Michael Ende.
Yes, Momo by Michael Ende. Active listening skills are crucial in unlocking the wisdom that lies within every person. With these skills, one can gain an enhanced understanding and insight into the experiences of others. Michael Ende's book Momo emphasises the positive impact of listening deeply to others. The author talks about a person's ability to tune in to the people around them and bring out their most profound knowledge so everyone can become insightful and inspirational. He uses an example of someone cleaning the floor, concentrating on each sweep of the broom and getting into flow rather than feeling overwhelmed by the size of the area they have to clean. I hear similar wise words from project leaders who listen to their teams, focus on a step-by-step approach and improve engagement.
Q. Do you prefer reading on paper, Kindle or listening to an audiobook?
I prefer reading from my home office and listening to audiobooks when travelling.
Q. Do you have a favourite bookshop (and why that shop)?
Mayersche local bookshop in Aachen as I can explore three floors filled with books and a cafe on the top floor. It is a beautiful place to read books whilst looking over the town from the roof terrace.
Many thanks to Iris for recommending a valuable selection of books! Please don't forget to check out Team Rhythm: Eleven ways to lead your team from overwhelmed to inspired.
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