How to speak so people really listen is a straight-talking guide to communicating with influence and impact. This book by Paul McGee is a great resource to increase your performance at making your messages stick … like velcro!Read More
What’s the most memorable behavioural change you have made in your adult life? Can you answer this question? Quickly? Probably not. That’s the reason you may find this book useful and interesting as Marshall Goldsmith will help you understand why it’s almost achievable without help.Read More
Are you punishing the dissenter in the room? Professor Charlan Nemeth challenges us to think about how we make decisions and how we encourage decision making in the workplace. No! is a book which will polarise the workplace community as we operating in a world which wants to get along and makes decisions by consensus methods.Read More
Your essential leadership manual for 2018 - Leadership Results guides you to take your organisation to one known for showing leadership and comprising of high performing teams.Read More
Tips, techniques and research to help you take control of your sleep. If your sleep is cracked or broken, then your well-being is sabotaged. this fun to read book provides guidance on how to fix your sleep.Read More
A handbook for anyone responsible for the change in their organisation. Whether that change is a transition, transformation, merger or acquisition.
It's time to focus on the people first, rather than the profit.Read More
The Swoosh Story
Leadership thoughts and lessons by Louise Thomson
With children who are easily targeted by media advertising, we have a wardrobe of NIKE. Tops, pants, socks and of course, shoes.
My daughter Jennifer is so obsessed with NIKE, that she thought the book was for her when I showed it to her! Impressed, yes. Yet, at 10, I’m not sure if it will be of interest to her – especially when there are no photos of NIKE products.
On the contrary, I became quickly immersed in a beautifully crafted story of a man with a big vision, crazy idea and a passion for running. It’s a long story too. There is no overnight success and it doesn’t have a totally happy ending. Out of adversity, there is still an empowering and indeed an organisational story which had me reading at any opportunity to understand what drove Phil Knight to keep going.
It began in the early 1960s where on paper, Phil graduated from the University of Oregon College, Stanford Business School and a stint in the Army yet, in the flesh, he still felt like a kid at the age of 24. He knew he wanted to be successful, purposeful, meaningful, creative, important and above all, different. He didn’t want to lose. But he didn’t know at what.
Doing what he loved best, running, his crazy idea came to him. Play. Do what makes you happy and feels like play. And like running, just keep going. Don’t stop. Just don’t stop.
This advice anchored Phil for the following fifty years. It's tough to imagine his strength to keep focused as this was a story of business hell - continually chasing cash to fulfill the orders of good running shoes, convincing people to believe in his dream and spreadsheets.
My Swoosh Story learning and take-outs:
Travel – don’t delay it, plan far and wide and don’t be concerned to travel solo
Passion – follow what you love, don’t keep doing what you’re not passionate about
Risks – take risks to make things happen, big risks to be different
Success – don’t expect it to happen overnight - it’s long, slow and painful
Family – they will always be there, but don’t put them last in the queue, regret is heavy
Friends – work with people and treat them like friends (Nike = ‘buttfaces’)
Relationships – earn your respect which will be followed by trust – a foundation recipe for business
Communication – keep honing your skills as your role in business is to influence
Play – do what you love, follow your passion and involve others to share the play
Dream – get lost in your thinking and find the thoughts which make you happy
Mentor – always have people in your life to talk about your dreams and your business
Culture – do what works for your team, don’t do what you think you should do
Phil’s father gave him $50 to purchase his first box of Japanese running shoes to sell from his car. However, his father never really understood his entrepreneurship which wasn’t respected as a ‘profession’ let alone valued in the 60s & 70s. This and sadly, the death of his son Matthew (Scuba diving accident) took the edge of happiness out of Phil’s life. With all the money in the world, these deaths curtailed the life of comfortable happiness which Phil was always seeking.
I have since found myself fascinated with Phil’s life. He must be one of the most private billionaires on earth, however from what I have uncovered, he has since stepped down from the Chairman’s role at NIKE (he’s 79), stepped up his philanthropy, donating $400 million to Stanford where he did his MBA. He also has a daughter Christina – which isn’t mentioned in the book and one guess is she was adopted as a teenager which would have been outside the timeline of the Shoe Dog story.
I have put Shoe Dog on my list of favorite Biographies, Autobiographies, and Memoirs. This was more than an account of success, but a life story showing the reality of achieving success.
THE BEST VERSION OF YOURSELF
It’s great to get away from behind a book and be in the audience of an author. But this is no ordinary author. Lisa O’Neill, from over ‘the ditch’ entertained us, shocked us and convinced us to take charge of our life.
This isn’t a new message, we’ve heard it numerous times, but Lisa found the switch in our minds to take note, evaluate and reprogram some serious flaws which we’ve managed to convince ourselves that it’s a feature.
As a mother, sole-trader working from home, wife, friend, and daughter there are too many connections and distractions which get the attention; these drain the energy and I wonder why my ‘important stuff’ list doesn’t get actioned.
When are you at your BEST?
Collectively, we need to help ourselves and each other to prioritise the ‘me’ activities, outsource the time-wasters and increase our self-promotion to enable us, women, to be the best version of ourselves.
Chops, licking, and deliciousness are words which have stuck with me for a week - a great measurement of the messages in the front of my mind. I often can’t tell you the name of the author of the book which I read a week ago let alone recall their models and views.
I notice that Lisa is venturing back to Melbourne and other parts of Australia, very soon, and I highly recommend that you grab your bosom buddies (or Champagne Chic Chicks) and go and be entertained and specifically unlearn a few habits. And, just a little word of warning: Lisa’s vocabulary may shock you, however, for some of us, it’s what’s needed to get our attention of what needs changing.
Janine Garner bust the myths of networking and emphasises the need for networks to help you in your life. The core four: butt-kickers, promoters, pit-crew and teachers, are essential in your life to help you achieve a good life. A great book to read to make the most of creating better networks.Read More
Viktor Frankl has gifted us, people before us and no doubt, our next generation, a truly amazing insight into his life in the holocaust which he makes sense of how he and others coped and why people died.
Part story, part therapy explanation and part ‘life’ instructions, who would have thought that this little book would and is still being read by so many people on earth.Read More
A self-help book to get you thinking about what's important in your life. Mark Manson drills down to your values to identify the metrics you use to determine what you do with your life. It's a must read in 2017.Read More
How can a company put its people before profit?
This question is answered throughout Everybody Matters- a story of how a company with it's origins in the 1800s is successfully a combination of 80 acquisitions using a checklist of leadership behaviours to lead and now educate in their own university.
A must read for anyone who questions the importance of people and leadership in their business.Read More
Speakership is Matt Church's book which is a practical 'how to' - it builds your competence and confidence to speak publicly - the strength which most people say they wish they had or would rather die than have! If you're a leader, then you need to read this book.Read More
Here's a subject which I didn't think I knew about - Customer Centricity by Peter Fader. If you have customers then I suggest you read the debate which Peter hosts within his book. If you ever wondered what your hairdresser does with those little cards - then Customer Centricity will make sense!Read More
Soozey Johnstone is generous in her book, I AM THE PROBLEM, with addressing the obstacles which get in our way running our businesses. You can have a workshop with yourself answering all the questions which Soozey asks to help you reflect and become more effective doing what she recommends.Read More
Book Review: Think One Team is your tool to change things in your organisation. Graham Winter is very smart in writing and producing this book which is essentially a large brochure and 'how to' make and create change. I really enjoyed the read and have already shared this process with clients.Read More
Angela Pippos exposes the continuing unfairness associated with women in sport in Australia in her book, Breaking The Mould - Taking A Hammer to Sexism In Sport.
Teachers, Students, Parents of Students involved in sport and anyone passionate about equality should read this book.
In my review, I have highlighted some key text and recommending your read.Read More
Book Review: 365 Thank Yous - The Year a Simple Act of Daily Gratitude Changed My Life
We don't write thank you cards any more. Maybe parents did and grandparents more likely. Sadly, we might send a quick text rather than select a card, write a thoughtful note, and post it.
We rarely experience the delight of opening a card which say's "thank you".
John Kralik takes us on a journey over a year: from a sad unthankful life to a life of happinesss. It's a page turner and I highly recommend you read it.Read More
We spend too much time analysing and debating if we're right or wrong - when research tells us that our gut instinct or that thinking in the first two seconds is probably sound judgement.Read More
The Boomerang Effect takes us to modern-day marketing - the type which is full of content, helpful and quick. Gone are the days of just advertising - it's time to solve problems. It's about jumping on social media and sharing your talent, experience and products. And there's a benefit - if you do it, especially with YouTube, Google will reward you.Read More