Recommended Reads – Week 47
A Journey of Diversity & Inclusion In South Africa: Guidelines for leading inclusively
by Nene Molefi
“The ideas and experiences shared by author Nene Molefi speak directly to the troubling prejudices and inequities that persist in our world. Diversity and inclusion are more pressing than ever. Injustices and deep social divisions persist, personally and systemically. Racism, sexism, homophobia, and other forms of fear and hatred are not isolated. They remain embedded and they demand courageous, deliberate work. In this book, Nene uses her own story to cast a bright light on the transformation journey. Nene’s book quite vulnerably takes the reader on Nene’s personal journey. In addition to the deeply personal content, each chapter ends with practical guidelines on how to lead inclusively. Nene’s book offers hope and substance in our vision of a diverse and inclusive and just society.” —Justice Edwin Cameron
“This is a deeply authentic personal narrative offering powerful and practical insights, from one of South Africa’s foremost advisors on diversity and transformation. It should be required reading for any leader who is serious about effectively transforming their organisation.” —Dr Jonathan Broomberg, CEO, Discovery Health
“A Journey of Diversity & Inclusion in South Africa will enable all of us to meaningfully interpret and articulate our own biases, narratives and the contributions we can make to heal our fractured nation.” —Prof Nicola Kleyn, Dean, University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS)
“It is no longer good enough to say diversity is an asset. Leaders are expected to lead the way of inclusion, live the values and thereby define the DNA of their organisation.” —Bongani Nqwababa, Joint President & CEO, Sasol Limited
“Mind-opening for those yet to be convinced of the need for transformation, and helpful to those who are already committed to transformation but are not sure how to play a part. This book will empower willing transformers!” —
Thulani Sibeko, Executive for Marketing, Communications and Corporate Affairs, Nedbank
“Nene Molefi offers a personal and professional model that will benefit anyone who wants
to make a difference in this world.” —Julie O’Mara, President, Centre for Global Inclusion, Co-author Global Diversity & Inclusion Benchmarks, Former National President, Association for Talent Development
John Maxwell the Complete 101 Collections : What every leader needs to know
Now in one paperback volume, John C. Maxwell’s best-selling 101 series of briefcase-sized leadership books that have helped more than one million people become better leaders.
The Complete 101 Collection includes material that in true Maxwell style helps readers reach their potential at any stage in their career. It can be thought of as a crash course in leadership, a practical tool to sharpen the core fundamentals every professional needs.
Contents include a 101 on attitude, self-improvement, leadership, relationships, success, teamwork, equipping, and mentoring. Each 101 book is an introduction to a subject, not the “advanced course.” This concentrated collection of books helps readers on their way to significant growth in specific areas of their lives.
Blue Ocean Strategy Expanded
Winning by not competing! This international best seller upends traditional thinking with principles and tools to make the competition irrelevant.
In an audiobook that challenges everything you thought you knew, W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne assert that tomorrow’s leading companies will succeed, not by battling their rivals for market share in the bloody “red ocean” of a shrinking profit pool, but by creating “blue oceans” of untapped new market spaces ripe for growth.
The Order of Time by Carol Rovelli
From the bestselling author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, a concise, elegant exploration of time.
Why do we remember the past and not the future? What does it mean for time to “flow”? Do we exist in time or does time exist in us? In lyric, accessible prose, Carlo Rovelli invites us to consider questions about the nature of time that continue to puzzle physicists and philosophers alike.
For most readers this is unfamiliar terrain. We all experience time, but the more scientists learn about it, the more mysterious it remains. We think of it as uniform and universal, moving steadily from past to future, measured by clocks. Rovelli tears down these assumptions one by one, revealing a strange universe where at the most fundamental level time disappears. He explains how the theory of quantum gravity attempts to understand and give meaning to the resulting extreme landscape of this timeless world. Weaving together ideas from philosophy, science and literature, he suggests that our perception of the flow of time depends on our perspective, better understood starting from the structure of our brain and emotions than from the physical universe.
Already a bestseller in Italy, and written with the poetic vitality that made Seven Brief Lessons on Physics so appealing, The Order of Time offers a profoundly intelligent, culturally rich, novel appreciation of the mysteries of time.
Lift as you Rise by Bonang Mohale
Bonang Mohale is a highly respected South African businessman, who is known as much for his patriotism and his active role in seeking to advance his country’s interests as for the leading role he has played in companies like Otis Elevators, Shell South Africa and South African Airways, among others. Developed over 30
years of business experience, his insights have motivated change in organisations and individuals alike. As CEO of Business Leadership South Africa, he frequently shares his insights through speeches and articles on the role of business in South Africa and the core tenets of leadership. Lift As You Rise is a compilation of some of his spoken and written words in which Mohale reveals the issues he is passionate about – among them transformation, people development, constructive collaboration and integrity – and how they came to define his career and his life. He looks into the ideas behind his words and offers fresh thoughts on the subjects they cover.
This well-balanced compilation is enhanced by contributions from others he has mentored or met on his journey which underscore
who Mohale the man is – a fearless and energetic leader whose compassion, humanity and eternal optimism promote hope and
encourage action. There is value in this book for leaders in all walks of life, but it is Mohale’s hope that young people specifically, those rising through
the ranks, will find his insights and experience inspiring – for they are the country’s future leaders.