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Recommended Reads – Week 38

Building Resilience: How to Thrive in the Face of Life’s Challenges
by Rod Warner

Imagine having abundant inner strength and resourcefulness to withstand and recover quickly from whatever difficulties life may throw at you. With The Building Resilience Handbook you can.
Packed with practical exercises and inspirational stories, this groundbreaking, research-based book of 314 pages will guide you step-by-step to develop inner strength and realistic optimism. It’s the formula to not only survive but thrive in the face of life’s challenges.

This book teaches practical tools to live in alignment with your values. It shows how to prevent stress negatively affecting your work, colleagues and family. In the face of stressful life and work challenges you will be able to:
•remain calm and healthy
•reduce worry
•experience more hope and optimism
•bounce back stronger
“Inspiring and applicable throughout one’s lifetime” Fred Irumba, science teacher, Jakindaba Senior Secondary School.

“Easy to implement at work and home. The results are remarkable!” Brent Beilinsohn, Manager, Old Mutual Investment Group South Africa.

“Mind blowing! Implementing these practical exercises has made me a better person” Fanuel Kakuiya, Senior Superintendent, South African Police Services.


Intruders
by Mohale Mashigo

Orphan sisters chase monsters of urban legend in Bloemfontein. At a busy taxi rank, a woman kills a man with her shoe. A genomicist is accused of playing God when she creates a fatherless child.
Intruders is a collection that explores how it feels not to belong. These are stories of unremarkable people thrust into extraordinary situations by events beyond their control.

With a unique and memorable touch, Mohale Mashigo explores the everyday ills we live with and wrestle constantly, all the while allowing hidden energies to emerge and play out their unforeseen consequences.

Intruders is speculative fiction at its best


Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine
by Gail Honeyman

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

“Beautifully written and incredibly funny, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is about the importance of friendship and human connection. I fell in love with Eleanor, an eccentric and regimented loner whose life beautifully unfolds after a chance encounter with a stranger; I think you will fall in love, too!” —Reese Witherspoon

No one’s ever told Eleanor that life should be better than fine.

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy.

But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond’s big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.

Soon to be a major motion picture produced by Reese Witherspoon, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is the smart, warm, and uplifting story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes. . .
The only way to survive is to open your heart.


Succession Management : The Definite Do’s & the Detrimental Don’ts
by Ashnie Muthusamy

A sound succession plan will minimise the risk of disruption (or even disaster!) during times of change within an organisation. However, implementing a well-designed succession management system, is easier said than done. It calls for a comprehensive understanding of the practice of succession planning, particularly within the context of South Africa’s BEEE and employment equity policies.

Succession Management was written especially for the South Africa workplace and is the most comprehensive resource on succession planning available locally.
In it, readers will find step-by-step guides, checklists and case studies on how to:

  • Understand the Why of Succession Management?
  • Building a business case for succession
    •             How Will You Get There: Succession Management Process
    •             Succeeding at Succession Management
    •             Managing Successor Transition into Vacant Roles
    •             Success Measures and Metrics
    •             And more!

This is an indispensable book for every CEO, board member, HR executive and talent manager!

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