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This weeks reading list…

Yellowbone by Ekow Duker

In Mthatha, light-skinned Karabo is called ‘yellowbone’. People expect her to coast through life on her looks but she goes to London to study architecture. At a private recital, a priceless violin binds her fate to that of virtuoso André Potgieter, who hides a secret – he sees angels. Whether it’s synaesthesia or supernatural, he cannot say. But he would do anything to keep seeing them. Events on the night of the recital cause Karabo to run away to Ghana, but her plans go horribly wrong . . .

‘’There is magic in story telling but you probably know that already. When I write, the characters become so vivid and real in my mind I wouldn’t be surprised to hear them call out to me in the street one day. I might turn and greet them with a warm smile. Or I might just run for my life. You see, my novels tell of the brutality, love, fragility and hope that characterises life in modern day Africa. I hope you enjoy my stories and perhaps they’ll inspire you to tell the world your story too’’.

Great by Choice by Jim Collins & Morten T Hansen

Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck – Why Some Thrive Despite Them All

Ten years after the worldwide bestseller Good to Great, Jim Collins returns withanother groundbreaking work, this time to ask: why do some companies thrive inuncertainty, even chaos, and others do not? Based on nine years of research,buttressed by rigorous analysis and infused with engaging stories, Collins andhis colleague Morten Hansen enumerate the principles for building a truly greatenterprise in unpredictable, tumultuous and fast-moving times. This book isclassic Collins: contrarian, data-driven and uplifting.

The Source by Dr Tara Swart

Open Your Mind.  Change Your Life

Life-changing opportunities pass us by every day – now we can train our minds to seize them.

Self-help books like The Secret promise that we can tap in to the ‘law of attraction’ to control our destiny, simply by changing our thoughts. If we strip away the mystique, at the heart of this idea is a fundamental truth that is backed up by the latest breakthroughs in neuroscience: most of the things we want from life – health, happiness, wealth, love – are governed by our ability to think, feel and act; in other words, by our brain.

Dr Tara Swart, a neuroscientist and executive coach with a background in psychiatry, is convinced beyond all doubt of our ability to alter how our brains work – and transform our lives. In The Source, she draws on the latest cognitive science and her experience coaching highly successful people to reveal the secret to mastering our minds.

With a four-step plan to awaken the power of your brain, this unique guide to life combines science and spirituality in a way that is open-minded and practical. Discover how to:

  • Challenge ‘autopilot’ thinking and rewire your brain’s pathways to fulfil your potential.
  • Manifest the things you want by directing your energy towards your deepest values and ambitions.
  • Harness the power of visualisation to prime your brain to grab opportunities and take control of your future.
  • Attack life with confidence, dispel fear and avoid negative thinking.

Unlock your potential today – you are just four steps away from building a new confident you.

Mindset by Carol S Dweck

The New Psychology of Success

After decades of research, world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D., discovered a simple but groundbreaking idea: the power of mindset. In this brilliant book, she shows how success in school, work, sports, the arts, and almost every area of human endeavor can be dramatically influenced by how we think about our talents and abilities. People with a fixed mindset—those who believe that abilities are fixed—are less likely to flourish than those with a growth mindset—those who believe that abilities can be developed. Mindset reveals how great parents, teachers, managers, and athletes can put this idea to use to foster outstanding accomplishment.

In this edition, Dweck offers new insights into her now famous and broadly embraced concept. She introduces a phenomenon she calls false growth mindset and guides people toward adopting a deeper, truer growth mindset. She also expands the mindset concept beyond the individual, applying it to the cultures of groups and organizations. With the right mindset, you can motivate those you lead, teach, and love—to transform their lives and your own.

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