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Britain: One Million Years of the Human Story
Britain: One Million Years of the Human Story
by Rob Dinnis
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.39

4.0 out of 5 stars A Brief but up-to-date Prehistory of Britain, 16 May 2014
This book makes an excellent companion to the Natural History Museum's wonderful exhibition of the same name.A must-read (and a must-visit) if you have any curiosity about our deep past. Good photos and maps of the changing British coastline and iceline. I liked the inset modules taking you a little deeper into the science of a particular topic.The climate chart at the back really helps to set it in context. Ideally I would have liked that cross-referenced to the Marine Isotope Stages with a table summarising climate and fauna/flora in each stage - it can be hard for a nonspecialist to keep up with the changes! The exhibition ends with stories of the ancient human migrations revealed by DNA, would be good to see something like this in the book too. But these are niggles - a fascinating read.

Leadership PQ: How Political Intelligence Sets Successful Leaders Apart
Leadership PQ: How Political Intelligence Sets Successful Leaders Apart
by Gerry Reffo
Edition: Paperback
Price: £29.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars Walking the Talk in a Shared Power World, 1 April 2014
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This is a book which I wish had been available to me when I was a manager in a large local authority, or to my clients while working as an independent executive coach - I've had the pleasure of 12-13 years in each role.

As the authors explain, it's not about navigating office politics, but rather about developing the leadership capacity to interact strategically in a world where government, business and the wider society have to share power.

What strikes you immediately is that while incisive and clear, this is not an academic work but an immensely practical and realistic guide for practitioners of leadership in a world where influencing stakeholders and partners is the key to effective action. It is replete with credible examples drawn not just from research, but from the authors' own personal experience of working with key decision makers in business, government, NGOs and social enterprises. Valerie Wark and Gerry Reffo have 'walked their talk' in the way they have elicited valuable contributions from leaders across a range of sectors and national cultures and turned them into a model of leadership which you can believe in and apply.

They identify five facets to their concept of Leadership PQ; Futurity, Power, Empathy with Purpose, Trust and Versatility and unpack the attributes and behaviours associated with each. Analytical and creative skills are important but perhaps the ability to build relationships of trust, communicate clearly and manage competing interests lies at the heart of this view of leadership. Think for example of the way in which the loss of trust has corroded the effectiveness of the financial sector following the banking crash, Libor rate fixing and insurance misselling, or the impact of the Iraq war and expenses scandals on politics.Today climate change presents our most urgent and complex challenge to date, where the skills described in this book will be needed in abundance to build trust in the science and reconcile competing interests to manage the risks implicit in our present course of action.

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