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(Redirect: The Surprising New Science of Psychological Change) By Wilson, Timothy D. (Author) Hardcover on 08-Sep-2011
(Redirect: The Surprising New Science of Psychological Change) By Wilson, Timothy D. (Author) Hardcover on 08-Sep-2011
by Timothy D. Wilson
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Changing thoughts equals changing behaviours, 13 Jun 2013
On the cover of this book are glowing testimonials from both Malcolm Gladwell and Daniel Gilbert, so I was very much looking forward to reading it. And I was not disappointed. This book is full of wonderful, well tested, examples of how changing the way people think of themselves will result in changing their behaviour.
Wilson shows this as he is tackling the difficult behaviours as well. Not only does he document successful projects that have reduced discrimination, teen pregnancy, peer pressure, substance abuse and crime prevention, he also identifies some common principles amongst these programs. On top of this the principles often run counter to common sense.
The application is that if we select certain words, evoke certain cues or even trigger certain stereotypes it can actually improve performance. Great reading!


Hardwired Humans: Successful Leadership Using Human Instincts
Hardwired Humans: Successful Leadership Using Human Instincts
by Andrew O'Keeffe
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £25.03

5.0 out of 5 stars Evolutionary Psychology in the Office, 13 Jun 2013
Homo sapiens emerged around 200,000 years ago and walked into an office about 250 years ago. As such it is no wonder that human instincts play out in the office. Using his significant expertise as a Senior Human Resources practitioner with a long list of blue chip companies, Andrew O'Keeffe concisely lists organisations ills, like silo behaviour, poor change management and gossip, and then observes ...
"Given that these experiences and many more are common to most organisations then they are not explainable at the organisational level. They can only be explained by a common factor - we all employ humans!"
Andrew then builds on the work of people like Dr Desmond Morris, Professor Nigel Nicholson and Dr Jane Goodall and brings them into the workplace to look at the implications for organisational structure and leadership. There are some startling explanations and insights into human behaviour and a seemingly endless list of practical tips tools and techniques for leaders. I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who has a leadership position.


The Human Zoo: A Zoologist's Study of the Urban Animal (Kodansha Globe)
The Human Zoo: A Zoologist's Study of the Urban Animal (Kodansha Globe)
by Desmond Morris
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Cities and Zoos, 13 Jun 2013
In this book, Desmond Morris continues his look at humans from a zoologist's point of view. This time he looks at how the naked ape responds to the complex situation they have developed for themselves ... civilisation. From tribes to super-tribes, bringing with it the issue of status to super-status, Desmond Morris builds a compelling position about how we are constantly trying to fine tune our lives as we struggle with the contrast and balance between our evolutionary psychology/biology and the environment in which we have developed for ourselves.
I particularly enjoyed the chapters on `In-Groups and Out-Groups,' `The Stimulus Struggle' and the `Childlike Adult.' There is some great stuff in there.
It was also very interesting to read it again considering Desmond Morris wrote it in 1969 and over 30 years later his analysis still largely seems to hold. This seems to only further support his thesis that 10,000 years of civilisation is a small percentage of our biological evolution of (depends how you define it) between 200,000 and 4-8 million years.


The Naked Ape: A Zoologist's Study of the Human Animal
The Naked Ape: A Zoologist's Study of the Human Animal
by Desmond Morris
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

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4.0 out of 5 stars An oldie but a goodie, 13 Jun 2013
There are close to 200 species of apes. All are covered with hair except one, the naked ape, self-named Homo sapiens. This book looks at us through a zoologist's eyes, looks beyond the façade and shows how many of our everyday behaviours are driven by some very basic instincts.


Spiral Dynamics: Mastering Values, Leadership and Change
Spiral Dynamics: Mastering Values, Leadership and Change
by Don Edward Beck
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.26

4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful antidote to the apocoholics, 9 May 2013
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Probably the definitive work on Clare W. Graves `Levels of Existence' theory. The theory itself is nothing short of astonishing, insightful, thought provoking, challenging and hopeful. It goes way beyond any personality profiling to explain the link between the life conditions that we face and how we evolve our thoughts, feelings, values and beliefs.

This is the second time I have read this book and while the book itself is patchy (some parts speculative, others impenetrable) overall the book is incredibly important. Start with Sections 1 and 3 and then decide if you want to work through Section 2. It is a wonderful antidote to the stream of authors (Jarrod Diamond, Chris Patton, Thomas Homer-Dixon etc.) who are able to list the problems we face (climate, political, economic) and yet leave the reader with a sense of being overwhelmed and powerless.

This book shows us the tools that we already have and where we will find the tools we need to effectively deal with the problems that we face and to evolve as we do so. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone who is in a position to play a part, no matter how seemingly small, in solving the complex problems that we face as a planet.


Painless Performance Conversations: A Practical Approach to Critical Day-to-Day Workplace Discussions
Painless Performance Conversations: A Practical Approach to Critical Day-to-Day Workplace Discussions
by Marnie E. Green
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read, understand and implement, 22 April 2013
Marnie Greens experience and eloquence is unquestionable. This is a highly practical book packed full of tips, tools and techniques that when followed would make even the most frightening of performance evaluations painless. I would strongly recommend this book to any manager who dreads the thought of performance evaluations.


The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion
The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion
by Jonathan Haidt
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.61

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Co-operation v competition, 15 April 2013
I very much enjoyed Jonathan Haidt's last book The Happiness Hypothesis so I was very much looking forward to this one. And I was not disappointed. It is fantastic.

In November 1989 the Berlin Wall came down signalling the failure of communism. In 2007/2008 the housing market and the stock market came down signalling the failure of capitalism. Since then there has been very little new thinking on either side of politics. This is perhaps exacerbating oppositional politics and the lack of collaborative politics.

If we are to work together to create a new way of political thinking then the right and the left will need to understand each other. At the root of political thinking is moral psychology. Jonathan Haidt calls on well-constructed research, philosophy, psychology, history and the social and political sciences to produce a fantastically rich book in breadth and depth.

In the process he identifies the 2 moral foundations of the left and the 6 moral foundations of the right. Be prepared to have you Western Educated Industrialised Rich Democratic (WEIRD) morals tested and expanded. Should be required reading for every armchair politician.


The Myth of Multitasking: How Doing it All Gets Nothing Done
The Myth of Multitasking: How Doing it All Gets Nothing Done
by Dave Crenshaw
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A quick simple and worthwhile read, 15 April 2013
This is a simple little parable in the same vein as the One Minute Manager series. It is very quick and easy to read and has a couple of very practical activities. The thrust of the book is that while it is possible to switch between different tasks very quickly and give the illusion of multitasking, it is, in fact, a very inefficient strategy. What we are actually doing is switch tasking or background tasking.

No it is not a generational thing as our brain does not evolve that quickly and, sorry ladies, there is no evidence, other than urban myth anecdotal evidence, that women can multitask and men cannot. To do two things at once is to do both things poorly.


The Moral Animal: Why We Are The Way We Are
The Moral Animal: Why We Are The Way We Are
by Robert Wright
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.39

5.0 out of 5 stars The evolutionary benefit of morals, 15 April 2013
If we accept the theory of evolution as the explanation of how we came to be who we are, what does that tell us about our psychology and our morals? Has evolution fooled us to believe in free will? How much of our behaviour is evolutionarily justifiable? Why do so many religious sages preach the same morals?

Robert Wright cleverly weaves his answers using Darwin's life and his work as an illustration. His answer is utilitarian, exceptionally well thought out and a little confronting. It could leave the reader feeling hopeless and fatalistic.

But the good news when we separate causes from outcomes we are left with the most intelligent and logical argument I have ever come across as to why it would be in all our interests to stop fighting and to start looking after each other.

More than that, in a time when we are flooded with reasons as to why we should worry about or prospects, Wright provides the human race with a rationally optimistic future that so far has an unbeaten track record ... natural selection.


Made to Stick: Why some ideas take hold and others come unstuck
Made to Stick: Why some ideas take hold and others come unstuck
by Dan Heath
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.59

5.0 out of 5 stars How to build a proverb, 15 April 2013
This book is a must for any one who is keen to communicate an idea and wants the idea to be remembered. I have read many books on presentation skills and story telling in my time and this would easily be one of the best. Chip and Dan Heath, show the science behind stories and ideas that stick. If you want to get your message across ... read this first!"


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