For those of you interested in what motivates people I am including here several books I’ve recently come across, reflecting the theme of engaging with others.
Power Questions: build relationships, win new business and influence others by Andrew Sobel and Jerold Panas. This is an easy read, with lots of suggestions for approaching a wide range of situations. Sobel and Panas essentially are teaching the art of open questions and the relationships you might develop to enable you ask these questions. While some questions might be perceived as being questioning techniques in New Zealand, others provide ways of engaging with peers. The book is helpful to anyone wanting to shift their interactions from social niceties to having strong working relationships.
The lowdown: Dodging the bullet – Effective Risk Communication, by Andrew Powell and Andrew Roberts. This is a great little e-book recommended to me by long-term Perth colleague Dr Kevin Franklin. An essential read for any leader communicating to individuals in groups in difficult times where people are likely to be stressed or concerned.
Man’s search for meaning,by Viktor Frankl. Written over 9 weeks after his release from Auschwitz, this is an extraordinary book of insight into our ability to generate hope in seemingly devastating and hopeless situations. Frankl, in sharing his understanding of psychology and the effects of both human kindness and evil, makes for compelling reading. You can hear Viktor Frankl in this TED video here: http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/viktor_frankl_youth_in_search_of_meaning.html
The Regeneration Trilogy is a novel by Pat Barker. Long time client and colleague Stuart Low recommended this one. I couldn’t put the book down. This novel includes Seigfried Sasson and Wildred Owen as characters. Sasson, a dedicated solder and his courage in standing alone and challenging war policy lands him up in an asylum. The story centers on Sasson’s relationship with a psychiatrist and some of the residents. I found Barker’s writing of the impact of government policy on citizens, institutional processes and informal connections amongst people, engaging and compelling. Barker encapsulates an appreciation of events on behavior and psychology in her writing.