Book Spotlight: 'Leadershift' by John Maxwell

When I surveyed readers of A Deliberate Life, one of the themes you said you most enjoyed was content was around ideas and reading, and my annual 'Top 10 Reads' posts are consistently among the most popular, so I thought I'd start featuring particular books I'm reading. I'd love to hear if there are particular books from former lists that you'd like to see featured!

I'm kicking off today with a book I just finished - the most recent release from leadership guru and prolific author, John Maxwell.

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Leadershift: 11 Essential Changes Every Leader Must Embrace

by John Maxwell

Released 2019

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Are you letting your brain breathe?

How many voices have you let into your head in the last 24 hours? Most of us couldn't even begin to count. The 'voices' driving the various pieces of stimulus we encounter in any given day are legion - think of every post; every headline; every caption, photo and podcast.

'Solitude Deprivation' is the brilliant phrase from Cal Newport to describe "A state in which you spend close to zero time alone with your own thoughts and free from input from other minds."

When I read that, I asked myself - If I am constantly receiving stimulus, what chance am I giving my mind and heart to reflect meaningfully?

The idea that I may sacrifice my best thoughts on the altar of shallow stimuli is genuinely frightening.

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International Women's Day

10 Quotes for International Women's Day

According to the UN, International Women's Day "is a day to reflect on how far we have come and how far we still have to go to truly achieve gender equality." In Australia, the IWD theme for 2019 is 'More Powerful Together' - a message to inspire us today and every day that we are strongest when every member of our community is free to make their greatest contribution.

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Say Yes to Your Goals (Full Focus Planner Giveaway)

We're a few weeks into January. It’s that point where you've probably already encountered a few hurdles to the goals you set yourself at the start of the year.

 

Don’t beat yourself up. Life will throw an excess of demands and distractions at us as we pursue our goals. We must relentlessly say ‘Yes’ to our goals if we are to hope to be able to say ’No’ to everything that isn’t of equal importance.

To do that, we need a way to ensure that even when things get (sometimes unavoidably) in the way or we drift off track, our goals, and the larger purpose driving them, never slip too far from our attention.

A tool I have found incredibly helpful in equipping me to do just that is the Full Focus Planner from Michael Hyatt. That’s why I want to give you the chance to win one!

Here are three simple ways anyone can keep saying ‘Yes’ to their goals, and how the Full Focus Planner helps me do that -

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Top Ten Reads of 2018

Each December I share a round-up of the books I've found most compelling throughout the year. If you're looking for ideas for your 2019 reading list, here are the ten reads I would most highly recommend from the last year, as well as my full list.

If there's a theme in my reads for the year, it would probably be 'Attention'. The issue of what we choose to pay attention to (personally, organisationally and socially), what forces are at work to influence that, what is at stake, and how we can be deliberate in focusing our attention, is a thread throughout a number of the books below. I believe it's a critical issue for us all within our current social context, and I believe there is great hope to be found in the potential for positive change when we are, in a sense, attentive to our attention. 

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