Top 10 Reads of 2019

There are so many books we could pick up, and only so much time! I’m a big fan of hearing from others which books they found particularly worthwhile, and these annual blog posts are always among the most popular, so I know many of you feel the same. In aid of that, It’s time for my annual round-up of the books I’ve read during the year, including the ten that I found most compelling.

What the streaming wars can tell us about stress

The Crown, Game of Thrones, The Handmaid’s Tale – it’s the golden age of prestige television. Budgets, artistry and star power in television have apparently never been higher.

There’s just one thing.

It turns out that the most popular, most streamed shows aren’t epic or politically prescient or extravagant.

They’re feel-good.

Want to Craft a Deliberate Christmas This Year?

An early Christmas gift for you!

You’ve seen the decorations appearing and heard the music starting to play… Christmas is just around the corner! 

How does it make you feel? Excited? Overwhelmed? Already behind on planning?

For most of us, this season is truly a mix of the wonderful and the stressful. And when we think back, we can recall Christmas memories that were incredibly precious, magical moments, as well as ones that… well… we’d rather not relive.

Maybe you’ve had years where you’ve come to the end of the Christmas season and felt a little too stretched – financially, emotionally or physically. Maybe sometimes your Christmas season has felt like it was mostly shaped by all the invitations and expectations of those around you, rather than by what is truly most important to you and your loved ones. Or maybe you just want to intentionally design moments this Christmas for those around you that reflect your values and priorities. 

Excellence vs Perfectionism

My experience has been that a culture of perfectionism in a team is toxic, and ultimately leads to lower outcomes overall, while a culture of excellence leads to both team health and great outcomes.

So how do we distinguish between the two?

Where is the line between excellence and perfectionism?