Three Recommended Leadership Books

Looking to be challenged, inspired or for a different perspective on things? Here are three recommended leadership books.

SUZI FINKELSTEIN APPOINTED AS CEO OF THE AUSTRALIAN SCHOOL OF APPLIED MANAGEMENT

The Australian School of Applied Management (ASAM) has announced the appointment of Suzi Finkelstein as Chief Executive Officer.Ms. Finkelstein has held various senior leadership roles with ASAM over the past 10 years, most recently as Global Executive Director of its ‘Women & Leadership’ entity, which works to increase gender equity through delivery of professional development in Australia and New Zealand. ASAM also delivers professional learning opportunities for educators through its National Excellence in School Leadership Institute (NESLI) - and development programs for public servants through Government & Public Sector Learning (GPS) - with a strong focus on helping participants to develop their skills while managing their own wellbeing. Working with around 8,000 learners each year, across Australia and NZ, ASAM is recognised as a leader in the delivery of innovative online, blended and traditional face-to-face developmental experiences, based on proven principles of adult learning.“I am very humbled and excited to be appointed CEO of ASAM,” said Ms. Finkelstein, who replaces outgoing CEO, Damien Farrell. “Over the years, I have been fortunate to watch ASAM develop into a leader in professional development training, helping clients to realise their professional and personal ambitions.“Now more than ever there is a need for niche, tailored training that helps managers, aspiring leaders and accomplished professionals to upskill, reskill - and possibly even pivot their careers in response to the ever-changing needs of employers, industry and governments.“We take a holistic view of professional development which is not only focused on the needs of the individual, but the needs of broader sectors and communities. For example, our Staff Wellbeing Toolkit - which has been embraced by schools around the world - is not only helping teachers and principals to manage their own mental health during this unprecedented period, it is supporting schools to deliver improved experiences and outcomes for students.”Ms Finkelstein said that as incoming CEO, her first priority was to support staff and clients through the coronavirus pandemic. “Seeing our team work so hard to convert our offerings to a fully online delivery over the past few months has been incredibly motivating. The response from our clients has also been overwhelmingly positive, which speaks volumes to their commitment to learning.“I am excited to lead us through the challenges presented by the current pandemic while working to build a strong, sustainable future for our organisation.”ASAM is owned by Australia’s largest independent, global education provider, Navitas Pty Ltd. Navitas is a leading global education organisation which provides vocational training, higher education, employability and professional development programs to more than 70,000 students every year.About ASAMASAM is a private leadership and management education provider offering innovative face-to-face, blended and online training for aspiring through to executive managers across all industries and sectors. Through a number of specialised brands, ASAM offers a wide range of courses and events in areas such as leadership and management, staff wellbeing, gender equity and team effectiveness. Working with around 8,000 learners each year, ASAM delivers high-quality learning solutions across all Australian states and territories. Further information about ASAM is available at www.asam.edu.auAbout NavitasNavitas Pty Ltd is an Australian global education leader providing pre-university and university programs, English language courses, migrant education and settlement services, creative media education, student recruitment, professional development and corporate training services to more than 70,000 aspirational learners across a global network of over 120 colleges and campuses in 24 countries each year. Further information about Navitas Pty Ltd is available at www.navitas.com. ​

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three recommended leadership books

Looking to be challenged, inspired or for a different perspective on things? Here are three recommended leadership books.

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck
After decades of research, world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol S. Dweck discovered a simple but groundbreaking idea: the power of mindset.

In this brilliant book, she shows how success in school, work, sports, the arts and almost every area of human endeavour can be dramatically influenced by how we think about our talents and abilities. People with a fixed mindset — those who believe that abilities are fixed — are less likely to flourish than those with a growth mindset — those who believe that abilities can be developed.

Mindset reveals how great parents, teachers, managers, and athletes can put this idea to use to foster outstanding accomplishment. She also introduces a phenomenon she calls false growth mindset and guides people toward adopting a deeper, truer growth mindset. Dweck also expands the mindset concept beyond the individual, applying it to the cultures of groups and organisations. With the right mindset, you can motivate those you lead, teach, and love — to transform their lives and your own.


Switch: How to Change Things, When Change is Hard by Chip Heath and Dan Heath
We all know that change is hard. It's unsettling, it's time-consuming, and all too often we give up at the first sign of a setback. But why do we insist on seeing the obstacles rather than the goal? 

This is the question that bestselling authors Chip and Dan Heath tackle in their compelling and insightful book. They argue that we need only understand how our minds function in order to unlock shortcuts to switches in behaviour. 

Illustrating their ideas with scientific studies and remarkable real-life turnarounds, from the secrets of successful marriage counselling to the pile of gloves that transformed one company's finances, the brothers Heath prove that deceptively simple methods can yield truly extraordinary results.

 

Your brain at work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long by David Rock

Meet Emily and Paul: The parents of two young children, Emily is the newly promoted VP of marketing at a large corporation while Paul works from home or from clients′ offices as an independent IT consultant. Their lives, like all of ours, are filled with a bewildering blizzard of emails, phone calls, yet more emails, meetings, projects, proposals, and plans. Just staying ahead of the storm has become a seemingly insurmountable task. 

In this book, we travel inside Emily and Paul′s brains as they attempt to sort the vast quantities of information they′re presented with, figure out how to prioritise it, organise it and act on it. Fortunately for Emily and Paul, they′re in good hands: David Rock knows how the brain works - and more specifically, how it works in a work setting. Rock shows how it′s possible for Emily and Paul, and thus the reader, not only to survive in today′s overwhelming work environment but succeed in it - and still feel energized and accomplished at the end of the day. 

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