P. Book Club

Reading is like a breath of fresh air. The integral part of intellectual hygiene. Below it is selection of what I call 'classics' - books I can talk about forever and those which spark joy. I acknowledge your time is precious so stay assured the below picks were carefully selected.

EDITION MARCH 2017

MY REVIEW

Anna Marie Slaughter was a a Director for policy planning under the Obama administration when she posted her famous article in Atlantic "Why Women Still Can't Have It All". Few years after the publication she wore Unfinished Business which is much more comprehensive analysis of our current workplace. Very well written account with a lot of examples from Slaughter personal life and her career. She explores the role of men in upbringing offsprings, managing the household and proposes a fundamental shift in how we view family and career.

IDEAL FOR

- managers,

- people expecting their first child,

- people looking for inspiration, 

AUTHOR

Anne-Marie Slaughter is the president and CEO of New America, a think ​and action ​tank dedicated to renewing America in the Digital Age. She is also the Bert G. Kerstetter '66 University Professor Emerita of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. From 2009–2011, she served as director of policy planning for the United States Department of State, the first woman to hold that position. Dr. Slaughter has written or edited eight​ books, including ​The Chessboard and the Web: Strategies of Connection in a Dangerous World (2017)​, Unfinished Business: Women, Men, Work, Family(2015), The Idea That Is America: Keeping Faith with Our Values in a Dangerous World (2007)​, and ​A New World Order (2004), ​as well as over 100 scholarly articles.

EDITION FEBRUARY 2017

MY REVIEW

Atul Gawande is one of my favourite writers. His writing is a pure masterpiece - the way in which he plays with words is unimaginable, creating a perfect choreography of words. Surgeon by profession, he mainly write about the problems and challenges of modern medicine. "Better" themes varies from the act of giving birth to a gigantic level of litigation in medical practice in US through medical assistance in war zones to a continuous stubbornness of not washing hands. I promise you, you will be hooked by Gawande accounts instantly. 

IDEAL FOR

- people aspiring to work in operations (Gawande explores, for example, the devastating impact not washing our hands have on patients),

- those of you who do not care about due diligence, operations, procedures; although you may not like it Gawande proves that sound systems can only benefit organisations

- someone who is looking for a spectacular publication

AUTHOR

Atul Gawande, MD, MPH, is a surgeon, writer, and public health researcher. He practices general and endocrine surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Samuel O. Thier Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. 

Atul has been a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine since 1998 and has written four New York Times bestsellers: ComplicationsBetterThe Checklist Manifesto, and most recently, Being MortalMedicine and What Matters in the End. 

Source: About Atul Gawande

EDITION JANUARY 2017

MY REVIEW

I had literally my face glued to each page of this groundbreaking and eye-opening research. It comprises of three main parts: the habits of individuals, the habits of successful organisations and the habits of societies. Sounds boring?! Do not be misled. Duhigg illustrates how habits determine our life through storytelling: a woman who totally transformed her life, how Alcoa's CEO focus on workers' safety made the company a top performer in its sector and how Michael Phelps inability to focus at school helped him become a record-breaking Olympic medalist. 

I love this book because it explains some irrational behaviours we tend to fall into. In addition it walks you through a very easy step-by-step guide how to change your bad habits. And let's be honest: who do not have them?

If you are interested in reading more about The Power of Habit, click here. I wrote an entire post with some sexy infografics to help you remember the recipe for change.

IDEAL FOR

- anyone who wants improve their life but struggle get out of strongly embedded habits,

- people who manage people (managers, parents, community leaders),

- those who still do not understand why some people bite their nails

AUTHOR

"Charles Duhigg is a reporter for The New York Times. His newest book Smarter Faster Better is about the science of productivity.

He worked at the Times since 2006. His latest series focused on Apple and was named “The iEconomy.” It won a Pulitzer prize for explanatory reporting in 2013. 

Source: About Charles Duhigg