Business Reads for Stress Awareness Month

By The Extraordinary Business Book Club

By The Extraordinary Business Book Club

Can't Even: How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation

Anne Helen Petersen

£14.99 £13.94

Are you tired, stressed and trying your best but somehow still not doing enough? Has the bottom half of your To Do list been locked in place for months? Is everything becoming work as your job seeps into your evenings, you monetise your hobbies and perform your leisure time on social media? This is burnout - what increasingly like the defining feature of our lives. We are exhausted. But burnout is not a personal failing. It is a creeping part of modern culture, shaped by deep-rooted political, historical and economic forces, and it is affecting how we work, parent, socialise and inhabit the world.

How to Work Without Losing Your Mind

Cate Sevilla

£14.99 £13.94

Bosses are maddening. Colleagues are profoundly irritating. And balancing family and work is daunting. So how do we balance success with sanity? How do we progress without burning out? Whether you're drowning in a toxic working environment, battling burnout, recovering from redundancy, or just struggling to figure out what you actually want from your career, Cate Sevilla is here to help coach you through the shittiness of your work day, and help you shift your relationship with your career. Having worked at giant corporations like Google (where her days consisted of aggressive bosses, complimentary pastries and lots of tears) and scrappy start-ups like The Pool (where she was Editor-in-Chief when it all went pear-shaped), Cate Sevilla has laboured through a lot of stressful and downright ridiculous work situations so that you don't have to. Drawing from lessons learned in her career and interviews with other women, How to Work Without Losing Your Mind is a relatable and reassuring guide to the messy, stressful and sometimes bizarre side of work that everyone experiences but no one talks about.

Struggle: The surprising truth, beauty and opportunity hidden in life's sh*ttier moments

Grace Marshall

£9.99 £9.29

In a world that's obsessed with fast hacks, quick wins, and Instagram-perfection (cue "Everything is Awesome"), struggle has become a taboo. A sign that something's gone horribly wrong. But what if we've got it all wrong about getting it wrong? What if struggle isn't a battle to fight, a trap to avoid, or a sign of weakness? What if struggle is precisely where the magic happens - where we do our best, most important work? Whether you're wading in treacle, waiting for the storm to pass or just damn tired of the hustle, this thought-provoking exploration will shine a surprising new light on the truth, beauty and opportunity hidden in life's shittier moments.

Toxic: A Guide to Rebuilding Respect and Tolerance in a Hostile Workplace

Clive Lewis

£20.00

The workplace has become a hotbed of social toxicity from the #MeToo movement to WeWork, its clear that abusive bosses and entrenched cultures of discrimination have become more prevalent than ever. Such behaviour is not only simply wrong and damaging to its victims it also results in reduced productivity, higher employee turnover, and can often leave a stain upon the wider reputation of an organization. In Toxic, Clive Lewis draws upon his decades of experience in HR and mediation to distill the problems and underlying causes of toxic workplaces before tackling the issue head-on. He draws upon first-hand case studies from an eclectic array of workplaces (from corporate offices to hospitals) to demonstrate how toxicity can be both prevented and resolved. This is a practical guide for business leaders and HR professionals looking to preserve a peaceful workplace, while also providing tips for employees looking to remain productive and focused when working with troublesome colleagues in difficult environments.

Success Under Stress: Powerful Tools for Staying Calm, Confident, and Productive When the Pressure's On

PhD Melnick Sharon

£11.99

Learn how to gain control and exude calmness and confidence amidst everyday chaos with this all-encompassing, stress-busting tool kit. Whether too many projects are weighing you down or a coworker is driving you nuts, Success Under Stress provides an array of strategies to help you navigate through the stress and achieve the success you deserve.

Burnout: Solve Your Stress Cycle

Emily Nagoski and Amelia Nagoski

£9.99 £9.29

This groundbreaking book explains why women experience burnout differently than men - and provides a simple, science-based plan to help women minimize stress, manage emotions and live a more joyful life. The gap between what it's really like to be a woman and what people expect women to be is a primary cause of burnout, because we exhaust ourselves trying to close the space between the two. How can you 'love your body' when everything around you tells you you're inadequate? How do you 'lean in' at work when you're already giving 110% and aren't recognized for it? How can you live happily and healthily in a world that is constantly telling you you're too fat, too needy, too noisy and too selfish? Sisters Emily Nagoski, Ph.D., the bestselling author of Come as You Are, and Amelia Nagoski, DMA, are here to help end the cycle of overwhelm and exhaustion, and confront the obstacles that stand between women and well-being.

Beyond Engagement: The Value of Love-Based Leadership in Organisations

Yetunde Hofmann

£16.95 £15.76

Beyond Engagement is bringing a new perspective to the leadership challenge by looking beyond the transactional processes in the relationship with stakeholders and goes to the heart of the problem - quite literally - and asks the key question of intention. Yetunde draws out in her passionate and conversational style the tension between selfishness evidenced in current life today and the satisfaction in life we all gain in doing selfless acts of kindness, generosity and care. The book manages to touch on an abstract quality of leadership and brings it to life through the eyes of the many senior business leaders she has interviewed and are quoted throughout the book. This provides for a rich and vibrant picture of the future of leadership the pivotal role it has in the unleashing of the human potential, and what it takes to be human in a world that seems to bow down to the power of money. In addition, it provides practical ideas for change at both an organisational and an individual level.

Reinventing Organizations

Frederic Laloux

£14.95

The way we manage organizations seems increasingly out of date. Survey after survey shows that a majority of employees feel disengaged from their companies. The epidemic of organizational disillusionment goes way beyond Corporate America-teachers, doctors, and nurses are leaving their professions in record numbers because the way we run schools and hospitals kills their vocation. Government agencies and nonprofits have a noble purpose, but working for these entities often feels soulless and lifeless just the same. All these organizations suffer from power games played at the top and powerlessness at lower levels, from infighting and bureaucracy, from endless meetings and a seemingly never-ending succession of change and cost-cutting programs. Deep inside, we long for soulful workplaces, for authenticity, community, passion, and purpose. The solution, according to many progressive scholars, lies with more enlightened management. But reality shows that this is not enough. In most cases, the system beats the individual-when managers or leaders go through an inner transformation, they end up leaving their organizations because they no longer feel like putting up with a place that is inhospitable to the deeper longings of their soul. We need more enlightened leaders, but we need something more: enlightened organizational structures and practices. But is there even such a thing? Can we conceive of enlightened organizations? In this groundbreaking book, the author shows that every time humanity has shifted to a new stage of consciousness in the past, it has invented a whole new way to structure and run organizations, each time bringing extraordinary breakthroughs in collaboration. A new shift in consciousness is currently underway.

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