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32 Books of 2020 to put on your Holiday Playlist

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  I have read many books this year across various topics like technology, business, success and leadership among others. Most of them are business books which is my preferred genre. Here are the 32 books I liked reading so far in 2020. At the end of the article I share the books I liked right from 2015 till now. Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World by Fareed Zakaria – This is especially relevant considering the times we live in. The only certainty is uncertainty. He also makes the case for creativity to be the one space where humans will win over machines. With technology ruling the world and a lot of talk about universal basic income I think the human ingenuity will become more important if we want to thrive in the new normal. Uncharted by Margaret Heffernan – This is similar to the earlier book and again makes the case that most experts predictions have gone awry. There is no step by step guide to navigate the uncertainty but the one that is certain is that we are entering uncharted

8th Anniversary of my Blogging Experience - Sports Teams and Winning Teams

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I published my first blog post on July 4th 2012 on my personal blog  Maximise Potential  on sports teams and winning teams. It has been 8 years since then and am happy with the progress made. I have written nearly 400 articles since then on topics ranging from leadership, management, success, time management, life, book reviews and happiness among others. I have also been able to convert these blogs into two books  Maximise Potential  and  Maximise Potential 2  (both available free to download.) Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to read, like and comment. Below is the text of the first blog I wrote. I wrote this post after Spain beat Italy in Euro 2012. They are the first team to win three major international tournaments (Euro 2008, 2010 World Cup, and Euro 2012) in a row. They are also being talked about as one of the best of all time. It is always difficult to compare teams across eras. It has happened in cricket as well when Steve Waugh's Australian team was hailed

Anders Ericsson - The Premier Expert on Exceptional Performance

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491 articles Anders Ericsson who inspired the 10000 hour rule which became popular through Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers passed away on June 17th 2020. He has done more for exceptional performance than any other researcher. If you want to know more about his work read his book Peak. Peak by Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool is an absolute gem on how we can all become exceptional performers. If you have read Outliers or Talent is Overrated you know the 10000 hour rule. Well this is based on the research Anders Ericsson did in 1993. His basic argument is 10000 hours was only an average and it was based on his study of great violinists. The point he makes is this was the amount of hours the best violinists in his study put by the time they reached age 20. However he cautions that this was only an average which means there were people below and above that number. He says that Gladwell mentioned that all of them in his study put in 10000 hours which is not correct. He al

8 Keys to High Self-Esteem

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Self-esteem is a key quality that determines your overall success. Lack of self-esteem can result in a feeling of inadequacy, depression, anxiety and an inferiority complex. Recently I read that all you need in life is a wishbone, jawbone and backbone. A wishbone will enable you to dream big dreams, a jawbone will remind you that if you believe in something you have to speak about it and a backbone will remind you that anything worthwhile requires you to persist when the going gets tough.  Here are eight ways to develop your self-esteem to a high level. Develop a high appreciation for life  – This is the starting point for high self-esteem. When you understand that your life has meaning and there is a specific purpose to your life you get excited about the possibilities and opportunities. Your life is important and you have a unique contribution to make in this world. When you understand that you feel better about yourself. As Victor Frankl said it is not what we want out of li

27 Books to Put on your Summer Reading List

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I have read many books during this lock-down across various topics like technology, business, success and leadership among others. Most of them are business books which is my preferred genre. Here are the 27 books I liked reading so far in 2020. The first three are the most recent ones I read. Leading without Authority by Keith Ferrazzi and Noel Weyrich – This is a good practical guide on leading in the 21st century. The crux of the book is that leadership is not about position or title or hierarchy. The key word used here is co-elevation and co-creation. This is where all the silos are broken between the folks on the team, everyone engages with each other without fear of rebuke, building psychological safety and engage in purposeful co-creation. It is a good view on leadership. Unleased by Francis Frei and Anne Morriss – Leadership is not about you. This theme is recurring in all the leadership books. It is all about unleashing the potential in others and they should be able t