The effective executive builds on strengths - their own strengths, the strengths of their superiors, colleagues, subordinates and on the strengths of the situation”

Peter Drucker (1909-2005), born in Vienna, management author and writer

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Joy of Reading

I have to confess that I’m a passionate book lover.

I find that reading is the ultimate pleasure – a combination of learning and dreaming.

Immersing myself in other people’s stories and worlds, getting a taste of their adventures and seeing things through their eyes is a source both of inspiration and strength.

The non-fiction books listed below are just a selection of the best and most useful recent publications offering valuable new insights into a range of subjects.

My fiction picks include books that stand out for their mesmerising use of language, as well as a few that whisk us away to imaginary new worlds.

Happy reading!

Non-fiction

  • Love 2.0. How Our Supreme Emotion Affects Everything We Feel, Think, Do and Become.
    Barbara Fredrickson, PhD, Kenan Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Director of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Lab at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    This book will change the way people think about love. Barbara Fredrickson not only dares to speak about love as the supreme emotion, she even found out that love is a renewable, endless resource available in everydays micro-moments. A must read for everyone who is interested to learn more about positive emotions and ways to create a more happy life.
  • Fully Present: The Science, Art and Practice of Mindfulness
    Susan L. Smalley Ph.D, founder and director of MARC and Diana Winston, director of Mindfulness Education at MARC (Mindful Awareness Research Center)
    This is an excellent read. A wonderful synthesis of both theory and practice; easy to read and very helpful for both beginners as well as advanced practitioners. Both authors have decades of experience with Mindful Awareness Practice by themselves
  • Flourish. A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being.
    Martin E. P. Seligman.
    Seligman at his very best. An outstanding and compelling view of a positive human future, for individuals, organisations, institutions, society and nations. Brilliant, useful and beautiful. This book will guide you to a state of truly flourishing and will help you to get the most out of your life. A must for every bookshelf.
  • Mindset. The New Psychology Of Success. How We Can Learn To Fulfill Our Potential.
    Carol S. Dweck.
    Wether you manage people or are a parent, a teacher, a coach. This is s a book that will change your life. It shows that rigid thinking does not benefit anyone, least of all yourself.And that a change of mind is always possible.Drop everything you do and read Mindset.
  • Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment , Martin E.P. Seligman
    An elegantly written book from the Godfather of Positive Psychology.
  • Rules of Thumb: How you stay productive and inspired even in the most turbulent times, Alan M. Webber
    Inspiration for the head, heart and soul. Regardless of how young or old you are, you’ll be happy that you took the time to read this book
  • The Speed of Trust. The One Thing That Changes Everything, Stephen M.R. Covey
    An outstanding book on the huge significance of trust in organisations
  • Accomplishing More by Doing Less, Marc Lesser
    Wise writing, offering a series of useful insights and tips.
  • The Story Factor: Inspiration, Influence, and Persuasion Through the Art of Storytelling, Annette Simmons
    For centuries, stories, parables, sagas and myths have been used to entertain, inspire and teach. This book shows how storytelling can help to communicate more authentically and form deeper, more meaningful relationships.

Fiction

  • Mornings in Jenin, Susan Abulhawa.
    This is the story of many generations of a palestinian family.It is hard to take but even harder to put it down. It will make you laugh and cry and leave you deeply in thoughts. Beautifully written. A Must Read.
  • Zen Confidential. Confessions of a Wayard Monk.
    Shozan Jack Haubner
    If some of you, like me, do have troubles in sticking to their daily meditation and awareness practices, then this book is especially for you. It is unbelievable funny, funky and heartwarming. This “punk of a monk” as Leonard Cohen puts it, does not leave out anything we ever thought could be connected somehow to spirituality.
  • Last Shift, Dominique Manotti
    A very intense polit thriller.It kept me up at night and followed me through the days.Marvellous.
  • The Imperfectionists, Tom Rachman
    This is a debut novel and it is so good, that it’s hard to believe. Alternately hilarious and heart-wrenching. A poignant study of human foibles. A thrilling book filled with wit and structured ingeniously. Breathtaking.
  • Two Old Women, Velma Wallis
    An Alaska Legend of Betrayal, Courage and Survival. A story that speaks straight to the heart. Beautiful and moving.Not to be missed
  • 1Q84, Haruki Murakami
    A magnificent reading, both a thriller and a love-story. The reader remains stunned and altered. Moving, fascinating, scaring. A masterpiece.
  • Grey is the Color of Hope, Irina Ratuschinskaja
    In the early 1980s Irina Ratuschinskaja, a russian poet and writer, was charged with anti-Soviet-agitation for writing poems. She spent four years in a labor camp as a political prisoner.This book chronicles her prison experience.I am very sorry that I have not read this book earlier.
  • A Week in December, Sebastian Faulks
    A sharp, vicious satire. Sometimes deeply affecting, more often highly frightening.
    John Veals, the main character, a hedge-fund manager, is ice-cold and deadly as a coiled rattlesnake. The topic could not be more up to date.
  • Boomsday, Christopher Buckley
    Side-splitting and cutting political satire
  • Abendland, Michael Köhlmeier
    Köhlmeier’s linguistic masterpiece takes Austrian literature to new heights.
  • Shantaram, Gregory David Roberts
    A powerful journey through the surreal, alien streets of Bombay. Brilliant and tense writing.
  • Consider The Lobster, David Foster Wallace
    Short stories from the celebrated language virtuoso, who died well before his time.
    Sharp tongued, visionary and comical.

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