My Happy Place

This is the go-to-guide for anyone wanting to create healthy, humane and sustainable working and living spaces. Whether you’re a design professional or just someone who cares about their living space, discover how to create designs that promote mental and physical wellbeing whilst being good for the planet.

From wall coverings to floor coverings, furniture to fabric, and with a special note on nurseries, Rachel Fowler uses her background in healthcare alongside her design expertise to reveal how the way we furnish our living spaces impacts on our health and happiness.

Richly illustrated, with top tips for selecting products, questions to ask when buying materials, information on suppliers and a glossary of sustainable and vegan certifications, this is a unique resource for creating a kinder, more beautiful way of living.

Rachel Fowler used to be a paediatric intensive care nurse before swapping scrubs for a sketch-pad and committing herself to a full-time 3-year degree in interior design. Having graduated with Honours, she now runs her own design business focused on healthy, humane design, including her own line of sustainable wallpaper.

Leading Lawyers

“The beauty of the ABCDE model and toolkit is that it is simple but not simplistic, it’s user-friendly and works in practice.”
Joanne Gubbay, Former Head of Learning and Development, Slaughter and May

Lead your team of lawyers to new heights with this tried-and-tested toolkit, based on 25 years’ practical experience of getting the best out of lawyers.

Leading Lawyers distils 25 years of experience at helping people do just that into one easy-to-read practical toolkit. Based on the successful ABCDE methodology, this guide will help you identify your natural leadership style, identify the various needs and personalities in your team of lawyers, and align everything to become a truly impactful and supportive leader.

Packed with real-life inspiring examples, ready-made tools and memorable tips, Leading Lawyers will help you reflect on your own communication preferences, and use what you learn to get different stakeholders and different personalities on board.

From scoping the project with a client to reviewing progress and success, from on-boarding a new team member to tackling a stubborn problem, there are examples each step of the way and opportunities to plan how to use the approach in practice, so you can become an even more effective team leader.

The Flourishing Student – 2nd edition

The REAL University Challenge: helping students to thrive.
As a tutor you want to help students to flourish not only academically but in all aspects of their university lives: mentally, emotionally, physically, socially and spiritually.
But with students reporting stress and anxiety at an all-time high, and academic staff under more pressure than ever before, you could use some help.
In this new, post-pandemic edition of the classic guide, Fabienne Vailes reveals how you can help your students develop a ‘tool box’ of techniques to support good mental health that will support them through university and beyond, and ensure your own wellbeing at the same time. She finishes with thoughts on how universities can implement simple changes that support resilience at an institutional, not just an individual, level.

Because I Can

From special duties selection to an earthquake on the side of Mount Everest, from a gunfight in Afghanistan to a year of endurance challenges, Tim Bradshaw has had to develop a toolkit of tips and skills to help him learn new skills fast, recruit specialist teams and raise finances.What’s remarkable is that he achieved these feats in the face of imposter syndrome and depression. Tim’s mantra is ‘Because I can’, because whatever you’re facing, you can do so much more than you think. This is a toolkit to help you achieve any goal and be more effective in any situation, whether you’re making an attempt on Everest or making a presentation to the Board.
Discover how to:

  • Use intelligence not information
  • Approach problems form an entirely different perspective.
  • Focus on an outcome not a process
  • Develop a toolkit not a mindset!

Lessons Will Be Learned

The safeguarding and child protection challenges in education have never been more complex, nor the legal duties on schools and colleges more stringent. The criminal and sexual exploitation of children, FGM, radicalisation and online safety are sadly all now part of the remit, as are self-harm and mental health issues. And these safeguarding challenges are found not only in urban communities, but also in leafy suburbs and rural idylls throughout the UK. The responsibility on safeguarding leads in schools, colleges and multi-academy trusts is huge, and Covid-19 (and its inevitable after-effects) has only added to the complexity.
This book sets out how you can transform your safeguarding arrangements, with a strategic framework that will help you and your governing body or MAT board to develop and implement outstanding practice across your whole organisation. It is based on an 8-point strategic safeguarding model that will enable you to anticipate potential problems, deal with concerns more effectively, and build a robust safeguarding culture that is underpinned by a strong network of support, both internally and externally. Ultimately, this approach will support safeguarding leads in their vital role of protecting children; enable senior leaders, governors and trustees to provide appropriate leadership and support for safeguarding; help to improve the effectiveness of multi-agency working; and support educators in their vital work of preparing learners for life.

The Strengths-Based Organization

Every leader cares about inclusivity, wellbeing and performance. For technical organizations these issues are especially acute: in the least diverse sectors, with every-increasing issues around mental health and resilience, companies need to realize continuous gains in performance and productivity to stay ahead,or even just to stay in the game,in a fiercely competitive space. How can leaders square the circle?This book will show you how to build a Strengths-Based Organization: an organization which is based on the scientific understanding of what helps individuals to flourish and organizations to reap the benefits.

The world changes fast, but the core nature of people remains constant even in times of massive upheaval. Hutchinson and Brown describe the strengths-based approach as a ‘gold mine’. So too is this book, full of valuable insights, practical advice and powerful examplesDr Jolyon Maddocks, author of Emotional Intelligence at Work

The challenge of how to work in a way that makes people feel included, well and able to perform at their best becomes ever more important, both for individuals and for organizations.

This approach is about working with business as usual and experimenting with small changes, which can result in big outcomes. Whether you work for yourself, a small company, or a large corporate organization, the strengths approach can be applied to everything you do.

The Long Win

‘Powerful and profound.’ – Matthew Syed

‘Anyone interested in motivation should read this book and think deeply.’ – Margaret Heffernan

***Selected as one of the Financial Times’s Best Business Books of 2020!***

In this fascinating examination of our widespread obsession with winning, Cath Bishop draws on her personal experience of high-performance environments to trace the idea of winning through history, language and thought to explore how it has come to be a defining concept in fields from sport to business, from politics to education. Faced with the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century, Cath offers a new, broader approach – The Long Win.

Cath competed as a rower at three Olympic Games, becoming the first British woman to win the World Championships and an Olympic medal in the coxless pairs event. As a senior diplomat, Cath worked on policy and negotiations, specializing in stabilization policy for conflict-affected parts of the world. In business, Cath has acted as a coach and consultant, advising on team and leadership development and organizational culture, and teaches on the Executive Education Faculty at the Judge Business School, Cambridge University.

In this book she brings that extraordinary mix of experience to examine what winning has come to mean to society and to us as individuals and offers a fresh perspective on how we might redefine success – personal and professional – for the longer-term.

‘Looking at life from a different point of view is a rare skill. Built on in-depth research and broad experience as well as original thought, this book will change your outlook on everything.’ – Clare Balding OBE

‘This book is so relevant, timely and exciting for any person or organization wanting to investigate what success means to them. It couldn’t be a more relevant book right now and Cath’s exceptional ability in so many areas of life make it a gripping read with a lot of key takeaways whatever your area of interest. I wish every leader could immediately read this book as the world would be a better place if they did!’ – Goldie Sayers, Olympic Medallist in the Javelin, Coach

‘I love this book. It is a must-read for educators, business executives, policy makers, politicians and indeed anyone who wants to understand why we need a new narrative around winning and success. We need a lot more Long-Win Thinking in our homes, businesses and institutions and Cath’s book is the place to go to find out why – and how we get there.’ – Dame Helena Morrissey

Making Workshops Work

Do you face the challenge of running really effective meetings, facilitated sessions or workshops as part of your role?
Would you like to feel more confident when working with challenging groups or senior participants?
Do you want to deliver lasting results collaboratively, in virtual, hybrid and in-person environments?
Making Workshops Work takes you from an initial idea or brief, through step-by-step preparation, to an engaging, well-run and effective session, resulting in agreed actions and clear follow up. You’ll feel confident, creative and competent as you deliver great results. Everyone will be committed to their actions and afterwards, whether you meet virtually, in-person or mix the two. Penny Pullan is a pioneer of virtual working and one of the world’s leading experts on running effective workshops. Her expertise and candid stories will inspire at every stage, to ensure that you are fully prepared to make the best use of your own and your participants’ valuable time.

Discover:

  • A practical step-by-step guide to get the most out of group sessions quickly whether virtual or in-person
  • Memorable case studies, stories and examples to highlight what really works and what doesn’t
  • Downloadable tools, templates and checklists to reduce your preparation time and enhance your effectiveness
  • Reflective questions and exercises to help you develop your own approach, building on what works for you and adapting what doesn’t, so that each workshop is better than the last

Audience: already included in an MSc reading list at UCL

Just Ask!

‘A trusted referral is the holy grail of advertising’ – Mark Zuckerberg

The fastest, easiest, most sustainable way to bring in new clients and grow sales is to ask for referrals from existing clients. And yet most sales people don’t ask, or if they do, they end up making themselves and their client feel awkward.
Graham Eisner has spent 30 years understanding the mindset and methods behind asking for referrals. His seven-step method helps sales professionals understand their own reluctance, change their mindset, and apply practical techniques to achieve a more beautiful ask, one that’s both unforced and effective.
From preparation before the meeting and identifying the ‘bridge line’ to qualifying the referral and managing the response, each step is supported by worksheets and summaries to help you put the principles into action today, so that you can start growing your sales and your business immediately.
Graham became one of Goldman Sachs’s most successful sales professionals by developing a powerful referrals methodology, and he now teaches his system to clients worldwide, including Barclays, Capita and Deutsche Bank as well as smaller businesses.

Struggle

Struggling? You’re in the right place.

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.

Author of the award-winning ‘How to be Really Productive’, Grace Marshall is known for her “refreshingly human” approach to productivity. Featured in The Guardian, Forbes, Huffpost and BBC Radio, her work as a Productivity Ninja has taken her from Norway to New York, helping thousands of people – from startup founders to corporate managers, artists to engineers, students and CEOs – to replace stress, overwhelm and frustration with success, sanity and satisfaction.