Books That Changed How I View The World

Books That Changed How I View The World

A Reading List To Amplify Your Intentional Adaptability Quotient® (IAQ®)

Since I turned my life upside down in pursuit of happiness I have committed to the practice of weaving intentional adaptability into my every day. This skill has provided the foundation for me to reinvent myself, based on future thinking, and the impact I seek to have on humanity. High grading your Intentional Adaptability Quotient® (IAQ®) is one of the key levers we have available to us to effectively navigate a world of exponential growth in technology.  We live a world where we will have to relearn everything we know every five years due to the speed and scale of change. Remaining relevant has never been more relevant and using intent to drive your adaptability is critical to cultivating personal happiness.

The focus on IAQ® is not intended to add to the overwhelm many of us are feeling, it's designed to create the space for more of what matters and the skill to live it in your every day. 

 
So, if IAQ® is of interest and you’re seeking to amplify your ability to navigate uncertainty and complexity, I thought you might enjoy my reading list. The books that have helped me look at the world through a different lens (this year) and intentionally adapt my habits and behaviours.

 
I’m not suggesting you read every book, more providing you with a basis to explore your curiosity. I have taken the liberty of categorising the book list into the six pillars of IAQ® as defined by the BKindred Human First Leadership Program to help you determine which area of IAQ® would be most beneficial for you to start with.

 
Tip: Whenever I read a book I take time out at the end to reflect so that my investment in reading delivers value long after the last page is closed. I ask myself two simple questions: 'What did I learn?' and 'How can I apply that?'. This is not a shopping list of items, but more two to three key takeaways and a simple action to put my learning into practice.

BKindred is on a mission to teach 10 million humans how to intentionally adapt, in order to future proof happiness by 2025. We put humans first in a world of technology, skilling you, your people and organisation to thrive in the future. Learn more about the Intentional Adaptability Quotient® (IAQ®) and why it is the new competitive advantage. Are you ready for the future? Take our free Intentional Adaptability Quotient® Self-Assessment here.
 
Enjoy your reading!

CURIOSITY
The Happiness Advantage | Shawn Achor
The Zero Marginal Cost Society | Jeremy Rifkin
Thank you For Being Late | Thomas L Friedman
21 Lessons For The 21st Century | Yuval Noah Harari
SELF-ACCOUNTABILITY
Difficult Conversations | Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, Sheila Heen
The Power Of Habit | Charles Duhigg
Have You Filled Your Bucket Today | Carol McCloud
Status Anxiety | Alain de Botton
FOCUS
Deep Work | Cal Newport
Essentialism | Greg McKeown
The Brain That Changes Itself | Norman Doidge
COURAGE
The Purpose Project | Carolyn Tate
The Confidence Code | Katty Kay & Claire Shipman
Reinventing Organizations | Frederic Laloux
The Originals | Adam Grant
HUMAN CONNECTION
The Sneetches | Dr Seuss
How To Be Human | Ruby Wax
REFLECTION
The Happiness Plan | Dr Elise Bialylew



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