Nine great books to mark World Book Day 2022

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World Book Day is not just about kids, this year we’ve brought together all of Dr Alan Watkins’ books and there is definitely something for everyone. Alan is a true ‘polymath’ and brilliantly integrates across multiple disciplines to generate fresh thinking. From leadership to climate change, from performance to food, the topics are broad and the insights plentiful. Scan through and take your pick!

Step Change: The Leader’s Journey

The latest and only available for pre-order right now. This is Dr Watkins’ latest book project. No one likes change. Too often it’s viewed as something that must be endured; something to ‘get through’ as fast as possible so that everything can ‘return to normal’. We need to change our view of change and see it for the opportunity it really is. Step Change: The Leader’s Journey helps leaders to become gifted and skilful at moving through the change process gracefully and productively.

Inspired by Joseph Campbell’s ‘hero’s journey’, this book offers a universal road map of change from step-1 (comfort zone) through to step-12 (post-delivery inspiration).

Ideal for senior managers, human resource managers, coaches and business leaders who want to better embed change across their teams and organisation.

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4D Leadership: Competitive Advantage Through Vertical Leadership Development

Today’s leaders need to change radically to meet the challenge of complex organizations in business landscapes that are in flux. This requires a step-change in development in three fundamental dimensions: how you do things, who you are, and how you relate to other people.

4D Leadership is what happens when this step-change in doing, being and relating takes place. When you move up to the next level of ability and sophistication in these three dimensions, you will have unlocked the fourth dimension (verticality) and you will receive a significant competitive advantage.

4D Leadership isn’t just a software patch for leadership skills: this is an upgrade to the next level of the human operating system, the next level of leadership development.

Ideal for you if you feel overwhelmed by competing priorities at work and want to become a truly rounded leader

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Coherence: The Science of Exceptional Leadership and Performance

One of the first and incredibly popular, Coherence is for leaders of any kind. Most leaders are operating nowhere near their optimal level of performance. In this book, Dr Alan Watkins redefines how to overcome the obstacles that inhibit performance and unlock the potential for brilliance that lies within us all.

Dr Watkins shares proven techniques that have helped thousands of leaders in FTSE 50 giants and SMEs across market sectors and geographies as well as the Olympic and Paralympic Rowing Team, resulting in them achieving their best ever medal haul in London 2012.

Coherence shows how our ability to lead and deliver results is rooted in our biology. This vital guide contains practical tools and new insights on how to transform productivity, manage complexity, accelerate innovation and drive greater commercial performance, all while becoming healthier and happier.

Ideal for leaders of all levels who want to improve happiness and performance.

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Innovation Sucks! Time to Think Differently

Businesses spend billions on innovation with very little to show for their investment or effort. This book challenges some of the ‘ingrained truths’ of innovation and suggests a different approach.

Innovation is not the creation of a novel idea. It is the successful commercialisation of that novel idea. Rather than starting with a costly, time-consuming problem assessment that seeks to propel potential solutions through an innovation funnel, an ‘impeller’ approach starts with possible solutions and gets the market to pull the best ones forward so they can fail fast or flourish fast. This approach is made possible by the addition of a ‘bee’ – a new type of integrative thinker who can harvest the existing knowledge from the ‘meadow of experts’.

Ideal for Heads of Innovation and Commercialisation, Directors of Marketing, Heads of New Product Development and New Service Development, Strategy Directors, Chief Technology Officers, Government advisers and policy makers.

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The HR (R)Evolution: Change the Workplace, Change the World

Written for those in the critical function of human resources, this book is fast becoming the go-to for the big thinkers in the people space. Books on HR tend to focus on HR practices and potential interventions, but they rarely look at the profession, how it evolved, and how and why those people practices were created.

TheHR (R)Evolution: Change the Workplace, Change the World describes the ‘Seven Great Waves’ of change and how each wave impacted business. It explains how some companies are stuck in the past and how HR can break the deadlock if it understands what the future holds. This book is meant for senior business leaders or anyone currently working in HR who are grappling with the paradoxes of business today. It’s for leaders who recognise that people issues are the central challenge of our time. Whether we embrace the waves yet to come will determine whether we survive or regress, whether we flourish or flounder. The future is in our hands.

Ideal for those working in HR and business leaders with a focus on people.

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Wicked & Wise: How to Solve the World’s Toughest Problems (Wicked & Wise Series)

This is the first book in the Wicked & Wise series that explores hotly debated issues facing the planet and its people and offers unique ways to tackle seemingly intractable social and cultural challenges.

Co-authored by Alan Watkins and renowned social thinker Ken Wilber, Wicked & Wise looks at the most pressing issues affecting the world today. From the clash of religions and cultures, to the growing dependence upon technology, the book sets the scene for debating key challenges facing current and future generations. The authors suggest that many ‘wicked’ problems can be philosophically and practically challenged through the application of a ‘wise’ Integral Coherence model, providing a platform to engage with issues in a highly developed, enlightened and selfless way.

Ideal for you if you want to explore more positive, proactive and empathetic ways to solve the big issues we all face

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Crowdocracy: The End of Politics (Wicked and Wise) (Wicked & Wise)

Crowdocracy is the second title in the ground-breaking Wicked & Wise series. It discusses one of the world’s most debated and critical issues – who decides our future and how should we be governed? Democracy is struggling to produce solutions to the challenges of our times. Populations feel disenfranchised with the political process, with the real power today being in the hands of a small elite.

Crowdocracy offers a radical new way forward, one that allows all of us – not just some of us – to participate in how we are governed. Using technology and the insights of crowd wisdom, the authors describe how all of us can replace our elected officials and ultimately shape and govern our communities. A revolutionary idea that can be implemented in an evolutionary way.

Ideal for big thinkers and anyone involved in politics or government

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Our Food Our Future: Eat Better, Waste Less, Share More (Wicked and Wise) (Wicked & Wise)

The third book in the critically acclaimed Wicked & Wise series offers a compelling analysis of the issue of food on an international scale. From nutrition to world hunger to GM farming, what are the impacts of food and food issues on regional, political, cultural, business and social priorities?

With two billion obese and two billion hungry, food is a key issue in the future development of the world’s population and its health. As with every wicked and wise issue, it throws up significant moral, political and economic concerns when tackling how we will keep the world’s population nourished in decades to come.

Heston Blumenthal, pioneer of multi-sensory cooking, food pairing and flavour encapsulation called Our Food Our Future “a brilliant book”.

Ideal for you if you work in the food industry or just care about access to quality, affordable food,

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Mind-Body Medicine: A Clinician’s Guide to Psychoneuroimmunology

Dr Watkins’ first book reflects his origins in medicine and is definitely one for the specialist! Mind-Body Medicine: A Clinician’s Guide to Psychoneuroimmunology explores ‘mind-body medicine’, which isan exploding area of interest in the USA and increasingly around the world.

This book assesses the research into links between perceptions, emotions, immunity and health, and assesses application to general medical practice. This is a practical text and reference which gives a good general introduction to the concept of mind-body medicine as it has developed to date.

Ideal for those in the medical profession and the inquisitive, scientifically-minded lay person

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