Needing a break from pandemic thoughts this weekend, I re-read my 2019 journal and excavated these 3 little insights that I hope you find interesting. You can read them here as an article published on LinkedIn.
As in 2017 and 2018, here are my top book recommendations from 2019. Paradoxically, even though I read many more books in 2019 (35 in all), I actually have fewer ones to recommend than previous years. Partly that’s because a lot of my reading was for work (i.e. books I may not have chosen otherwise), and partly because that’s just the way things go sometimes. Still, all the ones on this list were exceptional and I’d recommend them to anyone. You can read the recommendations here.
I read 23 books in 2018. With some exceptions, my reading had a conscious theme. I wanted to explore, in both fiction and non-fiction, the question posed by Yuval Noah Harari in his book on this list: “What is happening in the world today, and what is the meaning of these events?”
On LinkedIn, I shared the best 12, this time in a simple – if highly subjective – countdown to the best book of the year. I would recommend every one of them.
Ever find yourself in an argument where, no matter how much you feel the facts or even justice, is on your side, you simply cannot persuade the other person towards your point of view? This may be because you’re in a religious debate, and not an intellectual one as you think. THNK.org published a blog in which I explain about the difference, how to know when you’re in which conversation, and how to start to move towards common ground.
I really enjoyed puzzling over this one, and no, I’m not necessarily good at doing this either!
In 2018, I was honoured to be selected as one of Asia Society’s Young Leaders of the 21st Century, and inducted into a wonderful and accomplished community of leaders across the continent. Click here to read more about the announcement!