With new year’s resolutions still a hot topic, many are following the positive trend of self-care and making wellbeing resolutions. LID Publishing looks to the experts to give top tips on How To Have A Quiet Mind for your best and happiest year yet.
LID Publishing would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year with a 35% discount across our website.
Today the LID Publishing office is celebrating International Men‚Äôs Day. Since its inception in 1992, International Men‚Äôs Day has worked towards fostering men‚Äôs and boy‚Äôs health, improving gender relations, promoting gender equality, and acts as an opportunity for men to celebrate their achievements and contributions to the community.
On Wednesday 26 October, LID Publishing held the book launch for Dr Constantinos Pantidos author of Living Brands: How Biology & Neuroscience Shape Consumer Behaviour & Brand Desirability.
Last night (Thursday 22 March) LID Publishing celebrated the book launch of The Elemental Workplace by Neil Usher at the fabulous Herman Miller store in Aldwych.
Kevin Duncan, author of The Diagrams Book, has trained thousands of people, and it became apparent to him that many find it hard to express ideas and solve problems purely with words.
Diagrams are superb for organising your own thinking. Here, Kevin shares 3 diagrams to aid problem-solving:
THE FIVE DYSFUNCTIONS OF A TEAM PYRAMID
‚ÄúIt is the flow, not the water, that is important ‚Äď a river of wind, animals, birds, insects, people, seasons, climate, stone, earth, colour.‚ÄĚ
Andy Goldsworthy in the film Rivers and Tides
A lone figure appears across a desolate, icy landscape. The man finds a place on the rocks at the mouth of a river flowing into the sea, and surveys the space. Even though he is a stranger to Nova Scotia, Canada, he starts work immediately. It is still dark outside but he seems to be in a race against the warmth of the sun, which soon will be emerging from below the horizon. Working in sub-freezing temperatures, he breaks off icicles from the rocks and trims them with his teeth, fusing them with the warmth of his bare hands, carefully setting them in place. An icicle snake emerges from the rock, reaching towards the sky, illuminated by the sunrise against the cliff face.
The man is English sculptor Andy Goldsworthy. ‚ÄúIt is hard, hard going and it is cold sometimes on the hands, and I do get up very early. And all the effort is ultimately going into trying to make something that is effortless.‚ÄĚ Energy and life flow through Andy‚Äôs achingly beautiful works of art. He creates sculptures out of completely natural materials ‚Äď leaves, grass, flowers, branches, mud, snow, ice, and stone. His work is intimately connected to and influenced by the environment in which it is made, touching the heart of the place. It is a participatory type of art, one that relies on what nature offers him. Andy‚Äôs art is evocatively depicted in Thomas Riedelsheimer‚Äôs documentary Rivers and Tides.
The sea and the river are the biggest influences in Andy‚Äôs work; a creative dynamic flow permeates everything he creates. ‚ÄúMy first view of the beach was a river and a pool that was being turned by the river. I am trying to touch and understand that motion, the flow and the meeting of the river and the sea, the two waters meeting,‚ÄĚ he says.
A ribbon of green leaves sewn together with pine needles floats on a river, like a long snake, following the current, twisting and turning, submerging, reappearing again. A small waterfall turns red with pigment ground from stones rich in iron, a splash of colour running down the stream. A dialogue with the flow of water. ‚ÄúThe river is the line that I follow‚Ä¶ That line running through, yet having a cycle related to the weather and the sea.‚ÄĚ
The creative dynamic flow in Andy‚Äôs engagement with the sea and the river gives energy to his practice. For him, art is a form of nourishment. ‚ÄúI need the land, I need it. I want to understand that state, the energy that I have in me that I also feel in the plants and in the landscape. The energy in life that is flowing through the landscape.‚ÄĚ
Andy‚Äôs creative process is reflective. He is fully present as he tunes in to the environment, listening for the essence of things. Stones are speaking to him, alive and expressive. He seems to instinctively know when to act and when to step back. He does not impose on the system, but works with elements of the system in a fluid way, open to what emerges in the moment. For him, control can be the death of a work.
Some of Andy‚Äôs sculptures can last for just a few seconds. What is important to him is not the lasting nature of his creations, but the experience of creating them, the process of engaging with the context, the weather, and the materials available on site. ‚ÄúI enjoy the freedom of just using my hands and ‚Äėfound‚Äô tools ‚Äď a sharp stone, the quill of a feather, thorns. I take the opportunities each day offers: if it is snowing, I work with snow,¬†at leaf-fall it will be with leaves; a blown-over tree becomes a source of twigs and branches. I stop at a place or pick up material because I feel that there is something to be discovered. Here is where I can learn.‚ÄĚ
A large, drystone wall meanders through parkland in the Storm King Sculpture Park in New York State. The sculpture, titled Storm King Wall, weaves around the trees, leading out of the forest, and ends in a creek. Andy notes that the sense of movement is very important in understanding the sculpture: ‚ÄúThe river of stone as it runs around the trees, the river of growth that is the forest‚Ä¶ has made me aware of that flow around the world, the veins that run around the world.‚ÄĚ
‘Not Doing’ is out now!
From the former Workplace Director of the multi-award winning Sky Central offices,¬†we learn about¬†The Elemental Workplace¬†from Neil Usher’s new book:
The simplest of questions often prompt those moments in which we freeze in time, having progressed along a path only to look around and find our first steps being eroded. Why anyone needs to have a fantastic workplace is just such a question.
LID Publishing is pleased to announce a new partnership with SEI London, bringing the entire LID catalogue to all employees of the SEI London office alongside a host of opportunities to hear LID authors speak.
The lending library will be jam-packed full of LID‚Äôs latest titles, including the best-selling Concise Advice Series!
Stationed in the bustling SEI canteen, the new LID Library will open on 1 February with a special guest appearance from LID author Simon Tyler, author of, The ‚ÄėKeep It Simple‚Äô Book. Simon is one of the world‚Äôs leading business coaches and inspirational speakers. His entertaining and thought-stirring work cuts through complication and frustration and liberates individual potential. Simon‚Äôs philosophy begins with the idea that to move forward you must create space, clear away what is confusing and take inspired action to clarify and simplify your interactions with the world.
Founded in 1968, SEI is a leader in the financial and investment services industry. Their mission is simple – to help clients achieve continued success by developing consistently relevant solutions delivered through an outstanding client experience.
Follow us on Twitter @lidpublishing for live tweets from the LID Library‚Äôs grand opening, this Thursday!
Happy New Year!
We’re very excited to announce that 2018 marks the 25th anniversary of LID Publishing.¬†To celebrate this milestone we have planned a year filled with surprises, giveaway, events, and even more books! There will also be competitions, exclusive discounts,¬†and even a treasure hunt.
Founded in 1993, LID has over 1,700 authors and continues to add approximately 120 new titles each year, around one-third in English and the rest in Spanish and other languages.¬†LID books have been translated into over a dozen languages and distributed worldwide.