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.
The Talent Brand by Jody Ordioni is a timely and essential guide to anyone looking to expand their knowledge on the essentials of branding. The Talent Brand explains common mistakes even seasoned business owners make that dilute their brand and have costly consequences. Ahead of it’s release in February we can bring you an exclusive extract from the introduction of Jody’s new book.
Introduction from The Talent Brand by Jody Ordioni
Time is moving quickly and organisations that are fast to change and seize opportunities are realising greater financial rewards. And yet, the greatest barrier to change is creating understanding and emotional support in the hearts and minds of the talented employees responsible for achieving it.
How can branding help?
The essence of branding is the successful alignment of the rational and emotive sides of our brains, creating rapid acceptance of new ways of thinking and acting.
Someone once described the optimal state of talent engagement as a CEO, a dog and a frisbee. Wherever the CEO throws the frisbee, the dog is there to catch it – running joyously, deftly changing course and returning it with a wagging tail. But now consider if instead of one dog, there were a thousand eager canines. Think of the impact we could have if we harness such positive energy, and create such an agile army of talent, ready to pivot, change direction and chase down new opportunities.
If this sounds like the kind of impact you’d like to make within your workplace, then congratulations. You’re ready to enter the exiting world of branding.
Your talent brand is the next iteration of your organisation’s employer brand. Aimed at branding the unique appeal of your firm’s culture and employment opportunities, it also takes into consideration what people are already feeling, saying and sharing socially about your organisation as a place to work.
If a brand is the promise we make to all audiences, the talent brand is the promise we make to employees and potential employees.
My name is Jody Ordioni and I am the funder and chief branding officer of Brandemix, a New York-based branding and communications agency. Our clients are professionals in a variety of roles, including human resources, marketing, communications, employer branding, talent acquisition and talent management, and they work globally, across a wide range of industries, including non-profit, technology, retail, financial services and healthcare.
They come to us seeking to create awareness, consideration and preference of their products, services or career opportunities and capture market share through branding. And despite this range of activities, we are able to deliver on these objectives because we employ the same best-practice branding principles and methodologies across all of the work that we do.
This book will guide you through our carefully constructed process, and provide you with complete access to the branding tools, templates and resources we use. It is my hope that it become a timeless and important resource for you and I look forward to beginning a meaningful dialogue and hearing more about your successes.
The Talent Brand by Jody Ordioni publishes on 8 February
For more information on The Talent Brand and other LID books, go to our website, lidpublishing.com
To celebrate the end of a¬†fantastic year, we got our heads together to bring you our top books from 2017, both LID & non-LID!
Niki Mullin, Business Development Manager
LID book ‚Äď The Launch Book by Sanyin Siang.
Sanyin Siang is one of the most inspiring leadership thinkers in the US today.
In her first book, Sanyin brings boundless passion, generosity, and insights into launching your next big idea. In her book, Sanyin weaves in compelling stories from friends and colleagues, all helping us become a better version of ourselves.
You really get the sense that Sanyin genuinely wants you to succeed ‚Äď a brilliant, bite-sized, book. A must read!
Non-LID book ‚Äď No, is Not Enough by Naomi Klein.
Totally gripping, I couldn‚Äôt put it down. Klein‚Äôs fifth book, and an absolute must-read of the Trump era.
In this book Naomi shares a bold vision, a clear-eyed perspective on how to break the spell of Trump‚Äôs shock tactics, counter the rising chaos and divisiveness at home and abroad, and win the world we need.
Depending on your political views you‚Äôll either think it‚Äôs a triumph, or nothing more than a liberal fantasy. I urge you to pick up this book and draw your own conclusions. It‚Äôs a big thumbs up from me.
Sam Leimanis ‚Äď Publicist
LID book – Machiavellian Intelligence by Jonathan Gifford & Mark Powell.
It‚Äôs smart and contrarian. I‚Äôve always had a tendency to reject traditional working practices so this really appealed to me.
Non-LID book – A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James.
Not 2017, however, this book got me back into reading properly, after a very long hiatus. I like trying to keep up with the different voices and a lot of people have approached me to discuss the book when they‚Äôve seen me reading it, so I appreciate that.
Yana Maksimochkina ‚Äď Publicist
LID book ‚Äď The Strengths Book by Sally Bibb.
This book showed me another¬†perspective¬†that you should actually capitalize on your inner strengths and focus on nurturing and developing them to lead a happier and more content life rather than trying to be someone that you’re not and getting better at something that isn’t meant for you. It’s an empowering, well-structured and uplifting book. I also liked that it’s full of exercises to help you improve your self-awareness and leads you through the process of discovering your own strengths.
Non-LID book ‚Äď Walk Through Walls by Marina Abramovich.
It’s a fascinating¬†story of¬†her bumpy but adventurous life and work as an extraordinary¬†performance artist. Ever since I attended one of her performance back in 2014 at the Serpentine¬†Gallery, I’ve been intrigued by her strong personality and impressed by the power of her will. I felt her charisma and presence on every page of the book and followed with great interest¬†her spiritual search for another state of consciousness that could have been achieved through deprivation, pain,and sacrifices. She’s a living example who truly pushes the boundaries of human endurance and performance art.
Liz Cooley ‚Äď Assistant Editor
LID book ‚Äď How Coca-Cola Took Over The World by Giles Lury.
This collection from Giles Lury showcases the art of short storytelling at its finest. Not only insightful for those who work in business, each story gives a glimpse into the lives of the people behind the brand that will resonate with readers the world over.
Non-LID book ‚Äď Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty.
A cleverly written drama that follows the lives of three women and their families as they juggle home life, work, and the deadly politics of their childrens’ nursery school. This suburban murder mystery, which has something of Desperate Housewives about it, slowly reeled me in, giving just enough information to keep me guessing until the very end.
Alexandra Manos ‚Äď Business Development Executive
LID book ‚Äď Naked Banking by Paul Riseborough, Steve Hogg, & Karolina Morys.
Naked Banking looks into why banks do what they do, their business models, and their repeated inability to make correct business decisions.¬† Having worked in banking prior to joining LID, this book was a refreshing and relatable look into the world I had recently left. Naked Banking is an honest account of what went wrong for banks leading to a personal banking crisis.
Non-LID book: The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy.
I had been excited to read this since hearing about it, as it was Arundhati Roy‚Äôs first fiction novel in 20 years. I loved her last novel, The God of Small Things, which I read years ago. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness tells a story of many years all through India, through the eyes of 2 main characters. Roy looks into love and hope and tragedy, using an enormous range of supporting characters to give an emotional account of Indian socio-political unrest in the late 20th century.
Charlotte Reynard ‚Äď Marketing & Sales Assistant
LID book ‚Äď The Connection Book by Emma Serlin.
This Concise Advice title has been so helpful in so many different areas ‚Äď from presentation skills, to little tips and tricks to improve confidence when speaking to larger groups. Author Emma Serlin in a professional dialect coach and she really knows her stuff! A great, quick read!
Non-LID book ‚Äď When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi.
This autobiography was one of the most profound and heart-breaking books I have ever read. It opened up a whole new genre, medical non-fiction, which has really taken off this year. Published posthumously, Dr Paul Kalanithi‚Äôs story of his battle with Stage IV lung cancer is a powerful autobiography that takes the reader on a journey of hope, joy, despair, and love.
Ben Walker ‚Äď Editor, Dialogue Review
LID Book¬†– The Negotiation Book¬†by Nicole Soames.
This is invaluable ‚Äď offering clear tips and tools that are of great use in any negation situation (you come to realise that much of what you do in life is actually a negotiation). Nicole‚Äôs contention that most people enter negotiations with a falsely negative perception of their own position is a lesson for life.
Non LID book –Shane Warne:¬†My Autobiography.
It‚Äôs an oldie (I picked it up second hand for¬†some pocket change) but this book has been a joy to read. There are very few sportspeople who deserve the title genius, but Warne is cricket‚Äôs equivalent of Albert Einstein: he almost single-handedly revived the art of leg-spin, without which the sport would be¬†incalculably poorer.¬†Warne was a master of mental destruction on the field, sledging¬†opponents by drawing attention to their inadequacies in sporting ‚Äď or romantic ‚Äď pursuits. Off the field he is the¬†perfect gentleman,¬†saving several¬†column inches for his great opponents ‚Äď¬†notably¬†Sachin Tendulkar, Anil Kumble, Mustaq Ahmed and Adbul Qadir ‚Äď from whom he¬†learnt¬†much, often the hard way. These days Warne is known for his precise analysis on Sky Sports and his studied neutrality, even when we Poms are playing.¬†Warne once said that he has a love-hate relationship¬†with¬†the English ‚Äď ‚ÄúI love¬†them and they hate me‚ÄĚ. I think that is¬†outdated ‚Äď he has become, in his own way, a national treasure.
On 7 and 8 November Chris Budd, author of The Financial Wellbeing Book, spoke at the Personal Finance Society Festival of Financial Planning in Birmingham. The festival brings together over 3000 professionals from the world of personal finance for networking, workshops, and talks in Birmingham‚Äôs National Exhibition Centre.
Chris hosted a panel on how to help people make better decisions and also gave a talk on how a financial planner can use coaching skills to help clients clarify objectives. His talk was full of helpful advice for financial advisers on how to help their clients understand finance, by helping them create clear paths to their financial objectives.
Chris also drew from his book, The Financial Wellbeing Book, a practical and helpful guide to achieve financial peace of mind by understanding your objectives and motivations. It offers the readers respite from the anxiety and stress caused by money problems.
Chris helps train financial advisers to develop their coaching skills when working with clients.¬†He is also the founder of Ovation Finance Ltd, a financial planning practice.
To hear more from Chris Budd, click here for his Financial Wellbeing podcast.
Books on the Underground began in 2012 and has now spread all over the world. Their Book Fairies are out and about every day leaving books on tube seats, in ticket areas, and at stations to get people back into reading.
The Strengths Book is a practical and succinct guide that aims to revolutionise your life by helping you to identify what exactly makes you happy so that you will make the right choices; decide whether a job, activity or course is right for you; and understand why things seem to flow with some activities and some people, and not others. Knowing these things about yourself, and spending more time on what really energizes and fulfills you ‚Äď your strengths ‚Äď will ultimately lead to a happier and more successful life.
Author Sally Bibb is a leading figure in the Strengths Movement and is the author of seven books. Sally works with a wide variety of people in strengths-based consultancy – from students to professionals.
If you see The Strengths Book on the London Underground this Friday, please have a read and then put back on the tube for another lucky reader, so they too can find their Strengths!
The Strengths Book is out now!