Our commitment to education and our Four Capital Approach is evident through SFG’s Book Club. This fun tradition reinforces our Intellectual Capital. Team members choose non-fiction books to read and twice a year we get together as a team and present our “book reports”. We thought we’d share some of the books we’ve been reading related to the Psychological Capital in case any of these pique your interest.
The Little Pocket Book of Mindfulness by Anna Black
This book is an easy beginner’s look at what mindfulness is about. Mindfulness is paying attention to things we normally don’t notice and becoming aware of our present moment experience — as it arises in certain situations — with no judgement and with kindness and compassion. It guides you through meditating mindfully, which helps you overcome grief, pain, and anxiety, helps you realize happiness, and overall feel a sense of connection with the world and people around you.
The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis
This book focuses on behavioral economics and psychology. It opens with a chapter about how the Houston Rockets general manager, Daryl Morey, defied the conventional wisdom that using statistics to choose players was enough. He realized that decision-making was part of the process and led the team to success. The book also covers the lives and works of Israeli psychologists Kahneman and Twersky and their theories of and attempts to understand human decision-making. Their work gave rise to the study of behavioral economics and they were awarded the Nobel Prize in 2002.
Not Impossible: The Art and Joy of Doing What Couldn’t Be Done by Mick Ebeling
Not Impossible is a true testament to the power of determination. It encourages us to believe that all problems can be solved—and that each of us has the ability to change the world and make “miracles” happen. The author originally set out to perform a simple act of kindness for one person and that quickly turned into a lifelong mission for him. In the process he discovered that he could, indeed, change the world by asking himself two simple questions: “If not now, when?” and “If not me, who?”. The author shares his inspirational stories in this book and shows how we should toss out our old ways of thinking and look at changing the world from a new perspective.