This year my reading has been very focussed on teaching & learning as I've been working towards my PGCertHE. Having sucessfully completed that back in June, I've loved having the opportunty to have a bit of a summer catch up!
My selection this summer was put together with the aim of inspiring me again about Public Sector Leadership. I was also keen to catch up on some of the design thinking / strategy themes that I've been working with this year.
My top picks from the selection below:
1) Michael Barber on How to run a Government - this is a seriously good read. Covering similar ground to his previous book 'Instruction to Deliver' but so well written and insightful. Definitely tick the 'inspire public leaders' box on my to-do list!
2) The Critical Thinking Tool Kit - I've been asked to run a number of workshops on Critical Thinking and was looking for some fresh examples and new resources; will definitely be dipping into this highly useable reference book for some inspiration!
3) The Dance of the Possible - a perfect fit with my own philosophy; I've been recommending this fab little book widely. We all need to find more space and time to stop, think and be creative. Busy is not the same as productive and the sooner we can learn this lesson the happier we'll all be (how to translate that into the organisational context will be the next challenge!)
4) The Health Debate - very timely and readable summary of where we are in thinking about NHS management; not sure it quite gets us closer to answers, but certainly helps clear the fog!
Find all these books on my Amazon Summer Reading List.
I also share my reading as I go throughout the year on my twitter feed, so do join me there. I have a #civilservicelearning tag for items that will be of particular interest to those working with Government and around the edges of the Public Sector.