’It could potentially have a wide audience beyond nurses, as it is written quite generally with some broad examples drawn from different walks of life.’
Title: Flip the Switch
Author: Jez Rose
Reviewer: Lynne Partington, project coordinator and specialist advisor, The End of Life Partnership, Cheshire
What was it like?
Jez Rose, the author, is a behaviourist who aims through this book to “achieve extraordinary things with simple changes to how you think”. Essentially, a self-help book, it helps to identify why certain behaviours can stop us achieving our potential and starts to consider how those behaviours can be changed, hence ”flip the switch”. The book is spread across seven chapters, starting out from ”finding the gap” through to ”redefining you comfort zone”. It has a logical flow throughout and is written in a fairly informal style.
What were the highlights?
The author reflects on several of his life (and death) events and other happenings to illustrate how mind-set can be so influential on behaviour. I found that the examples often resonated and could understand what the author was putting across. He referred to some research based findings to explain a number of aspects, which also added interest.
Strengths and weaknesses?
I really liked some of the practical exercises and activities, all easily identifiably set in boxes, entitled !NOW, FLIP THE SWITCH. The exercises were often quite thought-provoking, although after a few, I felt that they started to feel a little ‘samey’.
After a promising start to the book, I felt that it didn’t really gain depth, particularly around some of the real barriers that get in the way of changing behaviours. I am not quite sure that reading this book would inspire all types of people into action (although there is a rider that says reading the book is only the start). While it might work for some people, others may find it a little undemanding in its approach and be left wondering what next….
Who should read it?
It could potentially have a wide audience beyond nurses, as it is written quite generally with some broad examples drawn from different walks of life.
flip the switch cover