’This book could be helpful to anybody contemplating future changes or different ways of working.’
Title: Power House – Turbo Boost your effectiveness and start making a serious impact.
Author: Mike Clayton
Reviewer: Carol Singleton, Queen’s Nurse, North Tyneside
What was it like?
The NHS seems to lurch from one massive change to another and with the fast approaching General Election, we could, possibly, face a different political party or parties running the country, and yet more changes in the way we work, so this book could be helpful to anybody contemplating future changes or different ways of working. It sets out to help you boost your personal effectiveness, enabling you to meet any challenges head on with energy and purpose and provides a range of practical tools and tactics to show you how to anticipate change, to get the best from yourself and others, make a lasting impression and make the right choices about how you spend your time.
There is an index, an introduction and then ten chapters covering self-control, judgement, productivity, relationships, leadership, conduct, perception, resilience, growth and culture, each one showing you how to “turn up one of ten Power Switches” to transform yourself and your organisation. The introduction briefly describes what each chapter covers and a capability that you can increase with learning and practice. There is also a Powerhouse website, which provides access to videos describing the key ideas and also templates for some of the tools described in the book.
What were the highlights?
This motivating book is easy to read with examples of what is being described throughout and references to research, lessons to think about and adopt and support to think about both long and short term goals with specific outcomes. This is not done in a patronising way and with the helpful templates, which are shown in the book and also available via the website, the reader is encouraged to participate in the exercises.
Strengths & weaknesses:
I found the brief descriptions of the chapters helpful, so that you can pick and choose which ones to read without having to work your way through the book all in one go and the summary at the end of each chapter pulls together everything that has been previously discussed.
Who should read it?
Anybody who is lacking in energy, ineffective and unproductive, what ever their age, background, current situation or future aspirations.