’I found the book useful when looking at team dynamics and reflecting when change does not work’
Title: Unstoppable. Transforming your mindset to create change, accelerate results, and be the best at what you do.
Author: Dave Anderson
Publisher: John Wiley
Reviewer: Helen Reeves, Operational Lead for Walsall and Inpatient Services
What was it like?
Unstoppable is guidebook from author Dave Anderson that outlines what makes people go from being undertakers to game changers. Unstoppable is written as a guidebook that makes it easy for the reader to navigate and understand. It also uses a common-sense approach and steers away from the usual leadership jargon, instead focusing on no nonsense advice.
What were the highlights?
Throughout the book there are unstoppabullets – points for the reader to ponder that hammer home the point that Dave has been discussing. These come as quotes from others or though provoking questions to highlight important parts to the reader. A particular highlight for me is chapter 12 – the unfathomable power of example. Here it consolidates that whichever category you fall into you will be leaving an impression for those that follow you. On page 182 this is broken down into 5 points to become an unstoppable game changer.
Strengths and weaknesses:
Unstoppable is written in an easy to read format that is separated into four sections or mindset categories as author Dave Anderson labels them – Undertakers, caretakers, playmakers and game changers. All categories are relatable and identify people that you would have encountered in your working life. For me personally, while similarities can be seen this book is predominantly well placed for athletes and coaches, some of the examples and people talked about through the book make it difficult to be relevant to all. Perhaps a wider range of contributors would have been more helpful. However, the author encourages the reader to further learning by recommending websites, podcasts and apps throughout.
While primarily relevant to athletes and coaches this book could also be relevant to all levels of health and social care professionals as it gives a rounded view on how people become unstoppable and why others stay in the undertaker category. As a manager of a large team. I found the book useful when looking at team dynamics and reflecting when change does not work. The book gave me perspective and ideas of how to interact with each level. I would therefore recommend to all managers who want an easy to read book that would be helpful when understanding team dynamics and what categories staff members may fall in to.