POD Book Chats - Women in Business  

Reading stimulates the mind, opens the door of opportunity and helps us develop and grow -  "you will be the same person five years from now except for the people that you meet and the books that you read" (anon).


The aim of the POD Book Chats – Women in Business Book Club is to encourage reading and provide you with an opportunity to network with a diverse group of business women.


We usually meet every six weeks on a Wednesday and discuss the key concepts, thoughts and ideas that we have personally taken from the respective books. 


The Undoing Project

Author: Michael Lewis
Review Date: 6 September 2017
Michael Lewis tells the extraordinary story of a relationship that became a shared mind: one which created the field of behavioural economics, revolutionising everything from Big Data to medicine, from how we are governed to how we spend, from high finance to football
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Author: Adam Grant
Review Date: 7 June 2017
How can we originate new ideas, policies and practices without risking it all? Adam Grant shows how to improve the world by championing novel ideas and values that go against the grain, battling conformity, and bucking outdated traditions.
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Reckoning: A Memoir

Author: Magda Szubanski
Review Date: 26 April 2017
Heartbreaking, joyous, traumatic, intimate and revelatory, Reckoning is the book where Magda Szubanski, one of Australia's most beloved performers, tells her story.
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Power Vs Force

Author: David R. Hawkins
Review Date: 8 March 2017
Much of this book is devoted to the process of making the simple obvious. If we can understand even one simple thing in depth, we will have greatly expanded our capacity for comprehending the nature of the universe and life itself.
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The Wife Drought

Author: Annabel Crabb
Review Date: 30 November 2016
The Wife Drought is about women, men, family and work. Written in Annabel Crabb’s inimitable style, it’s full of candid and funny stories from the author's work in and around politics and the media, historical nuggets about the role of ‘The Wife’ in Australia, and intriguing research about the attitudes that pulse beneath the surface of egalitarian Australia.
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Catherine The Great

Author: Robert K Massie
Review Date: 26 October 2016
A tale of power, perseverance and passion . . . a great story in the hands of a master storyteller. "The Wall Street Journal" The Pulitzer Prize winning author of "Peter the Great, Nicholas and Alexandra, "and" The Romanovs "returns with another masterpiece of narrative biography, the extraordinary story of an obscure German princess who became one of the most remarkable, powerful, and captivating women in history.
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Do What You Say You'll Do

Author: Tammy Tansley
Review Date: 7 September 2016
There are a lot of misconceptions around what leadership actually is. Many people have the Richard Branson style of leadership in mind – and think that it’s unattainable. This book will debunk the myths that there is only one sort of leadership personality, one with charisma and good looks, and that leadership is about being in a fancy office with a fancy suit. This book is not about making you into something that you’re not. It’s about giving you tools that great leaders and showing you that no matter who you are, you can use them too. It has leadership theory (but not too much!), practical tools and food for thought - all written in a practical and easy to read style. It has interviews with great Australian leaders and contributions from leadership experts.
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The Third Space

Author: Dr Adam Fraser
Review Date: 2 September 2016
Daily we undertake dozens of different roles and tasks. Dr Adam's research and the research he partnered with Deakin University on showed that what we do in this transitional gap (The Third Space) has a huge impact on our happiness, performance and balance. The research also showed that all too often we carry the mindset and emotional state from one activity to the next – leading to negative and occasionally disastrous consequences. When you learn how to use the Third Space you will consistently be your best for your work, your family, your friends and yourself – and you will find that the key to balance and happiness was waiting for you all along in the Third Space!
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Future Brain - Albany Book Chat

Author: Dr Jenny Brockis
Review Date: 23 June 2016
Future Brain is all about how you can work to your very best and gain the cognitive advantage to thrive in our modern world. It provides an in-depth step-by-step framework based on the brain science to help you build and maintain a healthy, optimised brain. We already have a magnificent brain but often take it for granted and worse still, sometimes use it in ways it wasn't designed for.
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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Author: Steven Covey
Review Date: 15 June 2016
Stephen R. Covey presents a holistic, integrated, principle-centered approach for solving personal and professional problems. With penetrating insights and pointed anecdotes, Covey reveals a step-by-step pathway for living with fairness, integrity, honesty and human dignity―principles that give us the security to adapt to change, and the wisdom and power to take advantage of the opportunities that change creates. The 7 Habits have become so famous because they work. From Habit 1: Be Proactive and Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind, millions of people have worked their way through the 7 and found in them a key to transforming their lives.
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Still Alice - Albany Book Chat

Author: Lisa Genova
Review Date: 23 May 2016
Dr. Alice Howland is a renowned linguistics professor at Columbia University. When words begin to escape her and she starts becoming lost on her daily jogs, Alice must come face-to-face with a devastating diagnosis: early-onset Alzheimer's disease. As the once-vibrant woman struggles to hang on to her sense of self for as long as possible, Alice's three grown children must watch helplessly as their mother disappears more and more with each passing day.
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The Time Keeper

Author: Mitch Albom
Review Date: 4 May 2016
The inventor of the world's first clock is punished for trying to measure God's greatest gift. He is banished to a cave for centuries and forced to listen to the voices of all who come after him seeking more days, more years. Eventually, with his soul nearly broken, Father Time is granted his freedom, along with a magical hourglass and a mission: a chance to redeem himself by teaching two earthly people the true meaning of time.
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Author: Malcolm Gladwell
Review Date: 30 March 2016
Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers" -the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.
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The Power of Habit (Brisbane)

Author: Charles Duhigg
Review Date: 20 October 2015
The Power of Habit: Why we do what we do, and how to change.
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Author: Martin E P Seligman
Review Date: 13 October 2015
Flourish tells stories of Positive Psychology in action and provides tools for getting the most out of life.
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Daring Greatly (Brisbane)

Author: Dr Brene Brown
Review Date: 18 August 2015
In Daring Greatly, researcher and thought leader Dr Brene Brown challenges what we think we know about vulnerability. Based on 12 years of research, she argues that vulnerability is not weakness, but rather our clearest path to courage, engagement and meaningful connection. Every day we experience the uncertainty, risks and emotional exposure that define what it means to be vulnerable or to dare greatly. POD Book Chats Perth & Albany have read and enjoyed this book.
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Fictional Woman

Author: Tara Moss
Review Date: 11 August 2015
Tara Moss has worn many labels in her life including author, model, mother and feminist.
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Eat Move Sleep

Author: Tom Rath
Review Date: 14 July 2015
Eat Move Sleep: how small choices lead to big changes
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Why Should Anyone Be Led by You? (Brisbane)

Author: Rob Goffee and Gareth Jones
Review Date: 16 June 2015
Too many companies are managed not by leaders, but by mere role players and faceless bureaucrats. What does it take to be a real leader—one who is confident in who she is and what she stands for, and who truly inspires people to achieve extraordinary results? Rob Goffee and Gareth Jones argue that leaders don’t become great by aspiring to a list of universal character traits. Rather, effective leaders are authentic: they deploy individual strengths to engage followers’ hearts, minds, and souls. They are skillful at consistently being themselves, even as they alter their behaviors to respond effectively in changing contexts.
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The Family Frying Pan (Perth)

Author: Bryce Courtney
Review Date: 9 June 2015
Mrs Moses is a small woman with a big heart and enormous courage. The only survivor of a Cossack raid on her village, she takes with her a big cast-iron frying pan, so heavy that she can only sling it over her back. Yet this is no ordinary frying pan - it’s The Family Frying Pan, blessed with a Russian soul.
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Give and Take (Brisbane)

Author: Adam Grant
Review Date: 5 May 2015
"Give and Take changes our fundamental ideas about how to succeed—at work and in life. For generations, we have focused on the individual drivers of success: passion, hard work, talent, and luck. But in today’s dramatically reconfigured world, success is increasingly dependent on how we interact with others. Give and Take illuminates what effective networking, collaboration, influence, negotiation, and leadership skills have in common."
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Emotional Capitalists (Albany Review)

Author: Martyn Newman
Review Date: 10 February 2015
Traditionally, leadership has been linked to vision, problem solving, intelligence, technical knowledge and business acumen. Nowadays there is interest in the role that emotional intelligence (EI) plays in leadership.
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My Story

Author: Julia Gillard
Review Date: 12 November 2014
My Story is Julia Gillard’s chronicle of her turbulent time as Australia’s 27th Prime Minister and our first female leader. It is a candid self-portrait of a political leader and her story of what it was like to manage a hung parliament in the face of government infighting and hostile media. It is a reflection on what it means and what it takes to be a woman leader in contemporary politics.
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The Rosie Project

Author: Graeme Simsion
Review Date: 10 September 2014
The art of love is never a science. Don Tillman is a brilliant but socially challenged professor of genetics who has decided it is time he found a wife. Don designs the Wife Project to find his perfect partner - a 16 page, scientifically valid survey to filter out the unsuitables (drinkers, smokers, late arrivers...) Rosie Jarman is all these things.
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Crucial Conversations

Author: Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler
Review Date: 13 August 2014
When stakes are high, emotions can flare and opinions can vary. Learning how to handle these crucial conversations can have a profound impact on your career, happiness and future. Including a foreword by Steven Covey, this practical book will provide the tools you need to step up to difficult and important conversations.
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The Happiness Project

Author: Gretchen Rubin
Review Date: 9 July 2014
A "happiness project" is an approach to changing your life.
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Equal Justice - Perth & Albany

Author: Rabia Siddique
Review Date: 14 May 2014
Muslim, lawyer, soldier, hostage.
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I am Malala

Author: Malala Yousafzai, Christina Lamb
Review Date: 12 March 2014
I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
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Creating Brand Energy

Author: Cath Sutherland
Review Date: 12 February 2014
Activate the energy of your business to create a powerful brand. Whether you are a business owner or corporate professional this practical guide outlines a simple and innovative process to understand your true business identity, attract “like energy”, and grow market share and loyalty through connection.
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