The Ambits top 10 must reads for the summer of 2021

The Ambits top 10 must reads for the summer of 2021

12 juli 2021
Gerrit Sarens
Gerrit Sarens
  • The internal Ambits team presents their top 10 must-reads for leaders.

  • David's recommendations

  • Het no-nonsense meditatieboek (Steven Laureys)
    Meditation: you like it or dislike it. But it doesn’t always have to be fluffy and spiritual. Simply taking some time to not think, not look on your smartphone, read or discuss: it does your mind a lot of good. Steven Laureys proposes simple ideas on how to make meditation work for you.

  • Misschien wisten zij alles (Toon Tellegen)
    You might be reading bedtime stories to your kids before they go to sleep? Consider doing the same with your partner. It puts your busy day in perspective, especially when it’s a fairy tale, which takes you on a journey far far away. A perfect quiet ending of the day, with some good life lessons on top!

  • Veerle's recommendations

  • Dare to Lead (Brene Brown)
    "Integrity is choosing courage over comfort; choosing what is right over what is fun, fast, or easy; and choosing to practice our values rather than simply professing them." and "Clear is kind. Unclear is unkind." When I have tough decisions to make or difficult conversations to steer through, these quotes help me stay true to who I am.

  • Growth-mindset (Carole Dweck)
    A deep sigh of relief was heard when I read this book a few years back. Labeled 'not college material' as an adolescent, I struggled to accept my 'fate' and worked my ass off to prove to the contrary. And then came to miss Dweck's research that intelligence and personality cán be developed. The book gave me an explanation for my intense passion for learning and fuelled it even more.

  • Talent is overrated (Geoff Colvin)
    Talents alone do not guarantee success. Tenacity, perseverance, dedication, sacrifice to practice and practice and practice. Again, it's the mindset that makes for great performances.

  • Gerrit's recommendations

  • The daily stoic (Ryan Holiday)
    One of my all-time favorites. Where can you find joy? What's the true measure of success? How should we manage anger? Find meaning? Conquer grief? the answers to these questions and more lie at the heart of Stoic philosophy. the Daily Stoic is a compelling, accessible guide to living a good life, offering daily doses of this classic wisdom. You can read it one page per day (it will take you exactly one year) or just pick out what you need when you need it.

  • Egopreneur (Paul Van Den Bosch)
    I love to learn from top sporters. In this book, I have learned that you should not always go for the 100% as this will kill you in the end. Taking care of yourself is the basis to be able to take care of others. Not the other way around. Top sporters know very well how to do that. In this book, you learn how to become stronger and more resilient in a fast-changing and demanding world.

  • De kwetsbare leider (Joost Callens)
    This is definitely one that I re-read regularly. When you have read this book, you know what authentic leadership means. It's about showing your vulnerability, recognizing your emotions, knowing yourself, and being true to your values. When leaders are able to translate this into their company culture, you have the basis for top performance. One side remark: this takes a lot of courage!

  • Afspraak aan de meet (Luc Rademakers)
    This book is written by one of our mentors. It's a fact that lots of successful leaders and entrepreneurs are also fanatic cyclists. The author explores the parallels between the drive to win a race and growing as a leader. This book is based on testimonials from 11 leaders. It is about three important ingredients for successful leadership: independence, perseverance, and result orientation.

De uitdagingen van een manager


  • zijn nieuw in deze rol


    • hebben geen zelfvertrouwen
    • weten niet hoe ze van collega tot baas moeten evolueren
    • moeten wennen aan hoe een leider delegeert en opvolgt
    • moeten de status van (technisch) expert loslaten
    • kunnen geen constructieve feedback geven of accepteren
    • voelen druk om te presteren als manager
    • hebben moeite met het opbouwen van relaties
    • willen door iedereen aardig gevonden worden of willen net de 'boze baas' zijn
    • spelen de held
    • ...
  • hebben het moeilijk


    • blijven te veel betrokken bij de uitvoering
    • stellen moeilijk prioriteiten
    • kunnen niet delegeren
    • zijn bang voor conflictsituaties
    • kunnen niet loskoppelen van hun team
    • denken onvoldoende strategisch
    • kunnen zich niet verplaatsen in het management
    • missen duidelijke communicatievaardigheden
    • zijn niet zelfbewust
    • vermijden moeilijke gesprekken
    • missen politieke antennes
    • ...
  • kunnen meer


    • moeten mentaal voorbereid zijn op hun rol als opvolger
    • moeten in staat zijn leiding te geven bij grote veranderingen
    • moeten leren emotioneel veerkrachtig en beheerst te zijn
    • moeten leren om snel belangrijke beslissingen te nemen zonder over alle informatie te beschikken
    • moeten overtuigend kunnen overkomen
    • moeten leren hoe ze hun eigen personal brand kunnen creëren
    • moeten leren het goede voorbeeld te geven
    • moeten op vertrouwen leiden, niet op angst
    • moeten meer empathie ontwikkelen
    • ...
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