The rev counter on a car has a red line. The engine can occasionally go there, but it can’t stay there. No car can. Correspondingly, neither can humans. We can all work at our maximum to hit a deadline. But if that becomes the norm, well, we all know where that ends up.
The following resources have all been hand-picked to provide help and guidance to anyone hoping to learn more about stress or manage it better. Because ‘Hustle-Hustle-Meltdown’ has become a sign of the times. But it’s also a sign that we need to work differently.
- Do Breathe: Calm Your Mind. Find Focus Get Stuff Done. (The Do Book Co.) by Michael Townsend Williams
- Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers by Robert Sapolsky
- Calm: Calm the Mind. Change the World by Michael Acton Smith
- The Pressure Principle: Handle Stress,Harness Energy, and Perform When It Counts by Dave Alred
- Choke: The Secret to Performing Under Pressure by Sian Beilock
- ReWork: Change the Way You Work Forever by David Heinemeier Hansson (Author), Jason Fried
- Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie
- Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh
- The Republic of Tea: The Story of the Creation of a Business, as Told Through the Personal Letters of Its Founders by Mel Ziegler, Patrick Ziegler and Bill Rosenzweig
- The Power of Less: The 6 Essential Productivity Principles That Will Change Your Life by Leo Babauta
- Holacracy: The Revolutionary Management System that Abolishes Hierarchyby Brian J. Robertson
- Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days by Jake Knapp, John Zeratsky, BradenKowitz
- The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
- On Form by James E. Loehr, Jim Loehr, TonySchwartz
- The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
- The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time by Arianna Huffington
- Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Happier Life by Arianna Huffington
- Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman by Yvon Chouinard
- Start With Why by Simon Sinek
- Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is Shaping our Future by Ashlee Vance
- Do Purpose: Why Brands with a Purpose Do Better and Matter More (The Do Book Co.) by David Hieatt
- Reinventing Organizations: A Guide to Creating Organizations Inspired by the Next Stage in Human Consciousness by Frederic Laloux
- Breaking Down Barriers It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want to Be by Paul Arden
- The Obstacle Is the Way by Ryan Holiday
- Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
- Turning Pro: Tap Your Inner Power and Create Your Life’s Work by Steven Pressfield
- Getting Things Done by David Allen
- The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss
- The Twenty Minute Break: Reduce Stress, Maximize Performance, Improve Health and Emotional Well-Being Using the New Science of Ultradian Rhythms by Ernest Lawrence Rossi
- The 80/20 Principle by Richard Koch
- The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande
- The Pomodoro Technique by Francesco Cirillo
- The Tao of Warren Buffett: Warren Buffett’s Words of Wisdom by David Clark and Mary Buffett
Looking After Yourself
- How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie
- Be Here Now by Ram Dass
- The New Book of Yoga by Sivananda Yoga Centre
- Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind by Shunryu Suzuki
- The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle
- Optimism You Can’t Afford the Luxury of a Negative Thought: A Guide to Positive Thinking by John-Roger and Peter McWilliams
- The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology that Fuel Success and Performance at Work by Shawn Achor
- The Chimp Paradox: The Mind Management Programme to Help You Achieve Success, Confidence and Happiness by Prof Steve Peters
- Flow: The Psychology of Happiness: The Classic Work on How to Achieve Happiness by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
- Breathe Sync
- The Mind Your Business Podcast by James Wedmore and Phoebe Mroczek
- David Allen — The Mind is for Having Ideas, Not Holding Them by The Do Lectures
- Elle Luna — The Crossroads of Should and Must by The Do Lectures
- Zach Klein — Build the Company that You Wouldn’t Sell by The Do Lectures
- Kelly McGonigal — How to Make Stress Your Friend by TED
This is an excerpt from The Stress Report.
The Do Lectures is holding a one-day event called ‘Do Stress’. It will deliver insights, future strategies, and will examine the zeitgeist for ‘human based companies’ and how ‘work’ is going to change. And what that means for your business?
There will be 10 talks from entrepreneurs, thought-leaders, change-makers and visionaries. As Dan Pink reminds us all: “Talented people need organisations less than organisations need talented people”.
That is why smart companies are creating human cultures, not corporate ones in order to thrive. How you stay ahead in the future is not the same as what kept you ahead in the past.
It answers the question of who leads the way in looking after their people, what are they doing, why is it working? How does culture help your business? How does your purpose? How does the design of your office? Even, how you sit at a computer?
How does a human culture prevent burn out? How does it help you win the talent war? And how, just as importantly, does it help you retain your people too. What perks are the most important?
The good news is companies who look after their people are also the best businesses over the long term. Human-based companies are the future. So how do you become one? Our one-day event is designed to give you the answers.
The One Day Event — Do Stress
If you haven’t already, check out ‘The Stress Report’, 134 pages. A modern blueprint for a better way of working and living. £12. Out now.