The Director magazine July/August issue is out now in print, on iPad, Android, mobile and desktop. Editor Lysanne Currie previews what’s inside the brand new edition…
One of the things I love about this time of year is that, whether you’re going away or not, there is a slowing down which, even if it’s slight, allows time to pause, think a little and recharge before the September strategy season begins in earnest. And reading lists play a big part in this ‘summer thinking’ – UK broadsheets, US publications and industry giants all suggest titles, and even Bill Gates offers his annual recommendations. (Watch below)
Two books I will be downloading onto my tablet this summer are reviewed in this issue: Daniel J Levitin’s The Organized Mind (p18) and Marshall Goldsmith’s bestseller What Got You Here Won’t Get You There (p20). But TED talks are also a recent source of brain fodder and one of my favourites is “Embrace the Near Win” by Harvard assistant professor Sarah Lewis. She talks about striving for mastery not success. (Watch the video below.) “Success,” she explains, “is a moment. Mastery is not the same… it’s not commitment to a goal but to a constant pursuit.” And this resonated when I met two interviewees for this issue.
Also inside Director magazine July/August
Johnson Service Group CEO Chris Sander has been with the business for more than 30 years and has seen the company (which traces its history back to 1780) reach near bankruptcy and then, under his leadership, return to health. Read his story and hear how he is still striving for more (p40).
Similarly last month, when I met Salamanca Group boss Martin Bellamy at his impressive new venture in Barcelona – Marina Port Vell, refurbished to the tune of £63m – his tenacity shone through. He talked not just about the journey that his company had been on to create the gleaming superyacht and marine industry hub but also about plans to expand his OneOcean Club brand and opportunities in Cuba for Salamanca and UK business in general. Read Chris Maxwell’s interview with him on p30.
Finally, if you are still to book a break, find inspiration by reading where leaders recharge (p8) and about the rise of CEOs taking learning holidays to clear their heads (p84). I hope this issue provides some stimulus too. Have a relaxing break and see you in September.
Watch: Bill Gates offers his annual reading list recommendations