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AUG 10, 2017

Taking a break? Three books to read on your summer vacation

With Megumi Taoka, Satoshi Hirose, Tomoya Nakamura

In Japan, the Obon summer vacation is starting, beginning with Mountain Day on August 11. Here are three books to refresh your mind, recommended by GLOBIS Faculty. More recommendations in the weeks to come!

The Art of Procrastination: A Guide to Effective Dawdling, Lollygagging and Postponing by John Perry

Recommended by Megumi Taoka

Are you one of those procrastinators, someone who has trouble getting things done when they really need to get “done and gone”? If the answer is YES, this may be your chance to upgrade your ordinary procrastination to a new level of structured procrastination. These words of wisdom by philosopher Joh Perry did some magic for me in just 2 hours (with plenty of giggling). He doesn’t teach you to be perfect. Rather, he helps you feel like a better human being. I am so much happier and more relaxed being a structured procrastinator, thanks to the new philosophy that I gained. I recommend listening to this book in Audible rather than reading it, just to make the point of how to make your life more productive and fun.

David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell

Recommended by Satoshi Hirose

From world-renowned author Malcolm Gladwell, author of The Tipping Point and Outliers. This book, his latest, is one of my favorites, which I read over and over, since it always gives me ideas on how to overcome a difficult environment or how to cope with an “underdog-situation” in your business life. This book’s message is actually simple: an advantage can sometimes become a disadvantage, and a disadvantage can sometimes become an advantage. This insight encourages me to take new and larger risks in my life.

Synchronicity by Joseph Jaworski

Recommended by Tomoya Nakamura

Synchronicity is a magnificent book on leadership. Joseph Jaworski reveals his personal experiences very candidly in this book. Joe, a successful lawyer with status and money, throws everything away after his wife leaves him. He travels to Europe and reflects on the meaning of each event deeply within himself.  From these difficult moments, he finds his true self with the help of others and eventually establishes the American Leadership Forum (an NPO with a mission to join and strengthen diverse leaders to better serve the public good.)  This is a great book for those who want to find their personal mission and devote their time and energy to achieve it. You will be touched by the depth of the leadership and synchronicity that lies in front of our lives.