Book Review: 31 Practices by Alan Williams & Dr Alison Whybrow
Book Review by The London Psychological Book Club
Jacquie, how would you describe the book in just a few sentences?
“A practical, insightful, easy read book for psychologists (and other practitioners) to use when working with clients. It’s not a hard core business psychology book but a very accessible resource on values and values-based practice: amply packed with research, case studies and anecdotes. For me its purpose is to help the reader understand the true value of values. It expertly puts the meat on the bones of values.”
Deborah, what did you really like about the book?
“I loved the case studies, anecdotes and quotes – they were thought provoking and made the conceptual subject of values really tangible. There are several quotes that I’ve put a sticky note against to use in future client work. I also appreciated and have already used some of the practical exercises at the end of many of the chapters.”
Louise, tell me a couple of things that you learned from the book?
“I’ve gained a greater understanding and broader vocabulary in relation to values. Whilst I work with values and have helped organisations design and embed values-based frameworks, I now feel even more confident to support clients to bring their values to life and expand discussions and thinking to so many different leadership practices and topics. I’ve also made notes on a number of research findings and models to support the advice I give to clients.”
Janet can you share with me a couple of quotes from the book that really resonated with you?
I thoroughly enjoyed the breadth of resources drawn upon and have a number of quotes highlighted for future. Particularly resonant are “it is our choices, Harry, that show who we truly are, far more than our abilities,” (JK Rowling) and with reference to ‘corporate wisdom,’ “Organisations are in dire need of greater wisdom as the collective wisdom in groups tends to be lower than that of constituent parts.”
Deborah, what advice would you give to those contemplating buying the book?
The book’s overall size, weight and look suggests it will be a dense and academic read. It’s not! So my advice to others is don’t judge a book by its cover.
Please finish this sentence: “I’d recommend you buy this book:
… for the engaging writing style and to hear about the authors’ journeys with values (Jacquie)
… for inspiration, deeply meaningful and relevant quotations and the practical exercises (Louise)
… for a read that’s both practical in a business sense and resonant in a personal sense (Janet)
We were asked to review this book, but it never felt like a chore. It was a real pleasure. It is a very generous book sharing lots of knowledge. This book puts the values conversation in the driving (rather than the passenger) seat.
About The London Psychological Book Club (LPBC)
Founded four years ago by Janet Addison, Deborah Barleggs, Jacquie Brazier, Debbie Hance and Louise Simpson, the Group meets once a quarter to discuss, debate and reflect on books, papers, articles, TED talks and TV programmes. In short, anything intriguing or thought provoking which sits in our world of Business Psychology.
LPBC would like to thank Alison and Alan for gifting us (and the wider professional and business community) with such an inspiring, affirming and enjoyable read and happily share with ABP members a summary of our reading experiences.