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Toolkit for life Warren Buffet fans, take note: The Art of the Good Life will help you navigate a complex world, writes Kirsten Levermore APPS FOR LEADERS: SHAPR

Meet the business matchmaker, says Perry Timms

If you haven’t read the first book in this series, The Art of Thinking Clearly, you are missing out on your most productive, fully realized life. A research-driven guide to the “pitfalls” of having a human brain, this book astounds the reader with a series of lessons in how to be more than a victim of your human instincts. It’s a stellar read. So, bubbling excitement on seeing the brand new sequel, The Art of the Good Life, is not uncalled for. However, this is not The Art of Thinking Clearly Vol II. As one clever Amazon reviewer put it: if the first book explained “how to think”, The Art of the Good Life explains “how to live”. In 52 short chapters, Swiss philosopher and entrepreneur Rolf Dobelli aims to equip the reader with the tools to better understand the world around them, thus leading to an easier, happier life. Like the previous book, every “tool” is cleverly and clearly illustrated with metaphor and anecdote, and content is well-researched in parts, and quite speculative in others. Indeed, The Art of the Good Life reads as a highly personal explanation of Dobelli’s own ‘rules to live by’. That is not to say it does not contain some

This book contains some striking and relatable philosophies that will likely impact your life in at least one small way

universal gems: with decision-making, the tyranny of having a calling, and the prison of a good reputation, this book contains some striking and relatable philosophies that will likely impact your life in at least one small way. The book’s true value, however, is probably only attainable by its specific audience: acolytes of Warren Buffet, executives on the move, and anyone with an investment portfolio. Nevertheless, The Art of the Good Life is a curious venture into economic philosophy and a very good starting point for discussing what leads to a “good life” – and actionable suggestions for attaining it. — The Art of the Good Life Rolf Dobelli Sceptre

We’re now so used to social media platforms connecting us, that social media giants, like Facebook and Instagram – ‘big social’ – have become either a key tool or a nuisance (or somewhere in between) for many of us. But what about ‘small social’? What about an algorithm that can help us match people with a similar geographical, professional and learning suite of interests? Shapr does this. A simple, free app available on iOS and Google Play stores, you do the usual (sign up, create a profile) and then, once a day, the app will find matches for you – people like you, but perhaps not known to you – taking the randomness out of networking. The app invites you to swipe and indicate a match; connect and send a message, and even meet in real-life over a coffee. It’s easy to use, relevant and simple to: Find that contact you might need to plug a knowledge gap and share yours with them Look for the next partner, hire or collaborator on a project, research venture or work assignment Identify other linkers who can help you connect to those in their network while you reciprocate for them Shapr might be just the thing to shape your network in an intelligent, convenient and unbiased way. — Shapr is an iOS and Android app — Perry Timms is an independent HR/OD practitioner, speaker, writer and CIPD adviser on social media and engagement. Follow him on Twitter @PerryTimms Q1 2018 Dialogue

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