Who wouldn't like to be the best version of themselves all the time? This is the question posed by the author, speaker and 'thought leader' Nicholas Bate in his book You, Only Better. It's when you have "clear focus, bags of energy and a sense of humour", and when you are "creative, able to solve any challenge and brilliant at working with others".
In this lively little book, Bate asks you to tackle the problems with your work-life head on. There's no fluffy dilly-dallying - it's about going straight to the core of your problems. He argues that to be able to create a "perfect life", you must do what you are best at, as he explains: "Whatever you are best at tends to be really enjoyable. And that reduces stress, makes it easier to leap out of bed in the morning and means you can maintain the highest standards of what you deliver." Which manager wouldn't like a piece of that?
Perhaps the best section of You, Only Better, however, is the final chapter - an A to Z of the action points contained in the rest of the book. The most encouraging of these is Z, which stands for Zen and the Art of You, Only Better. "It's surprisingly easy to be the best version of you," writes Bate. "A little focus, a few shifts and everything you seek is yours."
Emma De Vita is books editor of Management Today