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Author: Valentina Coco

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Valentina is a fast reader and passionate about all things leadership, diversity and self-growth. Every two weeks she sits down to chat about the book she most recently read, sometimes alone sometimes with a guest. What did she make of it? Did they inspire? Sometimes she loves them, sometimes she hates them, and she always brings you the key actionable messages.
8 Episodes
In this episode, I chat with  Gabriela Mueller Mendoza, coach and author of How to be a smart woman in STEM. We talk about being young professionals in male-dominated environments, on what we wish we had known when we started our career journey and about what it takes to write a book. Gabriela also shares some of her top advice, which I have personally tried, and they work! Where to buy the book: To contact Gabriela
From the bookblurb "Growing out of David McRaney’s popular blog, You Are Not So Smart reveals that every decision we make, every thought we contemplate, and every emotion we feel comes with a story we tell ourselves to explain them. But often these stories aren’t true. Each short chapter—covering topics such as Learned Helplessness, Selling Out, and the Illusion of Transparency—is like a psychology course with all the boring parts taken out" In this episode I talk about some of the topics that left me surprised and how they relate to how we lead and how we interact in our work environment.  Where to find the book
From the book blurb :  In her debut book Why Men Win at Work, Gill (  looks beyond the facts and figures on gender bias and uncovers the invisible discrimination that continues to sabotage us in the workplace and limits our shared success. Addressing both men and women, she sets out the psychology of gender diversity from the perspective of her personal experience and shares her powerful insights & workable advice on how to tackle the gender inequality issue.  In this longer episode, Gill and I talk about how she got to writing, her experiences with inequality and her tips for how to get better at the 'game of work'.  You can find the book on sale at the links below
Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity From the book blurb:  Radical Candor is the sweet spot between managers who are obnoxiously aggressive on the one side and ruinously empathetic on the other. It is about providing guidance, which involves a mix of praise as well as criticism - delivered to produce better results and help your employees develop their skills and increase success. Great bosses have a strong relationship with their employees, and Scott has identified three simple principles for building better relationships with your employees: make it personal, get stuff done, and understand why it matters. In this episode I talk about the key messages from Radical Candor, how they resonated with me drawing on my first hand experience, and in which way I didn't fully agree with it.  Find the book on:
In our third episode, I will share with you my key takes on 'Can't even, how millennial became the burnout generation'. From the book blurb "Anne Helen Petersen identifies burnout with moving clarity - what it feels like and how it manifests across communities. Through her own experience, original interviews and detailed analysis, she traces the institutional and generational causes of burnout. And, in doing so, she helps us to let go of our guilt and imagine a possible future.". Burnout isn't a personal failing, it's becoming part of modern culture. I have experienced and so have many others. Understanding the socio-economic factors that drove us to this point is at once reassuring and inspiring.  Where to buy the book:
In our second episode, I will share with you my key takes on 'Make Time'.  From the book blurb "productivity experts Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky have created a four-step framework that anyone can use, packed with more than 80 tactics to help you design your day around the things that matter". I have started using this method about 1 year ago and I am 100% more focused and 200% more effective, and I am here to share my journey. Where to buy the book:
In this very first episode, we talk about 'Grow with the flow' by Katie Mehnert. From the book blurb, Katie Mehnert has spent decades building her career as a health and safety executive working for Shell and BP. In 2014, she leaned in to form Pink Petro, a startup that's addressing the intersection of an inclusive workforce and the energy transition. When Hurricane Harvey uprooted her work and life in 2017, she began to think less about controlling energy and more about how to grow from it. Grow with the Flow is all about personal evolution because personal evolution is about planetary evolution.  We will be discussing the fear of stepping out of our comfort zone, and three of the many learnings I took from this book. Additional perk: we quote Sallie Krawcheck of Ellevest



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