Modern technology and the internet has very simply revolutionised our society. When we go on to crafting our niche and area of expertise, are we in competition of crowdsourced information or is our job safe from modern technology? To put these issues into context, we would like to recommend the book “The Future of the Professions: How Technology Will Transform the Work of Human Experts” by Richard Susskind and Daniel Susskind in support of Chapter 1 "Skills for a Changing World" of the Diplomatic Planner.Read More
We all have a tough time remembering from time to time, but what if we had the right techniques to remember just about anything? At operational level, remembering key facts, statistics, details and names would be incredibly useful, and one that would be highly favourable in international relations. That is why we are recommending the book “Unlimited Memory: How to Use Advanced Learning Strategies to Learn Faster, Remember More and Be More Productive” by Kevin Horsley to support Chapter 1 “Skills for a Changing World” of the Diplomatic Planner.Read More
Learning is constant and forever. It doesn’t matter how old you are or how far along you are in your career. There is always something new to learn and it is never too late to start. Instead of regretting missed opportunities or reflecting back on time, re-frame your mind and ask yourself what you want to learn right now. That is why we are recommending the book “The First 20 Hours” by Josh Kaufman to support Chapter 1 “Skills for a Changing World” of the Diplomatic Planner.Read More
Talent isn’t just song and dance. Being able to communicate well without breaking a sweat, or writing well are all natural skills. If something comes easily to you and this is a natural skill, you may only need enhanced training to further sharpen those skills on the field. To help you to discover your true strength, we recommend the “StrengthsFinder” online test 2.0” to support Chapter 1 “Skills for a Changing World” of the Diplomatic Planner.Read More
Finding a good career fit determines a balance of hard and soft skills and many a times, we are told to follow our passions when it comes to our job. What sounds great on paper may become your worst nightmare, so how do you end up loving what you do instead of chasing something that you love? To help you explore some of these critical points, we recommend the book “So Good They Can’t Ignore You” by Cal Newport to support Chapter 1 “Skills for a Changing World” of the Diplomatic Planner.Read More
When we hear children say that they want to be “President”, is that a real aspiration or just “child talk”? Also, do you REALLY want to be President? To help tackle the notion of power in our career, we are recommending the book “Power: Why Some People Have It and Others Don’t” by Jeffrey Pfeffer, to support Chapter 1 - “Skills for a Changing World” of the Diplomatic Planner.Read More
You have decided to embark on a new journey as an independent learner on the path to becoming a diplomat. How can you start on a new journey when your life isn’t organised? Working in chaos will lead to frustration, slow progress and a lot of distraction that you simply don’t need. That is why we are recommending the book “Organising from the Inside Out: The Foolproof System for Organising Your Home, Your Office and Your Life” by Julie Morgenstern.Read More
What lessons can we learn from a US Navy SEAL? Actually, a heck of a lot and luckily, we don’t have to go through the arduous and painful process of serving in the navy to learn some of the most important lessons as told by the author of this book. That is why we are recommending the book “Make Your Bed” by Admiral William McRaven as part of further reading for Chapter 1 “Skills for a Changing World” of the Diplomatic Planner.Read More
We all know that knowing several languages is absolutely essential when operating in the field of international relations and diplomacy, but you would be surprised to learn how few people commit to learning this skill. That is why we are recommending the book “Fluent Forever” by Gabriel Wyner to support Chapter 1 “Skills for a Changing World” of the Diplomatic Planner.
When you realise just how much more you want to learn, your world suddenly opens up to you and you discover that you really don’t have to go back to school to learn new things. There is a plethora of online courses we can take at our own time. Learning in the twenty-first century has become easier than ever before. To support Chapter 1 “Skills for a Changing World” of the Diplomatic Planner, we would like to recommend the book “Don’t Go Back to School: A Handbook for Learning Anything” by Kio Stark.Read More
Getting organised is important if you want to ensure that your time is maximised and used well. You don’t want to spend four years engaged in the wrong degree and later realise that you have no interest in it, just like how you don’t want to spend a full day reading a dull policy paper when you could have picked up a half hour podcast that tackled the same issue. If any of these sound familiar to you, we would like to recommend the book “18 Minutes” by Peter Bregman.
Imagine all the things you can do with the time you save from reading faster, instead of spending two weeks reading just one book. Imagine the amount of useful knowledge you can curate through the art of speed reading. To help us discover the cool art of speed reading, we recommend the book “10 Days of Faster Reading” by Abby Marks Beale and the Princeton Language Institute.