The Art of Loving by Erich Fromm

This short, beautiful book that became a world bestseller may seem to have nothing to do with our current crisis – and yet it has. Yes, this surely is the moment – and maybe Fromm would agree were he alive today – for us to be practising his “art of loving” in whichever form that may take. It may be through care, compassion, altruism or solidarity, and could include our relatives, neighbours, colleagues and ourselves.

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FT Digital Dialogues – Leadership & Resilience

This was just one panel session of the FT Global Boardroom event moderated by Opinion & Analysis Editor, Brooke Masters. She spoke to Jesper Brodin, President and CEO of the Ingka Group (IKEA), who said that short-term resilience for him has been about setting up a taskforce to get back to business, keeping the business going and focusing on safety. Supporting others with kindness has also been important. That’s nice.

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Why Grow Up? by Susan Neiman

Chancing upon this writer online, I discovered this was the same Ms Neiman who was planning to talk about her recent book Learning from the Germans in Munich just before the lockdown. But I thought I’d start with her earlier book, Why Grow Up?, not only because its title relates to my coaching work, but because the subsidiary title intrigued me: Subversive Thoughts for an Infantile Age.

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