At the Maverick Paradox we like the ideals behind World Book Day 2020. This is a day when stories are celebrated and schools in the UK and Ireland aim to encourage reading. Kids look forward to dressing up as characters from books and taking part in competitions. There are also numerous events and activities to get involved in as well.
We like books because books provide essential knowledge and good books provoke thinking and take you beyond yourself. I’ve always loved reading, especially books that made me think. This has led me to having eclectic tastes in my reading material. I loved from a very young age Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes books. Sherlock was a fascinating character and I came to love following his reasoning.
I learnt to use the same principles on the world around me. On the other end of the spectrum I loved the Twilight Zone stories for their ‘what if’ scenarios. My love of Star Trek is becoming well known (see my article on Picard here). I love not only the moral dimension of Star Trek, (for example, their mission of working for the greater good) but the science also. What if there were parallel universes, what would that mean? What if there was more than one dimension? The Star Trek ‘what if’s’ have kept me pondering and hypothesising for decades!’
Mavericks are pathologically curious so ‘what if?’ questions are especially tantalising. It is how they approach the world and the problems that they see. They are for ever asking ‘what if?’ which is why they are very quick in solving problems. When you are always challenging what you see, pondering the reason, purpose, outcome – just for fun; solving a problem is a delightful extension of that.
World Book Day 2020
Socialised Mavericks pride themselves in their ability to acquire deep expertise in the areas that interest them. They certainly enjoy understanding how to improve their ability to influence, execute and impact the world around them. That’s another one of the reasons why Socialised Mavericks love to read.
The Maverick Paradox: The Secret Power Behind Successful Leaders
What hidden expertise does my book bring?
Well, it’s divided into 3 parts:
- How successful leaders think
- The competencies of successful leaders
- The use of power by successful leaders
It covers a number of topics but here are the chapter headings:
- The Maverick Paradox
- The Maverick Mindset
- Maverick (KEY) Capabilities
- Maverick (STONE) Capabilities
- Harnessing maverick power
- Maverick Leaders
Why do Socialised Mavericks make successful leaders? What type of person are you? What attributes do Mavericks have and why are Extreme Mavericks so toxic? are a few of the questions that the book answers. That’s plenty for the pathologically curious. The case studies provide a number of ‘what ifs?’ as well!
So this World Book Day 2020, do yourself a favour and sate your curiosity and read The Maverick Paradox: The Secret Power Behind Successful Leaders and tell me what you discovered …