As we move into the final stretch of 2020 we hope you’ll find moments where you can stop, pause and recharge.

As young leaders in our industry, we may be working parents, managing high workloads or busy juggling everything in their lives. Your LASA Next Gen Ambassadors are experiencing some similar challenges and are finding time to take a deep breath to seek some inspiration through a book, podcast or Netflix show.

Check out this list they’ve compiled to ensure you feel inspired, empowered, and ready to take on the challenges of today and tomorrow.


Eshna Khadka, WA

I just finished reading ‘Dare to Lead’ by Brené Brown. There were so many highlight-worthy passages in this book. One of my favourites was: “We desperately need more leaders who are committed to courageous, wholehearted leadership and who are self-aware enough to lead from their hearts, rather than unevolved leaders who lead from hurt and fear.”
I highly recommend this book to anyone who is daring to lead!


Patrick Graham, QLD

‘Mindset’ by Carol S. Dweck is excellent. Whether you are a parent, professional or manager it provides practical advice on how to get the best out of yourself and others. The book focusses on embracing challenge and finding opportunities through positivity. Also a 10 minute TED talk if you don’t have the time for a book!


Miranda Smelt, NSW

I’m sure many have already seen/heard it but the Social Dilemma on Netflix is great. It’s a reminder to truly be mindful with how we use our phones and other devices. It recommends mindful use of technology, limiting notifications or deleting apps altogether in order to spend more time looking up than looking down. We can truly tap into our own potential when we take moments to switch off.


Pat Lucas, NSW

I’ve been listening to this grassroots podcast called The Middle Man. Just a dude who has spent a lot of time being the middle man delivering on the vision high level leaders have shared. It is short and sharp with each episode lasting only 10 minutes.


Bec McMillan, VIC

My Octopus Teacher on Netflix. I was not only blown away about the intelligence of an Octopus but made me think about the human role in the ecosystem and how separate we’ve become. It inspired me to take more notice of the world around me and appreciate creatures big and small!


Aynsley Johnson, QLD

The Brene Brown ‘Unlocking Us’ podcast session with twins Emily and Amelia Nagoski is great. They talked about overcoming burnout and identified stress cycles (and how to complete them) and how our bodies process emotions physically (and much more). I think given what 2020 has thrown at us this is a really pertinent topic, especially as we head in to December. Many sectors slow down and prepare to close over Dec/Jan however within aged care, we never stop! I think topics like these are really important to digest and help us prioritize some time to check in internally before its too late. (and their hippo analogy is gold!)

Do you have any to recommend?

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