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Create Space

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Imprint: Profile Books
Pages: 320
Subject: Business & Management
Illustrations: Charts and diagrams throughout

Create Space

How to Manage Time, and Find Focus, Productivity and Success

Derek Draper

The crucial handbook you need to create space in your busy life

Paperback(Preorder only)
9781788160483 (Published 6 Sep 2018)

About the book

Take control of your life and create space to succeed

We're used to feeling stressed, rushed and overwhelmed. At work and at home there are endless calls on our attention and time. We're constantly playing catch-up. But if we want to perform optimally, and reach our full potential, we must learn to pause and create space in even the busiest day.

Informed by over a decade of hands-on experience at the most senior levels of business, this book shows how to push back against the tide and create space in your life to think, relate and act on a deeper level. Learning to focus, manage time, and take control of your mental and physical space is the first step in developing and excelling in anything.

This book shows how to do just that, drawing on real-life examples and the best of both classical and cutting-edge psychological and behavioural thinking. Each chapter contains models, tools and tips that have been used effectively in some of the world's biggest organisations, and which will allow you to set your strategy, raise your productivity and create meaningful change for lasting success.

About the author

Derek Draper has worked as a leadership consultant, business psychologist and executive coach for over twelve years. He is the CEO of CDP Leadership Consultants and was previously Head of Business Development for the UK and Europe at the global consultancy YSC. He has assessed and developed senior business people in twenty FTSE 100 companies and in some of the largest privately held companies in the world, across the UK, Nordics, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Africa. He also runs a psychotherapy practice and is a Governor of the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust.


This is a stimulating, thought provoking and valuable guide for those who are serious about "being the best they can be". It blends research, considered insights and storytelling to offer a very practical framework to take control and make space for reflection, learning, possibilities and being. It will act as a useful "coach" in all aspects of one's life and at all stages in one's career.

- Valerie Scoular, former Group HR Director at Barclays, British Airways and Dentsu Aegis Network

What I most like about Create Space are the 12 stories at the heart of the book. They bring to life the ideas within it in an engaging and entertaining way. Whether you are at the start of your career, enjoying your first management responsibilities, or sitting in the C-suite, this book has lots to offer. I highly recommend it.

- Henry Birch, Chief Executive of the Rank Group plc

Creating Space is coming at the right time. Leaders today are always on, and operating in environments which are rapidly changing. So figuring out how to get the space to think, learn, decide and grow is a very high leverage piece of help.

- Austin Lally, Group CEO Verisure

This book sets out in a very well researched, practical way how you can create the physical and mental space to make better decisions, build deeper professional relationships and get the things that really matter done. Whether you work in business, the public sector or the third sector, if you aspire to master the art and science of leadership, this is a great guide.

- Gavyn Davies, Chairman Fulcrum Asset Management and former Chairman of the BBC

No matter how busy you think you are, find the time to read this book. Packed with far-reaching insights and simple steps for wresting back control of your diary and your career, Create Space is a must-read for thoughtful leaders looking to take their performance - and the performance of their teams - to the next level.

- Sarah Wood, Founder and Non-Exec Chair, (part of News Corp)

Additional Information

Imprint: Profile Books
Pages: 320
Subject: Business & Management
Illustrations: Charts and diagrams throughout

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