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Book Review: What Is Water? How Young Leaders Can Thrive in an Uncertain World

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Book Review: What Is Water?
What Is Water? How Young Leaders Can Thrive in an Uncertain World By Kayvan Kian

We live in a world that feels increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA). For young people, the sense of unease this world creates comes with serious difficulties. Many are asking: how can you lead, grow, and thrive in today's world?

In What is Water?, Kayvan shifts the focus away from this overwhelm and toward ways of thinking that will help you grow stronger through it all. Drawing on everything from ancient Stoic philosophy to contemporary examples, Kayvan delivers an approach for dealing with our VUCA world that is simple, pragmatic, and easily transferable to teams, families, and communities. You are not alone in this struggle, and with this book, you'll be empowered with a strong sense of choice in life, no matter what kind of situations come your way.

In this episode, we discuss a few key ideas we wanted to highlight from the book.

  • How can you moderate the use of your strenuous gifts?
  • How can you enjoy and develop your hidden treasures?
  • Take a few minutes to think about all the people in the world who could possibly care about you - either in your daily life or in the background of your life. These people could have a large impact on your life, or enrich it through small acts of kindness or support.
  • Whom do you want to create a deeper relationship with? How could you achieve this?

Enjoy the episode!

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Meet the author

Author Kayvan Kian
Kayvan Kian

Kayvan Kian is an entrepreneur, teacher, and management consultant at McKinsey & Company in Amsterdam. He is the founder of the Young Leaders Forum, and has given guest lectures at Harvard Business School, HEC, Sciences Po, and other schools. Ever since childhood, he has been interested in understanding how some people are able to thrive through challenging times in life, and he hopes that by sharing these hard-fought lessons with each other, we can make this world a better place. He holds an MBA from INSEAD and a degree in both Economics and Law from the Erasmus University Rotterdam.

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