I really enjoyed reading this book, it gets a message across in a very gentle but informative way, making it a very engaging read. You find yourself becoming Tom and relating to his questions and start to question yourself. A very cleverly written self help book, a must read.
by Lynn Nichols
Before reading this book, I thought change was a single action you took. Now I understand that there is a process to change - a process that is described in a simple and compelling way in Pieces of the Possible. And by following this process, you are much more likely to commit to, and follow through on, the changes you want to make in your life.
A beautiful and touching read that is easy to relate to yourself. It stays with you long after you've finished the final chapter. The summary at the end is an invaluable checklist that I will refer to time and time again.
by Louise Sanderson, Sales Consultant
I’ve read books about personal development, creative visualisation and altered states of awareness before; but none of them ever prompted me into action like Pieces of the possible! I am a bit like Tom, I need certain things to be explained twice, reformulated and illustrated. The moment I turned the last page, I started to build a template to assess my life and write down my dreams. Not an easy task, but I like the idea of working on a new version of me, that's worth the effort!
by Myriam Allamel, Regional Account Manager, Philips
As D C Dennett says ‘there is no destiny except that which we create ourselves’. In Pieces of the Possible, Adrian Kirk gives us an idea of how we can make this statement a reality. Kirk yokes the genres of novel and self help book successfully together so that you are drawn on from chapter to chapter. The book is rich in visual imagery and he engages all the senses in the exploration of our protagonist’s life. The novel feels like a personal journey rather that just a vehicle to educate. Kirk creates a safe environment to hear the learning and, if you choose, apply it to your own life. It is accessible and readable and I finished it in a day, but the ideas and approach stay with you.
by C L Harding, Actor & Training Facilitator
An addictive read with a very different approach, offering thought provoking insights delivered with a poignancy and gently guise leading you to a path of reflection and evaluation. A real page turner, inspiring and delightful.
by Angeline Barnes, HR Manager, Bauder Ltd
As Heraclitus stated “The Only Thing That Is Constant Is Change -”, but we do have a choice in how we handle change. Adrian Kirk takes the complex field of change and through Tom gently and engagingly helps the reader identify with change and the choices we all have in every day situations. It is an easy enjoyable read where through the eyes of Tom you very quickly fall into identifying and reflecting on your own experiences of change. A hard book to put down as you move through the why change happens, to how it happens and how you have a path to choose in welcoming or dreading change. Messages stay with you long after you have put the book down, in a way that no other book on change has so easily done. You are left in no doubt that Tom has a choice to make in his own behaviours, and that his choices will not only effect how he himself thinks and feels, but the effect these choices have on others.
by Karen Dicks, CFO, Nelson & Russell Holdings
This is a really interesting approach to a self-help book. Kirk has offered his insight into choices and change - the choices you make and change you desire - through the medium of a narrative. Tom, his hero, is in a coma following an accident and he has a succession of conversations with Gabriel who wisely guides him through various stages - awareness, acceptance, desire, belief and so on - to help him (Tom) decide what he wants from life and how to go about getting his desires. I think it is more accurate to call it a narrative than a novel; everything takes place while Tom is in his coma apart from a few fleeting flashbacks, and otherwise all is conversation between Tom and Gabriel. But it is nonetheless very engaging and entertaining. One key triumph of the author is that Gabriel doesn't come across as a smug know-it-all which could easily have happened! For anyone who is at a crossroads in their life, domestic or business, or who feels the urge to change, this book will act as an invaluable guide.
by Tim Stockil, Director of Creative Intelligence
Pieces of the Possible is entirely relevant to the transformational changes we are making in my organisation today.
We’ve have been on the transformational change journey for the last 18 months, looking for a complete mindset shift in each and every individual. We’ve taken every individual on their own journey, both within their team and on a more individual basis, and continue to do so.
One of the key elements of the journey we’re following is around taking responsibility for making change happen. We’ve made the distinction between technical and adaptive challenges and teams have identified that more than 80% of the challenges they face now are more adaptive, i.e. involve a change in mindset (habits, loyalties, etc). Pieces of the Possible describes this journey in its entirety, with the key word being choice. Choosing attitude, choosing to make changes, choosing to take responsibility and challenge others.
It’s storytelling format highlights the personal nature of the mindset shifts required by everyone; shifts that are critical to the success of our business.
by Fay Goldsmith, Learning & Development Manager, Philips UK & Ireland
I really enjoyed the company of Pieces of the Possible on a long train journey. I found myself so immersed in the narrative that sometimes it felt like I was a fly on the wall. The dialogue is so intense, the way the setting is described and what Tom is experiencing are beautiful and very real. What must it have been like to write it and think up these scenarios?
In coaching I have learned about creative mentors and calling in to mind someone whose views, attitudes or beliefs you respect as a way of helping you come to clarity. I think Gabriel will certainly be someone I see that way; he is an epic coach, I love the questions he asks Tom.
While the romanticist in me would have liked an ending with more closure, the fact the book closes the way it does is testimony to the point of the book: that it's about choice and it's Tom's choice and not the author’s or mine as the reader. In the spirit of the book, I guess I'll just have to accept that.
I’ll take so many things away from this book; in particular some personal things around patterns, habits and behaviour resonate strongly with me. Some bits I’ll need to revisit when I have done some more reflecting.
I know some people I’m going to share it with as I think it'll really help. Thanks for writing it.
by Nathaniel Johnson,Leadership Programme Manager & Regional Lead for NHS Graduate Scheme