I read whenever I can. When I don’t read, I listen. This is a collection of books I’ve consumed in one way or another. Sometimes with notes. Strongly inspired by Sivers.
The start-up of you – Reid Hoffman, Ben Casnocha
Read: 12/2015, Rating 9/10
Humans were born to be enrtepeneurs. It’s in our DNA. That’s not to be confused with saying that everyone can be a leader. Hoffman and Casnocha emphasize the importance of treating your personal career as a start-up. Laying out tips, techniques and guids for how you can plan your career in the best way possible. There are obvious links back to LinkedIn here, but they seem appropriate and rarely break the flow of the book.
Turn the ship around – L. David Marquet
Read: 11/2015, Rating 9/10
An intriguing story of how the simple concept of creating a Leader -> Leader organisational structure instead of the classic Leader -> Follower changed the way the US Navy ran their suvmarine crews. The key take away is to allow each ndividual complete control over their area of responsibility. It’s their decision to do whatever is correct in any given situation. It’s also up to them to be a part of an organisation built upon trust.
The power of Habit – Charles Duhigg
Read: 10/2015, Rating: 9/10
In this book, Charles delves into how our lives are built up of 40% habits. His approach to forming and chaning habits, and some wonderful stories of how habits affect us on personal, professional, cultural and global levels. One of the most well-known examples from this book is the story of Alcoa. How changing a keystone habit transformed and saved the company.
Nonviolent Communication – Marshall B. Rosenberg
Read: 08/2015, Rating: 10/10
A wonderful way to approach all aspects of life. Discover deeper, stronger and more powerful relationships by listening empathically to others, and yourself. Understand that any form of communication stems from an underlying need. Learn to look past what and how something is being said and dig into the why.
I’ve found this useful when communicating with my children, wife, colleagues, friends and even strangers.