This is a wonderful collection that captures the (ahem) joys of parenting. The comics are right on the mark. My wife described it as like "Pajama DiarThis is a wonderful collection that captures the (ahem) joys of parenting. The comics are right on the mark. My wife described it as like "Pajama Diaries for people with younger kids." If you are a parent, you'll enjoy this book. If you are not, and have friends who are, it might give you some insights....more
As Jurgen Appelo points out, management is too important to leave just to managers. Managing for Happiness is a useful and fun to read book that givesAs Jurgen Appelo points out, management is too important to leave just to managers. Managing for Happiness is a useful and fun to read book that gives you concrete tools to help identify ways to help your team to be happier. The book’s writing and typographic style are engaging and have the right mix of “expected” and surprising. and many of the ideas and exercises in this book are things almost anyone on the team can make use of. Some can help you to understand your personal situation, and others are activities anyone can introduce (assuming are reasonable corporate culture).
Anyone who works on a team will benefit from this book. You may end this book with a very long list of things to try, and, because Appelo cites many sources, a long list of things to read if you want to go deeper. Even though it would be great to have a quick read that solves your problems, helping to enable effective teams is hard work. Managing for Happiness will give you some tools to make that work easier....more
A short, pragmatic, easy to read, book that can help you be better at something both essential and often neglected: How to work together better. By chA short, pragmatic, easy to read, book that can help you be better at something both essential and often neglected: How to work together better. By chance I first opened the book to a page with the heading “The Main Problem: valuing tasks over relationships” and I knew that I made the right choice when I got the book. Teamwork is essential, in particular on an agile team, and building an environment where people trust each other enough to work as a team is hard.
This book explores a technique that can help to work across cultural, organizational and hierarchical boundaries. With theory, examples, and practices to try, it becomes easy to understand what Humble Inquiry is. The practice will take work.
Humble Inquiry is as much a mindset as a technique, since, as Shein points out, it is hard to be authentic when simply “acting humble” and people will notice, and you will thus erode rather than build trust.
Any leader, team member, spouse, or even parent can learn valuable things from reading this book. I would even argue that if you interact with _anyone_ there are lessons you can learn, or at least have reenforced. This book is a small investment in both time and money for a large reward. ...more
These books are a lot of fun. There are the basic components of a thriller combined with slightly fanciful twists on historical facts, with a vague hiThese books are a lot of fun. There are the basic components of a thriller combined with slightly fanciful twists on historical facts, with a vague hint of the supernatural or at least fantastic science. The reason I feel compelled to write about this book is that it deals with the history of Cotton Malone's father, and by chance I happened to be reading it during the week before and after Fathers's day. That all books (so far) end with a rather long discussion of which facts and locales were real and which were imagined makes the books even more fun....more
TED talks often get me intrigued and inspired about topics that I sometimes hadn’t thought about before. As someone who speaks to various audiences atTED talks often get me intrigued and inspired about topics that I sometimes hadn’t thought about before. As someone who speaks to various audiences at work and at professional events, I’m always looking for ideas about how to be a better speaker, and [TED Talks, The official TED Guide to Public Speaking] sounded like a promising resource, and I wasn’t disappointed. The book provides some good guidance about everything from developing an idea to actually speaking on stage. Even if you never expect to speak on the TED Stage or any other, the book still has value. Anderson points out early and repeatedly that “presentation literacy” is an important skill for everyone. Even if you never present to a formal audience, learning how to organize and distill what you want to say is a valuable skill, and many of the concepts are relevant to writing as well. Keeping “presentation presence” in mind can be useful even if you are sharing an idea with a colleague. If you want to be a better presenter (in any context) this is a worthwhile book to read....more
The short version of what “grit” is — that talent isn’t enough, and effort counts for a lot —seems both appealing and simplistic. This book goes intoThe short version of what “grit” is — that talent isn’t enough, and effort counts for a lot —seems both appealing and simplistic. This book goes into more detail about what Grit is, resolving many of my questions about what Grit really meant and how to improve it (possible) and measure it (not simply).
My favorite line from the book is “play before purpose” which summarizes the concept that to be gritty you really need a goal that engages you, and it may take some time to discover that. If you’ve read Mindset, Originals, or Give and Take, there will be some familiar moments. Flow, Learned Optimism, Growth Mindset, and Grit compliment each other; one can lead to another. That I’ve read many of those books over the years in my quest to better understand motivation and engagement (and thus be a better manager and parent) may speak to my “Grittiness”
Through a combination of summaries of her research, stories, and discussions of things to do Duckworth both helps you understand the nuances of Grit, and give you ideas for ways to understand and improve the level of grittiness for yourself and those in your charge. Parents, managers, and leaders will find this book an inspiring read. While well written and easy to get through, you will find yourself wanting to refer to your notes and bookmarks often....more