Reboot: Leadership and the Art of Growing Up
One of the start-up world’s most in-demand executive coaches—hailed as the “CEO Whisperer” (Wired)—reveals why radical self-inquiry is critical to professional success and healthy relationships in all realms of life.
Jerry Colonna helps start-up CEOs make peace with their demons, the psychological habits and behavioral patterns that have helped them to succeed—molding them
Jerry and I are extremely close friends and have been for 23 years. I first met Jerry when he was beginning his partnership with Fred Wilson at Flatiron Partners. But, I didn’t meet him through Fred. I met him through NetGenesis, a company I was chairman of at the time that had been started by Rajat Bhargava (who we still work with as CEO of JumpCloud), Matt Cutler (who w ...more
I needed it.
I've read a lot of leadership books and almost all of them focused on one's external work. How you scale, delegate, have one-on-ones, motivate, what manager's tools you should use, etc. It's all about work focused on other people. Obviously, a very important topic. But the more experience I have the more I think that leaders should primarily w ...more
In the introduction, Colonna frames the rest of the book with a series of questions you can ask yourself. Questions like:
💰 How did my relationship to money get formed?
🏃♀️ In what ways have I depleted myself, run myself into the ground? Why have I allowed myself to be so exhausted?
👨🏻🏫 Who is the person I've been all my life? What can that person teach me about becoming the leader I want to be?
👨👩👧👦 What was the story my family told about being real, being vulnera ...more
It's not that I'm not a CEO, the reason is different.
It's a book about leading which looks (sounds, in my case) like it was written by Virginia Woolf - very personal, all about feelings, impressions, moods, etc. Probably there are some people it will resonate with - people of very similar sensitivity, or ones who have similar observations, or ... I don't know, but I guess there'll be some.
In my case it was simply .. ...more
Based on other reviews and the interview, I'm confused. Did I miss something? Did it go over my head? I couldn't get anything from it. It felt like rambling stories with a touch of woowoo. ...more
“When our employees and colleagues leave our sides and our company, what do we want them to say about our time together?”
“Fearing broken skis, failed businesses, and the scars that come from skinned knees, we stay small—listening more to our Loyal Soldier’s fear-filled and protective whispered warnings ...more
I found myself drifting off and then rewinding as questions sparked thoughts.
I think any business owner or leader will find thought provoking questions here and develop a desire to attend a Reboot boot camp!
By having this initial projection of myself not being a leader, I read the book not being able to relate to many of the stories, and thinking... 'he still has some good ...more
The most valuable part of the book was the list of questions at the end of each chapter. They offer a great lattice for self-exploration. If you make the effort to write down answers to those via a deep and visceral examination of yourself, they can be edifying.
In general, I am not a fan of pop Buddhism - I find ...more
So many different layers could be found in its chapters that it requires several re-reads to fully digest their messages. The questions at the end of each chapter promote self-study. Highly recommended, though four stars only as I did find it time to ...more
Have you ever you come across a book that provides just the spiritual nourishment you were craving at the moment you needed it? To me, this is that book. I cannot express my gratitude to him to have written it. Jerry is an old friend and former colleague so I have a little personal experience with the magical insight he brings to his work as well as the forces that plagued him at the peak of his career in finance. He was always more honest about th ...more
The other disconnect I haven't quite worked out is the combination of Buddhist philosophy and a fairly capitali ...more
The thing I liked the most about this book was "Journaling Invitations" section at the end of each chapter. My favourites:
* What am I saying that’s not being heard?
* What am I not saying that needs to be said?
* What’s being said to me that I’m not hearing?
Self-reflecting on them has great power (stop for a minute and try to answer them), but I feel that sharing the answers and thoughts with other people is going to make the real difference ( ...more
Above all else, it pays to become more humans, courageous people, because that is the path to less-toxic workplaces and companies that act responsibly regarding their employees, communitites and the environment.
So, take time for yourself outside of work.
It just tore my heart open. True, clear messages, based on amazing storytelling by the kindest author. I was in tears many times. Absolutely happy I’ve found this gem. As a CEO of a 70+ people startup, there was a lot of insights for me.
Jerry describes all of this in a way that is unsurprisingly personal and heartfelt. By opening up himself, he demonstrates how radical self-inquiry and having the strength to step into the mouth of our demons and bring our colleagues along with us on this journey, can be an incredibly powerful way to lead.
A book that ...more
It felt fairly indulgent and long, overall. I generally don’t love culturally glorification of people with dramatic backstories. (Would this book have come to be if Mr. Colonna hadn ...more
The concept of Radical Self-Inquiry is what is shared here, and understanding yourself and nature is important. However, the expectation that this is a new thought and that every reade ...more
So don't read this for the actual methods on how to face your fears and grow as a leader. But he's so good at making the emotional journey feel leg ...more
On the one hand, as a coach myself, I really loved Jerry's approach to radical self-inquiry by looking deeper into your every day life and annoyances and understanding where that stems from - spoiler alert, it's never what it seems to be.
However, in my opinion the book didn't flow well enough and the mix of deep personal stories with client experience and pseudo-philosophical parts just didn't make it an appealing read. ...more
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