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Book: Leadership and Self-Deception

I read Leadership and Self Deception (Amazon) years ago, several times. It was a book that profoundly changed the way that I think about things, the way that I approach the world. When some conflict arose at work, I saw how the ideas in the book would help, and tried to get everyone on my […]

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Book: One Strategy

One Strategy (Amazon) is about building the organisation that built Windows 7. It’s a long book that covers a bunch of things. Most notably: Strategic alignment – how do you get a large organization all on the same page? (Everything else is really a sub-part of this). Planning, middle out. Leadership sets direction, but not […]

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Book: Giving Notice: Why the Best and Brightest are Leaving the Workplace and How You Can Help them Stay

Giving Notice: Why the Best and Brightest are Leaving the Workplace and How You Can Help them Stay (Amazon) is an eye opening book. It was written a while ago, about corporate America, but it is very much applicable to the tech industry today and the poor representation of certain groups of people. If I have had […]

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Book: High Output Management

High Output Management (Amazon) is a really great, interesting and helpful. It’s a little dated, being written in 1983, and I don’t think it was really updated for the 2015 re-release. What I found most useful were the sections about meetings and decision making. What does a good 1:1 look like? How long should it […]

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Book: The Hard Thing About Hard Things

I really, really enjoyed The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers (Amazon). So much so that I read the whole thing in a day (something I regularly do with novels, but not so regularly with non-fiction). It’s compelling because it’s about difficult answers to shitty situations. Because it’s […]

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Book: A Year in High Heels

I can’t say I enjoyed A Year In High Heels by Camilla Morton (Amazon), in part because I never quite figured out what it was supposed to do – inspire to live a more fashionable, glamorous, cultural life? It was too shallow and wide-ranging, saying not very much about a wide variety of things. The […]

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Stand Out

Over the weekend, I finished reading Marcus Buckingham’s Stand Out (Amazon). Similar to StrengthsFinder (Amazon) – which I blogged about recently), only instead of highlighting what your strengths are, it focuses on how others see you. I found it pretty interesting, and if you’re also interested in how your team perceives you, it’s probably worth taking. StrengthsFinder […]

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Making Ideas Happen: The Dreamer, the Doer, and the Incrementalist

Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality (Amazon) is a must for anyone who feels their genius is insufficiently recognized and needs to start focusing on action, not ideas. In my In Pursuit of Awesome talk, one of the points was – “Ideas are Cheap. Execution is expensive.” This book is all […]