The book that impacted me the most.
Dec 01, 2023 3:48 pm
This newsletter will be short today. In the articles linked at the bottom, I wanted to mention the post on books specifically.
My last client gave me very consistent feedback on how I could accomplish anything they asked for, no matter what it was. To be honest, that feedback is tricky for me to hear since I already have a hard time explaining to folks what I do. I somehow think saying, "Whatever you want," doesn't make me sound like an expert at all.
Still, I was thinking about what I've experience and learned in the past to make it possible for me to handle anything thrown at me, and that's what that post is partially about.
So, in a way, if you want to see a somewhat curated list of the books that made me what I am there you go. If you want a very specific recommendation I'd say to look at The Responsibility Process.
I cannot praise that book highly enough. I loved it so much I took the live classes that went with it and it completely changed my outlook on life and who I am professionally. That was in 2017 and it still stands out that much.
My very brief pitch for the book and material is that it helped me see how much power and freedom I have in every every situation when I'm willing to accept responsibility. Even if things feel bigger than me or out of my hands, I always have choices and that means I can make a difference.
Here's my weekly update for December 1st, 2023...
There are so many sources that I draw on for any given engagement with a client, but I thought it might be interesting to maybe put a list of books that I feel impacted me the most.
This won’t be completely exhaustive, but hopefully gives you some more material if you’re looking to expand your knowledge or skills.
For years, folks have struggled with phrases like “self-organizing” and the newer “self-managed” regarding teams.
I have met plenty of leaders and managers who have tried to figure out how to create teams with these qualities and find their own place when they work with teams like this.
In this article, I want to talk through a few things to consider if you’re a leader interested in building self-managed teams.
Scattered across almost any consultant’s PowerPoint decks will be several quotes.
There’s the infamous, “If we asked what they wanted, they’d have said a faster horse,” and “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth,” and the one I’ll be talking a bit about today is, “A bad system beats a good person every time.”