Book: The Leadership Gap

“The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness” By Lolly Daskal “The problem is that one day, suddenly what once worked so well to propel their rise stops working. And the very same traits that had worked for them actually start working against them.” “What is the gap between who I am and […]

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Book: The Power Paradox

“The Power Paradox: How we gain and lose influence” by Dacher Keltner “We gain a capacity to make a difference in the world by enhancing the lives of others, but the very experience of having power and privilege leads us to behave, in our worst moments, like impulsive, of-of-control sociopaths.” “We will be more poised […]

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Book: Accelerate

“Accelerate: Building and Scaling High Performing Technology Organizations” By Nicole Forsgren, PhD, Jez Humble, and Gene Kim “The key to successful change is measuring and understanding the right things with a focus on capabilities–not on maturaity.” “First, maturity models focus on helping an organization ‘arrive’ at a mature state and then declare themselves done with […]

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Book: The Culture Code

“The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups” By Daniel Coyle Negative archetypes: “the Jerk (an aggressive, defiant deviant), the Slacker (a withholder of effort), and the Downer (a depressive Eeyor type).” “Safety is not mere emotional weather but rather the foundation on which strong culture is built.” “Belonging cues possess three basic qualities:1. […]

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Book: Suddenly in Charge

“Suddenly in Charge: Managing Up, Manage Down, Succeeding All Around” By Roberta Chinsky Matuson  “Get as much detailed information as possible about your boss’s goals, strengths, weaknesses, and preferred working style and about the pressures on your boss.” “Make an honest self-appraisal about your own needs, objectives, strengths, weaknesses, and personal style.” “Armed with this […]

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Book: Braving The Wilderness

“Braving The Wilderness: The Quest for Tue Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone” By Brene Brown “You are only free when you realize you belong no place–you belong everyplace–no place at all. The price is high. The reward is great.” “not belonging in our families is still one of the most dangerous hurts.” “And […]

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Book: The Power of Positive Leadership

“The Power of Positive Leadership: How and Why Positive Leaders Transform Teams and Organizations and Change the World” by Jon Gordon “John Gottman’s pioneering research on relationships found that marriages are much more likely to succeed when the couple experiences a five-to-one ratio of positive to negative interactions; when the ratio approaches a one-to-one ratio, […]

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MOOC: Leading Teams

Here are my notes from Leading Teams MOOC from Michigan on Coursera. What is the Optimal Team Size? Benefits of larger teams More capabilities Moe resources More information and input More ideas and possible solutions Benefits of smaller teams More cohesive higher member satisfaction Faster decision making, consensus More effective individual contribution For startups, larger founding […]

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Lecture: Emotional Intelligence

Here are some notes based on the training at work today. What is emotional intelligence? “The ability to recognize and understand emotions in yourself and others, and use this awareness to manage your behavior and relationships.” — Emotional Intelligence 2.0 Travis Bradberry & Jean Greaves Key components of emotional intelligence Personal competence Self-awareness Self-managment Short-term: In […]

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