Book: Rise

“Rise: 3 Practical Steps for Advancing Your Career, Standing Out as a Leader, and Liking Your Life” by Patty Azzarello “DO Better is about producing exceptional results. DO Better is about working on the right things in the right ways. It’s about rising above the work. DO Better is about freeing yourself from your overwhelming […]

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Book: The Culture Map

“The Culture Map: Breaking through the invisible boundaries of global business” By Erin Meyer “The eight scales are:•Communicating: low-context vs. high-context•Evaluating: direct negative feedback vs. indirect negative feedback•Persuading: principles-first vs. applications-first•Leading: egalitarian vs. hierarchical•Deciding: consensual vs. top-down•Trusting: task-based vs. relationship-based•Disagreeing: confrontational vs. avoids confrontation•Scheduling: linear-time vs. flexible-time”“The point here is that, when examining how people […]

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Book: Team Topologies

“Team Topologies: Organizing Business And Technology Teams For Fast Flow” By Matthew Skelton and Manuel Pais “For example, having teams adopting cloud and infrastructure-as-code can reduce the time to provision new infrastructure from weeks or months to minutes or hours. But if every change requires deployment (to production) approval from a board that meets once […]

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Book: Leading Lean

I am not impressed by this book and find it little value to what I already know. Maybe you will find it valuable if this is your first management book. “Leading Lean: Ensuring Success and Developing a Framework for Leadership” By Jean Dahl “The Lean Startup method [hypothesis-driven product development] builds capital-efficient companies because it […]

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Book: The Dichotomy of Leadership

“The Dichotomy of Leadership: Balancing the Challenges of Extreme Ownership to Lead and Win” by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin “There are limitless dichotomies in leadership, and a leader must carefully balance between these opposite forces. But none are as difficult as this: to care deeply for each individual member of the team, while at […]

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Book: Working With Difficult People

“Work With Difficult People: Handling the Ten Types of Problem People Without Losing Your Mind” By Amy Cooper Hakim and Muriel Solomon Strategy for dealing with narcissist boss: “Respect yourself. You can speak up without either cringing or bien insubordinate.” “Clarify expectations. Don’t leave a conversation without fully understanding what is expected. Then, create a paper trail by recapping your […]

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Book: Win People Over

“Win People Over: 75 Simple and Powerful Ways to Influence Anyone” By Karen Leong “‘Like most young children they also have an erratic attention span. We use trips to McDonald’s, the promise of a weekend trip to the beach, more pocket money… the usual stuff we all use to get them to study.’ A number of […]

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