Just Mercy

I recently finished reading a powerful book called, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson. This very moving book will challenge you. It is an important read that I highly encourage all Americans to read.

Who – Find the right person for the position

I just read a book recommended to me on finding the right people to hire: Who by Geoff Smart and Randy Street. It is a great, practical guide to finding the best fit for your organization. Here is the “A” Method: Scorecard What do you want Source Find great people Select Select/identify the person Sell…

Boys in the Boat

This book is a great story about the 1936 USA Olympic Rowing team in the Berlin Olympics. It goes into detail of each of the characters who made up that team, what they endured to make it there, and how they won. I learned a lot about the sport of crewing, life during the Depression,…

How to make people like you

Establishing a positive interaction with others is a crucial life skill. I recently read the book, How to make people like you in 90 seconds or less by Nicholas Boothman. This book has some great learning points in it. Effective Communication can be remembered by the acronym KFC: Know the wants, needs, and goals Find…

Zero to One

This book, Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel and Blake Masters, was a great read as I ramp up my own startup. Peter Thiel makes some interesting points on business, innovation, politics, and more. He starts with this question: “What important truth do very few people…

Sidetracked

I listened to the audiobook Sidetracked by Francesca Gino. This book goes into the psychology of how we get sidetracked in our decision making. She shares these 9 principles to avoid becoming sidetracked in our decision making: Raise your awareness – be mindful Take your emotional temperature – recognize your emotional state when making decisions…

The Power of Intuition

I read this book as part of my MBA course. The book, written by Gary Klein, is really a way to make effective decisions in life and at work. I found it really insightful and helpful. The author argues to make decisions based off of developed intuitions through experience. I was hesitant to enjoy the…

The Righteous Mind

I really liked this book! I highly encourage all Americans to read this book. It helps keep things in perspective – helps to understand where ideas develop from those who have different opinions than you do. It even helped me understand my own default positions better. In the end, this book does what most other…

Visual Intelligence

This is one of my favorite books I’ve read. It is a great how to book and will improve your observation skills, situational awareness, and communication skills. The book, Visual Intelligence: Sharpen Your Perception, Change Your Life, is written by Amy E. Herman who is an art historian and a lawyer. She teaches others to…

From Values to Action

I am in a professional leadership course and have several required reading books. This past month’s book was: From Values to Action: The Four Principles of Values-Based Leadership by Harry M. Kraemer. The reasoning behind this choice was to get the class thinking about values. This book does that, and much more.