Sunday Book Review – The Art of Asking; or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help by Amanda Palmer

The Art of Asking; or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People HelpThe Art of Asking; or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help by Amanda Palmer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I find myself not being a huge fan of Palmer or what art she creates, but as a vulnerable human being who demands relationships with full presence I am in awe. If you take the scientific side of Brene Browns work on empathy and have it manifested by a free spirited artist you get the work of Amanda Palmer. I found myself engrossed in this book from cover to cover. It is clear why Palmer is able to connect with fans. This was a refreshing read.

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Sunday Book Review – The Champion’s Mind: How Great Athletes Think, Train, and Thrive by Jim Afremow

The Champion's Mind: How Great Athletes Think, Train, and ThriveThe Champion’s Mind: How Great Athletes Think, Train, and Thrive by Jim Afremow
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So much good content, but delivery pretty rough. Book could have been half as long and delivered a better effect. Great layout of the mental side of performance. Lots of ammunition for my sports/team analogies. Really has me re-thinking about what greatness is composed of. The best sacrifice in the short term for what matters more in the long game. Willpower isn’t enough and it’s not exactly grit. It’s something different.

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Sunday Book Review – The 12 Week Year by Brian P. Moran

The 12 Week YearThe 12 Week Year by Brian P. Moran
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Extremely powerful concepts. I have seen the power of decomposition in my work with software development teams. I know that it is key in moving forward and achieving. Refreshing to see someone have a take on what that looks like for everyday personal life. You don’t have a lot to lose trying to implement a 12 week year. It has been a catalyst for me.

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Sunday Book Review – Dare: The New Way to End Anxiety and Stop Panic Attacks Fast by Barry McDonagh

Dare: The New Way to End Anxiety and Stop Panic Attacks Fast (+Bonus Audios)Dare: The New Way to End Anxiety and Stop Panic Attacks Fast by Barry McDonagh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As someone that has suffered from panic attacks for a few decades. I realized that many of the concepts in the DARE strategy for dealing with anxiety were already in my tool kit. Because often I had to travel on long flights or be out my comfort zone or on stage. I had to develop ways to deal with the anxiety. Highly recommend for anyone that is dealing with anxiety and looking for healthy ways to redirect the energy.

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Sunday Book Review – Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. by Brené Brown

Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts.Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. by Brené Brown
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Brene always brings her “A” game. Dare to Lead is no different. Taking all her previous work and putting a spin on it for what it means to bring her principles to the leadership table. Empathy just isn’t talked about enough in the context of leadership. Let’s hope that this has a cascading effect, where it raises the bar for leaders.

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Sunday Book Review – The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World by Brad Stone

The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the WorldThe Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World by Brad Stone
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If you want a deep dive into Uber and AirBnB this does a reasonable job. It highlights how they fight against the status quo and regulation in general. The brash attitude of the founders pushing against the norm (sometimes to everyone’s detriment) to push collaborative consumption models circumventing decades of regulation is highlighted. There is a lot to learn if you are in a position to take on the normative behavior at scale.

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Sunday Book Review – Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable by Seth Godin

Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being RemarkablePurple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable by Seth Godin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Godin helps highlight what it is to be remarkable. The need to zig when others are zagging. Quick read with all the right stuff. If you are trying to market something, you should read this book. If you are managing products, you should read this book!

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Sunday Book Review – Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley StartupBad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What a wild ride. This is a tale of good people, gone bad. Great investigative reporting turned into a book. If you want to understand what it looks like when someone becomes obsessed with winning and puts people that hurt them more than help them as mentors. Theranos is about as toxic as it comes. This is the down side to Silicon Valley that isn’t talked about enough.

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