Sunday Book Review : The Speed of Trust by Stephen M.R. Covey

The Speed of Trust: The One Thing that Changes EverythingThe Speed of Trust: The One Thing that Changes Everything by Stephen M.R. Covey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Enjoyed Covey’s breaking Trust down into four components: integrity, intent, capability and results. Highlighting how integral they (and Trust) are in effective leadership. Trust is part character and part competence. This isn’t something we like to hear. Furthermore, there is a nice dissection into the waves of Trust:
Self trust: the key principle underlying this wave is credibility
Relationship trust: the key principle is consistent behavior
Organizational trust (inside the organization): the key principle is alignment (creating structures, systems, and symbols of organizational trust)
Market trust (outside the organization): the underlying principle is reputation (your organizational brand)
Societal trust: the key principle is contribution

I have been spending a lot of time on Organizational trust in the way of alignment and the work here is powerful. If you want a deep understanding of trust. I highly recommend. Super quick read that was impactful and real.

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Sunday Book Review : David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell

David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling GiantsDavid and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The more I read Gladwell the less I like his stuff. He is a great storyteller who truly engages me as a reader, but the content feels less and less genuine each book. I read a quite a bit on neuroscience, psychology and economics. It always feels like half way through a Gladwell book I have read the book before. I think often it is because the science he uses is just a summary of a bigger work elsewhere. If you only have time or ability to read authors that are easy and summarized works of others, then I highly recommend. Otherwise, I would look to read the source material instead.

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Sunday Book Review : Musicophilia by Oliver Sacks

Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the BrainMusicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain by Oliver Sacks

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Oh Oliver thank you for your work helping understand what music does to our brain. So much great stuff contained within on how our brain works and how musical is a critical piece of it. Sacks tells stories of his patients and how their various brain maladies are affected by music. We still know so little about this subject. There is something native in music that we overlook. I was sad to see the report of Oliver Sacks passing while in the middle of this book. I am looking forward to reading more of his works.

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Sunday Book Review : Crucial Conversations by Kerry Patterson

Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are HighCrucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High by Kerry Patterson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

We all get stuck. We all struggle. Those that can communicate their way through it, have an advantage. This book attempts to help give the insight and tools to tackle situations head on and have efficient communication through problems. It did a good job of laying the ground work to do so. I thought Fierce Leadership did a better job and went a bit deeper. If you are a Stephen Covey fan you will like this book.

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Sunday Book Review : End of Discussion by Mary Katharine Ham

End of Discussion: How the Left's Outrage Industry Shuts Down Debate, Manipulates Voters, and Makes America Less Free (and Fun)End of Discussion: How the Left’s Outrage Industry Shuts Down Debate, Manipulates Voters, and Makes America Less Free by Mary Katharine Ham

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I ran across Mary Katharine Ham watching an episode of Politically Incorrect (Don’t ask). I really like her style and her humor. I put the book on my list. A friend read it and mentioned it was good so I moved it up to the top. It was well worth the wait. I listened to the audiobook and it felt more like a podcast between the two authors than book. I was sad when it came to an end. The content is SO relevant to the world we live in and coming election cycle. We seem unable to actually have conversations anymore. Any meaning discussion gets shut down, often before it is started with name calling and mud slinging. The book certainly has a conservative bent, but I think it can be stomached by a moderate liberal on a good day. The criticisms from the authors certainly spare no party from guilty behavior. I encourage you to pick it up and read if 1. Political posts on your facebook stream are pissing you off. 2. You want to stay sane through the coming election cycle.

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Sunday Book Review : Getting Naked by Patrick Lencioni

Getting Naked: A Business Fable about Shedding the Three Fears That Sabotage Client LoyaltyGetting Naked: A Business Fable about Shedding the Three Fears That Sabotage Client Loyalty by Patrick Lencioni

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love the simplicity of Lencioni. His story telling style and human friendly writing make blasting through his books a pure joy. This was a tale that is valid to anyone leading, but a must read for anyone running a client services business. Want to know how to get clients and have them be loyal? Want a full pipeline of work? Want to be able to charge a premium for your services? Getting Naked will help outline what it will take to make it happen.

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Sunday Book Review : Change Your Thoughts – Change Your Life by Wayne W. Dyer

Change Your Thoughts - Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom of the TaoChange Your Thoughts – Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom of the Tao by Wayne W. Dyer

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As someone who identifies as Christian, I haven’t much paid attention to Eastern philosophy when seeking. I have done myself a disservice in not soaking in the teachings and wisdom of many of the great philosophers because of this. Of course, I am familiar with the commonalities, but not the nuances. It was nice to take a deeper dive into the Tao te Ching. Dyer did a good job of breaking it down and keeping it simple. Really find myself relating to need to be like water. Oddly Dyer passed while I was reading this book (the second author to do so in a month).

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Sunday Book Review : Nonviolent Communication by Marshall B. Rosenberg

Nonviolent Communication: A Language of LifeNonviolent Communication: A Language of Life by Marshall B. Rosenberg

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I heard rave reviews about this book in Agile Coaching circles a few years back. The title was a complete turn off. The people that were gushing over it were not always people I felt had a good grasp on what would be valuable in getting results as a coach, so I just brushed it off. A friend read recently and gave it really good reviews, so I decided to pick it up. Wow. All I can say is wow. Completely life changing. So deep. So not the psychology fluff I expected. Rosenberg is brilliant. This is one of those books that you need to re-read regularly to get the most out of it. I am sad I waited so long. Imagine a world where ever minute was spent helping people get their needs met and everyone you encountered was focused on helping you get your needs met. Powerful stuff.

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Sunday Book Review : Free Market Revolution by Yaron Brook

Free Market Revolution: How Ayn Rand's Ideas Can End Big GovernmentFree Market Revolution: How Ayn Rand’s Ideas Can End Big Government by Yaron Brook

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

For anyone not very familiar with Ayn Rand’s principles/philosophy this is a good introduction that maps to real world situations/problems/scenarios. The author believes them to be the silver bullet to right the world. I found that it made me think deeper about the issues and remember a little more of my free thinking 18 year old self. I do think it is easy to forget how much Americans have eschewed Capitalism in it’s purest form. Regardless of what side of the political fence you sit on, I suspect every part of the spectrum will find something that stimulates them to dig deeper.

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Sunday Book Review : Disruptive – How To Disrupt Your Industry Through Selfless Service by Jonathan Keyser

Disruptive - How To Disrupt Your Industry Through Selfless ServiceDisruptive – How To Disrupt Your Industry Through Selfless Service by Jonathan Keyser

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jonathan does a phenomenal job of exposing his humanness. Showing the roots that made him who he is and his journey towards self-actualization. It is rare that a successful business leader is able to be so raw. Keyser reveals the principles that have built his company into a disrupter in the commercial real estate industry. A strong message to continually search for personal growth and mentorship is central to direction of the book. Ultimately it is a call to serve people. Selflessly serve people. A much harder call to action than most are willing to admit. Pleasantly surprised to see a book that holds true to Capitalism and hard work, but espouses strong moral boundaries to be human and help one another. Nicely done.

 

Snapshot of Keyser’s Principles

  1. We are known by one word… SERVICE…and we live the statement: “It’s not about me.”
  2. We outwork our competition and win as a result.
  3. We encourage bold action and are not afraid of making a mistake.
  4. We always do our best, and produce more than our clients request or expect every single time.
  5. We are the BEST and we honor ourselves, our partners and our clients be being and doing our best.
  6. We are one team, and each person plays an integral role.
  7. We give first.
  8. We always follow through with the commitments we make… ALWAYS.
  9. We have fun with what we do, and with the members of the team.
  10. We invest in our own self-improvement.
  11. We are a family, and always protect and serve each other.
  12. We are 100% coachable.
  13. We are 100% present in all that we do.
  14. We are disruptive, we embrace change, and we are forward thinking in all that we do.
  15. We are strong, healthy and fit.

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