Showing posts from January, 2012

Rework: A Review

Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson is a fun to read volume which shares the wisdom gained from the authors' starting 37signals. Released in 2010, it's a refreshing approach. Instead of drawing conclusions from the prescribed laws of business, the approach is simply sharing what has been learned inductively to be true. Written like a blog with plenty of art, each "post" is somewhat autonomous, even though they are organized under chapter headings like Takedowns, Promotion, Hiring, Damage Control, Culture, and more. One of the better posts is on using an economy of words to improve the clarity of your message. They cut the book from 57,000 to 27,000 words and thus, the book reads like a charm. The book debunks conventional myths and sources of needless stress, such as workaholism, meetings, growth, planning, out-doing the competition, decisions and experience: "How long someone's been doing something is overrated. What matters is how well

Organic Leadership

Two streams of the leadership genre have to do with either a leader's spiritual center or, how to win some more friends and influence some more people. This second one is by far the most popular, but leading from the outside with hopes of winning others over is dicey at best. Even though I recently bought a book by John Maxwell , none of his "proven steps" persuade me to read an almost 300 page book written about them. Henri Nouwen is much closer to my true north- more useful too. How to be a better leader is a draining subject, because most of the advice is about how to fit into someone's grid. If you take their course or read their book and follow their particular regimen, you will be a more effective leader. If we only follow their steps for success, we will also be better liked and more people will comprise our "following." Just assuming we could measure this stuff, then what would we have precisely? Is this what success looks like? Moving our

The Unorthodox Tim Tebow

I grew up in a musical family and a drummer, Buddy Rich was my idol. His single stroke roll was a work of God, at least as I witnessed his incredible performances. His record, A Different Drummer seemed to be a departure from so much of the jazz -rock that he had been doing in the preceding years. Rich's talent and precision differentiated him from drummers of all styles. Which brings us to Mr. Tebow, a different kind of NFL QB. He has reemerged nationally as quarterback with the Denver Broncos. The renewed fame begins with leading his team to the playoffs and in the playoffs, but is fed by the criticism of some who may call themselves "experts" at the position he plays. For these folks, "just win, baby," isn't enough. For example Sir Charles declared earlier this week, after Denver's last win, "the national nightmare continues." I know he's not an expert so it must be comedian. Tebow's technique is not prototypical, nor his f