My 2023 in five books
Five reads to a step up your leadership journey.
My reflection on this past year continues with this reading journey.
Five books have deeply influenced me lately. These include "Brave New Work" and "Remote Works." At first, I doubted these books. I already knew a lot about their topics. But to my surprise, they sparked new thoughts in me. They gave me fresh insights that I found very useful.
"The Bezos Blueprint" is a masterpiece, but I could not expect anything less from Carmine Gallo, the most influential author in the field of modern communication.
The last two books in the collection grab your attention with their fresh take on leadership. "Work Clean" mainly aims to set the stage for success. It helps you form habits that focus on your core activity.
"The Pocket Guide to the Polyvagal Theory" is a book for clinicians. However, it's a must-read if you want to understand more about yourself and the people around you, which is priority #1 for a good leader.
Let's get going!
Brave New Work - Aaron Dignan
Brave New work resonated with me on so many levels. It feels like a breath of fresh air. Aaron Dignan shares a bold and inspiring view. It boosts our respect and freedom in work rather than limiting us. Dive into it right away, and make sure your boss does too.
On 2024-01-25, Aaron Dignan will have a free AMA session organized by Kopernicana. Francesco Frugiuele will host it, and you can sign up here.
The landing page is in Italian, but the AMA will be in English.
Don’t miss it!
The modern work era is here. Old office methods don't work in the digital world; they're tiring, slow, and ineffective.
Ali Greene and Tamara Sanderson used their vast experience from remote-focused companies like DuckDuckGo and Automattic, plus expert interviews, to create a top-notch guide for managing online teams.
This all-inclusive guide covers improving communication (fewer meetings needed!), clearing up confusion about tool choice, setting team rules, and boosting productivity. You'll gain the skills needed to shine in a remote setting and create a workspace that encourages independence, flexibility, and focus.
The Bezos Blueprint
Six years after his speech at Princeton, Bezos revisited the theme of taking pride in your choices, not your gifts. "This is something that's super important for young people to understand and for parents to preach to young people. It's really easy for a talented young person to take pride in their gifts: 'I'm really athletic,' or 'I'm really smart,' or 'I'm really good at math.' That's fine. You should celebrate your gifts. You should be happy. But you can't be proud of them. What you can be proud of is your choices."
Don't miss the latest book by Carmine Gallo; it's great!
By being organized, you will be more efficient. By being more efficient, you will have more time in your day. By having more time in your day, you will be more relaxed in your day; you will be able to accomplish the task at hand in a clear, concise, fluid motion.
This book is all about setting yourself up for success, starting from your
”mise en place.”
Check it out!
The Pocket Guide to the Polyvagal Theory
The Polyvagal Theory, released in 2011, linked research, science, and clinical practice. This work by Stephen Porges offered a deep insight into the autonomic nervous system. It catered to a clinical audience eager to understand conditions like trauma, anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues.
The book simplified the polyvagal perspective for clinicians and other professionals. It provided new ideas and insights for interpreting human behavior. The viewpoint emphasized the important link between mental experiences and their physical manifestations in the body. Despite its groundbreaking content, some found the book challenging to read.
This book is a must-read if you want to step up your game as a leader and understand how your body reacts to stress, danger, and safety.
My goal for 2024 is to read at least ten new books; how about you? Do you have a reading goal for the upcoming year? If so, hit reply, and let me know!