Books

These are books that Ive recently read (top most recently) and why and how they have influenced my thinking.

  • The subtle art of not giving a F It might feel like this is a click-bait name but its good. Ive recently bought it for the older kids as I know they will read things with swear words in the title!. Three things that resonated with me. 1/ Embrace the struggle: Its all about the struggle, we learn from our challenges. Entitlement is avoidance of problems and it is the getting over problems that is the growth and the learning. 2/ Action ➡ Result ➡ Motivation. Many of us wait for “motivation” to get started, but motivation, to action and results is a recurrent loop. Invert the loop. When we confront the challenges we face and take action, we (eventually) get results and that breeds motivation. Results are only due to action. We must overcome intertia to drive action to gain motivation. 3/ I realised I had’nt crystalized in myu own head the difference between principles and values. My take now is, values are waht we hold true, they must always be “continually re-engaged” (or challenged if we realise we have shitty values that we we want to change) and principles are akin to policies that we use to help use make decisions or structure how we do things.
  • The power of habit This is a really nice book that provides some insights into how our brain works and how we “internalise habits”, moving repeated actions from cognisant thought to “automatic thought”. Fascinating observations on how these then go on to manifest themselves at an organisational level and at a societal level.

Blogs

These are blogs that I currently actively read or find useful

  • John Cutlers Blog John who was behind Amplitudes North Star frame work provides a continuous stream of thought that help shape my view points around mental models for delivery in organisations.
  • Simon Wardleys Blog The author of Wardley Maps who has shared interesting thoughts on the different roles that appear in teams over time (Pioneers, Settlers and Town Planners)
  • David Heinemeier Hansson Creator of Ruby on Rails, interesting thoughts around remote work & leadership.
  • Ryan Singer Talks about shaping and scoping work, that enable parallel mission driven delivery. In particular I find the ShapeUp process a strong candidate to balance discovery and shipping inventive and machine learning products because the blocks that are big enough to enable meaningful inventive discovery & deliver, but small enough to enable us to change course.