November 22, 2006 Self Improvement

More Personal Growth Reading

Primal Leadership: Realizing the Power of Emotional Intelligence (Unabridged)
Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis and Annie McKee

Primal Leadership: Realizing the Power of Emotional Intelligence (Unabridged)

I am still reading this one. I find the discussions on what parts for the brain do what very interesting.

The 4 Disciplines of Execution
Stephen R. Covey and Jennifer Colosimo

The 4 Disciplines of Execution

This reminded me an awful lot of Agile.

Integrity: The Courage to Meet the Demands of Reality
Henry Cloud

Integrity: The Courage to Meet the Demands of Reality

I liked this book very much. Pair this with The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and you have two of the best books on personal growth. Kent Beck suggested this one to me. Thanks again Kent. :-)

The Speed of Trust: The One Thing that Changes Everything
Stephen M.R. Covey with Rebecca R. Merrill

The Speed of Trust: The One Thing that Changes Everything

I would read Integrity first. This is a short book on how and why to generate trust.

Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box (Unabridged)
The Arbinger Institute

Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box (Unabridged)

This was a very fun read. I have never hear a bok like this before. It was more like a story. The book is about how we deceive ourselves. They call it being in the box. You are in the box in relation to another person. When you are in the box you don’t treat people like people you treat them like objects. Most people spend most of their lives in the box.
One of the examples I connected well with was: A manager had been using a white board in a conference room to store ideas on. He had communicated to everyone that they needed to ask him before using the room and or the white board. Someone used the room and erased the board without asking. He told them how wrong that was but did it in a way that showed contempt for the wrong doer. He was in the box. This damaged their relationship and their ability to produce results for the company. If he had threated the wrong doer as a person while holding them accountable the outcome would have been far more productive.
They explain how one gets into the box and stays in it. They also explain how to get out and stay out of the box too.

Lincoln on Leadership: Executive Strategies for Tough Times (Unabridged)
Donald T. Phillips

Lincoln on Leadership: Executive Strategies for Tough Times (Unabridged)

I want to work for the modern Lincoln.

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