I confess: I've been vacillating. Truth is (with one exception which modesty prevents me mentioning), 2012 was a pretty poor year for business books. In fact, when I reviewed my 2012 reading list, the only book that had really stuck with me is Charles Duhigg's The Power of Habit
Reviewing 2012, I personally got a lot more about leadership, power, and organizational growth from a number of non-business books: Robert Caro's 4th volume in his biography of Lyndon Johnson, for example (if you're a 'big' reader, the entire series is highly recommended); HW Brand's excellent biography of Grant; and (although not a book, per se) almost anything from Melvyn Bragg's incomparable radio series 'In Our Time' (available in podcast form, and excellent for gym workouts).
Your mileage may vary – in fact, I know it did, as so many of you wrote and shared your own favorites. That list will be forthcoming in the next newsletter.
Meanwhile, here's how to have some Fun; rapidly (and radically) accelerate your personal and organizational growth; meet the delightful (and delightfully named) Carissa Figgins; drop some tech fads that are getting in the way, and grab a free summary of 'The Synergist'. Enjoy.
Who are these people?
Listen: Carissa Figgins on Turning Vision into Reality
You might not suspect it from the picture above (or maybe you would :), but Carissa Figgins is one of the most impressive leaders I met in 2012.
Working from a standing start to launch a new venture in less than a year is fearsomely good – doing it when you're facing horrendous bureaucracy is close to a miracle.
Which is pretty much what Carissa has done with her not-for-profit, The Sparrow's Nest, using the Predictable Success model (and a bunch of do-hickey's) to get her there.
Read: 3 Tech Trends that are Damaging Your Leadership
I'm far from a Luddite. In fact, I'm an easily swayed early adopter.
I love technology, and couldn't do what I do without it.
Used unthinkingly, however, technology can have a highly negative effect — deadening a leader's ability to be effective and curtailing the impact of otherwise great leaders.
In a recent Inc article I outlined the three most egregious examples I see daily of technology being used wrongly or unthinkingly.
Grab: Free 8pg Soundview summary of 'The Synergist'
If you’ve read ‘The Synergist‘ and would like to spread the word amongst your colleagues, then this is a great resource with which to do just that.
I’d like to get these (free but limited) copies into the hands of those groups and teams who would best use them.
So if you’d like copies for your team, simply complete the simple form at the page linked to below. I’ll review all responses personally, and we'll mail out copies (at our expense) to the most deserving: