The situation for many of us is that life is fast and full of opportunity. The complication is we think we have to do everything. The implication of this is that we make a millimeter progress in a million directions. My position is we can make a different choice. We can learn to recognize what is essential and eliminate nonessentials. If we do this then we can operate at a higher point of contribution.
The tidal wave of books on “positive culture” might lead us to believe that it’s as simple as making employees happy. As though beer on tap in the lunch room is all it takes to be a great company, to be Zappos.
The concept of business coaching conjures up images of cutting-edge Bay Area companies with Frisbee (R) golf courses, meditation rooms and beer on tap. Companies like Google, LinkedIn, Zappos, Archer Daniels Midland -- what, you don’t think of 112 year-old ADM as a radical trend setter?
I've been fortunate enough to read some excellent books over the last fifteen years - books that have inspired me to change the way I see the world, my business, and the opportunities in front of me. In the order in which I've read them, here is a list of nine books which have changed my life. May they change yours as well:
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