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Nathan Tanner
November 2017



Another month, another dose of the best books and articles I've been reading. Let's do this.     


Books
Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google by Laszlo Bock
I recently heard an interview with Patty McCord, the former head of HR at Netflix and co-author of the infamous culture deck. McCord joked that she hates when people talk about "best practices" because it basically means whatever Google does (and before Google it was Microsoft and HP). There's a reason for that. Google is consistently ranked as one of the best places to work. They have great perks, high compensation, strong employee retention, and more than 2 million people clamoring to work there. 



Work Rules! is written by the former head of people operations (AKA, HR), and while it sometimes feels like a Google infomercial, there's a lot of really great content. Highly recommended for managers, HR pros, or anyone trying to make their company a better place to work.



The Obstacle is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph by Ryan Holiday  
Another re-read for me, The Obstacle is the Way uses stoic philosophy to teach how we can turn setbacks into successes. Here are a few of my favorite passages:

  • "For all species other than us humans, things just are what they are. Our problem is that we’re always trying to figure out what things mean—why things are the way they are. As though the why matters. Emerson put it best: 'We cannot spend the day in explanation.' Don’t waste time on false constructs."
    “It’s supposed to be hard. Your first attempts aren’t going to work. It’s goings to take a lot out of you—but energy is an asset we can always find more of. It’s a renewable resource.”
  • “See things for what they are. Do what we can. Endure and bear what we must. What blocked the path now is a path. What once impeded action advances action. The Obstacle is the Way.”   

Around the Web
5-Hour Rule: If You're Not Spending 5 Hours per Week Learning, You're Being Irresponsible
As I said in Not Your Parents' Workplace, the world of work has changed, and in order to have a long-term successful career, you must continually invest in yourself. This is a great read on how to do so.    

The Life-Changing Magic Of Taking Long Walks
“Every day, I walk myself into a state of well-being & walk away from every illness. I have walked myself into my best thoughts, and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it. But by sitting still, & the more one sits still, the closer one comes to feeling ill. Thus if one just keeps on walking, everything will be all right.”
 

Thanks for reading! My goal is to write and share great career-related content. If you've read anything worth sharing, please let me know. And do let me know if there's anything I can do to help you.   

Nathan
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