It's been one of the most intense months of my career, so I'm just going to jump right into this.
The 10 Laws of Trust: Building the Bonds That Make a Business Great by Joel Peterson
Last year I heard Joel Peterson speak at an event on the topic of building high trust organizations. He shared a great story about a certain presidential candidate who violated his trust during a real estate transaction. I recently finished Peterson's book, The 10 Laws of Trust, where he teaches how building a culture of trust can give organizations an edge. As Peterson wisely puts it:
"In firms where people trust their leaders and colleagues trust one another, there’s more innovation and better business outcomes. Mistrust and politics are expensive, time-consuming and dispiriting. When a company has a reputation for fair dealing, its costs drop: trust cuts the time spent second-guessing, worrying, and lawyering. Trust strengthens every part of any deal: its durability, its potential profitability, and its flexibility. Like most things, business works better when the energy spent on doubt, fear and suspicion is reduced."
The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph by Ryan Holiday
As the subtitle states, Holiday’s book outlines how you can turn setbacks into successes. Holiday’s advice is largely inspired by stoics, with Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius being the most influential. Here are three of my favorite passages:
- “Focusing exclusively on what is in our power magnifies and enhances our power. But every ounce of energy directed at things we can’t ac-tually influence is wasted…So much power…is frittered away in this manner.”
- “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.”
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“At a time when events move so quickly and so much information is transmitted,” President Obama said, reading gave him the ability to occasionally “slow down and get perspective” and “the ability to get in somebody else’s shoes. Whether they’ve made me a better president I can’t say. But what I can say is that they have allowed me to sort of maintain my balance during the course of eight years..."
How to Actually Read More Books
My friend Ryan Seamons shares how he read over 100 books in the past 7 years
while getting an MBA, working in fast paced startups, and partnering with his wife to homeschool their four kids.
The 10 Best Books I Read in 2016
I shared several of my favorites in last month's newsletter, but these are my top 10.
8 Career-Boosting Books That'll Get You Ahead This Year
My latest for The Muse. These books are at the top of my reading list for the new year.
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