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Start small, then choose your path

Au global
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Histoire
3 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-12-04

Good, but not world shattering. This is likely biased since I just finished the $100 startup.

Treat your customers right and give value whenever you can. Values and how to make a solid business of your choosing are the central tenants of the book. Don't expect a perfect playbook or series of steps. Instead have an open mind and be ready to think.

This book traces Paul's influences and path through business. I enjoyed his story and suggestions from his own experience. I liked the specific recommendations for Canadians. Included are many other stories reinforcing the points throughout the book to great effect.

He espouses having your small company embody your excentricity and unique values. His values and humility come through clearly. This isn't a book proclaiming how smart the author is but an invitation to forge your own path.

Although I was not blown away on my first listening, I do think I will listen again. The values shared go much deeper and are worth repeating.

Identify and fix common interpersonal mistakes.

Au global
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Histoire
5 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-10-30

This book is for anyone struggling to break through to the next level or wants to find and fix their flaws. Directed primarily at management or those with high influence.

The book reads like an extended playbook. First triage your challenges. Given the twenty habits listed in the book, your area to improve is likely covered. I like how each one is explained and provided simple steps (not easy) to address then. Using through 360 reviews find the most important habit. Then comes the rollout. Apologize. Gather more feedback. How do you communicate your change? Who should be involved? Sharing your progress and making the impact you need.

This is an easy book to read, but I think will be hard to implement. Change takes time. It does everything to set you up for success and it is your job to take the next step. I am looking forward to reading it again and again as I try to apply the lessons.

Solid foundations for any knowledge worker

Au global
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Histoire
4 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-10-17

This book felt like an extended cut of "Managing Oneself" with much more emphasis on decisions and teams. Had I read the books in a different order or format this probably would have been 5 stars.

The forward does a great job summarizing the entire book. made this special edition worth it.

Many topics were covered from deciding how to contribute, making decisions and managing your time. Each has stories and examples throughout.

The advice is timeless, but grounded in stories from the time it was written. This is made apparent through hints at what a world could be with computers which are all bang on. I like it as it helps the book cut deeper into what makes to leaders work.

Would highly recommend.

Wonderfully succinct and full of practical advice

Au global
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Histoire
5 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-08-30

The book dives into how to learn better from your customers and market. What makes good questions? How to avoid bias or coming on strong. Knowing when you are moving forward or are stuck and don't realize it. All fantastic!

This is my first book on customer discovery. This book left me wanting more and excited to talk to our prospective clients. If you want to explore a new market or hone your skills, I would highly recommend this book.