I’ve read a bunch of great books that I’ve yet to write about. I’m hoping to provide more detail on these, but it’s just not happening for a while. So I thought I’d make a quick list. Enjoy.
Science, Business, and Work
- Helping: How to Offer, Give, and Receive Help, by Edgar H Schein This is a must read. Schein is the guy who coined “Corporate Culture”. This gets to heart of how to help & get help. Powerful stuff. Get moving. It’s short ( ~150 pages ), well written, and to the point.
- Imagine: How Creativity Works, by Jonah Lehrer I really liked this book. It’s just so cool. The reviews and ratings (Amazon) unfortunately are not so good though. Not sure why. I think it’s because Lehrer hits some pretty sensitive areas that not everyone is going to like. Also this is a magazine level read and not a scientific paper.
- Making It All Work: Winning at the Game of Work and Business of Life, by David Allen Mr. GTD provides more colour on his “Getting Things Done” process. I particularly liked the discussion on longer term planning coupled “now”. The two dimensions of “What are you gonna do next?” and “Planning over a few levels ( or horizons )” seems very practical. I’m giving it a try.
- The Disease to Please: Curing the People-Pleasing Syndrome, by Harriet Braiker This book is not what I thought. It is extremely useful. We’ve all got a bit of this in us.
- Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life, by Thich Nhat Hanh This is a very calming book. Very peaceful. A big Thank You to my brother-in-law Philip who gave this to me. It is a collection of 1 to 2 page stories. Each story takes a while to process.
- The Beginner’s Guide to Walking the Buddha’s Eightfold Path, by Jean Smith This is a really simple plain spoken book. Highly recommended if you want to learn what Buddhism is about in North American language. This is even simpler and more straight-forward than Pema Chodron. That said, it is not really a beginners book.