My current “book crush” in the teen fantasy genre is Michael Scott’s “The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel” series.
This is so much fun. I’ve been mixing the audio and print. Both are great.
“Thank You” Jeffrey Pfeffer.
I love Leadership BS! I’ve already gifted a few copies. It’s that good.
Yes, it is sad, sobering, and Machiavellian as most of the reviews I’ve read say.
So What! It’s one of the few books that gives advice based on “Reality”. It’s important to note that leaders are not perfect and that bad behavior is more common than we’d like to admit. Pay attention and take care of yourself.
My favorite is on page 173
“… relying on the good behavior and positive sentiments of work organizations for your career well being is singularly foolish”
In Chapter 7 “Take Care of Yourself” Pfeffer gives great advice on asking for a raise. Think “What can you do for the organization in the future?” — the organization does not care what you’ve done in the past. Yes it’s harsh advice. But is true and choosing to ignore this reality is a bad plan. Make sure you firmly put yourself in the organizations future plans, then you are “needed”. Talk about what you’re going to do. Use your past successes to support your story for your future.
I’ve found that in teaching experiential workshops, like e@UBC’s Lean LaunchPads, our students are more exposed to “Reality”. Thus we need more books to support what they find in their research. We need more leadership books that have their roots in what people actually do versus what we want them to do. For example, there is a section where Mentorship goes sideways in this book. Priceless.
I’ve had some very interesting reads which were inspired by this summers spiritual workshops at the SCRH.
The first is a reminder of a great kids book on the inter-connected-ness of all things titled You Are Stardust.
* The water in your sink once quenched the thirst of dinosaurs;
* with every sneeze, wind blasts out of your nose faster than a cheetah’s sprint;
* the electricity that powers every thought in your brain is stronger than lightning.
It’s at my local library. Guessing it’s at yours too.
That is — they’re much younger than the Dalai Lama. «smile»
The “young” Tibetan Monks Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche (YMR) and Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche (DJKR) have both written “Introductory Buddhist” books.
The new thing they bring to these topics is that they’ve travelled in the “West” for a long time and know us, the English language, and Western Science better than their elders. Their choices of words and examples are very good. These books are “readable”.
If you’re wanting to get a better view of Tibetan Buddhism then I highly recommend the following introductory books.
If you’re looking for a practical book about dealing with your anxiety then “YMR’s — Joyful Wisdom” is the one for you.
Here is the answer via an excerpt from DJKR’s “What Makes You Not a Buddhist”
Here is a visual view of my favorite “Entrepreneurship” books.
My 6 super-favorites have bold blue borders.
If you’re looking for the monster reading list. Steve Blank has the best one here
I’ve updated the “Entrepreneurship” slides that I present to UBC Engineering students each fall. /enjoy.
I first ask the question. “What is Entrepreneurship?”
I follow-up with my favorite definition of a business from Peter Drucker.
Then I address the questions:
I focus my answers on 5 Points — Purpose, You, Process, Customers, and Scorecard.
I begin with “What Does A Project Look and Feel LIke?” (YC’s “Startup Curve” and Austin Kleon’s “Life of a Project”)
Then I focus on four fundamental personal skills –
I used to call this talk “Entrepreneurship Fundamental Skills” and the nickname that emerged was “Dating Skills For Engineers”.
It’s tax season and I like to backup my tax files to Dropbox. That way I’ve got offsite storage. To mitigate the fear of putting sensitive information on the cloud I encrypt it using the OpenSSL software available on all OS X Macs via Terminal.
I’m old school and use tar to create an archive of all my files.
> tar -cvf taxes-2014.tar taxes-2014-dir/.
this creates a file named taxes-2014.tar that contains all files in the directory taxes-2014-dir
> openssl des3 -salt -in taxes-2014.tar -out taxes-2014.tar.des3.pwh
> openssl des3 -d -salt -in taxes-2014.tar.des3.pwh -out taxes-2014.tar
I like to append a Password Hint (pwh) to these filenames. They only get accessed once a year so I add a 1 to 2 character suffix as a memory jogger.
OSX daily has a brief discussion of OpenSSL file encryption/decryption.
I loved the “The Accidental Universe” by Alan Lightman. I found it in a list of The Best Science Books of 2014 by Brain Pickings and it is available at my local library.
My favorite essay is “The Spiritual Universe — Does God Exist?”. For some reason this essay made me feel very happy. You can read the first half of this essay here.
In the last essay “The Disembodied Universe” he talks about how science has helped us dig deeper into nature and then talks about how we have become dependent on machines for our experience of nature. Very interesting. It’s not all bad, and it’s not all good. Here are some excerpts from this essay
page 128 Since Foucault, more and more, of what we know about the universe is undetected and undetectable by our bodies. What we see with our eyes, what we hear with our ears, what we feel with our fingertips, is only a sliver of reality. Little by little, using artificial devices, we have uncovered a hidden reality. It is often a reality that violates common sense. Is is often a reality strange to our bodies. It is a reality that forces us to re-examine our most basic concepts of how the world works. And it is a reality that discounts the present moment and our immediate experience of the world.
page 136 It is an irony to me that the same science and technology that have brought us closer to nature by revealing these invisible worlds have also separated us from nature and ourselves. Much of our contact with the world today is not an immediate, direct experience, but is instead mediated by various artificial devices such as televisions, cell phones, iPads, chat rooms, and mind-altering drugs.
page 137 But the psychological change accompanying these technologies is more subtle, and perhaps more important. Consciously and unconsciously, we ahve gradually grown accustomed to experiencing the world through disembodied machines and instruments.
There is a lot written about this great book. Here are a few places to explore. /enjoy