The atomic Habits – By James Clear
Atomic Habits by James Clear is a self-improvement book that focuses on the idea that small, incremental changes in our habits can lead to significant improvements in our lives. The concept of “atomic habits” refers to the idea that these small changes are like atoms, which are the building blocks of matter. When combined, they can create something powerful and transformative.
One of the key ideas in the book is that our habits are driven by our identity. In other words, the habits we form are a reflection of who we believe ourselves to be. This means that if we want to change our habits, we must first change our identity.
To do this, Clear suggests starting with small, achievable goals that align with our values and identity. By focusing on these small goals and consistently working towards them, we can gradually shift our identity and form new, positive habits.
The book also emphasizes the importance of tracking and measuring our progress. By keeping track of our habits and the outcomes they produce, we can identify which habits are helping us achieve our goals and which ones are holding us back. This allows us to make adjustments and course-correct as needed.
Another key idea in the book is the concept of “keystone habits.” These are habits that have a ripple effect and impact other areas of our lives. For example, developing a habit of regular exercise can lead to improved health and productivity, as well as a better overall sense of well-being.
Overall, Atomic Habits is a valuable resource for anyone looking to make positive changes in their life. By focusing on small, incremental improvements in our habits, we can create lasting, transformative change and live a more fulfilling and meaningful life.
Leaders Eat Last – By Simon Sinek
In “Leaders Eat Last,” Simon Sinek explores the concept of leadership and how it can impact the success and effectiveness of organizations. The book’s central idea is that the most effective leaders are those who put the needs of their team before their own and that this creates a sense of trust and loyalty among team members.
Sinek argues that the traditional model of leadership, where the leader is in charge and the team is expected to follow orders, is outdated and ineffective. Instead, he proposes a new model of leadership that focuses on creating a sense of safety and belonging within the team. According to Sinek, this approach leads to higher engagement, innovation, and performance among team members.
The book also discusses the importance of empathy and vulnerability in leadership, and how leaders can create a sense of trust and connection with their team by being open and honest about their own challenges and weaknesses. Sinek also explores the role of culture in organizations, and how leaders can create a positive and supportive culture that promotes collaboration and teamwork.
Overall, “Leaders Eat Last” is a thought-provoking and inspiring exploration of leadership and its impact on organizational success. It offers valuable insights and practical advice for leaders looking to create a positive and effective team culture.
Work Rules – By Laszlo Bock
“Work Rules!” is a book written by Laszlo Bock, the former Senior Vice President of People Operations at Google. In the book, Bock shares his insights and experiences on building and managing a successful and innovative company culture, based on his time at Google.
The book covers a wide range of topics, including the importance of hiring and retaining top talent, the benefits of giving employees autonomy and ownership over their work, the role of data and analytics in decision-making, and the value of diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Bock also discusses the importance of ongoing learning and development for employees, as well as the need for companies to continuously adapt and innovate in order to stay competitive.
Overall, “Work Rules!” is a practical and thought-provoking guide to building and maintaining a thriving company culture, and is aimed at business leaders, HR professionals, and anyone interested in improving their organization’s culture and performance. For the risk of repeating myself, if you are in the people development and Culture industry, you definitely want to read this book.
It is only after reading this book that I understood why Google took over our African market by storm when they set up in Nairobi Kenya. The amount and quality of talent they attracted was and still is terrifying to industry players.
The Halo Effect – By Phil Rosenzweig
The Halo Effect is a book that examines the ways in which our perceptions of people, products, and organizations can be distorted by our overall impression of them. The term “halo effect” refers to the tendency for our overall evaluation of something to be influenced by a single trait or characteristic. For example, if we have a positive impression of someone’s intelligence, we may also have a positive impression of their attractiveness, even if we have no evidence to support this.
In the book, Phil argues that the halo effect can lead to a number of biases in decision-making, including overgeneralization and confirmation bias. He also discusses the impact of the halo effect on leadership, including the ways in which leaders can use their charisma and perceived competence to influence the perceptions of others.
The book also covers the role of the halo effect in management and organizational behavior, and how it can impact the way companies are perceived by customers and investors. Rosenzweig offers practical advice for avoiding the halo effect and making more objective evaluations of people, products, and organizations.
If you are interested in performance, this book would suit you. It questions what affects performance and how we can improve performance in a world of uncertainty.
The Psychology Of Money – By Morgan Housel
The Psychology of Money explores the complex and often irrational ways that people think about and interact with money. For those who set financial targets this year, this would be a good read as the year comes to an end. You may just change your perspective on money.
Here are a few memorable quotes from the book:
- “The most important thing to know about money is that it’s not about money.”
- “The way people behave with money is a reflection of their deepest values, not just their net worth.”
- “People who have a lot of money, but who have low financial intelligence, will eventually lose it. People who have a little bit of money, but who have high financial intelligence, will eventually acquire more.”
- “The more money you have, the more choices you have. But the more choices you have, the harder it is to choose. That’s the paradox of money.”
- “The biggest financial risks are the ones you don’t see.”
- “The most valuable asset you can have is not a high income or a big nest egg. It’s the ability to live below your means.”
- “The most valuable financial skill is the ability to delay gratification.”
- “The most valuable financial trait is emotional stability.”
- “The most valuable financial lesson is that the future is unknowable.”
- “The most valuable financial advice is to do things that are uncomfortable.”
What were your intriguing reads in 2022?
2022 has been a year of discovery. I stumbled upon amazing science, fiction, tech, health, autobiographies, and history reads. And while at it, I discovered different reading apps. Some were interesting while others are absolutely mindblowing. I would recommend one that summarizes a book while giving key pointers in both text and audio. This has enabled me quickly go through dozens of books in a short time. Check out Bookey App and thank me later.
What books and reading apps would you recommend? Your suggestions in the comment section will be highly appreciated.