The quality of everything that follows

As a long-time manager, I still feel like there’s so much I can learn and, more importantly, share with the new managers that I work with. In my reading journey, I’ve settled on a current trifecta of management books that I share based on the experience of the manager that I’m working with: Making ofContinue reading “The quality of everything that follows”

Just enough clouds to be slightly disappointed

I’d like to talk more about Mark Manson’s Everything is F*cked (there’s a lot in here, so I’ll probably come back again). The penultimate chapters of the book finally cover the subject of the title–with so much going for us, why are we unhappy? Manson talks about several experiments (one with colored dots, one withContinue reading “Just enough clouds to be slightly disappointed”

Whom you know and how you work with them

I recently started working my way through a list of top titles on networking that included Superconnector by Scott Gerber and Ryan Paugh and Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi (with Tahl Raz). I read them in the wrong order. Never Eat Alone, which I read second, is the earlier work. Ferrazzi’s core tenet (thatContinue reading “Whom you know and how you work with them”

Never merely as a means

I’ve seen but haven’t read Mark Manson’s The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck mostly because I’ve read enough self-help that I figured I didn’t need another. His recent book, Everything is F*cked, sounded more interesting because it claimed to look at the larger situation and how we can have everything we have andContinue reading “Never merely as a means”

But I keep trying…

In The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins, one of the characters becomes aware of Buddhist philosophy during the course of the novel. At one point, he has the following exchange: “The Buddha teaches respect for all life.” “Oh.” She considered this. “Are you a Buddhist?” “No. I’m an asshole. But I keep trying.”Continue reading “But I keep trying…”

What seems insane to one generation

That Aziz Ansari wrote a book is no surprise.  The comedian is at that stage of his career where a book is almost required. That he wrote about contemporary romance is also no great shock as his current series is about life and relationships. What is unique is how he went about doing it. InsteadContinue reading “What seems insane to one generation”

Burning holes in the pockets they wished they had

Sometimes, you can, in fact, judge a book by its cover.  I offer up Day Keene’s Home is the Sailor as today’s exhibit: See that gorgeous cover by R. B. Farrell and Gregory Manchess? That’s what you get. The book delivers exactly what that image and those words promise.  If that sort of hard-boiled, filmContinue reading “Burning holes in the pockets they wished they had”

It ruthlessly steals your essential things

I’m not sure where I first heard of Jonathan Carroll, but I’d guess that he was mentioned by some other author I respected (probably Neil Gaiman). I picked up The Land of Laughs and was thrilled by my first encounter with his unique brand of magical realism (or is it magical surrealism?) and his deeplyContinue reading “It ruthlessly steals your essential things”