Sunday, 2 February 2020

WORK REST AND PLAY THE SECRET TO SUCCESS


As a former athlete I am very familiar to periodization of training, interval work and active recovery as well as the importance of focus and rest.

This is an excellent book which outlines the science behind these and how to apply for personal and work-place performance gains.

A really good book, highly recommended.


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Sunday, 26 January 2020

Books I would recommend to The Distributors Club


It is not always obvious what you will learn from a book and often difficult to say which is the best since learning is often a jigsaw of different insights and connected thoughts from different places.

So when the Distributors Club asked me to comment on books I would recommend the answer has to be “it depends” on the reader, their interest, and their pursuit of depth or breadth.

Below I have highlighted some of the physical books I have sat down and read. And some of the audiobooks I have listened to as I walk, often 5 or more hours per week.

My personal view is read widely and read about ideas that you can use to change yourself, your community and the world for the better. I have debated whether to categorise books into Business Books or books about Economics or Psychology but the more I read the more I appreciate that these are inter-related.

I have previously written a book list with categories (link below) but this is now incomplete and out-of-date. I also think it is more fun to learn something completely new than simply reinforce existing knowledge, with the risk of bias. Some of the most challenging and enlightening books I have read are those where I have a different view, yet nonetheless want to understand a different perspective.

So below is a list of physical books and audiobooks 2018-2019. I always welcome feedback, and recommendations. If you have any observations or suggestions please comment, or get in touch.

Thanks, Tim

TimHJRogers is a former Commonwealth Games Triathlete, World Championships Rower and GB Coastal Rowing Champion. He is also a Management Consultant, Performance Coach and Mentor. He is a contributor to the Jersey Policy Forum and an Independent Member of the Public Accounts Committee as well as a former curator for TEDx events and Chair of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Committee. As well as supporting personal and organisational change Tim is a public speaker on a range of performance and social change topics.

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THESE ARE SOME OF THE PHYSICAL BOOKS THAT I HAVE CONSUMED RECENTLY





THESE ARE SOME OF THE AUDIO BOOKS THAT I HAVE LISTENED TO


1.    Cognitive Psychology for Dummies By Michael Pake,
2.    I Love You But I'm Not In Love With You: Seven Steps to Saving Your Relationship By Andrew G. Marshall
3.    Love Factually: The Science of Who, How and Why We Love By Laura Mucha
4.    My Early Life By Winston Churchill
5.    Messy By Tim Harford
6.    Peak Performance: Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success By Brad Stulberg,Steve Magness
7.    The Unicorn Project: A Novel About Developers, Digital Disruption, and Thriving in the Age of Data By Gene Kim
8.    Humble Consulting: How to Provide Real Help Faster By Edgar H. Schein
9.    The Examined Life By Stephen Grosz
10.  The Madness of Crowds: Gender, Race and Identity By Douglas Murray
11.  No More Mr. Nice Guy: A Proven Plan for Getting What You Want in Love, Sex and Life (Updated) By Dr Robert Glover
12.  The Wisdom of Psychopaths By Kevin Dutton
13.  How the World Thinks: A Global History of Philosophy By Julian Baggini
14.  The Truth: An Uncomfortable Book About Relationships By Neil Strauss
15.  Narconomics: How to Run a Drug Cartel By Tom Wainwright
16.  Understanding Power: The Indispensable Chomsky By Noam Chomsky,
17.  Out of the Wreckage: A New Politics for an Age of Crisis By George Monbiot
18.  War and Peace and IT: Business Leadership, Technology, and Success in the Digital Age By Mark Schwartz
19.  A Seat at the Table: IT Leadership in the Age of Agility By Mark Schwartz
20.  WTF?: What have we done? Why did it happen? How do we take back control? By Robert Peston
21.  The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups By Daniel Coyle
22.  SAS Italian Job By Damien Lewis
23.  Stalin: New Biography of a Dictator By Oleg V. Khlevniuk,
24.  Product Mastery: From Good to Great Product Ownership By Geoff Watts
25.  Scrum Mastery: From Good to Great Servant-Leadership By Geoff Watts
26.  Lean Mastery Collection: 8 Manuscripts: Lean Six Sigma, Lean Startup, Lean Enterprise, Lean Analytics, Agile Project Management, Kanban, Scrum, Kaizen By
27.  Scrum: The art of doing twice the work in half the time By Jeff Sutherland
28.  Eureka: Finding the Line Between Desire and Contentment, Then Riding It By Graham Field
29.  The Climb By Anatoli Boukreev,G. Weston DeWalt
30.  The Push By Tommy Caldwell
31.  The Impossible Climb: Alex Honnold, El Capitan, and the Climbing Life By Mark Synnott
32.  Lone Rider: The First British Woman to Motorcycle Around the World By Elspeth Beard
33.  Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street By John Brooks
34.  In Search of Greener Grass: Riding from Reality towards Dreams and Finding Fulfillment By Graham Field
35.  The Good Psychopath's Guide to Success By Andy McNab,Kevin Dutton
36.  Winners: And How They Succeed By Alastair Campbell
37.  A Child Called 'It': One Child's Courage to Survive By David Pelzer
38.  Yes! 50 Secrets from the Science of Persuasion By Dr. Noah Goldstein,Steve Martin,
39.  Flipnosis By Kevin Dutton
40.  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Techniques for Retraining Your Brain By
41.  The 10X Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure By Grant Cardone
42.  Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life By Nassim Nicholas Taleb
43.  Principles: Life and Work By Ray Dalio
44.  Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die By Chip Heath,Dan Heath
45.  Key Person of Influence: The Five-Step Method to Become One of the Most Highly Valued and Highly Paid People in Your Industry By Daniel Priestley
46.  The DevOps Handbook: How to Create World-Class Agility, Reliability, and Security in Technology Organizations By Gene Kim,
47.  Inside Story: Politics, Intrigue and Treachery from Thatcher to Brexit By Philip Webster
48.  The Toyota Way to Lean Leadership: Achieving and Sustaining Excellence Through Leadership Development By Jeffrey Liker,
49.  Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make Competition Irrelevant By W. Chan Kim,Renee Mauborgne
50.  Thinking in Systems: A Primer By Donella H. Meadows
51.  The Secret Barrister By The Secret Barrister
52.  The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life By Mark Manson
53.  Critical Chain: Project Management and the Theory of Constraints By Eliyahu M. Goldratt
54.  The 12 Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks Than Others Do in 12 Months By Brian P. Moran,Michael Lennington
55.  Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics By Richard Thaler
56.  Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue By Ryan Holiday
57.  The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement - 30th Anniversary Edition By Eliyahu M. Goldratt,
58.  The Cold War: A World History By Odd Arne Westad
59.  The Phoenix Project: A Novel about IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win 5th Anniversary Edition By Gene Kim,
60.  Willful Blindness: Why We Ignore the Obvious at Our Peril By Margaret Heffernan
61.  The Great Economists: How Their Ideas Can Help Us Today By Linda Yueh
62.  Bad Blood By John Carreyrou
63.  Hitch-22: A Memoir By Christopher Hitchens
64.  A History of Russia: From Peter the Great to Gorbachev By
65.  Summary of 12 Rules for Life by Jordan B. Peterson: An Antidote to Chaos By FlashBooks Book Summaries
66.  Summary of Algorithms to Live By by Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths By Instaread
67.  Red Notice By Bill Browder
68.  How the Mind Works By Steven Pinker
69.  Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients By Ben Goldacre

See also ..

What books to YOU recommend I should read in 2020?


Sunday, 22 December 2019

What books to YOU recommend I should read in 2020?



You’ve probably heard it more times than you can count. “You’re the average of the five people spend the most time with,” a quote attributed most often to motivational speaker Jim Rohn. There’s also the “show me your friends and I’ll show you your future” derivative.

They say you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but can you judge people by their books. They’re practically taking a piece of their soul and waving it in front of you like a gigantic, colorful flag. It would be rude not to read something into what they’re reading. However, if you judge a person based on what they read, you have determined who and what they are based on your own prejudices about what people would read a certain type of book.

What do you think? Below is what I have read over the last 18 months. (The * means paper-book, the rest are audiobooks) On the basis of this list what do YOU recommend I should read in 2020?

BOOKS ABOUT PEOPLE AND PERSONALITY

  1. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Techniques for Retraining Your Brain
  2. Yes! 50 Secrets from the Science of Persuasion
  3. The Good Psychopath's Guide to Success
  4. Winners: And How They Succeed
  5. Flipnosis
  6. The 10X Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure
  7. *The Idiot Brain
  8. *Thinking fast and slow
  9. *How the mind works
  10. *Humble enquiry
  11. *Sapiens

BOOKS ABOUT SOCIAL CHANGE AND HISTORY

  1. Out of the Wreckage: A New Politics for an Age of Crisis
  2. WTF?: What have we done? Why did it happen? How do we take back control?
  3. Inside Story: Politics, Intrigue and Treachery from Thatcher to Brexit
  4. The Secret Barrister
  5. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
  6. Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics
  7. The Cold War: A World History
  8. The Great Economists: How Their Ideas Can Help Us Today
  9. Bad Blood
  10. Hitch-22: A Memoir
  11. A History of Russia: From Peter the Great to Gorbachev
  12. Understanding Power: The Indispensable Chomsky
  13. Stalin: New Biography of a Dictator
  14. *1984
  15. *Animal Farm
  16. *History of world war 2
  17. *The undoing project
  18. *Life 3.0
  19. *How to fix the future
  20. *Utopia for realists
  21. *The great economists
  22. *Karl Marx and unreason
  23. *This is going to hurt (Adam Kay)


BUSINESS BOOKS

  1. War and Peace and IT: Business Leadership, Technology, and Success in the Digital Age
  2. A Seat at the Table: IT Leadership in the Age of Agility
  3. The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups
  4. Product Mastery: From Good to Great Product Ownership
  5. Scrum Mastery: From Good to Great Servant-Leadership
  6. Scrum: The art of doing twice the work in half the time
  7. Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life
  8. Principles: Life and Work
  9. Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die
  10. Key Person of Influence: The Five-Step Method to Become One of the Most Highly Valued and Highly Paid People in Your Industry
  11. The DevOps Handbook: How to Create World-Class Agility, Reliability, and Security in Technology Organizations
  12. The Toyota Way to Lean Leadership: Achieving and Sustaining Excellence Through Leadership Development
  13. Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make Competition Irrelevant
  14. Thinking in Systems: A Primer
  15. Critical Chain: Project Management and the Theory of Constraints
  16. Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue
  17. The Phoenix Project: A Novel about IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win 5th Anniversary Edition
  18. Summary of Algorithms to Live By by Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths
  19. Narconomics: How to Run a Drug Cartel
  20. Lean Mastery Collection: 8 Manuscripts: Lean Six Sigma, Lean Startup, Lean Enterprise, Lean Analytics, Agile Project Management, Kanban, Scrum, Kaizen
  21. *Liars poker
  22. *Bad pharma
  23. *Insecurity
  24. Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street
  25. The 12 Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks Than Others Do in 12 Months
  26. The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement - 30th Anniversary Edition

Saturday, 14 December 2019

THE TOP 10 TIPS FOR PROJECT SUCCESS



The list of success factors for Projects, in rank order are….

  1. Clearly defined objectives
  2. Good planning and control methods
  3. Good quality of project managers
  4. Good management support
  5. Enough time and resources
  6. Commitment by all
  7. High user involvement
  8. Good communication
  9. Good project organisation and structure
  10. Being able to stop a project

Source: Sam Elbeik and Mark Thomas https://www.kobo.com/at/de/ebook/project-skills
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Friday, 13 December 2019

If you want to influence people, get closer to them!



The Allen  Curve and the Dunbar Number if you want to influence people, get closer to them!

Allen Curve is frequently taught and cited in management literature about communication and innovation.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allen_curve

Dunbar's number is a suggested limit to the number of people with whom one can maintain stable social relationships
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunbar%27s_number

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Tuesday, 19 November 2019

3 WAYS TO SECURE CHANGE




I was recently talking with a client about the importance of leadership in change and it reminded me of a story about teaching.

About 20 years ago I was asked “If you didn’t understand something at school who did you ask, the person next to you, a friend or the teacher?” I said I’d ask my friend before I troubled the teacher.

In that moment I realised that leadership is important (it would not be a successful class without a teacher) but perhaps it was not the most important factor, or indeed greatest motivator for my progress. Peer groups, colleagues and intrinsic (motivated by internal desire) and extrinsic (motivated by external reward or recognition) motivators are perhaps more important and the role of the teacher is as much to create the right environment as to give the right answer.

All this is part of the messiness of culture. I believe above Adrian Moorehouse’s Olympic Pool there is a banner that says “We create the environments in which success is inevitable”. So it is worth exploring some of the elements that help change stick.


ANCHORING THE CHANGE THROUGH ORGANIZATION’S STRUCTURE

Changing the structure and reporting can embed change. It immediately highlights where the problems are occurring, where there is resistance, and this allows management to focus their effort precisely on the point where it is needed. However, not all change can be managed through structure. Moreover structural change is complex and costly and often creates anxiety and unhelpful politics.


ANCHORING THE CHANGE THROUGH RECOGNITION AND REWARD SYSTEM

One of the main reasons why change initiatives do not stick is because the support systems are not aligned with the change. When a change is implemented, the support systems, including incentives, recognition, reward and performance measures, should support, encourage and reward successful change.

ANCHORING THE CHANGE IN THE ORGANIZATION’S CULTURE

The third method of anchoring the change is to combine hard change with a change in the organization’s culture. This is by far the most difficult type of change to achieve–creating organization culture is a book in itself–but when it does occur, the change can be most profound and widely owned and accepted.

The third method of anchoring the change is to combine hard change with a change in the organization’s culture. This is by far the most difficult type of change to achieve–creating organization culture is a book in itself–but when it does occur, the change can be most profound and widely owned and accepted.

To achieve this, you’ll need to
1.    Change all the symbols and stories of the old culture and create new ones. See Cultural Web https://www.leadershipcentre.org.uk/artofchangemaking/theory/cultural-web/
2.    Make a bold statement about the new culture and both communicate and demonstrate it.
3.    Ensure all management and ,leadership model the new culture
4.    Systematically remove any people or impediments to new culture
5.    Align with organization’s recognition and reward system
6.    Regularly review using evidence from customers, staff, other stakeholders

I look forward to comments which are always welcome and am always grateful for recommended books, videos or research.

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