…because some thoughts are worth remembering
I often get asked “How did you learn to do x? Is there a good book I can read?” and I’ve asked the question myself of my friends to augment a particular skill.
Of course, if we think a quick flip through pages of a book or two would get you up to speed on a skill like managing other people, we better think again. There are, however, books that help begin or even jump start the process of learning or augment what you’ve been practicing.
The question I get asked most has to do with project management and event planning. With the exception of a few tricks (like effective use of spreadsheet and other tools), there’s no replacing apprenticeship. I see how people I admire work, and take note of what I can import into my own style and skill set and what to modify, then practice, practice, practice. I also realized that even the most detailed spreadsheet can’t guarantee a successful event, if you don’t have the communication and leadership skills to get everyone on the same proverbial page.
For leadership the books that influenced me most are:
Books I used to get everyone speaking the same language
What are yours?
Photo: Within the walled city, Malta