Scoping the Competition

January 5, 2008 at 5:14 pm (Banter)

It is no secret that I plan on writing a business/project oriented book so it should come as no surprise that I am researching those that are already in the game and winning.

John Maxwell has come as a natural source.  There is the obvious reason that I had no choice but to read one of his short novellas, “The 17 essential qualities of a team player.”  Another reason to lean toward Maxwell is discovered when you open Google Books and type in John C. Maxwell.  Hold back your surprise when you find 704 entries for his books.  His writing has been born out of the lecture circuit and tends to be flavored with religious (Christian) undertones.  This is not a bad thing entirely as some argue that a healthy dose of spirituality allows you to be a better leader and follower for that matter.

David Allen and his “Getting Things Done” was the next book to fall into my sights.  This is a good book and I was able to steal it from a Manager’s library at work but I find the idea of organization and list making is really getting played out over the RSS/blog world.

I am currently co-reading with my wife and oldest son, Tim Ferriss’s “Four Hour Work Week.”  Next on the list is “The monk and the riddle.”

BD.

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Love for Leadership

December 3, 2007 at 10:36 pm (Banter) (, )

Sunday I wrote a short essay on the what leadership meant to me as an individual and how I had grown through months of my graduate class in the area of leadership.

The essay brought me back to my very first taste of leadership training as a teenager and it dawned on me that I have been hooked on the philosophy behind the art form ever since.

I do not know if leadership is within the scope of the book I want to write but it is a spark for the thinking process.

I will leave today with the United States Army’s definition of leadership:

“Leadership is the process of influencing others to accomplish the mission by providing purpose, motivation, and direction.”

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Stumbleupon offers up Writing Material – Loyalty

November 4, 2007 at 9:38 am (loyalty) (, , , )

After several weeks of Digg and Drudge Report disappointing my thirst for material for my upcoming (slowly) business book, my new addiction Stumbleupon gifted me with a remarkable story about LOYALTY.

Loyalty if you have read any of my previous posts is the first of the Army values that I will attempt to use to give a new twist to Project Management, Team Dynamics, and individual Personal Growth.

The article is about Hachiko, a incredible loyal dog in Japan that arrived at the train station everyday to await the arrival of his master. When the owner passed, the faithful dog continued to show up at the station for his master.

This is a touching story and has been used as a parable in Japan for some time.

Two articles down. One for loyalty and this one for integrity.

BD

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