March 17, 2008
Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind. ~James Russell Lowell
You’re the same today as you’ll be in five years except for the people you meet and the books you read. ~ Charlie “Tremendous” Jones
No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance. ~ Confucius
It is better to read a little and ponder a lot than to read a lot and ponder a little. ~ Denis Parsons Burkitt
Here are 13 books that I plan to read in coming days…
True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership(J-B Warren Bennis Series) (Hardcover) by Bill George
ME, INC.How to Master the Business of Being You: A Personalized Program for Exceptional Living (Hardcover) by Scott W. Ventrella
Think Better: An Innovator’s Guide to Productive Thinking (Hardcover) by Tim Hurson
The Manager’s Book of Decencies (Hardcover) by Steve Harrison (Author)
Why Should the Boss Listen to You: The Seven Disciplines of the Trusted Strategic Advisor (Hardcover) by James E. Lukaszewski
The Boston Consulting Group on Strategy: Classic Concepts and New Perspectives (Hardcover) by Carl W. Stern, Michael S. Deimler
60 Seconds & You’re Hired (Paperback) by Robin Ryan
A Dream With a Deadline: Turning Strategy Into Action (Hardcover) by Jacques Horovitz & Anne-Valerie Ohlsson-Corboz
Love Is Letting Go of Fear(Paperback) by Gerald G. Jampolsky
Welcome to Your Brain: Why You Lose Your Car Keys but Never Forget How to Drive and Other Puzzles of Everyday Life (Hardcover) by Sandra Aamodt & Sam Wang
How Come That Idiot’s Rich and I’m Not?(Hardcover) by Robert Shemin
The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order (Hardcover) by Parag Khanna
Awakening the Entrepreneur Within: How Ordinary People Can Create Extraordinary Companies (Hardcover) by Michael E. Gerber
I enjoy reading magazines and books on leadership, management, personal development, life, etc. Have you read any of 12 books? Do you suggest any other?
March 5, 2008
We, as a professional, are hired by organizations to deliver results and perform. As time passes, our daily job becomes our universe. We spend our energies resolving problems, improving processes, saving money and many other good things. Sometimes we are ignorant and sometimes we are so busy handling all the situations at the job, we do not realize that whole world has changed and we are still there. We find that new technologies, processes, ideologies, concepts and trends have taken over what we used to do. And when we realize, then blame our employer for not guiding us, showing us the right path, etc. Remember, we are professionals and professionals know all about their field of expertise.
When I see clueless people in the situations when their cheese (i.e. work) is moved (or gone), I tell them to stop complaining but learn the lesson from it and take action.
Here are 11 points I tell (and remind) people to avoid becoming obsolete -
- Subscribe to professional/trade magazines and journals and read ( or go to library, but stay up-to-date on what is happening).
- Bookmark and frequently checkout websites dealing with news & views related to your field of expertise.
- Read some good books on the subject. Check Amazon.com’s ratings and views before buying.
- Become member & get involved in professional organizations in your chosen field.
- Volunteer your time & services in your chosen field or for any good cause.
- Mentor and guide other people, help people grow, offer help selflessly.
- Attend seminars or conferences; it does not matter if you got to spend few hundreds from your own pocket and on yourself.
- Read some good self-help books on personal development and personal finance.
- Grow your network, if good people can not find you; you go out and find for your networking. Interaction is the key.
- Always keep learning new things in your chosen field, and
- Change with time.
You will find out many successful people are already doing these above mentioned things to grow their professional network and knowledge base.
I am certainly interested in what you got to say on this subject. Everyone has unique experience and lets share our thoughts and learn from each other.
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