Sunday, October 29, 2017

Brian Johnson: Optimize, Philosophers Notes, +1's

What hat is a "philosopher?"
Direct translation from ancient Greek is "lover of wisdom"

A Philosopher’s Notes – The Book | Optimize with Brian Johnson
A free eBook and audiobook, with wisdom from 100 great books

We improve by making incremental optimizations, small decisions in positive direction, +1 instead of miss-takes that are -1. Good ideas can help to make right choice, and this is what +1's are: nuggets of wisdom from great books.

...Water only boils once it reaches its activation energy point of 212 degrees. 100 degrees certainly won’t do it. 200 degrees won’t do it. Not even 210 degrees will do it. Simmering but not boiling.
Want to boil? Gotta get the heat all the way up to 212. Then you’ll undergo the “specified reaction” and boil.
Same rules apply with fire. 451 degrees is the magic ticket there. Rub two sticks together and get to 400 degrees? Nothing. 449? Nothing. 450? Nope. Nothing.
451? BAM! Let there be light.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

7 Essential Qualities of All Great Leaders by Brian Tracy

7 Essential Qualities of All Great Leaders - YouTube

book: The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker

The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done (Harperbusiness Essentials): Peter F. Drucker: 8601420130388: Books (1967)

"This book rests on two premises: The executive’s job is to be effective; and,effectiveness can be learned.”
~ Peter F. Drucker  

If there is one ‘secret’ of effectiveness, it is concentration.
Effective executives do first things first and they do one thing at a time.”
~ Peter F. Drucker

“Management books usually deal with managing other people. The subject of this book is managing oneself for effectiveness. That one can truly manage other people is by no means adequately proven. But one can always manage oneself. Indeed, executives who do not manage themselves for effectiveness cannot possibly expect to manage their associates and subordinates. Management is largely by example. Executives who do not know how to make themselves effective in their own job and work set the wrong example."

The Effective Executive by Peter F. Drucker - PhilosophersNotes | Optimize with Brian Johnson

"Peter Drucker is considered the father of modern management

"Effective executives:
  1. know where their time goes - work systematically at managing the little of their time that can be brought under their control. This three-step process:• recording time,• managing time,• consolidating time is the foundation of executive effectiveness
  2. focus on outward contribution - gear their efforts to results rather than to work What results are expected of me?
  3. build on their strengths - their own strengths, the strengths of their superiors, colleagues, and subordinates; and on the strengths of the situation, that is, on what they can do.
    They do not build on weakness. They do not start out with the things they 
    cannot do.
  4. concentrate on the few major areas where superior performance will produce outstanding results. ... set priorities and stay with their priority decisions. do first things first - and second things not at all
  5. make effective decisions system - of the right steps in the right sequence. What is needed are few, but fundamental, decisions strategy rather than tactics" 

Sunday, October 15, 2017

book: Hackers And Painters

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Hackers And Painters Summary - Four Minute Books

"Hackers And Painters is a collection of essays by Y Combinator founder Paul Graham about what makes a good computer programmer and how you can code the future if you are one, making a fortune in the process.
  • Lesson 1: Nerds are neither interested in fashion, nor morals, because both are seasonal.
  • Lesson 2: Hackers are much more similar to painters, rather than mathematicians.
    Most people imagine hackers as very calculated people, meticulous planners, who are very analytical. At least for good hackers, the opposite is true.
    Hackers are artists, just like painters.
  • Lesson 3: The ultimate test of your coding skills is user feedback, so try to get it fast!
    Since the value of your work as a programmer is determined by what people think of your projects, the fastest way to get better is to get your work in front of others."
Hackers & Painters - Wikipedia

Hackers & Painters

Paul Graham (computer programmer) - Wikipedia

Hackers & Painters: Big Ideas from the Computer Age: Paul Graham: 0884832891155: Books

Saturday, October 14, 2017

book: The Power of Moments by Chip Heath, Dan Heath

podcast interview, must listen:
How to create life-changing moments |

The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact - Kindle edition by Chip Heath, Dan Heath. Health, Fitness & Dieting Kindle eBooks @

"The New York Times bestselling authors of Switch and Made to Stick explore why certain brief experiences can jolt us and elevate us and change us—and how we can learn to create such extraordinary moments in our life and work."

book site:
Order The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact Heath Brothers

"Dan and his brother Chip have written three New York Times bestselling books: Made to Stick, Switch, and Decisive. Their books have sold over two million copies worldwide and have been translated into thirty-three languages including Thai, Arabic, and Lithuanian. The Power of Moments is their most recent book."

Member Resources - Heath Brothers Heath Brothers
free: chapter 1; summary page; mp3

What creates Great moments?
  • elevation, 
  • insight, 
  • pride and 
  • connection

Chip Heath on The Power of Moments at Forrester's CXNYC 2017 - YouTube

Heath Brothers - YouTube - YouTube

Member Resources - Heath Brothers Heath Brothers

book: The Progress Principle The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work eBook: Teresa Amabile, Steven Kramer: Kindle Store

TEDxAtlanta - Teresa Amabile - The Progress Principle - YouTube
engagement drives performance

most important principle: making progress in meaningful work

Teresa Amabile: "The Progress Principle" | Talks at Google - YouTube

Teresa Amabile: Track Your Small Wins to Motivate Big Accomplishments - YouTube

Benefits of keeping a work diary

  • celebrate small wins
  • plan next steps
  • nurture personal growth
  • cultivate patience

book's web site: Teresa Amabile's Progress Principle

Book Review: The Progress Principle |

The Power of Small Wins

Why progress matters: 6 questions for Harvard's Teresa Amabile | Daniel H. Pink

The Progress Principle by Teresa Amabile, Steven Kramer - PhilosophersNotes | Optimize with Brian Johnson