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Obligatory “Best Books I Read in 2016” Post

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Obligatory “Best Books I Read in 2016” Post

I know, I know…everyone writes a “best books” post like this near year’s end. It’s as if there is an unwritten rule everyone feels obligated to follow or maybe some vast conspiracy with the book industry to boost sales.

Or maybe the end of the year is simply a good time to look back on highlights that are worth sharing.

The ONE Thing [Book]

The ONE Thing [Book]

The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results (by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan) is an excellent read for anyone wanting to accomplish something significant in their life. It is about focusing on the one thing now that will make the biggest difference down the road.

If you are in a leadership position, applying The ONE Thing principles to your life and to your organization will pay off huge dividends in time. Most won’t stick with the principles long enough to make a substantial difference, but if you do, hang on to your seat.

Even if you don’t have a formal leadership position at work, this book can be valuable. Why? Because it’s about weeding out the urgent and focusing on the important in life in general…work, family, spirituality, etc.

Leadership, Productivity, and My Vegetable Garden

Leadership, Productivity, and My Vegetable Garden

It happens every summer. No matter how good our intentions or how disciplined we are, at some point our vegetable garden gets away from us.

We know what we are supposed to do. Fertilize it by working in rich, organic material into the soil. Plant it. Water it. And keep the weeds out. If we do these basic things, we will have a decent harvest.

But too often we get distracted. We give it good attention in the few weeks after we plant it. But at some point during the summer, we just let it do it’s thing. Fortunately for us, we live in a part of the country where once your garden is established, watering isn’t usually an issue.

In our defense, this is not intentional. And we often have an excuse. Kids and family activities often take up a good portion of the weekend when we would normally give our garden attention. In fact it usually happens when we are away on vacation. But at some point, the garden goes crazy.

Essentialism – the Disciplined Pursuit of Less [book]

Essentialism – the Disciplined Pursuit of Less [book]

I first heard of Greg McKeown and his book Essentialism while listening to the Michael Hyatt podcast (Season 3, Episode 12, April 1, 2015) . As someone who commutes 50 miles one way, I have plenty of “car time” and listening to podcasts is usually what fills the time returning home each evening.

I don’t normally do “book reviews,” I prefer to recommend resources that I have found helpful. I like to layout the main concept, give you a general idea of what the book is about, share a quote or two, and let you decide if you want more.