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On my Bookshelf

I love the chapter on feedback. Feedback, according to Mohr, tells you about the priorities and preferences of the person giving it. It’s actually not about you at all. The only time to integrate or listen to feedback is if its telling you that you are hitting your target demographic. If not, ignore.

This book is chock full of phrases that you can tuck away in your back pocket and deploy in real time. What to do when your annoying male co worker takes credit for your idea. How to break into conversation when you can’t get a word in edgewise. How to have tough conversations.

Napoleon Hill was tasked by Andrew Carnegie to write a book on what made a successful person succeed. He studied and interviewed the 500 richest men of his time: Carnegie, Rockefeller, Ford. Ostensibly, this book is about getting rich. There gems about what makes a good leader. And why certain leaders fail, including inability to work with others and spreading yourself too thin.

Iger’s super power is two things: his ability to stay calm, cool and collected under pressure and to ask for help. When he was anointed the head of Disney’s movies and entertainment business, he wasn’t afraid to say “I don’t know what I am doing. Will you help me?” We could all take a page from this. “A Ride of a Lifetime” also gives you a front row seat to the series of acquisitions and negotiations that built Disney Plus.

This book lists the 12 habits that hold women back in the workplace. Helgesen has since spoken at LadyDrinks. Link to her talk here. She encourages women to find and enlist allies from the first day you arrive at a job. She also points out other fatal flaws she observes women do: Put your head down and work, expecting that higher ups will notice you. Perennial people pleasing. If either of these ring a bell, read this book!

I shuddered to think how much damage I have done to my long term and short term memory after reading this book. For years, while doing the morning news drive, I got by on 4 hours of sleep a night. Walker takes you through the three kinds of sleep your body needs in order to retrieve learning many years later and fend off diseases such as Alzheimers or dementia.