Interesting Reads

I wanted to share a few books and blog posts I’ve been reading or listening to in my spare time. I’ll be updating this page as I read more books.

Blog Posts

Working With People Books

  • Radical Candor – Because giving feedback is hard but a necessary part of leadership.
  • Multipliers – A really excellent book that talks about two types of leadership styles: diminishers who accidentally stifle people’s growth and problem solving potential, and multipliers who create great working environments and invest in people to get great results. This one is harder to apply, but I like to re-read this one every so often.
  • The Manager’s Path – Great for engineers to read as well, since it walks through roles and responsibilities from individual contributor to CTO.
  • The Male Factor – Uncovers some observations of how men tend to think and some “secret rules” of the workplace. Great read for both men and women. I personally also tend to separate things out to a “work world” and “personal world” myself.
  • Scaling Up – I wanted to get a better sense of the challenges my Company faces as we grow. This one is rather condensed but focuses on the four key items used to accelerate growth: people, strategy, execution and cash. Good to read if you’re wondering why C-level folks are very concerned about specific numbers.
  • Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. – Maybe a more practical look at human vulnerability, taming personal gremlins, and what it might look like to live with your values.
  • No Hard Feelings: The Secret Power of Embracing Emotions at Work – Also another good book for both leads and individual contributors to read. Easy to read with great illustrations.

For Fun

  • Southern Reach Trilogy – I really dig Jeff Vandermeer’s imagery and atmosphere building skills. Reminds me a bit of Shirley Jackson.
  • Ancillary Justice Trilogy – The first book is the strongest, but overall the series is pretty fun. The protagonist has difficulty telling apart genders, which really lends itself to that feeling of navigating different cultures/language and that otherness and weight of not quite fitting in.
  • The Steerswoman – This series is really not well known, but it’s worth a read. In a fantasy setting, imagine a sect of observant, truth-seeking and sharing librarians.
  • Sourdough – Tired of the tech industry and like baking bread?
  • The Rook – Mix an unrealistic rendition of MI6, X-Men, and Buffy together. Then shake vigorously.
  • Too Many Curses – Just really fun and light. Even better if you like fantasy or D&D elements.
  • Semiosis – A sentient plant and colonists. Pretty unique.