Do Be Relevant

Greg Ingersoll

Mon 29 July 2013 - 10:13:53 CDT


Following up from my earlier post covering resources for building effective presentations, I thought I’d throw a few more out there. These are not about presentations so much as about general effectiveness. I’ve read all of these–most multiple times–and I find them eye-opening and engaging and helpful. So if you’re a manager, and employee, an academic, a free-lancer, whatever, you’ll probably get something good out this list.

  1. Linchpin by Seth Godin. Are you indispensable? It’s a good place to be, and you can get there. But also be careful. Being the only person in your organization who knows your product or technology doesn’t mean you can’t be replaced. Like most of Godin’s work, this is an interesting read about how you can be sustainably indispensable and relevant.
  2. Drive by Daniel Pink. Autonomy, Mastery, and Purpose. You want the freedom to be creative and the responsibility that comes with it. You want to be great at what you do. You want what you do to mean something. These are the things that get you out of bed in the morning. Are you getting them?
  3. The Dip by Seth Godin. A short and sweet gem from Godin—subscribe to his blog while you’re at it. How do you know when your idea is draining your resources? And how do you know if you should push through or abandon? (Over the course of my Ph.D. research, I’ve read this several times.)
  4. The Valve Handbook for New Employees. An interesting take on organizing a relatively small company of highly-motivated people. (Side note: why do you have people who are not highly-motivated?)

…and a few more quick ones:

  1. The Non-Designer’s Design Book and The PC/Mac is not a Typewriter by Robin Williams.
  2. Business Model Generation
  3. Escape from Cubicle Nation by Pam Slim.
  4. The Personal MBA by Josh Kaufman.
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