Book Review: 3 Best New Books on Great Work
I’ve posted here more than once on the books that have influenced my thinking about (and living of) Great Work. For those of you with a copy of the book, there’s a pretty good resources list towards the end which you can dip into for added inspiration.
Meantime, there’s a new book published every nano-second it seems, and while many of them can feel like warmed-over platitudes, recycled stories (can we all move on from Southwest Airlines?) or a stretched out article, a few really stand out as intriguing, challenging and new.
Here are three I’ve seen recently that I think you’ll like too.
How Will You Measure Your Life by Clayton Christensen. It’s intriguing that Christensen, best known for his work on “the innovator’s dilemma”, has moved into the world of self-development. But he’s not left his business world behind. In fact, he’s applying wisdom from the world of business and applied it to “life management.” I’m going to be interviewing Christensen later this month as part of the Great Work Interview series – but here you’re getting an early “heads up” on the book!
The Talent Code by Dan Coyle. I’ve been re-reading this recently as I’ve been writing my own book, and it’s just as good the second time around. Coyle spent time going to “talent hotspots” around the world and finding out what it took to make talent really blossom. I particularly like his concept of “deep practice”. I happen to know he’s got a new book on the way – The Little Book of Talent – which looks practical and brief, and good combination. And you can listen to our conversation here, if you’re curious to hear more.
The Lean Startup by Eric Ries. Okay, I confess I haven’t completely read this. But I’m a fan of taking things that are about one discipline and seeing where the wisdom might fit in another arena. And what I’ve read so far – and certainly, from what I’ve heard from others – there’s much to be learned here. Ries is an experienced Silicon Valley entrepreneur, and he shares wisdom and scars in useful ways in the book.