I Don't Read Books

On Mon, Nov 19, 2018 at 2:20 PM ██████ ███████ <██████████████████> wrote:

Hi Jack

A random question: is there a book on management which you feel influenced you the most? Can recommend something?

Thanks in advance

On Mon, Nov 19, 2018 at 4:02 PM Jack Humphrey <██████████> wrote:

Not really. I've been more influenced by people than books. Role models, mentors, etc.

I often find that most books on leadership and management can be distilled down into a few pieces of advice. I've found it pretty effective to see if I understand the advice intuitively, and if I do, I try it to follow it. If that works well, I put it in my manager toolkit. A few examples from through the years:
I left a bunch off, that's just a top-of-mind sampling. And I'm still learning. I have my own blindspots, still.

I don't think that any book fully encompasses my toolkit, but I do think that Google's Project Oxygen comes pretty close: What Makes a Great Manager. I guess you can buy the full-length case study, but I haven't actually read it.


On Mon, Nov 19, 2018 at 5:34 PM Jack Humphrey <██████████> wrote:

Also, people I respect strongly recommend Camille Fournier's book "The Manager's Path."