On my way to yoga this morning, I received two exciting surprises on my doorstep:
Though I am superbusy at work finishing up March classes and preparing for next month, I plan to take some personal time this weekend to start reading Simon Sinek’s Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone To Take Action and David McCandless’s The Visual Miscellaneum: A Colorful Guide to the World’s Most Consequential Trivia.
I participated in a conference call with Simon Sinek a few months ago, and, unfortunately, I found him rude and unpleasant. The conference call was to last for one hour, but I was so disturbed and offended by Sinek’s attitude and the way he spoke to two callers that I hung up after only 7 minutes. It’s difficult for me to promote his work without expressing my disappointment in him, but I love his Start With Why concept. Still, in my eyes, his credibility took a big hit. Leadership, for me, is about building others up instead of tearing them down, so I have a hard time trusting that Sinek knows what makes a good leader if he cannot practice these principles in real life. While I hope Sinek was just having a bad day, the fact remains that first impressions are lasting ones, and my impression of him is really very negative. Since I know the content of Start With Why will be truly fantastic because his TED Talk is so fantastic, I’m not worried that my bias might influence my book review. Check back soon!
David McCandless, on the other hand, is the epitome of grace, kindness, and credibility. Though I haven’t spoken with him on the phone or met him in person, I’ve watched him handle himself under pressure in a really honorable fashion. He also delivered one of my absolute favorite TED Talks. Watch it here:
McCandless has a beautiful website called Information Is Beautiful, but I haven’t read any of his books, so I am excited to jump into his gorgeous world of data visualization.
What great books are you reading this weekend?
With our examination of Simon Sinek’s philosophy of The Golden Circle and left-siders yesterday, I thought it was time to introduce his 2011 book: Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action. Though I haven’t read Start with Why yet, I know it will be a wonderful text based upon Sinek’s TED Talk and the articles on his beautifully-designed website, Start with Why.
What do you think about Sinek’s ideas? Have you read Start with Why?
A few weeks ago, I wrote about a fantastic Simon Sinek article about left-siders. “The Left-Siders” is written for the creative, forward-thinking folks to the left of/ahead of the bell curve. Sinek calls these people “misfits” yet “visionary” because they “seem to live on another planet. They also see things most others can’t” (Source). Sinek gives tremendous advice to the left-siders: don’t stop creating! He says we must support the left-siders in our lives because they are the ones who will change the world (Source). If you’re a left-sider who is experiencing creative difficulties, reading Sinek’s article will definitely empower you to push through that “writer’s block” (with, of course, whatever medium you work best with).
Are you a left-sider?
If so, join Simon Sinek for a left-siders conference call on Friday, January 6, 2012 at 4:00 PM EST. David Mead explains, “On the call, there is no fee, there is no agenda, they are usually about an hour long and the topics vary, but they always center around being a left sider and functioning in the world as such. As usual, Simon talks about very inspirational things and it’s always a great call.” To join in, call 507-726-3128. The pin is 100241#