Category: "Books"

Current Books I'm Reading

Categories: Books

Non-fiction, study books, and fiction, in paperback, ebook, or audiobook format. Check my bookshelf out on Goodreads.

By Brian Logan   Sun 06-Jan-2013 Leave a comment »

Tribal Leadership

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I've just finished another audiobook, Tribal Leadership: Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organizationamazon.com/e/ir?t=shadowfoot-20&l=as2&o=1&a=0061251305" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" /> and I'm about to buy it. The audiobook version is inspiring.

The book has an accessible framework for evaluating corporate cultures, each with instantly recognizable traits:

Stage 1: Life sucks.

Stage 2: My life sucks.

Stage 3: I'm great (and you're not).

Stage 4: We're great (and they're not).

Stage 5: Life is great.

Most companies are either stage 2 or 3. This book guides you in way to break through to the next stage.

There's a TED Talk about these tribes. I'd had the audiobook waiting on my ipod but was busy listening to other thing until I saw the TED video. It's all I've listened to in the past few days. At the end I discovered it was abridged and I want to find out what I've missed. The audiobook is available free courtesy of Zappos, a company renown for its culture.

As I write this there are 34 five-star reviews on Amazon, and no lesser reviews. Do yourself a favour and listen to the audiobook, and buy a copy for your boss.

By Brian Logan   Wed 03-Feb-2010

Free: The Future of a Radical Price

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I've just finished listening to Free: The Future of a Radical Priceamazon.com/e/ir?t=shadowfoot-20&l=as2&o=1&a=1401322905" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" /> and I'm impressed.

Far more than a promotional gimmick, Free is a business strategy that may well be essential to a company's survival. The costs associated with the growing online economy are trending toward zero at an incredible rate. Never in the course of human history have the primary inputs to an industrial economy fallen in price so fast and for so long.

It's worth reading, or as I did, listening to. It's available as a free, 7-hour long, audiobook from Audible.

By Brian Logan   Wed 27-Jan-2010

Pizza Making Kit for Dummies

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Pizza Making Kit for DummiesCould anyone really need this? Maybe it's the ideal gift for someone you think should make an effort and cook.

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By Brian Logan   Sun 29-Mar-2009

Catch up

It's been a while since I properly posted. At the time it seemed like I hadn't be doing much worth writing about, or it was things I don't talk about here, such as work or off-line people.

Gaming

I'm enjoying playing the Paizo Pathfinder Rise of the Runelord adventures. I play most Sundays. My character is Terrick, a rogish conjurer from Korvosa. I'm not too impressed with 4th edition D&D, it seems too mechanical and limiting. I've had a couple of sessions. I should have played more but I've missed the last two.

Waikanae

The PeteNic's work on the beach house is coming along. Had a hassle about getting the right taps to match the other fittings, and the supposedly reconditioned ones leaked. On Saturday the plan was for me to get to the station and take the train to there. A flat battery caused by leaving the interior light on prevented that. AA responded quickly and I drove over, listening the Fortress Draconis on my way. Torrential rain on the way; I thought I would have to pull over for a while. I tried doing some study (see below) but wasn't able to focus too well.

Study

I'm trying to study the Business Analyst Body of Knowledge (BABOK). I'm not ready to sit the exam for certification, and understanding the formalised aspects of Business Analysis will help me. I've also recently got some books to help me. The books were recommended on some Business Analysis sites.

Recent Books

The recent Business Analyst additions to my library from Amazon are:

The only thing gaming related I've bought is the 4th Edition Dungeons and Dragons Core Rulebook Gift Set. I will be getting Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Beta when it's available.

I also got The Non-Designer's Design Book: Design and Typographic Principles for the Visual Novice via Bookmooch. It may be 14 years old but it all applies today.

Web 2.0

Twitter remains my preferred microblogging tool. I've signed up to nearly all I find.

Last.fm now shows what I've been listening to, which if you're into music won't be of interest. Most of my listening time is with podcasts. There's only so many hours I can listen. I generally don't have headphones on at work; I want to know what's going on around me.

I try to share articles I find interesting in Google Reader.

FriendFeed is a useful way of summarising what I've been doing online.

The cat

Jack is healthy. His insulin is costing nearly $75 for a bottle lasting two months. An expensive kitty. He's in the dog-box for jumping onto the coffee table and spilling a glass of red wine onto the cream carpet. The stain is almost unnoticeable after using a couple of carpet cleaners.

By Brian Logan   Mon 21-Jul-2008

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