The Year 2018 in Reading 33 Books (The Silver Books)

Reading is one of the benefits that comes with long commutes to and from work. Through the year, I averaged reading slightly more than eight (8) books every three months. On a rating scale of 1-star to 5-stars, Matt with Matt Lynn Digital rated the 33-books read mostly as worthy reads. We shared the nineteen (19) bronze books on Saturday, December 22nd.

The eight (8) books collected into this remembrance of 2018 are ranked as 4.00. Simply follow the links for a fuller review of any particular book. The silver rated books with 4.00 stars in 2018 are shared here:

Find a Way 1(Find A Way by Diana Nyad).

Find A Way by Diana Nyad
Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson
Can Such Things Be by Ambrose Bierce
The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
Leonardo da VInci 1(Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson).
The biographical look into Leonardo da Vinci offers a look into the European world at a time when Christopher Columbus of Spain was sailing the Atlantic Ocean and landing in the Caribbean. Ambrose Bierce and Maya Angelou gives us a sense of the emerging American Literature canon of the 19th and 20th centuries.
Caged Bird 1(I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou).
Look for the remaining gold listing of books on Saturday, December 29th.
Matt – Wednesday, December 26, 2018.

Book Review: Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go

As some of you that read this blog know, I joined a communication, confidence, and leadership growth group in January of 2016 called Toastmasters International. A gentleman there took a risk by affording me the opportunity to practice my leadership skills.  He offered the challenge to be uncomfortable for awhile in supporting not only myself and my club. He allowed me to serve the people of five clubs in an area of my city that I hadn’t really explored much during the first roughly 40-years of my life.

I was first introduced to the gentleman, Mr. Tay, in April 2017. This friend reads two to four books on leadership each year to keep current with new ideas that can help him in his career. Mindful and continuous improvement are cornerstones of the advice that I have received from Mr. Tay. This approach brought me to the book Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go: Career Conversations Employees Want.

Beverly Kaye and Julie Winkle Giulioni co-wrote Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go, a book that gets into a concept that Goodreads calls “surprisingly simple.” The notion underpinning the book is that “frequent short conversations with employees about their career goals and options integrated seamlessly into the normal course of business” will help keep employees growing, engaged, and happily productive within your organization.

Grow or Go 2(Beverly Kay)

The framework that Kaye and Winkle Giulioni voice clearly in Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go includes talks about understanding your own hindsight, combining it with foresight into department, company, and industry trends, and then joining the two with context to gain insight.

Much of the book indicates what it will tell you and then did. Chapters three and four get into the notion of hindsight to determine who you are, where you’ve been, what you love, and where you excel. Foresight in chapter five looks to have managers help employees look forward, outward, and toward trends, changes, and the big picture. Chapters six through eight focus on leveraging insight from the convergence of hindsight and foresight.

Grow or Go 3(Julie Winkle Giulioni)

Career-oriented books about leadership and development are definitely not the material for everyone. Conversations about a Toastmasters career further are not the types of information that will excite folks. Taking concrete action to lead and grow through direct action within clubs, and then more passive reflection and thought to shape further action, is further not the thing folks want.

In combining the two and reviewing a book well at 4.0-starts out of 5.0 stars, know that I received insight that I wanted while getting to practice the techniques within. Thanks, Mr. Tay, for sharing the opportunity to read this and apply it in the real world.

Matt – Thursday, March 22, 2018