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Books 2016


As usual, many more books made it to my to-read list than I actually read probably on the order of 5 to-reads for every 1 book read. At this rate, I will never get through all the books I read which is why I anguish some whenever I need to select my next book. I was shooting for 75 books this year and logged in at 81. I track and rate my books in Goodreads. My ratings: 5 star @3, 4 star @29, 3 star @46, 2 star @ 3.

One of my reading goals was to adventure more deeply into books not originally written in English. I ended up at 40% of my readings were books that had to be translated into English. Next year my goals is at least 50%.

There were two absolute gems this year.

A Little Life by Hanya Yanahigara a 700+ page beast telling the fictional tale of four friends beginning with their university years. It starts off a bit slow before becoming an I can’t put this down even to sleep event. Be warned, it’s a tear jerker. Everyone I have talked to that read this book cried.

Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring for Your People Like Family by Bob Chapman is an amazing foray into the leadership world of Bob Chapman, CEO of Barry-Wehmiller. I highlighted so many lines in this book, the pages seem to be the color of a yellow highlighter. If you are responsible for people in the work force, you need to read this book. I close with some of my favorite quotes from the book:

I’m completely obsessed with creating a culture in which all team members can realize their gifts, share those gifts, and go home each day fulfilled.

At Barry-Wehmiller, our primary purpose is crystal clear to us: We’re in business so that all our team members can have meaningful and fulfilling lives.

There is no other KPI [key performance indicator] that you can have that is greater than people saying they are happy and they are fulfilled.

The greatest gift, the greatest charity we can give back to society is to be truly human leaders who treat the people under our leadership with profound respect and care and not as objects for our success and wealth.

Never look at the people you have been given the privilege to lead as functions—receptionists or engineers or accountants. See each one as a full human being, somebody’s precious child, someone with infinite potential, whose life you have an opportunity to profoundly impact. We have a deep responsibility to be good stewards of that life.


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