Latest Book :: High Output Management

I feel dumb for not reading this sooner.

One of the best management books written by one of the best Leaders in tech – Andy Grove.

When I read this though, I wonder at one point did Intel get so far off track? Of course Intel has had to pivot before to survive and it looks like they will have to figure out a way to pivot again.

I realize I am finding it harder and harder to learn new things and have to carefully pick what I want to spend time studying. I do my best to keep up with tech trends, companies and protocols but I find playing around with code to suck up a lot of time. However I keep trying. What I do like is continually studying leadership since I feel like I can put it work quickly and it will impact many people.

So far this is feeling like one of the books that will add to my repertoire.

Book Review :: Hit Refresh

Can get the book here ::

Had this book laying around – another one of my book piles and when I got bored of a new book I was reading, I finally picked it up.

Rather enjoyed it. Not too long and not too windy. Love the history, his previous gigs and how it all slowly lead to the top gig at MSFT.

It’s evident why MSFT is experiencing a turnaround and a record share price – Satya has a clear vision and is establishing a new culture at one of the largest tech companies around.

Quite stunning when you think how long MSFT has been around and all of their ups and downs throughout history.

Enjoyable read. Took notes.

Book Review :: Amp It Up

Link to where to get it in this post ::

Trying to read as much as I can over the break but I am always reminded of the difference in a good book versus an okay book. What happens to me is a good book I can’t stop reading and will keep going back to it day after day till I finish it. A mediocre book, I will try to get through few chapters, skip around a bit and then never finish it. I have a bunch of this books in a bag that I will drop off at the GoodWill store this week.

With Amp It Up. I could not put it down and powered through over a few days. It was great, took a lot of notes and have suggested it personally to others to read.

I won’t reveal spoilers or give you the highlights but here is some the points:

  • It’s not a long read – which is good
  • Frank lays out the points he is going to cover in the beginning and nails all of them
  • Lots of real-world examples
  • Lots of actionable things I can apply to business tactics or leaderships ideas
  • No BS

Most books are too long, talk too much around ideas and are not concise.

Not the case with this one.

Check it out.

Book :: The Making Of A Manager

Finally finished this one off this weekend ::

Really good read. I took 7 pages of notes and will keep the book around for reference.

As with any book there was a few chapters I found less relevant to me but most of it was great information.

There were many a framework that I found useful like how to run a meeting, how to do 1-1, team stuff and long-range planning.

If you happen to manage people and want to get better at it or aspire to be a better manager – this book is worth a read.


Book report :: How to Raise Successful People: Simple Lessons for Radical Results

It’s a good read but I lost interest towards the end but that happens in a lot of books. Most are always a chapter or two, too long.

I also felt by the 3/4 mark I had gotten the gist and was more interested in putting some of it in action.

The gist is try to raise nice kids who are independent. Worthy goal but look around and most kids miss the mark. Mine included but there was some good advice for how to fix it.

Singapore is a weird place for this since one would think given the safety of the country that this would be a perfect place to raise independent kids but yet the country and the system tends to coddle kids way too much.

Small story. I had to go to the public primary school and argue a bit to allow my 6 year old, primary one daughter, to go home on public transit alone. So many kids are picked up by parents, helpers or put on expensive private buses that they seem to find allowing a kid to go home by herself to be a strange concept. I get the whole safety thing but this is Singapore and kids should know how to get themselves home. It is funny to me when my kids argue with a fellow student over tuition or test scores but yet these same kids can’t tell you how to use the public transit system to get to their own home. My kids don’t have smart phones either so they know how to from reading the maps and figuring it out.

My point is that this is a country that we can take advantage of to build more independent kids.

I learned a lot from the book and I have more work to do at home.

If anyone wants a refreshing take on it then this book is for you.