Monday, August 21, 2017

Growing @ the Speed of Change

I suffer from great blogger guilt.  I have not posted for quite a while.  Not that I have not been doing anything but...

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I read a great book by Jim Clemmer - a famous local motivational speaker. The book is "Growing @ the Speed of Change".   Clemmer is a prolific author on leadership and motivation.  Clemmer is a story teller which makes the book more interesting - personal anecdotes interspersed with advice.

Clemmer is also a quote junkie like me so this book contains likely 100 great quotes.  Some of them:

Knowing is not enough, we must apply.  Willing is not enough, we must do -  Goethe 1749-1832

There is more to life than increasing its speed.  Ghandi

There ain't no answer, There ain't gonna be any answer.  There never has been an answer.  There's your answer.  Gertrude Stein

From an Amazon review: "The basic theme of the book is how to thrive in turbulent times. The first third of the book discusses and tries to convince you that change is actually happening at a great rate. One of the early chapters is even titled I Predict...More Unpredictability."

I loved the title since I believe change is the only way to move things forward.  I now at Danby Appliances sometimes I need to slow myself down to allow the organization to adjust to change.  Then I step back in and... more change.

A pleasant unexpected surprise was an excellent chapter on Quantum Mechanics that is worth reading just because it simplifies the theory.  You likely know most of it but the simplification and clarification is excellent.  Of course he uses it for leadership and business comparison.  And the next chapter even touches on string theory.

Much of the book is devoted to self development.  It seems a bit repetitive with all the other self help books out there.  Still - I always like the reminder.  As he says "Leader need a strong sense of self".

Good book - worth reading.

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Lifehack posted the 15 most important tips from productivity books.  First tip - Don't wait for others to set deadlines - do it yourself.

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Mom gave up her license and got a Harley.  Need to talk to her about wearing a helmut.






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