Getting Naked by Patrick Lencioni was recommended to me and my team by my boss. A quick read (I read it in a few hours), it is super-insightful and provides a different perspective on how we approach clients.
If you haven't worked in a client-services firm or industry, you'll still get a lot out of this book - it applies beyond business principles and directives.
I pulled a few phrases from the book yet I can't help to think these are more impactful in context. Still, I thought they were important and clever enough to highlight.
One of those quotes that out of context doesn't make much sense. Yet, it stuck out like crazy when I read it. Hilarious ending to a somewhat contentious discussion.
A take on advice I was given a long time ago. Everyone has ideas; if you want to stand out, make those idea real.
Ahh, the feeling of change.
Jack's wife plays a prominent role in this story. The interchange that ended with this quote was amazing.
I think we all struggle with this from time to time. The challenge of getting into a rut only to realize the challenge ahead to make a productive and adult decision to accept or reject the change.
The easiest (for me) and most confident appearing way to connect with an audience.
If there's one passage to describe the book, it's this one.
You may have read about the recent flooding near the Clark Fork River in Western Montana lately. Living less than a mile from the Clark Fork, it's rather frightening to see the height and speed of the water.
I took some video last year, then again this year in a nearby spot. Keep an eye on the Grizzly in the background...
On Sunday, I finished A Higher Loyalty by James Comey. It was well-written, and easy and quick read even though there are a handful of questionable statements (or more, depending on your political leaning).
Regardless, the book provides some context into the decisions made leading up to and through the 2016 presidential race.
Below are a handful of excerpts along with my commentary (in italics).
This comes fairly early in the book and it gives the reader an impression of James Comey's humor.
A few early hints into his relationships with presidents. Comey served under three presidents. Incredible how vastly different each one was in dealing with the DOJ and FBI.
How does one get to "accurate" feedback?
A point about the organization above the individual.
Listen, listen, listen.
I love this quote.
About the point where things start heating up. At least from a public perspective.
Later on, there's a critical decision that needs to be made and it basically comes down to choosing the lesser of the two evils. A frightening position to be in.
You feel a genuine respect between President Obama and James Comey.
It gets even more uncomfortable at this point forward.
Reminded me of the great George Costanza:
Jerry, just remember, it’s not a lie if you believe it.
To be fair, I don't this book will help.
18 months ago, we packed our belongings in a big truck. As the truck headed west towards Glacier National Park, we headed east to Europe for some time away.
We moved from the Big Apple to the Big Sky and we get a lot of questions, namely:
"Wow. How's that change going?"
"It's going" is the normal response, which is both funny and accurate.
There are a lot of obvious differences between Manhattan and Montana. Or, are there?
This film series intends to shed some light on the differences and similarities between a big city and a big town.
Less than a week after finding our donor was a match, we went into surgery. That surgery was three years ago today.
Six hours after surgery I was in recovery. Six hours later, I was out of bed and walking around the floor.
How did I find out my kidneys were failing? I went in for an annual checkup and had my urine sent to the lab. Due to a large amount of protein in the results, I went back for a biopsy leading to the discovery of FSGS.
During your next check up, ask if they can run a urinalysis. It really is that simple.