For book thirty six of 2015, I enjoyed The Checklist Manifesto.

Exceptional book and perfect read for all those that do things over and over and expect different results (read – insanity).  Seriously, in The Checklist Manifesto there are so many applications and instances where my current organization has not invested the time to create and enforce a stringent process for routine procedures that there are drastic areas of application for this book.

The biggest irony while reading this book was the aviation and medical examples that we have invested and proven that we can be successful with.  That through implementing, educating, and training to checklists in these fields it is difficult to understand why these processes haven’t developed in less mature areas of the organization.  Sounds like a perfect opportunity to make some changes…

One of the best books I’ve enjoyed this year!

The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right



For book thirty five of 2015, I enjoyed Idea Agent.

There were quite a few ideas that hit home in this book.  But I’d have to say that the Creativity Room was something that really stuck out in my mind.  I think the fact that my current profession is one of the most anti-creativity built organizations is what caused this feeling.

It is interesting to watch the initiation of Innovation within my organization but the lack of focus on the creativity foundation which will unlock and provide this innovation is nowhere to be found.  A Creativity Room would get utterly destroyed and overrun by Conference room hunters and justification crazed “that’s a waste of resources” minions.

One of the other focuses of this book was how to unlock what is holding back great performance from people in the organization.  There are several great explanations how the author, Lina Echeverria, did this.  I enjoyed how she focused on tailoring her efforts to each individual.

Idea Agent: Leadership that Liberates Creativity and Accelerates Innovation


For book thirty four of 2015, I enjoyed The Talent Code.

What really stuck out to me in this book was the element of Deep Practice.  The example I really took to heart was the Air Corps survival rate of their pilots and the qualification method they were using in 1934 as they took on the task of delivering the mail and entered the “Air Mail Disaster.”  A review of the failures by leadership and Edwin Link’s creation of the Link Trainer… an aviation simulator.

What this brought to mind was the major failures we have had, and continue to have, in the cybersecurity.  There are few cybersecurity simulators to be able to develop great operators and therefore the ability to accomplish Deep Practice remains non-existent.

The Talent Code: Greatness Isn’t Born. It’s Grown. Here’s How.

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