Monday, February 25, 2008

Book Review: Growing Great Employees

The subtitle of this book is "Turning Ordinary People into Extraordinary Performers". Quite of lofty task indeed!

In Growing Great Employees, Erika Andersen provides some wonderful insight for building and maintaining great teams.

However, if you are like me, the gardening metaphor will grow tiresome after a while. Beyond this, the major topics of the book are:


  1. There is no such thing as a successful one-minute gardener. You must pick the right new hires, constantly maintain them and know when to make cuts.
  2. When you make a hire, you must prepare the "soil" and foster a perfect start. This requires developing your listening skills to include understanding, not just hearing.
  3. Maintain a coach mindset
  4. Don't be afraid to prune
  5. Re-evaluate what is working and what is not

Monday, February 11, 2008

PersonalDNA

According to the PersonalDNA website I am a "Respectful Inventor.

You are an Inventor
  • Your imagination, self-reliance, openness to new things, and appreciation for utility combine to make you an INVENTOR.
  • Confidence to make your visions into reality, and you are willing to consider alternatives
  • Not limited by pre-conceived notions of how things should be.
  • Problem-solving is a specialty
  • It is more interesting for you to pursue excitement than it is to get caught up in a routine.
  • Specialize in seeing the bigger picture and don't get caught up in specifics.
  • You tend to more proactive than reactive—you don't just wait for things to come to you.
  • Generally, you believe that you control your life.
You are Respectful
  • Your reserved nature, understanding of the world, and faith in others make you RESPECTFUL.
  • Tend not to get involved in other people's affairs.
  • Relationships you do have are very meaningful and important to you.
  • You tend to enjoy the world through ideas and reflection
  • Your friends would describe you as laid-back and easy-going.
  • As someone who is calm and centered

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Book Review: The Personality Code


Book Review: The Personality Code by Travis Bradberry

Like many others, I was skeptical of this book. In retrospect it really helped me understand myself and why I do the things that I do.

The book starts with the fascinating tale of identical twins that were separated at birth and reunited 40 years later.Goes on to explain their similarities in life choices and how their personalities match. Being the father of twins, I get to experience this on a daily basis.

Through a variety of real life stories coupled with deep analysis, the personality code is a winner.

Unfortunately where things fell short for me was the online analysis of my personality profile. The online at http://www.personalitycode.com/ assessment identified me as an Entrepreneur. This certainly opened my eyes, however the resulting personalized profile and action plan was largely a rehash of the book. I guess that I was expecting more.