Friday, November 21, 2014

Quiet: the power of introverts in a world that can't stop talking by Susan Cain
This was... pretty good.  I think it took me a little while to get in to it, then once I did it kept losing my interest.  I did learn a lot, but a lot of it was just a re-hash of what we all already know about the life of an introvert.  It started out to be quite corny... yes, many great leaders were introverts.  That doesn't mean all introverts are great leaders.  Reading about how Napoleon was an introvert doesn't make me want to be Napoleon. 

One more interesting point she makes is about the 'extrovert ideal'.  We've all learned that being an extrovert is better than being an introvert.  She does a great job of explaining how that happened and why it happened.  Then why it isn't relevant anymore. 

It was a well researched book, and it definitely helped justify being an introvert and help introverts cope with living in an extroverted world. 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
This book was great.  Absolutely great.  I think we all have our perceptions of who Steve Jobs was, and I think we all base that on so little information.  Walter Isaacson did a fantastic job of representing Jobs is a fair way that showed that he really was a jerk, and that working for him was hard, but explained the why's and how's that we don't all take under consideration.  Yes, you need to be thick skinned to work for him, but by working for him you also stretched your capabilities and abilities and learned to make fantastic products. 

His life was unique and his history was so interesting.  His childhood and young adult years were nothing of what you'd expect from someone who 'owns' the technology world.

Definitely recommend this one.  It was thought provoking, inspiring, interesting and enjoyable.