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Izzmo has read 0 of 12 books.

Writing High-Performance .NET Code (2018, Ben Watson) 4 stars

Writing High-Performance .NET Code by Ben Watson is the best-selling book about understanding the fundamentals …

Good example code, gets into weeds in a good way

4 stars

Ben did a great job on the first edition of this book by providing context and sample material, with GitHub links so you can try everything out for yourself. He gets pretty into the weeds on several aspects of .NET code. This book is not for someone who writes simple APIs or web apps that do not contain a ton of non-CRUD type C# code. This book is for someone doing I/O intensive operations that really needs to squeeze more performance out of their code without simply turning up the scale dial.

Primal leadership : realizing the power of emotional intelligence (2002) 4 stars

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4 stars

Primal Leadership is an in-depth look and analysis based on a collection of Harvard Business Review (HBR) articles and books. It's split into 3 parts; the first is incredibly lucid and valuable. The second part repeats many of the same points in the previous, detailing trivial examples that you cannot apply in your own position. It's overly generalized and would make you ask, "Oh, interesting. I see details A, B, and C. But how did they get from C to Z?"

In the first part, the book lays out the foundation for the idea of how Emotionally Intelligent leaders are the best leaders, detailing what makes up the different areas. Some leaders are good at some, but not others. The best leaders have some qualities of all. Emotionally intelligent leaders are consequently high in IQ (usually). EI leaders will drive to create resonance in their organizations, as opposed to dissonance, …

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action (2011, Portfolio) 3 stars

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3 stars

Sinek starts off strong with anecdotes from various success stories and gets into his method of focusing on WHY instead of WHAT or HOW, and how it all builds together. By about half way through the book it quickly becomes repetitive, and it’s almost as if Sinek has a love affair with Apple. This book needs to be updated and the Apple fanboyism needs to be toned down.

The Phoenix Project (2013, IT Revolution Press) 4 stars

The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win is the …

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5 stars

The Phoenix Project is a seminal read on the accumulation of thoughts and processes surrounding DevOps as we know it today. The story is a fictional take on a workplace that is rife with unplanned work and misuse of the process. You might find it similar to something you see in your organization. It has some great insights and relevant stories you can apply to your own practices. In 2020, these things should be less and less relevant, but in fact, they seem to be more relevant than ever with COVID-19 and companies shifting more and more to the cloud with their digital transformation, demanding quicker time to market, just like Parts Unlimited in the book. The characters used in the book are great, and the protagonist gets the shake at the end. I can't help but think one of the characters, Wes, is a bit over the top. To …

Joy at Work (Paperback, 2006, PVG) 4 stars

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4 stars

Dennis Bakke gives a great take on how to transform your old industrial-age business to a modern, decentralized, employee-driven one where people actually fun (yes, FUN!) at work. His account of how he created and transformed his business in the energy industry with his company AES is very informative. If you work in the software industry then you will probably draw a lot of parallels to how your business and teams are ran and how he was trying to do this back in the 1980s.

Ultimately, what you should take from this book as a business leader is that you want to stop the "manager-employee" relationship and instead step back and let your employees make all of the tough decisions. It's not easy! You have to give up power, you have to be more transparent and actually give the employees the tools they need to make those decisions. It's a …