by Jez Humble, Gene Kim and Nicole Forsgren
First off, the book has a TON of great info in it; however, I strongly recommend that you actually *read* the book and not listen to it as an audiobook. The narrator sounds like she’s tired (which made me tired) or is trying to soothe a scared child. Second, littered through the audiobook version are “please refer to chart X in the accompanying PDF”. I’m trying to listen. I’m not at a place where I can just pull up a PDF to look at a chart. It’d be better if they described the salient points of the chart.
Some notes from the book (to whet your appetite to read it yourself):
Who is on a team matters less than how teams interact, structure their work and view their contributions.
Instead of looking for a ‘throat to choke’, in complex adaptive systems failures are typically the not result of a single person who saw clearly what was going to happen and failed to prevent it, rather accidents happen as the result of an interplay of complex contributing factors.
A sense of identity helps reduce burnout by aligning personal and organizational values.
Leaders set the tone of the organization and reinforce the desired organizational norms. The five dimensions of a transformational leader are:
- Vision (has a clear understanding of the organization and where it will be in 5 years)
- Inspirational communication (communicates in a way that inspires and motivates, even in an uncertain or changing environment)
- Intellectual stimulation (challenges followers to think about problems in new ways)
- Supportive leadership (demonstrates care and consideration of followers personal needs and feelings)
- Personal recognition (praises and acknowledges achievements of goals and improvements of work quality, personally compliments others when they do outstanding work).
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