I just finished reading Sway by Ori and Rom Brafman, which shared some excellent points on many Human Resources related issues. Here are a sample of quotes and passages from the book and some comments.
“As difficult as it can be to admit defeat, staying the course simply because of a past commitment hurts us in the long run” (Brafman) – sometimes we stick with a job or a role just because it is comfortable. It may take great courage to move on to something else.
The book talks about LBJ’s leadership strategy – calling people in the middle of the night, or taking visitors off guard by calling a swimming break and jumping in the pool. (Brafman) – being an effective leader means not always following the same pattern all the time. Mixing up how you communicate and how you conduct yourself can keep people on their toes and keep you always on top of your business.
The book also discusses how a new professor was introduced to a class, and half the class was given one intro, and half another, with the only words changed in the passage being “very warm person” and “rather cold person”. The perception of this teacher was totally different between the first group and the second group.
This book was a great read that took me a while to get through because there were so many amazing bits of information to absorb. I’ll share a few more in a future post.