I’ve never been a person to share what I’m reading on social media. Yet, friends and acquaintances still ask me what I’m reading frequently.
Typically, I’m always reading one book and listening to another. I walk about 75 minutes an evening and longer on weekends. That allows me to consume 40-50 audiobooks annually. Accordingly, I’ll break my reading into two buckets: reading and listening.
Last Updated: October 30, 2023
Next Update: November 15, 2023
What I’m Reading
A few days ago, I finished Rules of Flow by Goldratt’s daughter, a title mentioned by a friend of the late Eli Goldratt. If you are a project manager or a manager of projects of any kind, this short book will provide some ideas, although there is overlap with Goldratt’s Critical Chain. I’m giving it four stars for ‘okay’ content because I was left wanting more. As with any Goldratt book, there are about 6-7 key concepts provided in the context of a novel. Two concepts needed to be flushed out more–I’ll let you decide if I’m right or wrong.
I’m about four chapters into The Crux, a book on strategy. The author also gave us Good Strategy/Bad Strategy in 2019. As much as I liked Rumelt’s book then, I’m now starting to believe The Crux will be the best book I’ve read on strategy formulation, and it has absolutely nothing to do with offsites where five or six key questions are answered, and goals are established for the next 1-3 years. Rumalt dismisses that idea early in the book.
My rating is probably premature, but it’s easily 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.
What I’m Listening To
The author is a journalist given unfiltered access to the making of The Bonfire of the Vanities, the best-selling book by Tom Wolfe. The book was a literary success. The movie bombed. Even through three chapters, the story is intriguing and captivating.