Book notes: Dare to Lead by Brené Brown

Dare to Lead by Brené Brown book summary review and key ideas.

Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. by Brené Brown

Synopsis:

“Leadership is not about titles, status, and wielding power. A leader is anyone who takes responsibility for recognizing the potential in people and ideas and has the courage to develop that potential.  

When we dare to lead, we don’t pretend to have the right answers; we stay curious and ask the right questions. We don’t see power as finite and hoard it; we know that power becomes infinite when we share it with others. We don’t avoid difficult conversations and situations; we lean into vulnerability when it’s necessary to do good work.  

But daring leadership in a culture that’s defined by scarcity, fear, and uncertainty requires skill-building around traits that are deeply and uniquely human. The irony is that we’re choosing not to invest in developing the hearts and minds of leaders at the exact same time as we’re scrambling to figure out what we have to offer that machines and AI can’t do better and faster. What can we do better? Empathy, connection, and courage, to start.  

Brené Brown has spent the past two decades studying the emotions and experiences that give meaning to our lives, and the past seven years working with transformative leaders and teams spanning the globe. She found that leaders in organizations ranging from small entrepreneurial startups and family-owned businesses to nonprofits, civic organizations, and Fortune 50 companies all ask the same question:  

How do you cultivate braver, more daring leaders, and how do you embed the value of courage in your culture? ” -Audible

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Book notes: The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni book summary review and key ideas.

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni

Synopsis:

“In keeping with the parable style, Patrick Lencioni begins by telling the fable of a woman who, as CEO of a struggling Silicon Valley firm, took control of a dysfunctional executive committee and helped its members succeed as a team. Story time over, Lencioni offers explicit instructions for overcoming the human behavioral tendencies that he says corrupt teams (absence of trust, fear of conflict, lack of commitment, avoidance of accountability and inattention to results). Succinct yet sympathetic, this guide will be a boon for those struggling with the inherent difficulties of leading a group.

Building a cohesive team is not complicated, declares Lencioni. Departing from the dry, theoretical writing of many management books, he presents his case in the context of a fictional organization, and in doing so succeeds at communicating his ideas. The scenarios are recognizable and can be applied anywhere teamwork is involved, whether it is a multinational company, a small department within a larger organization, or a sports team. At the end of the story, the main points are summarized, and clearly expressed suggestions and exercises are offered to help bring about change. Concise and easy to follow, this program is recommended for anyone who is a member of a team that needs improvement.” -Audible

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TOTD: How to make yourself eat healthier 🥗

My thoughts on how these two relate.

In this Thought of the Day, I discuss:

  • The movie The Game Changers & plant-based diets
  • Why emotions and feelings play a big role in our eating habits
  • Changing your mindset to change your diet

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TOTD: Why we don’t like being told what to do 🙅‍♂️

My thoughts on ego and adapting to change.

In this Thought of the Day, I discuss:

  • Why I’m skeptical of “traditions”
  • Why we think we’re open-minded when we really aren’t
  • When we make excuses for not changing

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TOTD: My high school classmate went to prison ⚰️

How we should respond when we hear about someone’s mistake.

In this Thought of the Day, I discuss:

  • Something terrible that my old classmate was involved in
  • How we react when someone does something we see is wrong
  • Empathy and seeking to understand should always be the first response

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TOTD: My mom makes me feel 10-feet tall 🙋‍♂️

What all good parents should do.

In this Thought of the Day, I discuss:

  • How tiny my mom is
  • What good parents & role models do
  • The power of affirming words

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TOTD: Your artwork is not your baby 🎨

Why you shouldn’t get attached to your artwork.

In this Thought of the Day, I discuss:

  • The book Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Why you shouldn’t cherish your art
  • The idea of being prolific

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TOTD: Do you need more confidence or courage? 🔥

My thoughts on how these two relate.

In this Thought of the Day, I discuss:

  • The difference between confidence or courage
  • Which comes first between the two
  • How to become better at anything

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