I did a talk at work where I talked about 5 books that made me a better Program Manager. So I thought I would share them here for non-fiction lovers. These are just captioned with the notes I made for myself as talking points!
The importance of building and nurturing an open and transparent culture
Importance of OKRs – of setting and demonstrating that we are making progress
Examples from consultancies, finance, telecom, manufacturing – bringing in the best of lateral thinking
All about receiving feedback effectively – personal & professional
What are our triggers, how are we uniquely wired
Turn feedback into actionable items and move forward
How can we give feedback better
Find her hugely inspiring
Career is a jungle gym (so true for TPMs) who have a wide variety and diversity of backgrounds
Specifically helpful for women, but also anyone else who is ‘not the norm’
Everyone who wants to be an ally or is raising kids should read it
Stereotypes and how important they are in shaping our sense of self
Mentors and how important they are in shaping our sense of self
How she negotiated her FB offer, the initial years of hosting important people and her TED talks
But also some special reflections, anecdotes and people from the early days of FB
A lot of work I have done in my career is zero-to-one
Requires being comfortable with ambiguity
When I built and ran my own startup I followed – how to compensate, how to hire, who to hire, how to price.
Zoom out and take a big picture view
Ask the big hard questions when the detail isn’t clear
What is our vision, our north star and why should we care?
How does what I do fit in with the wider society and humanity.
How can we inspire those around us and those that come after us
“We never really know where the next great scientific discovery will come from, nor who will make it. Opening up the thrill and wonder of scientific discovery, creating innovative and accessible ways to reach out to the widest young audience possible, greatly increases the chances of finding and inspiring the new Einstein. Wherever she might be.
So remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up. Unleash your imagination. Shape the future.”