Sunday, September 20, 2009

Sacred Hoops

If you don't know Phil Jackson, you should get to know him. He was the coach of many NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls. Now, the coach of the LA Lakers, and continuing to win championships.

If you want to know what it takes to manage great egos, to build great teams, and how to work with people, in general, I recommend you read this book.

The book mixes philosophy with history and takes you through many of the events in the history of the Bulls. It also helps you to understand Phil's philosophy, a mix of Zen and Christianity.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and wish it hadn't sat on my shelf for so many years before I picked it up. You don't need to be a sports fan to appreciate this book, but you will enjoy it even more if you are.

This book is all about how to make 1+1=3 (or more).

Saturday, September 19, 2009

The Price of Everything: A Parable of Possibility and Prosperity

Just a quick post... this is a great, short book that talks about how prices play into our everyday lives. It's an easy read... just a few hours, but it puts in perspective our entire economic system.

Whatever your politics are, you will get something out of this book.

My employer is a pricing systems vendor, so this has particular relevance to me. I hope you enjoy it.