Curated List of Management Literature

James Clear

Atomic Habits

Brian Tracy

Eat that frog

Daniel H. Pink

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

Jurgen Appelo

Management 3.0

Managing for Happiness

Startup, Scaleup, Screwup

Peter Drucker

The Effective Executive

Managing Oneself (Harvard Business Review Classics)

Jocko Willink

Extreme Ownership: How US Navy Seals Lead and Win

Jason Fried / David Heinemier Hansson

It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work

ReWork: Change the Way You Work Forever

Remote: Office Not Required

Blenchard / Johnson

The New One Minute Manager

Michael Bungay Stanier

The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever

Gary Keller

The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results

Emily Webber

Building Successful Communities of Practice

Angela Duckworth

Grit: Why passion and resilience are the secrets to success

Shawn Coyne

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles

Judy Robinett

How to Be a Power Connector: The 5+50+100 Rule

Robert Caldini

influence: The Psychology of Persuasion

Keith Ferrazzi

Never Eat Alone

Seth Godin

What to Do When It’s Your Turn

Carol Dweck

Mindset – Updated Edition: Changing The Way You think To Fulfil Your Potential

Dale Carnegie

How To Win Friends And Influence People

How to Stop Worrying and Start Living

Frederic Laloux

Reinventing Organizations: A Guide to Creating Organizations Inspired by the Next Stage in Human Consciousness

Marshall Goldsmith

What Got You Here Won’t Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful

Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts–Becoming the Person You Want to Be


15 Steps for successful Bootstrapping – Part 3

In 15 Steps for successful Bootstrapping – Part 1 and 15 Steps for successful Bootstrapping – Part 2 I wrote about bootstrapping. This is the next part of this series.


USP means “unique selling proposition”, which makes it even better than the German word USP. It’s all about “selling”, so selling. That means your unique selling point must also make the customer buy something. Continue reading “15 Steps for successful Bootstrapping – Part 3”

Time Blocking / Time Boxing as Productivity Boost

Time Blocking

tl;dr; if something is really important to you, plan it in your calendar.

It is nice to have a to-do list in your to-do app, your Bullet Journal or on your Kanban board, but you have to allocate time for the execution of these tasks in your schedule.

Example: If you have a task called “Plan feedback sessions” you should make an entry in your calendar and dedicate some amount of time to it, let’s say half an hour.

The problem with most peoples calendars is the following: They are primarily empty! Continue reading “Time Blocking / Time Boxing as Productivity Boost”

Moving Motivators

An interesting technique from the Management 3.0 book “Managing for happiness” is the moving motivators exercise.


Jurgen Appelo compiled motivational factors from different sources like Steven Reiss’ 16 basic desires, Ryan and Deci’s self determination theory and last but not least Daniel Pink’s Drive!

He came up with the following list of 10 motivators which can be best memorized with the mnemonic “CHAMPFROGS”: Continue reading “Moving Motivators”

Kudo Cards

What is Kudo?

Kudo is Greek for fame or honor.

The idea behind Kudo Cards is to say “Thank You” in a meaningful way. By taking the time to specify and write down what you are actually grateful for.


As an alternative to just give a card to a co-worker, you can enhance the whole experience by building a Kudo Wall so that everyone can see which kudos were given from whom to whom.

Another nice variation is to put up a Kudo Box. You can put in the cards and at the end of the year / quarter / month you can do a tombola and give away some swag for every drawn lot.

You can either print Kudo cards yourself or buy a very nice box of high quality cards from the M30 webshop