My all time favorite books

This is a list of my favorite books. I’ve sorted them in the order of much I feel influenced by them and how they impacted my life.

Atomic Habit – James Clear

If there was one and only one book I could take with me on a lonely island this would be the one. It is such a good read!

James Clear does an awesome job in explaining how tiny changes in habits can lead to great results.

Main takeaways: Habit stacking, Rule of 1%

Atomic Habits on Amazon

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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, USP, USP

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.

What are the benefits of this exercise?

  1. It raises self-awareness about what motivates you, say what makes you get up in the morning.
  2. You can figure out what is important to your colleagues and support them in those areas.
  3. When you see the high priority motivators going down, you can think about countermeasures.

Motivators

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.

Variations

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

Read about my other Management 3.0 Experiments here