You might have read my book review of Sprint (you can read it here). I also curated one idea from the book which you can read here. Here are ten interesting quotes I gleaned from the book.
- The sprint is Google Venture’s unique five-day process for answering crucial questions through prototyping and testing ideas with customers.
- Good ideas are hard to find. And even the best ideas face an uncertain path to real-world success.
- The sprint gives our startups a superpower. They can fast-forward into the future to see their finished product and customer reactions before making any expensive commitments.
- You won’t finish with a complete, detailed ready-to-ship product. But you will make rapid progress, and know for sure if you’re headed in the right direction.
- When our new ideas fail, it’s usually because we were overconfident about how well customers would understand and how much they would care.
- Before the sprint begins, you’ll need to have the right challenge and the right team.
- When a big problem comes along, like the challenge you selected for your sprint, it’s natural to want to solve it right away. The clock is ticking, the team is amped up, and solutions start popping into everyone’s mind. But if you don’t first slow down, share what you know, and prioritize, you could end up wasting time and effort on the wrong part of the problem.
- Starting at the end is like being handed the keys to a time machine. If you could jump ahead to the end of your sprint, what questions would be answered?
- Slowing down might be frustrating for a moment, but the satisfaction and confidence of a clear goal will last all week.
- You can run a sprint anytime you’re not sure what to do, or struggling to get started, or dealing with a high-stakes decision.
I previously reviewed Six Thinking Hats by Edward de Bono . You can read the review here. Here are 10 quotes from the book.
- Instead of judging our way forward, we need to design our way forward. We need to be thinking about ‘what can be’, not just ‘what is’.
- Thinking is the ultimate human resource. Yet we can never be satisfied with our most important skill. No matter how good we become, we should always want to be better.
- The main difficulty of thinking is confusion. We try to do too much at once. Emotions, information, logic, hope, and creativity all crowd in on us.
- A thinking system based on argument is excellent just as the front left wheel of a car is excellent. There is nothing wrong with it at all. But it is not sufficient.
- White hat energy is directed at seeking and laying out information.
- Red hat thinking is all about emotions and feelings and the non-rational aspects of thinking. The red hat provides a formal and defined channel for bringing these things out into the open.
- The black hat is the ‘natural’ hat of the Western thinking traction. With the black hat we point out what is wrong, what does not fit, and what will not work.
- Yellow hat thinking probes and explores for value and benefit.
- The green hat is the energy hat. Think of vegetation. Think of growth. Think of new leaves and branches. The green hat is the creative hat.
- The blue hat is like the conductor of the orchestra. The conductor gets the best out of the orchestra by seeing that what should be done is done at the right time. The blue hat is for the management of thinking. The blue hat is for the organization of thinking. The blue hat is for process control.
From each book I go through I always likje to curate ten quotes and this book does have some really useful quotes related to the books main theme (you can read a review of the book here and a lesson I curated from the book here). Here are my ten quotes from the book:
- Passion is the thing that will help you create the greatest expression of your talent – Larry Smith
- The great truths of the world have often been couched in fascinating stories – Dale Carnegie
- Practice relentlessly and internalize your content so that you can deliver the presentation ad vcomforysnly as having a conversation with a close friend – Carmine Gallo
- Only through seeing your own world through a fresh lens will you be able to hive your audience s new way of looking at their world – Carmine Gallo
- The brain remembers the emotional components of an experience better than any other aspect – John Medina
- The brain also loves humour. Combine humour and novelty and you’ve got presentation gold – Carmine Gallo
- Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex. It takes courage to move in the opposite direction – E.F. Schumacher
- It is better to present an explanation in words and pictures than solely in words – DR. Richard Mayer
- You can learn from others and how they achieved success in public speaking, but you’ll never make a lasting impression unless you leave your own mark – Carmine Gallo
- Please keep this in mind. When you deliver s presentation, your goal should not be to ‘deliver a presentation.’ It should be to inspire your audience, yo move them, and emcouragenthem to dream bigger – Carmine Gallo
Here are ten quotes I got from the book, Dealing With Difficult People by Roy Lilley. You can read my review of the book here and summary of a lesson I curated from the book here.
- There is no such thing ad a difficult person. There are just people we need to learn to deal with.
- The six most important words: I admit I made a mistake. The two most important words: thank you. The one most important word: we. The least important word: I.
- Remember this: difficult people ate predictable people. Avoid having a row.
- The precise definition of conflict is a: direct disagreement of ideas or interests, a battle or struggle, antagonism or opposition. Add to that incompatibility and interference and you get s pretty ugly picture.
- Working with people means just that. It also means working sometimes with difficult people.
- Personal attacks don’t work. They leave behind a stain on a relationship which can take forever to remove.
- Never let a sense of competition creep in between you and your colleagues. You should be collaborating instead to beat the competition from outside the organization.
- Never let it get personal; separate the issue from the person.
- If you don’t take time to tell people what you want, how do you expect they will ever be able to give you what you want?
- The worst thing you can say to someone who has lost it is ‘calm down’.
Here are Some quotes from Teach Yourself To Think:
- Thinking and action are not separate. Thinking should continue into the action stage.
- The output of thinking must be put into the real world. It is not enough to think of a solution to a problem. You also need to consider how that solution will be put into action.
- People are frightened of making plans because they feel theory would be restricted by that plan. This need not be so. The plan itself is never restrictive. The way you use the plan may be restrictive.
- When you have something down in front of you it is very different from that something existing in your head.
- In terms of action an expert is someone who has refined the action so that all unnecessary bits have been thrown out.
- Effective people get on with things and do them. Less effective people have to keep coming back for encouragement and instruction.
- Expectations are more powerful than incentives. If there is an expectation that people should be creative, then they will seek to be creative at every possible opportunity.
- The purpose of thinking is to deliver to you the values you seek just as the purpose of a bicycle is to get you to where you want to go.
- We need values, feelings and thinking. Feeling is no substitute for thinking. Thinking without values is aimless.
- Complacency is the enemy of all progress. So is resignation. If you believe you are perfect, then you make no effort to get better. If you have given up, you also make no effort.