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The Servant as Leader
Greenleaf’s work really changed my mindset from the concept of a leader being an hierarchical head to a leader being a steward to the company/entity. In turn, this mindset helped me delegate immensely more and trust the “general’s” I’ve put in place to do what’s best for the company.
Blue Ocean Strategy
In SaaS, although prospects will compare you against different solutions on the market or things they’ve built internally, you’re typically defining a market. Blue Ocean walks through how to think about your growth strategy more in the context of your customer, industry, etc. and less in the context of competitors.
While it’s not the most obvious message from Hess’s work, Siddhartha really hammered into me the power of focus, commitment, and mindfulness.
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The simplicity and thoughtfulness of this book stirred me to think about what’s important, and to take a closer look at society and whether I wanted to be a part of what everyone else is doing.
Tao Te Ching
Although I’ve learned much from Zen writings, the Tao Te Ching has probably been a bigger influence on my philosophy. I love its simplicity, and the power that comes from that simplicity. It’s a powerful manual for living, and Zen Habits is not much more than a modern take on this book.
Chomsky’s writings awoke in me, as they did in many others, an awareness of the political and corporate machine that affects all of our lives. When people ask me how I can boycott reading and watching the news for years now (“You need to be aware of the world around you!”), I would point them to this book. The reading is a bit dense, but it’s powerful.