Summary - The Obstacle Is The Way

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The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.” Marcus Aurelius

It’s this line from Marcus Aurelius, written nearly 2,000 years ago in his private diary, that served as the inspiration for the international bestseller link by Ryan Holiday. It is a book that has become a cult classic and required reading for athletes, entrepreneurs, artists or anyone who is looking for a timeless framework for overcoming the obstacles and adversities life throws at us.

Summary - Dare To Lead by Brene Brown

This Dare To Lead by Brene Brown summary from BookSummaryClub

How you can effectively lead without the fancy titles and ‘playbooks.’

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Executive Summary

Leadership doesn’t always come with titles and positions.

Leadership is all about taking responsibility.

It is not about having all the answers but about asking the right questions. It is all about getting out of your comfort zone and rising above yourself.

A leader is someone who not only sees hidden potential in people and things but also takes the responsibility of developing that potential.

They create an environment where everyone feels a sense of belonging to their work.

Summary - How Will You Measure Your Life?

By Clayton M. Christensen

Editor’s Note: When the members of the class of 2010 entered business school, the economy was strong and their post-graduation ambitions could be limitless. Just a few weeks later, the economy went into a tailspin. They’ve spent the past two years recalibrating their worldview and their definition of success.

The students seem highly aware of how the world has changed (as the sampling of views in this article shows). In the spring, Harvard Business School’s graduating class asked HBS professor Clay Christensen to address them—but not on how to apply his principles and thinking to their post-HBS careers. The students wanted to know how to apply them to their personal lives. He shared with them a set of guidelines that have helped him find meaning in his own life. Though Christensen’s thinking comes from his deep religious faith, we believe that these are strategies anyone can use. And so we asked him to share them with the readers of HBR.

Summary: Radical Candor: Be a Kickass Boss without Losing your Humanity

Kim Scott shows how “radical candor” can be used in the workplace to give better feedback and meaningful praise and criticism.

You’ll Learn:

  1. How to care personally while challenging directly
  2. Three important conversations that you should be having at work
  3. An approach to giving better feedback to your boss

About Kim

Kim Scott is the author of Radical Candor: Be a Kickass Boss without Losing your Humanity, a NYT and WSJ bestseller, published by St Martin’s Press. Kim is also the co-founder and CEO of Candor, Inc., which builds tools to make it easier to follow the advice she offers in the book. She is also the author of three novels and co-host of the Radical Candor podcast.

Summary: The Ideal Team Player

How to Spot the Ideal Team Player

Patrick Lencioni is founder and president of the Table Group, a firm dedicated to making work more fulfilling by making organizations healthier. 


With enough time, patience and attention from a good manager, almost anyone can learn to become a team player. I believe that.

Having said that, some people are better at teamwork than others. These are the kind of people who add immediate value in a team environment and require much less coaching and management to contribute in a meaningful way.

So, there are two obvious questions. What do these people look like? And how do we find them? As it turns out, they have three qualities or virtues in common: they are humble, hungry and smart.

Summary: The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, by Patrick Lencioni, published by Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated.




The first step towards reducing misunderstandings and confusion within a team is to understand that there are five dysfunctions, and that each one that applies has to be addressed separately.   

1. Absence of Trust

The root cause of absence of trust lies with team members being unable to show their weaknesses; to be vulnerable and open with one another. The absence of trust is a huge waste of time and energy as team members invest their time and energy in defensive behaviors, and are reluctant to ask for help from – or assist – each other. Teams can overcome this dysfunction by sharing experiences, following through in multiple ways, demonstrating credibility, and developing strong insight into the unique characteristics of team members.

Summary - Growth vs Fixed Mindset

The book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success was written by Carol Dweck

If you possess the fixed mindset, you are most concerned with how you’ll be judged; the growth mindset makes your primary concern how you can improve yourself. With the fixed mindset, you see the traits as fixed, and consequently success is about proving you’re smart or talented. The fixed mindset is all about validation.

On the other hand, the growth mindset is more about stretching yourself to learn something new. With the growth mindset, your goal is to develop yourself and become the best version of yourself.

People in a growth mindset always seek a challenge and, even more importantly, they thrive on it.


In the fixed mindset, everything is about the outcome. If you fail or if you aren’t the best, everything was wasted.