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Status update and reading list – July 2019

I’m reading a few books right now, so I thought I’d share in case you were looking for new ideas.

  1. The Fearless Organization – Amy Edmondson – A primer on Psychological Safety, why you need it, and how to get it.
  2. The Fifth Discipline and the Fifth Discipline Fieldbook– Peter Senge. How to create an organization that continually learns.
  3. Thinking in Systems – Donella Meadows – A primer on systems thinking, giving you new perspectives into the world around you, and how your team builds software.
  4. Dialogue: The Art of Thinking Together – William Issacs – How dialogue is different from a discussion, and clear, practical rules for learning to talk (and think!) together.
  5. On Dialogue – David Bohm – Theoretical quantum physicist David Bohm’s ideas about thought, language, and dialogue.

I’m also digging into material from the Human Systems Dynamics Institute – lots of free stuff and webinars from their mailing list.


I’m also working on my book, working with a new client, and writing a New Manager Training Program based on some of my favorite books.

What are you reading these days?


About Marcus Blankenship

Where other technical coaches focus on process or tools, I focus on the human aspects of your Programmer to Manager transition. I help you hire the right people, create the right culture, and setup the right process which achieves your goals. Managing your team isn't something you learned in college. In fact, my clients often tell me "I never prepared for this role, I always focused on doing the work". If you're ready to improve your leadership, process and team, find out how I can help you.

1 Comment

  1. Phil Clark on July 29, 2019 at 9:37 am

    Brave New Work – “Are you ready to reinvent your organization” – Aaron Dignan
    Leadership Workout – 31 day guide to review & refine your leadership – Brenda van Camp-Elmes
    It’t the Manager: Gallup finds the quality of managers and team leaders is the single biggest factor in in your organization’s long-term success. – Jim Clifton.
    and finally still a techie
    Clean Code, A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship – Robert C Martin

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