2022 Reads

This is my book reads in 2022, after my 2021 goal (not quite met) of reading 100 books. Some of these are re-reads that I am revisiting to dive deeper. Others are brand new.

The Effective Executive: the definitive guide to getting the right things done. Drucker.

Crucial Conversations: how to talk when opinions vary, stakes are high and emotions are strong.

Little Bets: developing new ideas and approaching problems in a non-linear manner.

On Looking: A Walker’s Guide to observation follows a journalist + 12 different people with different perspectives.

Against the Gods: the remarkable story about risk. This long read is about the development of different ways of measuring probability, uncertainty, and risk management, told from the perspective of the people who made the breakthroughs. Written in a very accessible style.

Making Numbers Count. Chip Heath. A little too obvious, a little too short for the $.

Letters to Malcolm, chiefly on prayer. CS Lewis. I hadn’t read this one before, and thought it was a collection of Lewis letters, only to later find out the “Malcolm” was entirely fictional. Nevertheless the book is chock-full of the typical Lewis insights. Well worth the read.

Four Disciplines of Execution. Fairly straight-forward book about getting better at executing, revolving around four “disciplines”: focusing on a single goal, act on lead measures that you can influence, keeping a compelling scoreboard (staying engaged), and creating a cadence of accountability (the actual work). This is better as a follow-on to Effective Executive and High Output Management, in my opinion. Lots of practical advice.

High Output Management. Andy Grove. Eminently readable and sensible book about the various aspects of the job of management. Not simply a “lifehack” but really more in the vein of Drucker’s Effective Executive.

Multipliers. All about not being a Diminisher, but rather multiplying the ‘genius’ around you. Business book about skill development in others intersects some of the ideas about scale that are found in movements.

Future Shock. Less about predicting the future and more about the implications of the speed of change on our psychological well being).

The Third Wave. An interesting exploration of the knowledge economy that predicted a lot of the stuff that happened between 2000-2020, written in 1980.

Powershift. Third of the Toffler books, about shifts away from violence and money as drivers toward knowledge. Could probably read Futureshock and this and get the scope of what he was predicting. Much of this has come to pass, though not precisely in the way envisioned. Written 1990.

Reading:

Apostles of Reason: the crisis of authority in American evangelicalism. At least the early bit is about the inerrancy debate.