So I was having a Twitter chat with Nick Childs and Gerad Petherbridge a while back and we were talking about how Twitter is such a good place to come across great books that you haven’t read, and great concepts from great books that you haven’t read too. Planners on Twitter seemed to be particularly good at sharing interesting reads and great snippets and quotes from books that they’re reading. And we were musing about how it’s tricky to find all the good stuff when you’re not on Twitter all the time so the conversation turned to the thought of creating a hastag and/or account that people could use to aggregate good reading recommendations and unexpected/insightful quotes from stuff you’re reading (a lot of people already Tweet pics of book quotes of-course). So we landed on #dogearthis and @dogearthis – I seemed to remember that years ago Russell Davies used to blog reviews of books he was reading using the title ‘blog all dog-eared pages’ so it seemed to fit.

So the idea is that if you’re reading/have read something you think worth recommending post a pic of the book with a line about why it’s interesting and maybe a link to it, using #dogearthis and copy @dogearthis. We thought it might be good to not do marketing books to begin with as they seem to get plenty of coverage already. Anyhow, might come to nothing or it might be wonderfully useful. Let’s see.

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Post of the Month – March 2019 – The Vote

Thanks for the nominations. Another good set of reading this month. So our vote is between:

The Stupidity of Sameness and the Value of Difference by Tom Roach

Brief in Haste, Repent at Leisure by Jan Gooding

Strategy Needs Good Words by Martin Weigel

The Value of Deep Work is Your Only Real Value by Richard Huntingdon

Pitch: Innocent? by Dave Dye

And you can vote below:

Post of the Month – March 2019 – Nominations


It’s time to open nominations for Post of the Month. More good reading to be had this month so as usual I’ve put a short starting list of nominations below but please do add to these with posts that you think have been particularly good over the past month. You can nominate via the comments or direct. When I have a good number I’ll pop them up for a vote. So my starting four are:

Brief in Haste, Repent at Leisure by Jan Gooding

Strategy Needs Good Words by Martin Weigel

The Value of Deep Work is Your Only Real Value by Richard Huntingdon

Pitch: Innocent? by Dave Dye

Please do add to these nominations with your own. Thank you.

Good Questions

Too often we focus on getting quickly to the answer to challenges and not pausing to think whether we are actually asking the right question. The ability to ask good questions will I think be one of the greatest leadership skills in increasingly complex environments. Which is why I really like this quote from Kevin Kelly, taken from his book The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future:

“A good question is not concerned with a correct answer. A good question cannot be answered immediately. A good question challenges existing answers. A good question is one you badly want answered once you hear it, but had no inkling you cared before it was asked. A good question creates new territory of thinking. A good question reframes its own answers. A good question is the seed of innovation in science, technology, art, politics, and business. A good question is a probe, a what-if scenario. A good question skirts on the edge of what is known and not known, neither silly nor obvious. A good question cannot be predicted. A good question will be the sign of an educated mind. A good question is one that generates many other good questions. A good question may be the last job a machine will learn to do. A good question is what humans are for.”

HT Gerd Leonhard