Investing in your Knowledge

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Today we will talk about Investing in your Knowledge. This investment will play a major part on your personal and career development. You don’t acquire knowledge just when you are on school, college or on a course. Knowledge is everywhere, on a book, on your experiences; basically it’s what you take from everything that happens in your life, good or bad. On a previous post I gave some links of free online courses and videos but today we will concentrate on reading.

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I read once, on a Brian Tracy book that if you take 30 minutes of your day and start reading a book on your field, that will impact your career and your income. And it is true, because I did it myself.  Reading books, implementing new ideas on your workplace, and learning how to do new things will make you smarter and will also help with your lateral thinking and creativity – you’ll be able to combine knowledge from various disciplines in order to solve problems.

You can measure the results by logging on your diary or on your PDP to track your progress. Review that after 6 months and see how many books you read and see what changed, you will be surprised!

A lot of people say they don’t have time to read, but they sit and watch TV for hours every day, and these hours you will never get back in your life and they are unproductive. You can read on your way to work if you go by bus or train, you can cut some minutes of your TV time to read, or even if you drive there are thousands of audio books that you can download to your mp3 players, iTunes and even your smart phones. Really there is no excuse not to invest in yourself especially because you are the one who will be taking the most advantage and profit in the long term.

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I just invested in myself with the HBR’S 10 Must Reads Collection by Harvard Business Review Press. This series is really good because each book has 10 of the best articles published by Harvard University on each topic. I think it is a must read for any ambitious manager, new or experienced leader.

It is easy to read, each book has approximately 300 pages. Each chapter is an article from great authors such as Peter F. Drucker, Theodore Levitt, Robert S. Kaplan, David P. Norton and others.  One of the things that I liked on these books is that each chapter has a box called Idea in Brief, which gives you an idea of the basic concept of the chapter and most of them has very interesting case studies as well.

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I highly recommend you to get this collection because will inspire you with ideas and knowledge that will accelerate both your own growth and company. Each title includes timeless advice that will be relevant regardless of an ever-changing business environment. The titles include: Leadership, Managing Yourself, The Essentials, Change Management,Managing People and Strategy.

One of my favorite articles were:

What Makes an Effective Executive by Peter F. Drucker (HBR’S 10 Must Reads On Leadership)

Putting the Balanced Scorecard to Work by Robert S. Kaplan and David P. Norton (HBR’S 10 Must Reads The Essentials)

Managing Oneself by Peter F. Drucker (HBR’S 10 Must Reads on Managing Yourself)

The Real Reason People won’t Change by Robert Kegan and Lisa Laskow Lahey (HBR’S 10 Must Reads On Change Management )

What Great Managers Do by Marcus Buckingham (HBR’S 10 Must Reads On Managing People)

The Secrets to Successful Strategy Execution by Gary L. Neilson, Karla L. Martin, and Elisabeth Powers (HBR’S 10 Must Reads On Strategy)

“Knowledge has to be improved, challenged, and increased constantly, or it vanishes “ Peter F. Drucker

“The ability to change constantly and effectively is made by high-level continuity.” Michael E. Porter

 

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Thinking like Successful People

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Today I will talk a little bit more about the purpose of this blog, this way we can get to know each other better…

Like I said on the first post, I am also on the personal development quest. I think there will always be room for improvement and I enjoy the journey. One of the things I do to improve myself is to be constantly reading and studying.  I love reading and I collect Books of all the subjects I like. Usually I log the books I read (according to subject relevance) on my PDP, this way I keep track of my progress and performance. That’s why every now and then I will be recommending some books I read, like the one bellow:

9 Things Successful People do Differently

I just read this book, and it is totally relevant if you are setting your goals and want to create good habits,leave the bad ones and get motivated. The book was written by Heidi Grant Halvorson, PhD. The book it’s straight to the point, a fast read (106 pages) but with great quality and content. It gave me some really good insights.

On top of that, it comes in a great pocket book format so you can have it nearby when you need some help or to boost your motivation and get back on track.

On 9 Things Successful People do Differently  (Harvard Business Review Press) , Dr Halvorson explains in a very simple and enjoyable way what these nine things are:

1)      Get Specific – Dr Halvorson talks about the importance to get specific not just with your goals but also with the obstacles that lie in the way getting there. And explains about the mental contrasting technique.

2)      Seize the Moment to act on your Goals

3)      Know Exactly How Far You Have left to Go- On this chapter, Dr Halvorson explores the importance of monitor your progress and seek feedback on a to-date and to-go basis.

4)      Be a Realistic Optimistic

5)      Focus on Getting Better, Rather than Being Good

6)      Have Grit – Grit is the persistence and commitment to long-term goals. This chapter is also about the importance of will power.

7)      Build Your Willpower Muscle – Here we learn how to develop and train our will power.

8)      Don’t Temp Fate

9)      Focus on What You Will Do, Not what You Won’t Do.

Leave your recommendations and favorite reads that have helped you move forward in your personal and professional development.