Leadership Books A-Z

"Leadership is influence." — John Maxwell Here is my latest list of leadership books.    While I don’t know if it’s the ultimate leadership book list, it’s pretty exhaustive. I have an enormous library of books.  For many months, I’ve spent around $300 a month on books.  I read fast but I also have a technique…

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Great Books, Great People, Great Quotes

One of the main things Sources of Insight, my personal effectiveness blog, draws from is books, people, and quotes.  By drawing from books, people, and quotes, you can leverage the wisdom of the ages and stand on the shoulders of giants.  It’s a recipe for results. When it comes to effectiveness, I find that there’s…

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MSDN Library Home Mockup to Simplify Finding the Product Docs

The MSDN Library is the primary showcase of our Microsoft product documentation.  It’s a treasure trove of gems.  The problem is, if you don’t know where to look, sometimes finding the documentation you’re looking for can be a challenge.   Part of your success hinges on finding the right information, so let’s see what we can…

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Pragmatic Patterns

As Ward Cunningham taught me, the value of patterns is simply having a shared language for sharing strategies.  I would add though, that “visual” is key … visual languages change the game. I’m very much a fan of pragmatic patterns.  Here are some of my lessons learned for making patterns more useful.  I recommend keeping…

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Alik Levin on Getting Results

This is a story of a person, who started a new chapter in their life.  They decided to follow their dream and write their story forward. Meet Alik Levin.  Talk about changing your life.  Earlier this year, Alik came to the U.S. with his family in search of his dream job.  Not only did he…

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Getting Results Knowledge Base v2

I significantly revamped the Getting Results Knowledge Base this past weekend.  The Knowledge Base (KB) is a rich collection of principles, patterns, and practices for getting better, faster, simpler results.  It’s the companion to my book on getting results, Getting Results the Agile Way, which is a personal results system for work and life. The…

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Visuals for Getting Results the Agile Way

I included a lot of visuals in my book Getting Results the Agile Way.    You can easily browse and share the visuals from the Getting Results Knowledge Base.   I’m a fan of turning information into visuals where possible. I think this helps share mental models faster, and once you have a mental model for something,…

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Customer-Connected Engineering (CCE)

I’ve originally shared this in other places and other ways, but I’m consolidating here to make it easier to share a link.  As more teams ask me about Customer-Connected Engineering (CCE), it’s easier to just point them here for a quick overview. Customer Connected Engineering is a practice we’ve used across our patterns & practices…

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Developer Guidance Maps Roundup for ADO.NET, ASP.NET, Silverlight, Windows Azure and Windows Phone

Developer Guidance Maps are treasure maps and guided tours of our developer content collections.  They are consolidated and organized views of content collections spanning Channel9, MSDN Developer Centers, MSDN Library, Code Gallery, CodePlex, the All-in-One Code Framework, www.ASP.net, www.Silverlight.net, WindowsClient.net, etc.  I’m creating these as part of our “IA” effort.  One of the things I’ve…

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Windows Phone Developer Guidance Map

If you’re interested in development with the Microsoft Windows Phone, this map is for you.   Microsoft has an extensive collection of developer guidance available in the form of Code Samples, How Tos, Videos, and Training.  The challenge is — how do you find all of the various content collections? … and part of that challenge…

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