I read a lot of books – averaging 5/month. For right or (most likely) wrong, I don’t read any fiction. I get my fiction fix through other mediums.
I usually pick-up/download a book to gain perspective on solving a current technical or business problem. In that way, I am a very deliberate reader. I don’t skip around and read every word (unless the book turns into a total dud) while internalizing how to put these ideas to practice.
Books can give you a good education but true learning comes through practice.
My reading list recently has included all the new lean series of books out this year – and yes there’s a lot.
I don’t do traditional book reviews so I won’t waste a thousand words convincing you to buy every one of these books. Instead, over the next several posts, I’ll share how I’ve been synthesizing ideas from each of these books into my work.
If you want to truly grok a meta-topic like lean, you need to immerse yourself in unique perspectives (which each of these authors have), internalize their ideas, and then make them your own.
Best summed up as:
“Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own.”
– Bruce Lee