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Reading your way to growth

Silvio Wandfluh

October 13, 2022

3 min

Resources like podcasts and YouTube have revolutionized the ways we communicate and acquire knowledge. Valuable and practical as they are, however, we at Rentouch know what it’s like to feel closely tied to that ancient skill of reading. 

Our eyes really cannot help but scan those precious bits of language on paper, giving way to alternative realities and new ideas we had never conceived as possible. Honoring this incredible human skill and all the bookworms in our community, we’ve asked our local experts at Rentouch for some works that have changed the way they practice and engage with their lines of work — and life in general.

If you’re interested in organizational structures…

Spiral Dynamics: Mastering Values, Leadership and Change, by Don Edward Beck and Christopher Cowan

How does one even begin to understand the business world? Contemporary times have fostered higher fragmentation, speed and diversity. This work aims to introduce a new theoretical framework for management systems and business procedures, always focusing on how organizations shift in a fast-paced era. Powerful advice for this unquestionably global marketplace.

Tribal Unity: Getting from Teams to Tribes by Creating a One Team Culture, by Em Campbell-Pretty

What makes a company an awesome workspace? If a toxic work culture is your worst nightmare, Campbell-Pretty tells a thrilling story of how a dull environment was transformed into a case study of successful cohesion. An inspiring resource for those looking for connections that really resonate across the board!

To learn more about agile software and easy flow development…

Agile Software Requirements: Lean Requirements Practices for Teams, Programs, and the Enterprise, by Dean Leffingwell

In our video series, we often approach the way regulatory requirements and agile practices converge. Leffingwell also defends that lean application development and requirements can coexist peacefully if one knows how to shape a model that is both compliant and lightweight. From software testing to program management, all levels of development can benefit from this comprehensive work.

The Principles of Product Development Flow, by Donald Reinertsen

Managing how queues form is a crucial skill for product development. As Reinertsen comes to show, a lack of queue discipline can deeply undermine the quality of the project by creating unnecessary saturation. Read on to see what roadmaps the author suggests for this structural issue.

Total psychology geek? We’ve also got you covered:

The Tipping Point, by Malcolm Gladwell

Many great historical and cultural movements were born from a humble, yet transforming spark: an idea. In this thought-provoking book, Gladwell explores the tipping point phenomenon, the moment a small thought can cross a threshold into worldwide influence.

Principles: Life and Work, by Ray Dalio

Ray Dalio spent a normal, middle-class childhood in a Long Island neighborhood in the 50s. Now, he is one of Time’s 100 most influential people in the world. In this work, the world-renowned investor offers us some insight on what gave Bridgewater an effective work culture: relentless principles of idea meritocracy and ingrained transparency. A wonderful book for those trying to understand how business management, as well as life itself, can be understood through courageous decision-making.

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, by Carol Dweck

After decades of academic research, Dweck has come into a groundbreaking discovery: success can be determined by how we position ourselves in the face of struggle. If grit is in your skillset, you’ll find that talent is actually an ability that has been nurtured. After all, cultivating a mindspace focused on growth can be a godsend for all circles of society, spanning from athletes, teachers and social workers all the way to the intimate sphere of thoughtful parenting.

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