[October 20, 2014] My typical “reading list” is about the best book I’ve read this month. What I don’t often talk about are the other books, mostly still good, but don’t reach the level that will go on my recommended list. Today however I list two books that satisfied my reading tastes but for some reason didn’t reach that special level. Lacking “passion” in the writing style is what often pushes a book off my list.
The Mission, The Men, and Me: Lessons from a Former Delta Force Commander. Pete Blaber, 2008.
If you like reading books that are written in a straightforward manner; a book that flows and connects the dots, then the book by retired Lieutenant Colonel Pete Blaber is right for you. The book was certainly enjoyable on several levels. What I like best is that it reinforces the leadership principles that I write about here at theLeaderMaker.com. Blaber also does a good job of recounting the history “Operation Anaconda” in Afghanistan from his perspective and how the men of the U.S. military performed in the early days of the war on terror. When the history is written of the “war on terror” in Afghanistan, Iraq, and many other places, Operation Anaconda will be the operation that is studied on applied leadership. Applied leadership means, according to Blaber, understanding the answers to three questions: “What is best for the mission?” “What is best for my men?” and “What is best for me?” Some call this the 3Ms – mission, men, and me – and they are all connected. If one goes missing or is deficient, the others will suffer. So, why did Blaber write this book? He says that he wants to share life-saving and life-changing lessons. He says that the most effective weapon on the battlefield, whether in combat, business, or life is “our mind’s ability to recognize life’s underlying patterns.” As I’ve noted here before, understanding people is a key characteristic of even the most senior leader. Highly recommended.
Two books that are very good but will not make my reading list:
Business Stripped Bare: Adventures of a Global Entrepreneur. Richard Branson, 2011.
Everyday Greatness: Inspiration for a Meaningful Life. Stephen R. Covey, 2006.
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