This week’s book review is Louder Than Words by Todd Henry
Todd Henry steps the reader through the process of, and importance of, discovering what makes each of us unique. He calls this uniqueness the “authentic voice.” Each of us needs to devote ourselves to impacting the world with the uniqueness that only we possess.
My takeaway from this book is that we need to find a “Sherpa” mentor. A Sherpa mentor is one that doesn’t just provide passive advice but is fully vested in the path to your success. If you succeed, they succeed and, if you fail, they fail . . . just like a Sherpa and a climber.
Also, Henry provided an effective template for getting feedback on your performance and to help you define your uniqueness. I have summarized this process below:
- Identify five to seven people you’ve worked with closely and have seen you operate under pressure and at your best.
- Ask them to give you three words that describe how they see you functioning when you are adding your greatest value and a brief description of why each of the three is significant.
- Ask them; “what should I do more of?”
- Ask them; “what should I do less of?””
- Finally, ask them; “if you were to sum up my unique value in a sentence, what would it be?”
Note that I have previously reviewed the following books this year:
- Rory Vaden’s Procrastinate on Purpose.
- Bill Browder’s Red Notice
- Atul Gawande’s The Checklist Manifesto
- Brad Lomenick H3 Leadership
- Eula Bliss’ On Immunity: An Inoculation
- Adam Grant’s Give and Take
- Paul Leinward’s and Cesare R. Mainardi’s Strategy That Works
- John Nemo’s LinkedIn Riches
- Dr. Henry Cloud’s The Power of the Other
- T. Harv Eker’s Secrets of the Millionaire Mind
- Steve Case’s The Third Wave
- Thomas F Crum’s The Magic of Conflict
- Cal Newport’s Deep Work
- Greg Brenneman’s Right Away and All At Once
- Patrick J. McGinnis’ The 10% Entrepreneur
- Joseph A. Michelli’s The New Gold Standard
- Michael Hyatt’s and Daniel Harkavy’s Living Forward
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