Sunday inspiration is here! But before that, I have decided to introduce you with the books that are going through my must-read list.
As I mentioned in my first post of these quote series – I am reading some design and creativity related books and sharing my favorite quotes once in a while.
All of my must-reads you can find for free. And here are the books that I’ve already mentioned or that are meant to be mentioned [soon]:
The Freelancer Handbook – Time Management – The Year Without Pants – Marketing & Conversion – Breaking The Time Barrier – What Matters now – and some other that I’ll share eventually. But now – time for quotes! This time – more about creativity and management.
From book The Year Without Pants by Scott Berkun
Diversity of skill makes people self-sufficient.
That lack of specialization made people better collaborators since there was less turf to fight over.
The fact they’re working for someone else represents a trade they’re willing to make, sacrificing autonomy for security (as Kafka wrote, “It’s often safer to be in chains than to be free”).
I believe I can manage anyone making anything provided two things are true: clarity and trust. If there is clarity between us on the goal and how we’ll know when we’re done, then we can speak the same language about what we need to do to get there.
To understand who people really are, start a fire. When everything is going fine, you see only the safest parts of people’s character. It’s only when something is burning that you find out who people really are. Similar truths are discovered by breaking rules: you need to break some to learn which are just for show and which ones matter.
All services require maintenance, but when you spend more time maintaining than growing, something is wrong.
There is a data paradox: no matter how much data you have, you still depend on your intuition for deciding how to interpret and then apply the data.
From book Motivate & Create
People will be most creative when they feel motivated primarily by the interest, satisfaction, and challenge of the work itself — not by external pressures. (Amabile, ‘How to Kill Creativity’)
So you can’t ‘motivate’ anybody else. You can show them the target, smooth the way and cheer them along. But motivation is something you draw out rather than put in.
‘Why should I bother if it doesn’t make any difference?’.
Thank you for reading and I’ll be happy to see you around some other time! :)