Book #2: The 5 Levels of Leadership by John Maxwell

Thinking about business leadership, management, and culture guru’s, John C. Maxwell rises to the top of most recommendation lists without hesitation. As an avid listener of the John Maxwell Leadership Podcast (hosted by the wonderful Mark Cole), which focuses in on specific teachings and principles taken from John’s lessons, I knew I would be in for a fantastic read, but importantly, an opportunity to step back and evaluate myself and my own personal mindset.

I’ve actually only read one of his books before, but as a relatively new manager myself, I thought it was time to read The 5 Levels of Leadership.

John breaks it down crisply (as its clear he always does), but I assure you the additional context for each is worth breaking through this initial layer of guidance:

LEVEL 1: POSITION
People follow you because they have to.

LEVEL 2: PERMISSION
People follow you because the want to.

LEVEL 3: PRODUCTION
People follow because of what you have done for the organization.

LEVEL 4: PEOPLE DEVELOPMENT
People follow because of what you have done for them.

LEVEL 5: PINNACLE
People follow because of who you are and what you represent.

I had the pleasure of seeing John speak live in Birmingham, Alabama and his voice and presence in the room are amazing. If you get the opportunity to hear John speak…cancel your other plans, and do it. You will not regret it.

For me, this book comes across less as a self help book, and more a self discovery book. Ultimately, it leads you down a path to understanding the kind of leader you likely are in current form, and opens the door to a fresh understanding of the leader you could become.

I think this book is a must read for anyone and everyone in the business world. Get yourself a copy of the book and subscribe to the podcast.

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My 2022 Book List

Earlier this year, I committed to reading much more than is typical for me. My full book list for what I currently plan to read this year (2022) is now posted.

The list is flexible so I’d love some additional recommendations for other “must reads” that should be added/substituted!

Once I finish each, I’ll offer my thoughts and provide any specific text I thought was worth highlighting.

Click Here to head to the Book List Page.

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The Not So Hidden Life of Trees

“Trees are not lumber production machines. We’re talking about feeling beings…” – The Hidden Life of Trees (Movie Trailer)

While I’ve not yet read the book “The Hidden Life of Trees” by Peter Wohlleben, I’ve recently learned a film was produced under the same name. The book has garnered worldwide attention and so I’ve moved this title up on my list for consumption. Having now watched the movie trailer, the aforementioned quote caught my attention which may indicate the book/movie should fall into a long-term classification as merely one mans perspective, and not a book of universal truths.

While I am excited to start this title, I have noticed that the author does not seem to focus any attention towards the US South which is widely known as the “wood basket of the world”, and makes up approximately 40 percent of the USA’s forested acreage. I’m interested to see what considerations are highlighted in the book/movie in light of the authors disregard for this important contributor to the worlds forests.

Forests are a broad group of biological systems for which a mosaic of diverse ecosystems apply. All forests left to their own devices eventually end up in a [slow] biological tug-of-war, with plants fighting for available resources, often leading increased natural hazard risks potentially impacting the ecosystem itself and the humans that depend on these resources.

A long-term forest management plan is a requirement for forests to thrive and serve as a viable nature based climate solution for the long haul. Planting a tree (or not planting a tree) is only one step in a complex array of decisions and activities to be considered, no matter the ultimate objectives.

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2022 Book #1: Show Your Work by Austin Kleon

This book is truly the inspiration for what I hope to accomplish this year. Specifically, it’s the book that inspired my 2022 Goal #3. It’s a short read, only about 60 minutes front to back, but is packed full of insight about why you should simply start putting yourself “out there” more, without hesitation.

My favorite quotes from the book:

  • “Be so good they can’t ignore you.”
  • “In order to be found, you have to be findable.”
  • “By generously sharing their ideas and their knowledge, they often gain an audience that they can then leverage when they need it—for fellowship, feedback, or patronage.”
  • “spending the majority of your time, energy, and attention practicing a craft, learning a trade, or running a business, while also allowing for the possibility that your work might attract a group of people who share your interests.”
  • “Online, everyone—the artist and the curator, the master and the apprentice, the expert and the amateur—has the ability to contribute something.
  • The best way to get started on the path to sharing your work is to think about what you want to learn, and make a commitment to learning it in front of others.
  • Forget about being an expert or a professional, and wear your amateurism (your heart, your love) on your sleeve. Share what you love, and the people who love the same things will find you.
  • It sounds a little extreme, but in this day and age, if your work isn’t online, it doesn’t exist. We all have the opportunity to use our voices, to have our say, but so many of us are wasting it. If you want people to know about what you do and the things you care about, you have to share.
  • Always be sure to run everything you share with others through The “So What?” Test. Don’t overthink it; just go with your gut. If you’re unsure about whether to share something, let it sit for 24 hours. Put it in a drawer and walk out the door. The next day, take it out and look at it with fresh eyes. Ask yourself, “Is this helpful? Is it entertaining? Is it something I’d be comfortable with my boss or my mother seeing?” There’s nothing wrong with saving things for later. The save as draft button is like a prophylactic—it might not feel as good in the moment, but you’ll be glad you used it in the morning.”
  • Your influences are all worth sharing because they clue people in to who you are and what you do—sometimes even more than your own work.

About 10 years ago, I bought the domain name http://www.geekyforester.com without much of an understanding of what to do with it. I created a logo for it [just for fun] but didn’t really have any ambition or really any reason to do anything with it. What’s funny…is that during a recent conversational interview with someone applying for a role with the company and who is now a colleague of mine, they asked “Aren’t you the geeky forester?”. I was stunned in silence. What little I had done with the thing had at some level become a bit of a personal identify. Ultimately, I don’t know if that’s good or bad, but it made me smile that they even knew of it. And so, I begin the journey of doing a better job of “showing my work“.