Tuesday, October 10, 2017

LEADERSHIP BOOK CLUB

At Turner Machine, we are avid readers. As one of our core values, we strive to encourage each other towards personal and professional growth. We share with each other the best of what we have read and learned. We would love to share our "cliff notes" of our latest book we read as a team here at Turner. If you would like to subscribe to our mailing list to receive this straight in your inbox feel free to contact us.  Happy reading!


The Compound Effect receives 5 stars
The Compound Effect was written to help those who read it to clear out the clutter in their daily lives. After you have read this book you should be able to identify what you know is important to you and what you need to focus on. Small, focused steps that you can measure is what will lead you to success. This book will debunk all that the surrounding media tells us are the shortcuts to achieving overnight success.

The Goal summary:
This is my book summary of “The Compound Effect” by Darren Hardy. My notes are very informal and often contain quotes from the book as well as my own thoughts. This summary also includes key lessons and important passages from within the book.

Overview:
Darren shows you how making small changes, and not always going “for broke” making big changes, can set you up to build momentum. The Compound Effect will teach you 3 lessons:
1.       Turn your life goals into daily habits. The moment you come up with a new life goal, immediately make it into a small daily habit you can practice.
2.       Come up with a routine and consistently show up to build momentum. You can only make something a part of your routine when you have turned it into an everyday habit. Creating the routine will enable you to be able to show up and make it a habit. Keep showing up until your habits click into the routine.
3.       When you hit a ceiling, use your momentum to push through, even if you have to cheat a little at first. We have all tried losing weight only to hit a wall. You stop losing the weight, then what? That’s when Hardy tells you is the time to capitalize on all the power you’ve built up so far with the momentum you have gained.  Don’t let it stop you, you think outside the box and find a tweak here and there until you climb over that wall.
Darren gives you the basics on how to track every action that relates to the area of your life that you want to improve. He states that 95% of everything we feel, think, do and achieve is a result of a learned habit.

Who should read this book?
We have added this book to our “must read” book list for all company employees. The Compound Effect is right in line with our core value of “FOCUS”. The Compound Effect would also be a great read for students headed to college, as well as anyone who is seeking for ways to take their goal setting up a notch.

What is your favorite quote from the book?
“Jim Rohn thought that we become the combined average of the five people we hang around the most. Rohn would say we tell the quality of our health, attitude and income by looking at the people around us.”

What is a specific real world application you will be able to make from what you learned in the book?
After reading this book I concluded that a person could build all their goals and dreams on the foundations that are laid out in this book. Anyone can also take chapter 4 about momentum to build a routine that they can stay consistent with. We all know the areas where we are not consistent. The world is constantly changing and we feel the need to waiver often. Now is the time to declare to build a routine and to commit to maintaining the momentum.

What is one thing that you think you will do differently or think differently about since you read this book?
When we did our company book club meeting many of us all spoke about the issues that plagued us because of the energy and focus that the media zaps from each of us on a daily basis. The consensus was that we could all do without the constant stream of media, but especially during the few hours before bed time. What if you took that time and invested it in your family or the goals that you had identified as important and non-negotiable? I’m expecting big dividends for everyone as they make this one simple change.

What is the one thing that you disagreed with, or at least questioned in the book?
When a book has so much positive to offer it can be challenging to place a finger on a point that you disagree with. As with anything new you read about in any “self-help” type book the author can sometimes over simplify what he or she is trying to convey. Even though “nothing works for everyone” still rings true with the Compound Effect, you will find that there is something in this book that everyone can take away and have that “Ah Ha” moment that will change the direction of their life forever.

How does something you learned from this book tie into ONE of more of our company’s core values?
Hardy’s analogy of striving to be a tenth of 1% better each workday is an amazing goal that ties into our company core value “Focus”. He stresses the importance of goal setting throughout the theme of the book. At TMC we focus on our #1 goal. We set SMART goals and we keep them at the fore-front of our every action. We push ourselves and we set goals that align with the company. In the end we are a team of focus-minded individuals that accomplish great things together. 

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