Software Engineering, Project Management, and Effectiveness
Life’s better with the right tools. The trick of course is, how do we fill our mental toolbox with the right ones.
Work and life can throw plenty of challenges at us. Whether it’s how to master your time, play well with others, lead more effectively manage your emotions. deal with stress, learn faster, or make things happen, there is never a shortage of things to work on, problems to solve, things to learn, or things to improve.
That’s why I started Sources of Insight. There are actually more than 800 articles at Sources of Insight with principles, patterns, practices, and hacks for leadership, personal development, time management, and more. Now you can easily brows the collection:
The Story of Sources of Insight A few years back, I carved out Sources of Insight to focus on personal effectiveness. The purpose of the site is to help you make the most of what you’ve got. I believe everybody deserves a chance at a better life. I find that skill is the difference that makes the difference.
It’s wisdom at your finger tips On Sources of Insight, I used the tag line “Stand on the Shoulders of Giants”, because the idea is to lift you with the world’s best wisdom. I thought wouldn’t it be great to have a place that put the world’s best wisdom of the ages and modern sages in the palm of your hand. Rather than randomly learn about some of the best quotes, or some of the best books, or some amazing people, why not consolidate these, and start to seed a garden of greatness … where the greatness is a metaphor for your potential and capability.
During my day job, as a Principal Program Manager, I drive patterns and practices for the cloud story in the Enterprise. As you can imagine, it involves a lot of thought and people leadership, as well as influence without authority. Aside from strategy and project management skills, it also requires a lot of skills in terms of emotional intelligence, goals, leadership, motivation, productivity, time management, and thinking. It’s a continuous learning lab of extreme personal development.
I mentor a lot of people, and periodically coach teams, and give talks on my book, Getting Results the Agile Way. The demand for this seems to keep going up as more people find themselves asked to do more with less, or struggling with how to flow value, or simply want to get an edge at work or in life.
To keep up with the pace, and to innovate where it counts, I have the bad habit of regularly spending $300 a month on books. I’ve learned how to read faster, and turn insight into action at a faster pace. The rubber meets the road when I apply what I learn at work or in life to get results. If you’re wondering how I build my best books lists, such as my Business Books list or my Personal Development Books, or my Leadership Books list … now you know.
It’s a tough job, but it needs to be done.
800+ Articles on Leadership, Personal Development, and Time Management I’ve finally found a solution to make it easier for you to find more than just the tip of the iceberg. On the Articles page, you will find a simple list of categories, along with some of the key articles within each category. You can quickly cherry pick the ones you want to read, or you can drill into the category and explore for more.
This may look easy, sound easy, and be perfectly obvious now, but it actually took me a lot of testing to find a simple pattern for showing a lot of articles in a simple way. I tested many combinations including auto-generated lists and showing all the articles, as well as building separate page per topic. I like the pattern I settled on because it puts the core articles at your finger tips, while making it easy to find the rest. I also like that now I can send somebody to a particular section and get them started with the right articles fast.
Here is a sampling of the article collection. When you browse the actual Articles page, you will be able to dive into the articles or the categories. It’s a lot of insight and action, right at your finger tips.