Comparing well with Blink and The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell, Sway, like Starfish, is well-written and entertaining as the Brafmans explain how people’s judgment is swayed in various contexts.Â Recognizing the types of context in which one’s judgment is likely to be swayed can help avert poor decision-making.Â As the old saying goes, “forewarned is forearmed.”
I’ve previously mentioned David Seah’s Printable CEO Series, which I really like â€” it has all the hallmarks of a system that’s been designed by someone who has actually used it, and refined it over time. The real gem (imho) of the series is the Emergent Task Planner, which according to David’s blog
ZTD captures the essential spirit of the new system: that of simplicity, of a focus on doing, in the here and now, instead of on planning and on the system.
If youâ€™ve been having trouble with GTD, as great as it is, ZTD might be just for you. It focuses on the habit changes necessary for GTD, in a more practical way, and it focuses on doing, on simplifying, and on adding a simple structure….
ZTD attempts to address five problems that many people have with GTD. I should note that GTD isnâ€™t really flawed, and doesnâ€™t really need modification, but everyone is different, and ZTD is a way to customize it to better fit different personality types.
Earlier this week I was sitting with a colleague at the Prairie Ink Cafe. We were sipping a Lindemans chardonnay and, at one point, pontificating on the subject of business books. “They need to be not significantly more than 200 pages,” I said, with a touch of cynicism. It isn’t that a lengthier treatment of a worthwhile subject will inevitably run out of steam by page 200, it’s just that it may not sell all that well if it’s much longer. People don’t want to read, and I quipped wryly that your average CEO’s attention span was no longer than that.
A friend recently pointed out David Seah’s fine Printable CEO Series. The series is a set of printable tools he has produced for scheduling, planning, and estimating activities or projects. The set includes time-tracking tools to help keep on track with various tasks and record time for later billing. I think my favorite in the set is the Emergent Task Planner.