20 in 2020: The Infinite Game

Another 20 in 2020 is a must read in the time of COVID-19. I read The Infinite Game in the winter, and its concepts have been ruminating with me for some time now. Online Summary: In finite games, like football or chess, the players are known, the rules are fixed, and the endpoint is clear. The winners and losers are easily identified. In infinite games, … Continue reading 20 in 2020: The Infinite Game

20 in 2020: Believership

Another in my 20 in 2020 series. Believership: The Superpower Beyond Leadership, by Mike Vacanti. Author and speaker Mike Vacanti tells a great story about his life journey in Believership, and transitions into his work with HumansFirst Club and much more. A Portion of the Summary from Amazon: “Believership brings a good heart, inclusion, diversity and caring to leadership, lifting others through choice rather than … Continue reading 20 in 2020: Believership

20 in 2020: The 7 Intuitive Laws of Employee Loyalty

The next edition of 20 in 2020 features The 7 Intuitive Laws of Employee Loyalty by Heather R. Younger, J.D Heather Younger is an amazing author, speaker, and leader with heart. I have known her for a few years now, and she continually impresses me with her ability to go above and beyond with her relationships with others. As the founder of Customer Fanatix, her … Continue reading 20 in 2020: The 7 Intuitive Laws of Employee Loyalty

Breaking the rules leads to much more positive outcomes.

A discussion about logo design: At times, we may find that breaking the rules leads to much more positive outcomes. How about your logo: is symmetry a consideration in how you project your image? For me, there are hints of symmetry in my Flying Button logo, but mostly not, due to its hand-drawn nature. This badge has been my call sign for 30 years this … Continue reading Breaking the rules leads to much more positive outcomes.

March Forth

Part of my 20 in 2020 series. Many of us remember Carl Sagan, a famous American astronomer, cosmologist, author, and producer of the show Cosmos. Sasha Sagan is the daughter of Carl, and she wrote a wonderful book about rituals for finding meaning in our unlikely world entitled For Small Creatures Such As We. In the book, Sagan looks to create a set of rituals for her secular … Continue reading March Forth

20 in 2020: Happier Hour with Einstein

20 books worth talking about (in Rich Gassen’s opinion) My book suggestion for this week is actually a group of materials by Dr. Melissa Hughes, Ph.D. She has written two books on neuroscience and how it affects the brain: Happy Hour with Einstein and Happier Hour with Einstein: Another Round. Having worked with learners from the classroom to the boardroom, Hughes has spent the better … Continue reading 20 in 2020: Happier Hour with Einstein

20 in 2020: Brave Leadership

20 books worth talking about (in Rich Gassen’s opinion) My next installation of 20 in 2020 is Brave Leadership by Kimberly Davis. I’ll start with the web summary: THIS BOOK WILL HELP READERS BE BRAVE. While we may think that we need to follow some kind of prescription to get results, the most amazing leaders are those who dare to be their true selves, powerfully. … Continue reading 20 in 2020: Brave Leadership

20 in 2020: DRIVE by Dan Pink

20 books worth talking about (in Rich Gassen’s opinion) As mentioned in my last article, I am a print production manager at UW-Madison’s Digital Publishing and Printing Services, and also the chair of a community of practice on the UW campus called Campus Supervisors Network (CSN). Because of these two commitments, I research and read about leadership more than I had in the past. Last … Continue reading 20 in 2020: DRIVE by Dan Pink

20 in 2020: Range by David Epstein

20 books worth talking about (in Rich Gassen’s opinion) I read a lot. I didn’t use to; it really started as I completed a degree five years ago at the age of 45 and then filled my study time with practical things like professional development and reading. I usually have two or three books going at once, sometimes more. I am a supervisor at UW-Madison’s Digital … Continue reading 20 in 2020: Range by David Epstein