My day is typically dispersed through a number of locations. Finding a since of balance therein is not only something I had hoped to find since joining Outside the Lens, but rather an imperative quality that I knew would be necessary to work efficiently, manage multiple classrooms at multiple sites, and somehow still grow in the process.

Since joining audible on a discounted rate I was able to negotiate I have picked up a number of books to make my travels more tolerable, and task myself in the meantime to create a booklist that helps me evolve as a man, teacher, and entrepreneur. Of these reads I try to learn from great minds I admire, the likes of Einstein, Obama and the Clintons,  Steve Jobs, and Eric Schmidt. 

For anyone looking to mange the scale of work and life (and maybe even pair them to one in the same) I highly recommend Work Rules by Mr. Bock. Bock attempts to break down Googles structure in an attempt to show why and how it has grown into one of the most respected and sought after companies to work for on the planet. And given his expertise in the area or hiring and managing he does it from a humble perspective not failing to not Googles's flaws and failed attempts along the road. 

Some of the major insights I was able to acquire from this book will translate instantly to anyone in a managerial role or hoping to start a business of their own. Particularly in regards to hiring reform which Google believes should not be one managers and rather it should be a deeper screening process. Be willing to concentrate your people investment on hiring. Rather than join and then have to prove yourself, you hire folks who are already capable and let them hit the ground running.

One of the biggest confirmations I received was a thought I have always had regarding short training sessions are a waste of company time. Companies often use the illusion of seminars and certifications to allow employees to feel empowered and "learn new skills" when in fact nothing is genuinely acquired in these short periods and serve little purpose in the office. I have been to many of these both in the education and advertising world, leaving with a feeling that I have simply put another check on my resume rather than gaining any real world value and experience. Hire people smarter than themselves, steer away from micro management, and let the magic unfold. You'ld be amazed what workers like this are capable of. 

Finally --  think like a founder. Even if you are the founder.

“Building an exceptional team or institution starts with a founder. But being a founder doesn’t mean starting a new company. It is within anyone’s grasp to be the founder and culture-creator of their own team, whether you are the first employee or joining a company that has existed for decades.” 

If you pick it up let me know what you think. Glorified HR consultant telling why his company is the best or the blueprint on how to build the next best company? 

Alex 

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