I blew past my goal! I set it lower based on last year’s experience where I felt like I wasn’t absorbing everything toward the end.
This year though, while I did have a few weeks where reading felt less enjoyable, I didn’t feel like stopping at my more modest goal.
I can’t help myself! So many good books, so little time.
Atomic Habits, James Clear
Nudge, Richard Thaler
Not That Bad, Roxane Gay
The Fifth Discipline, Peter Senge
Range, David Epstein
Fascism, Madeleine Albright
Feminist Fight Club, Jessica Bennett
How to Be Heard, Julian Treasure
So You Wanna Talk About Race, Ijeoma Olua
Liminal Thinking, Dave Gray
The Uninhabitable Earth, David Wallace-Wells
American Gods, Neil GaimanThe Nickel Boys, Corson WhiteheadDaisy Jones and The Six, Taylor Jenkins ReidWhere’d You Go Bernadette? Maria SempleThe Water Dancer, Ta-Nehsi Coates11.22.63, Stephen KingDune, Frank HerbertMinority Report and Other Stories, Philip K DickTrigger Warning, Neil GaimanA Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini
2019-11-17 / carina / Comments Off on First Inaugural Women In Agile Conference at Business Agility Midwest 2019
On Tuesday, November 5th, 2019, the afternoon before Business Agility Midwest 2019, the Women in Agile (WIA) conference here in Columbus gathered nearly 80 women and allies to learn and share our experience and knowledge with each other.
Maureen Metcalf, CEO of The Innovative Leadership Institute, whose podcast airs on Voice America and author of nearly a dozen books, shared Leadership Trends for 2020 and beyond in an engaging and interactive keynote. Attendees were invited to reflect on key trends and how they plan to meet the challenges ahead.
We dedicated most of our conference time to speed mentoring, a collaborative technique I first experienced in New York as part of the WIA event before the Business Agility Conference in March this year. this activity allows each person to practice speaking or teaching on a topic of their choosing in a safe and supportive environment.
There were so many great topics all across the room. Examples from our table included:
coaching mindset shifts
expanding your network
making salad jars
At the end of our engaging event, we invited participants to give us feedback- and we will apply the helpful constructive criticism to make our next event even better.
A big thank you to Business Agility Midwest for making this event possible, to Maureen Metcalf for her wonderful keynote and to our sponsor, Nationwide Insurance!
Photos from the event
I am collecting photos of the event here – please feel free to browse for examples from speed mentoring, pictures of the room and volunteers as well as our retrospective artifacts.
You can get involved with Women in Agile in a number of ways:
Growing up I played the piano. I must have been at least slightly musically gifted because there were definitely times I didn’t practice and I got away with it. My music teacher finally quit me, and that was probably a good call. I held myself to such crazy expectations to get things quickly it was difficult to practice. I was a fast learner. It should come easily with minimal practice. And sometimes I did not and that had to be maddening for my teacher. Also I was 12(?) when I was left without a teacher. I’d like to think I’d be kinder to myself now, and if I wanted to I’d stick with it but I need to test that theory.
For some time from youth until adulthood, I still had a piano in my house, and I would sit down to play, just not consistently. Now there’s no piano given many moves… so I’m trying something different- to learn to play the Kalimba. I’m enjoying it and there’s no pressure, it’s just picking up musical notation again, and sometimes just toying around to learn a song that just pops in my head.
You are a work in progress, no matter the age. What kinds of things do YOU do to further your work in progress?
I read A LOT! This year I scaled back my Goodreads Reading Challenge to only 175 books. I’m more than halfway there at 91 books. I’ve been mixing it up, per usual with books both inside and outside my comfort zone. I continue to learn a lot along the way.
I’ve got a few, like The Fifth Discipline by Peter Senge, than are big volumes I’ve been taking my time to really absorb, but can still strongly recommend. Below are the books I’ve finished and either loved, found challenging in a good way, or really learned a lot from.
I finally finished the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series and Neil Gaiman was suggested. Dunno how I missed this wonderful writer. Now I’m devouring all of his work.
What else? The Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Milan Kundera was lovely. And The Girl With All the Gifts by M. R. Cary was a page turner. Lots more but these were the standouts.
I’ve read a lot more nonfiction this year. Universally interesting reads include:
What Got You Here Won’t Get You There by Marshall Goldsmith
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson
The Fourth Industrial Revolution by Klas Schwab
Flawless Consulting by Peter Block
Quiet by Susan Cain
Endure by Alex Hutchinson
The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande
When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Khan-Cullors
Not That Bad by Roxane Gay
Dare to Lead by Brene Brown
Helpful for Agilists
Nudge by Richard Thaler
Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel KahnemanThe Advantage by Patrick LencioniThinking in Systems by Donella MeadowsAtomic Habits by James ClearCreativity, Inc by Ed CatmullRadical Focus by Christina WodtkeMeasure What Matters by John DoerrLateral Leadership by Tim HerbigThe Human Side of Agile by Gil Broza
You can see my full list of books I’ve read in 2019 over at Goodreads, linked to on the footer of this page.
I’ve got a running queue of over 2,000 books to-read, and the list just keeps getting longer! Since I’ve started tracking my reads on Goodreads I’ve read 860 books and I’m always taking recommendations.
What have you read this year and either loved or found recommendation-worthy?