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One of the start-up world’s most in-demand executive coaches - hailed as the “CEO Whisperer” (Gimlet Media) - reveals why radical self-inquiry is critical to professional success and healthy relationships in all realms of life. Jerry Colonna helps start-up CEOs make peace with their demons, the psychological habits and behavioral patterns that have helped them to succeed - One of the start-up world’s most in-demand executive coaches - hailed as the “CEO Whisperer” (Gimlet Media) - reveals why radical self-inquiry is critical to professional success and healthy relationships in all realms of life. Jerry Colonna helps start-up CEOs make peace with their demons, the psychological habits and behavioral patterns that have helped them to succeed - molding them into highly accomplished individuals - yet have been detrimental to their relationships and ultimate well-being. Now, this venture capitalist turned executive coach shares his unusual yet highly effective blend of Buddhism, Jungian therapy, and entrepreneurial straight talk to help leaders overcome their own psychological traumas. Reboot is a journey of radical self-inquiry, helping you to reset your life by sorting through the emotional baggage that is holding you back professionally and, even more important, in your relationships. Jerry has taught CEOs and their top teams to realize their potential by using the raw material of their lives to find meaning, to build healthy interpersonal bonds, and to become more compassionate and bold leaders. In Reboot, he inspires everyone to hold themselves responsible for their choices and for the possibility of truly achieving their dreams. Work does not have to destroy us. Work can be the way in which we achieve our fullest self, Jerry firmly believes. What we need, sometimes, is a chance to reset our goals and to reconnect with our deepest selves and with each other. Reboot moves and empowers us to begin this journey.


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One of the start-up world’s most in-demand executive coaches - hailed as the “CEO Whisperer” (Gimlet Media) - reveals why radical self-inquiry is critical to professional success and healthy relationships in all realms of life. Jerry Colonna helps start-up CEOs make peace with their demons, the psychological habits and behavioral patterns that have helped them to succeed - One of the start-up world’s most in-demand executive coaches - hailed as the “CEO Whisperer” (Gimlet Media) - reveals why radical self-inquiry is critical to professional success and healthy relationships in all realms of life. Jerry Colonna helps start-up CEOs make peace with their demons, the psychological habits and behavioral patterns that have helped them to succeed - molding them into highly accomplished individuals - yet have been detrimental to their relationships and ultimate well-being. Now, this venture capitalist turned executive coach shares his unusual yet highly effective blend of Buddhism, Jungian therapy, and entrepreneurial straight talk to help leaders overcome their own psychological traumas. Reboot is a journey of radical self-inquiry, helping you to reset your life by sorting through the emotional baggage that is holding you back professionally and, even more important, in your relationships. Jerry has taught CEOs and their top teams to realize their potential by using the raw material of their lives to find meaning, to build healthy interpersonal bonds, and to become more compassionate and bold leaders. In Reboot, he inspires everyone to hold themselves responsible for their choices and for the possibility of truly achieving their dreams. Work does not have to destroy us. Work can be the way in which we achieve our fullest self, Jerry firmly believes. What we need, sometimes, is a chance to reset our goals and to reconnect with our deepest selves and with each other. Reboot moves and empowers us to begin this journey.

30 review for Reboot: Leadership and the Art of Growing Up

  1. 5 out of 5

    Brad Feld

    Jerry Colonna has written a “must read for everyone on planet earth book” titled Reboot: Leadership and the Art of Growing Up. Jerry and I are extremely close friends and have been for 23 years. I first met Jerry when he was beginning his partnership with Fred Wilson at Flatiron Partners. But, I didn’t meet him through Fred. I met him through NetGenesis, a company I was chairman of at the time that had been started by Rajat Bhargava (who we still work with as CEO of JumpCloud), Matt Cutler (who w Jerry Colonna has written a “must read for everyone on planet earth book” titled Reboot: Leadership and the Art of Growing Up. Jerry and I are extremely close friends and have been for 23 years. I first met Jerry when he was beginning his partnership with Fred Wilson at Flatiron Partners. But, I didn’t meet him through Fred. I met him through NetGenesis, a company I was chairman of at the time that had been started by Rajat Bhargava (who we still work with as CEO of JumpCloud), Matt Cutler (who we still work with as CEO of Blocknative). I won’t repeat the story of Brad, Jerry, eShare, and NetGenesis, but it makes me incredibly happy to reflect on 23 years of friendship, which nicely lines up with my 23 official years of marriage to Amy. Reboot: Leadership and the Art of Growing Up is extraordinary. It’s 100% Jerry, on every page, and is the book he was put on this planet to write. If you are an entrepreneur, investor, leader, or human being, do yourself a favor and read Reboot: Leadership and the Art of Growing Up. I’m serious – it will change how you think about yourself, leadership, and life.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Bartosz Pranczke

    The book was not what I thought it would be. And I'm grateful because I'd probably not read it. I didn't even know that I needed such a book. I needed it. I've read a lot of leadership books and almost all of them focused on one's external work. How you scale, delegate, have one-on-ones, motivate, what manager's tools you should use, etc. It's all about work focused on other people. Obviously, a very important topic. But the more experience I have the more I think that leaders should primarily w The book was not what I thought it would be. And I'm grateful because I'd probably not read it. I didn't even know that I needed such a book. I needed it. I've read a lot of leadership books and almost all of them focused on one's external work. How you scale, delegate, have one-on-ones, motivate, what manager's tools you should use, etc. It's all about work focused on other people. Obviously, a very important topic. But the more experience I have the more I think that leaders should primarily work on themselves in order to be better leaders. As a leader, every insecurity, bias, doubt about your life, any voice in your head affects the people you lead. Maybe even more than what "manager's tools" you use. "Better leaders are better humans and better humans are better leaders" which means that "leadership lessons, then, are, at their core, lessons in humanity". The book doesn't have answers, but the author did a good job of making me sit still and think about stuff that is very often put aside as less important (which it isn't). It was not an easy read because just reading it probably won't add anything to your life. It's more like an exercise book. You need to work it through.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Carl

    So many gems in this book 💎💎💎 In the introduction, Colonna frames the rest of the book with a series of questions you can ask yourself. Questions like: 💰 How did my relationship to money get formed? 🏃‍♀️ In what ways have I depleted myself, run myself into the ground? Why have I allowed myself to be so exhausted? 👨🏻‍🏫 Who is the person I've been all my life? What can that person teach me about becoming the leader I want to be? 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 What was the story my family told about being real, being vulnera So many gems in this book 💎💎💎 In the introduction, Colonna frames the rest of the book with a series of questions you can ask yourself. Questions like: 💰 How did my relationship to money get formed? 🏃‍♀️ In what ways have I depleted myself, run myself into the ground? Why have I allowed myself to be so exhausted? 👨🏻‍🏫 Who is the person I've been all my life? What can that person teach me about becoming the leader I want to be? 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 What was the story my family told about being real, being vulnerable, being true? And my favorite question of all, "How am I complicit in creating the conditions I say I don't want?" Non-fiction books of this kind are often padded in order to meet a word count by the publisher. So many of them have just a handful of nuggets that can be summarized in a few paragraphs, and the rest of the book is filler. That's not the case with Reboot, because Jerry Colonna shares his very personal story in this book, and the stories of some of his clients. Not only are those stories engaging to read, they are illuminating. Sure, one could write a brief summary of key ideas from this book, but they would be missing the deeper point. It would be easy to say something like "radical self-inquiry is important for X Y and Z reasons," but that alone will not emotionally convince anyone to do the often very challenging work of self-inquiry. The stories, however, might. On the one hand, Jerry uses his own story as a cautionary tale, to show how far off course, how depressed, how lost someone can become in their journey. On the other hand, the story feels so natural. Not easy, but natural in the sense that he seems to have learned the most from the hardships. He has gotten the most healing, the most value, by going through those difficult periods in his life and learning to heal, learning to come home to himself. That's the inspiration, and it's a big reason I enjoyed this book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sebastian Gebski

    This definitely ain't a book for me (but that's a conclusion AFTER I've read it). It's not that I'm not a CEO, the reason is different. It's a book about leading which looks (sounds, in my case) like it was written by Virginia Woolf - very personal, all about feelings, impressions, moods, etc. Probably there are some people it will resonate with - people of very similar sensitivity, or ones who have similar observations, or ... I don't know, but I guess there'll be some. In my case it was simply .. This definitely ain't a book for me (but that's a conclusion AFTER I've read it). It's not that I'm not a CEO, the reason is different. It's a book about leading which looks (sounds, in my case) like it was written by Virginia Woolf - very personal, all about feelings, impressions, moods, etc. Probably there are some people it will resonate with - people of very similar sensitivity, or ones who have similar observations, or ... I don't know, but I guess there'll be some. In my case it was simply ... irritating. Maybe my emotional side is too dry, maybe I'm too analytical, maybe my empathy level is too low - but this book felt like whining w/o any constructive, practical advises. I won't dare to put a star rating - maybe the issue here is about the lack of personal "chemistry", but if I really had to, it would be max. 1 star :(

  5. 4 out of 5

    J. Pablo

    I pre-ordered the book while listening to Jason Calacanis interviewing Jerry Colonna on his podcast This Week in Startups. That was a very enjoyable episode that felt like it contained a lot of good lessons for people like me, entrepreneurs. Sadly, this didn't happen with the book. Based on other reviews and the interview, I'm confused. Did I miss something? Did it go over my head? I couldn't get anything from it. It felt like rambling stories with a touch of woowoo.

  6. 5 out of 5

    David

    I had the privilege and great chance to work with Jerry both as a member of a leadership team and individually and he has helped me/us break open our hearts, radically inquire within, and create strong backs with an open heart. Jerry has made me a better leader and I am grateful that he now shares his wisdom and personal story with the world through this book. Thank you, Jerry.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Christopher Mahussier

    Nuggets of wisdom are there, but need to be panned for. Book is far from uplifting and has a flair for the dramatic. Criticizing crow and nobel soldier were good characters to meet.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Izette

    If you have questions about your life, this book will invite you to ask even more. I found myself drifting off and then rewinding as questions sparked thoughts. I think any business owner or leader will find thought provoking questions here and develop a desire to attend a Reboot boot camp!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Adam

    Vulnerable, authentic, refreshing take on what it means to be whole, to practice radical self-inquiry, and to be a human.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Dylan Mason

    One of the most frustrating books I've ever read. Frustrating because the genuinely helpful insights about improving as a leader were drowned out by excessively poetic anecdotes. For example… “When our employees and colleagues leave our sides and our company, what do we want them to say about our time together?” vs. “Fearing broken skis, failed businesses, and the scars that come from skinned knees, we stay small—listening more to our Loyal Soldier’s fear-filled and protective whispered warnings One of the most frustrating books I've ever read. Frustrating because the genuinely helpful insights about improving as a leader were drowned out by excessively poetic anecdotes. For example… “When our employees and colleagues leave our sides and our company, what do we want them to say about our time together?” vs. “Fearing broken skis, failed businesses, and the scars that come from skinned knees, we stay small—listening more to our Loyal Soldier’s fear-filled and protective whispered warnings than to the quickening thump-thump, thump-thump, thump-thump of a heart that knows how it’s meant to be.”

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jozsef

    Very interesting book, a strange mix of management philosophy, traditional belles-lettres and autobiography. I have “read” it as an audiobook, narrated by the writer. As usual in this case, it gives much more personal touch to the whole experience. So many different layers could be found in its chapters that it requires several re-reads to fully digest their messages. The questions at the end of each chapter promote self-study. Highly recommended, though four stars only as I did find it time to Very interesting book, a strange mix of management philosophy, traditional belles-lettres and autobiography. I have “read” it as an audiobook, narrated by the writer. As usual in this case, it gives much more personal touch to the whole experience. So many different layers could be found in its chapters that it requires several re-reads to fully digest their messages. The questions at the end of each chapter promote self-study. Highly recommended, though four stars only as I did find it time to time difficult to follow and fully engaging.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Eoin O

    I listened to the audiobook. The narration was very slow and the seemingly endless anecdotes made me want to quit, which I didn't, but maybe I should have!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Cathy

    To be a better leader, and human, read this book Have you ever you come across a book that provides just the spiritual nourishment you were craving at the moment you needed it? To me, this is that book. I cannot express my gratitude to him to have written it. Jerry is an old friend and former colleague so I have a little personal experience with the magical insight he brings to his work as well as the forces that plagued him at the peak of his career in finance. He was always more honest about th To be a better leader, and human, read this book Have you ever you come across a book that provides just the spiritual nourishment you were craving at the moment you needed it? To me, this is that book. I cannot express my gratitude to him to have written it. Jerry is an old friend and former colleague so I have a little personal experience with the magical insight he brings to his work as well as the forces that plagued him at the peak of his career in finance. He was always more honest about this than anyone I’ve ever met. And one of his gifts is recognizing these conflicts in other leaders, and showing them, through gentle but firm inquiry, how their patterns may be replaying in their leadership relationships, and what work it takes to resolve them with honesty and integrity. In this hugely readable book, he opens up even more to show the incredible path he’s been on to reconcile his childhood demons and through reading, retreats, therapy, and writing, find ways to break open his heart and become a warrior of radical self-inquiry. I’ve spent the last few years on my own self-inquiry journey, wrestling with similar issues and lightly dipping into some of the touchstones he discovered, along with a few others (Salzburg, Rohr, Katie). I felt like this book, more than any I’ve read lately, helped bring various strands of the inquiry together into sharp focus. He includes questions at the end of each chapter, and I started journaling with them after the first 10 pages. I’ve also worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs, and agree with Jerry that people in that role often discover patterns that once drove them and helped them succeed may not work forever. This book helps you see those patterns in others, and then in yourself, through easy to understand analogies-the Crow, the Loyal Soldier, and others. Jerry is a master coach and teacher, and you can literally use this book to benefit from his coaching, to explore what is holding you back, and to start to disentangle what it means for you to be a better leader, and more importantly, a better human. Or you can just enjoy the ride of wonderful writing and insight that knit together the personal with the pressures of modern entrepreneurial leadership. Either way, this book is a gem.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Judy Phin

    Initially when I had picked up this book, I must have been closed minded to the idea that it would have much relevance to me as I am not a leader in my field, my family or friends. But I was intrigued by the 'Art of Growing up' section on the title and from some reviews that I had read, it was enough for me to purchase this book. By having this initial projection of myself not being a leader, I read the book not being able to relate to many of the stories, and thinking... 'he still has some good Initially when I had picked up this book, I must have been closed minded to the idea that it would have much relevance to me as I am not a leader in my field, my family or friends. But I was intrigued by the 'Art of Growing up' section on the title and from some reviews that I had read, it was enough for me to purchase this book. By having this initial projection of myself not being a leader, I read the book not being able to relate to many of the stories, and thinking... 'he still has some good points that can be used in every day life'. As I continued to read though, Colonna really does practise what is being preached in his book, and even with my closed mind, he opened up my heart to his, his stories, the stories of the people he coaches, and the imaginary entities that surround us, the Crow, the Ghosts of the Machines, our Lone Warrior etc. (I love how he weaves each of these into the story and they all come together so beautifully at the end). It became such a beautiful experience reading this book, It no longer became a curiosity in 'how to do the right thing to become the right person' but it evolved into a humbling acceptance of having questions, and not necessarily having been told an answer, but rather than to continue to question until you have reached a unique answer to yourself, one that comes from your authentic being, through the lens of your upbringing, your experiences and your heart. I've began reading the book a second time, this time with love and appreciation towards how brave and courageous Colonna has been in sharing his life story and wisdom in becoming not only a better leader, but a better human. Leadership comes in many forms, but first and foremost it comes in leading your own life.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    If you want to be a better leader, work to be a better person. This book explains why and how, through a deeply personal and affecting series of vignettes that unfold like a long walk with an old friend. I was both moved and challenged by it, the only questions left are the ones I need to answer for myself.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Barry O'Neill

    Essential reading for entrepreneurs. Or anyone.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Not your typical leadership book. In fact, this book is for anyone seeking to live a whole and authentic life.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Adam Nowak

    "To be a better leader, you need to be a better human!" The thing I liked the most about this book was "Journaling Invitations" section at the end of each chapter. My favourites: * What am I saying that’s not being heard? * What am I not saying that needs to be said? * What’s being said to me that I’m not hearing? Self-reflecting on them has great power (stop for a minute and try to answer them), but I feel that sharing the answers and thoughts with other people is going to make the real difference ( "To be a better leader, you need to be a better human!" The thing I liked the most about this book was "Journaling Invitations" section at the end of each chapter. My favourites: * What am I saying that’s not being heard? * What am I not saying that needs to be said? * What’s being said to me that I’m not hearing? Self-reflecting on them has great power (stop for a minute and try to answer them), but I feel that sharing the answers and thoughts with other people is going to make the real difference (simple, but not easy!)

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ruslan Zaydullin

    The kindest and gentlest book about leadership It just tore my heart open. True, clear messages, based on amazing storytelling by the kindest author. I was in tears many times. Absolutely happy I’ve found this gem. As a CEO of a 70+ people startup, there was a lot of insights for me.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Pritesh Pawar

    Good book and a reminder that in many ways work and life are not separate. When we are blind to this, we inevitably create conditions that are difficult for us and those around us. Jerry describes all of this in a way that is unsurprisingly personal and heartfelt. By opening up himself, he demonstrates how radical self-inquiry and having the strength to step into the mouth of our demons and bring our colleagues along with us on this journey, can be an incredibly powerful way to lead. A book that Good book and a reminder that in many ways work and life are not separate. When we are blind to this, we inevitably create conditions that are difficult for us and those around us. Jerry describes all of this in a way that is unsurprisingly personal and heartfelt. By opening up himself, he demonstrates how radical self-inquiry and having the strength to step into the mouth of our demons and bring our colleagues along with us on this journey, can be an incredibly powerful way to lead. A book that I'd willing recommend to anyone leading, or looking to lead an organization, or in anyone in any kind of management position, or on a team with other people, or employed, or looking for employment...

  21. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra

    6 stars. If you can only read one more book - this is it. https://www.harpercollins.com/audio/r... Quotes I just had to keep for posterity: While it is true that to lead with depth, resolve, congruence, and resilience you must have the faith to look inward, it is equally true that to speak of such things without being willing to reveal your own actualization, your own journey into adulthood, would be hollow and empty. Hollow and empty would not suffice. And suddenly people realize they’re not alone 6 stars. If you can only read one more book - this is it. https://www.harpercollins.com/audio/r... Quotes I just had to keep for posterity: While it is true that to lead with depth, resolve, congruence, and resilience you must have the faith to look inward, it is equally true that to speak of such things without being willing to reveal your own actualization, your own journey into adulthood, would be hollow and empty. Hollow and empty would not suffice. And suddenly people realize they’re not alone. And even more, that if we’re all feeling this way then maybe, just maybe, the feelings may be true but the facts may be inaccurate. How are you complicit in creating creating the conditions of your [life] that you say you don’t want? But even more, in what ways does that complicity serve you? Great Leaders look unflinchingly in the mirror and transform untamed hungers and unrily compulsions into moments of self-compassion and understanding. In doing so they create the spaces for each of us to do the same, turning organizations into spaces of growth and self-actualization. The goal then is to help you listen to the stories of your own heart so that, in the end, you know the why of your leadership journey…lead from the place of your truest self. “I am not what has happened to me. I am what I choose to become.” - Carl Jung They come because they are lonely. They don’t have anywhere to put the feelings. Learning to lead yourself is hard because we are wired to look outward. We feel pain and we look up and out to see who’s hurt us. We feel loss and the hurt gives rise to anger as we look for someone to blame. Learning to lead yourself is hard because it requires us to look at the reality of all that we are, not to fix blame on ourselves but to understand with clarity what is really happening in our lives. Learning to lead yourself is hard because it is painful. Growth is painful. That’s why so few choose to do it. Surrendering to the demons that torment you in your organization doesn’t mean abdicating your responsibilities to manage. You are still responsible for dealing with the reality of what is….Acknowledging you you have contributed to the problem without descending into pointless self-flagellation turns up the heat beneath the crucible. Without heat there is no alchemy. To busy to live my own life, I took direction from the affirmation of others. Tell me the brilliant ideas, the innovations that move an organization, a community of people forward, that spring from panic and fear. When you use your position, power, agency, and the resources of a company, when you unconsciously bend colleagues, friends, and family to serve your hunger for love, safety, and sense of belonging… you stand in the way of finding a mission that unites everyone in the first place. You’re not leading when you spend your time trying to outrun your demons, trying to numb yourself to the hungers that come from within. Think of the many jerks in business we admire precisely because they have a single minded focus on execution, causing everyone around them to pant their way through the workday. [We have] an insidious need to see ourselves as the only one capable to lead. So there we sit alone in our struggles, burdened by the weariness of all the intellectual and externally generated demands, decrying the ability of anyone else in the organization, the family, the state, or dare I say it, the relationship to make a damned decision. “This being so, so what?”...facing the reality of what is and not being deluded by the seductive dreams of what can be...Willfully ignoring what is true is not the same as dreaming. It’s delusion. And delusion leads to terrible decisions and, even worse, the destruction of trust. And seeing her, my archetype of the irrational other as not so irrational but merely human I get to see myself in exactly the same way. Dear Professor Campbell, yes, indeed, the pursuit of purpose is really a cover for the pursuit of a feeling: aliveness. But aliveness can come about only after integrating even the most shameful parts of ourselves, even the stories of our misdeeds, mistakes, and missteps, integrating those and learning to forgive one’s self. Purpose is lived into and not merely found. The pathless path is pockmarked with pain and suffering. But, seen from the vantage point that all steps are purposeful, all of it becomes worthwhile, a glorious, life-giving retort to those who would question our worthiness and lovability. I’ve reminded myself that existential lacerations can feel more painful than bodily pain. Do you see that the more you plot the cleverer you feel? And that the cleverer you feel the more hooked on the anger you become? You nurse and feed that anger until you’re operating purely out of your shadow. The happy all-knowing buddhist who secretly is capable of mowing down any who oppose him sometimes with angry brute force but more often with a stealthy stiletto. What would happen if you let go of the belief in your fundamental brokeness? How would your life be if you didn’t need to believe you were broken to feel loved? How would the experience of your life change if you could rest and trust that life’s goodness isn’t necessarily followed by calamity? How would the meatbag that is your body feel if you were to let go of the need to feel negative - about yourself, your partners, the future - and know simply that while sometimes bad follows good, just as often good follows bad. When we presume that the competitor in the lane next to ours is wrong, bad, or a threat we are allowing our deepest fears about our own inadequacy to stand in as our vision statement and our strategic plan. Perhaps..they can’t hear you because they are too busy listening to their idea of you. This complex of ‘never be a burden and always relieve others burdens’ became a prison and behind those bars her resentment grew. ...the true grit of stopping a journey when continuing would have been madness. Contradiction and ambivalence are not further evidence of our failings. I wish to end my days stretched out on a hill welcoming the slow decomposition of my anxieties and my flesh into nourishing earth. Wanting to belong, we cooperate. We become our employees disapproving parent, the foil in their comedy act, the funhouse mirror reflecting the view of them they want to see, the partner against whom they struggle so that they can grow. We become their irrational other so that they can stumble, skin their knees, and find their own way. In this way the world can ask us to give more and more until there’s nothing left of us. Perversely then we are often rewarded for our complicity in this dance. Lemondrops and the envy of others can be ours for the taking. The world affirmed me for giving more and more, for allowing my hair to catch and remain on fire, for giving and giving until I became the gingerbread man. I gave because I wanted to belong but the more I gave the more I lost and the more lost I became. Yet, we are more than the ghosts in our machines. We can stand still, power down, reboot the systems and disrupt the programming. We need to have the courage to be truthful and break through our delusions and accept the ‘this being so’ of life. I became a good leader and I’m still becoming a good man. That is my legacy: the wisdom of knowing that the act of becoming a good man is more important than arriving at that place. With that I’ve become a master in the art of growing up.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Anu

    As I started reading the book, I thought to myself "If Pema Chodron had written a business book, this would be it". By chapter 3, the author introduces Pema as his teacher. Ok, adds up. The most valuable part of the book was the list of questions at the end of each chapter. They offer a great lattice for self-exploration. If you make the effort to write down answers to those via a deep and visceral examination of yourself, they can be edifying. In general, I am not a fan of pop Buddhism - I find As I started reading the book, I thought to myself "If Pema Chodron had written a business book, this would be it". By chapter 3, the author introduces Pema as his teacher. Ok, adds up. The most valuable part of the book was the list of questions at the end of each chapter. They offer a great lattice for self-exploration. If you make the effort to write down answers to those via a deep and visceral examination of yourself, they can be edifying. In general, I am not a fan of pop Buddhism - I find the simpler, original texts of Buddhist philosophy a lot more elegant and enlightening than some of the popular interpretations. Also, the over-generalization of "all problems stem from childhood experiences" left me cold. Surely, adult experiences can be as life-shaping and powerful for those with a peaceful childhood? The tl;dr is that to be a better leader, you need to be a better human. The book has the same pros and cons as a Pema Chodron book. There are powerful nuggets of wisdom buried deep within layers of dramatic and fanciful stories. IMHO, the book could have been 1/3rd the length and 3X as powerful.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Richard Kriheli

    I'm not big on leadership books but I thought I'd give a few a try this year. My biggest takeaway with what I've seen thus far are middle aged white-males adopting eastern religion practices and applying them to the workplace and their everyday growth. While this is a noble pursuit, a lot of these books can be summed up by this sentence: "Go learn buddhism, hinduism, etc - learn to let go and meditate, and return to work and apply some principles without too much disruption - and boom! you're a I'm not big on leadership books but I thought I'd give a few a try this year. My biggest takeaway with what I've seen thus far are middle aged white-males adopting eastern religion practices and applying them to the workplace and their everyday growth. While this is a noble pursuit, a lot of these books can be summed up by this sentence: "Go learn buddhism, hinduism, etc - learn to let go and meditate, and return to work and apply some principles without too much disruption - and boom! you're a success." It's not as applicable as this sentence suggests. There is a lot of nuance that is just utterly overlooked and quite frankly conflicts with the everyday workplace. Though I'm happy that more people/leaders are seeking answers and guidance from eastern wisdom, and dropping the ego. Lots of good stuff there. Hey, I'm a middle aged white male that has been in leadership roles and really understands eastern thought, so I am precisely this book's demographic (aside from being the top of the food chain / CEO type). Though, I couldn't be more disconnected from the teachings here. Jerry seems sincere and has some nice stories to tell - and for that alone, I'm willing to go 3 stars on this. Otherwise, the whole idea of what I outlined in the first paragraph of this review is cringe-inducing enough that this book and others like it are a hard pass from me.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Allison

    I’ve never struggled so much to figure out if I enjoyed a book or not. One page my heart would be racing because of a profound insight that made me consider life in a whole new light; two pages later I’d be rolling my eyes and skimming through a three-page description of an event that could have been half a paragraph. It felt fairly indulgent and long, overall. I generally don’t love culturally glorification of people with dramatic backstories. (Would this book have come to be if Mr. Colonna hadn I’ve never struggled so much to figure out if I enjoyed a book or not. One page my heart would be racing because of a profound insight that made me consider life in a whole new light; two pages later I’d be rolling my eyes and skimming through a three-page description of an event that could have been half a paragraph. It felt fairly indulgent and long, overall. I generally don’t love culturally glorification of people with dramatic backstories. (Would this book have come to be if Mr. Colonna hadn’t had such a tumultuous childhood? Impossible to answer, and even if not, not invalidating. But the implication over time and many such stories is that one NEEDS to suffer to ultimately do well, and I cannot being myself to believe that.) I don’t think the book quite knew what it wanted to be... autobiography or manifesto or guidebook? Unclear. But then again, the gems of wisdom that I did glean from it made it worth the time for me, and the 4-star rating. The journaling prompts are thought-provoking and I plan on returning to them again. There’s some really good meat there that I’m glad to have found, just wish it would have been a good 30-40% shorter.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Warren Parad

    Was very challenging to read as I found the personal story being told to focus on what happened without context. Many of the story points went something like "Then I was awesome, and they loved me for it." without explaining what was done, how the author came to that conclusion, or why it was the right thing to do. The concept of Radical Self-Inquiry is what is shared here, and understanding yourself and nature is important. However, the expectation that this is a new thought and that every reade Was very challenging to read as I found the personal story being told to focus on what happened without context. Many of the story points went something like "Then I was awesome, and they loved me for it." without explaining what was done, how the author came to that conclusion, or why it was the right thing to do. The concept of Radical Self-Inquiry is what is shared here, and understanding yourself and nature is important. However, the expectation that this is a new thought and that every reader of the book has never considered this is condescending and doesn't seek to help readers understand even WHY to do that. Rather YOU MUST investigate yourself, but never "Because" or "Here's Why". Rather it is always "Here is when it worked, but I'm going to jump to a different topic." Additionally the stories being told jump around, fast-forward, and often lose their point. By chapter four I could no longer continue.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Scott Wozniak

    This is a marvelous memoir and a mediocre book on coaching. I love his openness. And he's got a very poetic way of sharing his heart. But he stays at a high level with the psychology, with very little help on how to get from A-Z on the growth journey. And it's also very Buddhist, resulting in some part that I think are actually unhelpful in practice. So don't read this for the actual methods on how to face your fears and grow as a leader. But he's so good at making the emotional journey feel leg This is a marvelous memoir and a mediocre book on coaching. I love his openness. And he's got a very poetic way of sharing his heart. But he stays at a high level with the psychology, with very little help on how to get from A-Z on the growth journey. And it's also very Buddhist, resulting in some part that I think are actually unhelpful in practice. So don't read this for the actual methods on how to face your fears and grow as a leader. But he's so good at making the emotional journey feel legitimate and beautiful that if you're looking for the inspirational/motivation book on the heart journey, then this is a good book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Beckie

    This book seems very similar to Fierce Conversations, which may be because I just finished that. They both speak to interrogating reality and being vulnerable as a leader, but Fierce Conversations delivers it in a much better way. This book was more like an autobiography than a leadership book and was condescending to those who are not CEOs, venture capitalists or engineers. Did not enjoy his narration.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Claudia Mangeac

    (Gave up about 80% in) On the one hand, as a coach myself, I really loved Jerry's approach to radical self-inquiry by looking deeper into your every day life and annoyances and understanding where that stems from - spoiler alert, it's never what it seems to be. However, in my opinion the book didn't flow well enough and the mix of deep personal stories with client experience and pseudo-philosophical parts just didn't make it an appealing read.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sanford Chee

    Interview on TWIST https://thisweekinstartups.com/e944-j... Interview w/ Tim Ferriss https://podcasts.apple.com/sg/podcast... Interview on TWIST https://thisweekinstartups.com/e944-j... Interview w/ Tim Ferriss https://podcasts.apple.com/sg/podcast...

  30. 5 out of 5

    Edith

    I have heard Jerry Colonna on a number of podcasts (including his own) and he impressed me with his insight and kindness. This book was a disappointment. Perhaps the insight and kindness are there, but it's hard to tell, because the organization and the writing are just atrocious. I can't believe this got past an editor. It's basically not a book.

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