Welcome to the PMI-OC Book Club! On this page, you will find a wealth of information. First, you will find takeaways (provided by Book Club participants) from books that the Book Club has already read and discussed. Second, you will find rankings of those books. Books are ranked from "1" to "5" where "1" is the worst and "5" is the best. For each book, the initial ranking is a survey of initial thoughts about the book. The final ranking is a post-discussion ranking to discern opinions after discussion in case the opinions have changed. Finally, you will find information for the book to read for the next Book Club meeting.

Books Read

Book Information and Takeaways Initial Rank Final Rank
"Dare to Lead" by Brene Brown
  • Vulnerability is an asset and not a weakness.
  • The most successful and courageous leaders are risk takers who are not afraid of failing. In fact, failures often lead to creativity and great opportunities.
  • Perfectionism can be unhealthy due to the constant need for approval and fear of criticism and failure. This leads to missed opportunities and mental paralysis, which hinders creativity.
  • Be clear as to what you value and live those values.
  • Be curious about what you don't know.
  • Walk in other persons' shoes before judging.
  • Think empathy in place of shame, even if you fail; don't fear failure. Embrace it as a learning opportunity.
4.45 4.32
"The Five Dysfunctions of a Team" by Patrick Lencioni
  • Most people are conflict averse, but conflict is healthy for teams to perform at a higher level.
  • The greatest dysfunction of a team is a lack of trust ‐ without it, the other dysfunctions cannot be managed/corrected and nothing can get accomplished.
4.63 4.71
"Emotional Intelligence" by Daniel Goleman
  • EQ (Emotional Intelligence) can be improved.
  • Our emotional health not only affects our interactions with others, but has just as much power over our individual successes and growth potential.
  • With emotions being such a driving force, it behooves us to understand how emotions function physiologically, socially, and directly in our professional lives.
3.8 4
"Atomic Habits" by James Clear
  • Does a thorough job in explaining the tools of engineering desired habits and eliminating unrewarding ones.
  • For discussing the book in a professional business environment, I wish that there were more relevant examples from commerce and enterprise settings.
  • The author's anecdotal examples were rather simple (e.g. losing weight, waking up early and improving athletic performance).
  • The book focuses on one's habits, but, in the context of business, it's about developing and orchestrating the habits of your customers, employees, and other stakeholders.
3.83 3.18
"The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace" by Gary Chapman and Paul White
  • Authenticity matters! Sincere appreciation is a powerful motivator.
  • Everyone has a different appreciation language (e.g. words, acts, quality time, tangible gifts, and physical touch.)
  • Understanding and speaking the right appreciation language to colleagues and direct reports is important.
  • Mismatched expressions of appreciation can lead to misunderstandings and even worse, workplace dissatisfaction.
  • I recognize and encourage appreciation at workplace. But the book attempts to tackle this topic with an engineered formula.
  • In some ways, I feel that getting along with coworkers is a lot like "Be a good person..." so sometimes a lot of stuff in the book felt like common sense.
  • All in all, I didn't find this helpful or satisfying as the original 5 Love Languages was for personal relationships[...] I am remote in my job and the book felt like so much of it was related to people you work with in person.
3.2 3.2
"Accidental Agile Project Manager" by Ray Frohnhoefer
  • Provides a good summary of a wide variety of agile methods.
  • Explains why agile methods are useful to use on certain projects.
  • Full of practical tips and easy to follow.
  • I really enjoyed Ray talking about his recommendation of starting with a small team of the best people — who work together, then build up credbility and roll it (the project/solution) out, bug free. That is the approach I beleive in and have found to be successful.
4.2 4.7
"The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" by Stephen Covey
  • One of my favorites as well. "Begin with the end in mind" is one of my go-to strategies.
  • That book club session was so much fun!
  • In both my professional life and personal life, I jump from deadline to deadline and focus too much on urgency that often I neglect what’s important. Time to “sharpen the saw” in 2024 and remind myself to set aside time for people or causes that are important to me.
  • The richness of the discussion highlighted the relevance of Covey’s principles to the challenges project managers face.
  • The discussion on empathetic listening was a cornerstone on improving communication with others.
4.5 4.82

Current Book to Read:

"The Jelly Effect" by Andy Bounds

Synopsis from Amazon

The Jelly Effect teaches you simple, memorable and costless ways to win more attention and more business. Imagine how effective you'd be if you communicated only what was relevant 100 percent of the time. You would be better at talking to others, presenting, networking and selling. You would excel in interviews, meetings and pay-rise discussions. The benefits would be endless.

The Jelly Effect will show you how to get the best out of any situation, whether you're speaking to an individual or a group, formally or informally, inside or outside your organisation. By the time you close the final page of this book, you will be armed with practical, proven techniques that will help you be more effective in all your business dealings.

Key Topics Discuss in The Jelly Effect:

  • Clear Communication
  • Effective Presentations
  • Improved Networking Skills
  • Customer and Stakeholder Focus
  • Team Leadership and Motivation
  • Handling Difficult Conversations


Editorial Reviews

Andy Bounds taught me more about effective presenting than a lady who’d previously taught two US presidents.
— Drayton Bird, chairman of Drayton Bird Partnership and world leading authority on direct marketing
The most effective, original and insightful book on business communication that I have ever read.
— Dr. Ivan R. Misner, New York Times bestselling author and founder of BNI (Business Network International)