Leonardo Da Vinci

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Walter Isaacson
Biography & Autobiography
Simon & Schuster
October 2, 2018

Another top five of 2018. One of the best biographies I've read. It will sit along side of Isaacson's Benjamin Franklin. I feel like Da Vinci could be a cautionary tale to those of us trying to get better all of the time. Its a letter to the lifehackers, the continuous improvers, everyone looking for the perfect way to start (or end) your day. Da Vinci was a fascinating character and he either did not or could not care about any of that stuff. He was an observer. It is a reminder to not let the creativity get beat out of you by "school." Nothing has to be so regimented. Just be. Watch. Listen. Absorb. Let your mind go where it chooses.

Gridiron Genius

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Michael Lombardi
Sports & Recreation
Crown Archetype
September 11, 2018

One of the best books I read in 2018. One of the best books about football. One of the best books about leadership. I am going to hold on to this one for a long time and break it out in 5 years when my daughter is ready to coach her first field hockey team.

Lombardi has found himself in unique positions with some of the greatest minds in football. He shares insights from Bill Walsh, Al Davis, and Bill Belichik.He provides a blueprint for building a championship organization. He gets into the details from personnel to practice to game-day decisions that win titles,

Gridiron Genius explains how to evaluate, acquire, and utilize personnel. Lombardi explains how the smartest leaders script everything: from an afternoon's special-teams practice to a season's playoff run to a decade-long organizational blueprint.