Books I Am Reading

Reading is become a part of my everyday habits. I read, write and explore what’s new that help supports my development plan.

There are so many books out there that you could find and read, but these are some books that I would recommend:

1. The 5 Levels of Leadership by John C. Maxwell

This book is very important book for anyone who’s on the way to be a leader, a manager or the one who’s giving an opportunity to lead people. This book will guide you to really understand who you are, where you are at now and what next in a leadership level. It provides you the clues to develop yourself as good leader and help you level up yourself as well.

2. Lead by Example by John Baldoni

How do you lead your team? How do you want your team to me? And how will you help your team? These are questions that you meet see during your leadership period. This book will guide and help you more to understand on how to make an example to others of your leadership and lead them by what they are seeing on you. This book will provides you tips to make sure they your team will follows you without any questions because they want you to lead them.

Business Principles and Management3. Business Principles and Management by James Burrow, Brad Kleindl, Kenneth E. Everard

This book is just collect almost everything about business, including business concepts, marketing concepts and also financial management that support you business. This is very good book indeed. It will provides you a clear vision to really grow  your business and idea as well.

Study will be end once you are no long in class, but learning will never ends, it will go with you until die.


Leader or Boss?

Each and everyone of us studies so hard to get what we goaled for, a good job with good paid. To reaching a top position at our workplace is the thing that everyone of us want to be. But, to reach those point we have to be ready and prepared so many things.

Once we get there, not so many of us realize that we’re doing something which is not the favorable for our staffs. To become a good leader would never easy. It needs process and development. Many people are pretending that they have but in fact, they have nothing than just a “BOSS” attitude. So, why become a boss are so easy than becoming a good leader?

945898_488801974525588_119688186_nTake a look at above picture. This picture show us the differentiation between a “Boss” and a “Leader”.

A good Leader is a person/man who is really care about their staffs, works and work together to get the goal that he already set. He would work really hard with his staffs to get it and once he get it, he’ll celebrate it together with his staffs/partners. A good leader will knows his staffs so well. One more important point of a leader, he would never blame his staffs but always motivate, and fix the problem with skill.

Alright, look back to a “Boss” attitude. A boss mean the top man sitting above staffs. A man who’s always ask for result, demand for something with less support, less motivation and sometime “NO” motivation as well. A boss will blame you because you didn’t deliver the result and will never guide you because they are just busy with their stuffs and they will just sit behind your back, stare at you and your way of working.

To me, I don’t need that kind of “BOSS” but what I need is a “LEADER” who is always stay right next to me, guide me, help me fix problems, motivate me when I fails or success, celebrate the success together. To move forward the business we should think twice about becoming a “BOSS” or a “LEADER”. Which one should we choose is not depend what we want we to be but it will depends on what should we lead our people to become an icon.

It is just my personal opinion and I know sometimes it’s not right. But at least, I hope you guys learn some from this.

Happy Weekend Everyone!!

How to Turn Your Weaknesses Into Strengths

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If any of you reading my blog are the friend of mine of Facebook, you’ll see remember what i posted this morning.

If you want to read unimportant news, just go to Facebook. But if you want to read very important news/lessons, then LinkedIn will be the perfect place for you.

This evening, after checked my inbox, i’ve read a very interesting topic/post on LinkedIn and i think, it will be much better and valuable if i share to everyone here or there. I know that every post will have its copyright, but i think sharing is the best and more valuable than those copyright.

Today lesson will talk about “How to Turn Your Weaknesses Into Strengths” and to avoid of those copyright issues, i think i should post the whole topic here….

How to Turn Your Weaknesses Into Strengths

We all have weaknesses, and we tend to try to work on eliminating them – on changing ourselves in order to become better. But change is difficult- very difficult. What if instead of trying to eliminate our weaknesses, we embraced them for what they were?

Several months ago, my friend Ben Rosner, CEO of e-home and a fellow member of Entrepreneur’s Organization, led an activity on weaknesses and strengths with my EO Forum group, based on the excellent Freak Factor manifesto by David Rendall. I found the activity to be so insightful and inspiring, I did the activity with my team at Likeable Local– and then with our team at Likeable Media. I thought I’d share it with you here as well:

Think about your biggest weaknesses at work and in life. What qualities are you most unhappy about? Of the following list of 16 typical weaknesses, look carefully and choose the three that resonate most with you:

1) Disorganized
2) Inflexible
3) Stubborn
4) Inconsistent
5) Obnoxious
6) Emotionless
7) Shy
8) Irresponsible
9) Boring
10) Unrealistic
11) Negative
12) Intimidating
13) Weak
14) Arrogant
15) Indecisive
16) Impatient

Got your three biggest weaknesses? Great. (Don’t be too depressed, the rest of this activity is more fun). Next, look at the below list, find the same three weaknesses, and look at the traits to the right of each of your three biggest weaknesses:

1) Disorganized —> Creative
2) Inflexible —> Organized
3) Stubborn —> Dedicated
4) Inconsistent —> Flexible
5) Obnoxious —> Enthusiastic
6) Emotionless —> Calm
7) Shy —> Reflective
8) Irresponsible —> Adventurous
9) Boring —> Responsible
10) Unrealistic —> Positive
11) Negative —> Realistic
12) Intimidating —> Assertive
13) Weak —> Humble
14) Arrogant —> Self-Confident
15) Indecisive —> Patient
16) Impatient —> Passionate

The three qualities to the right of your three weaknesses are all strengths.

Hidden in your weaknesses are your strengths.

Every weakness has a corresponding strength.

The idea here is simple: Instead of trying to change your weaknesses, accept them. Don’t try to fix them – it’s too difficult. Instead, be sure to leverage your associated strengths. You can look to colleagues, direct reports, and even supervisors to fill in the gaps where you are weakest. Don’t be afraid to ask people for help- they can add value where you are weaker. But be sure to embrace your strengths, and build upon them. After all, your strengths (even those disguised as weaknesses) – will get you far in your career, and in life.


Now it’s your turn. Did this activity resonate with you? Were the strengths corresponding with your weaknesses accurate? What are your greatest weaknesses – and strengths? What are the takeaways for you at work and in life? Let me know your thoughts in the Comments section below! And here’s to your secret strengths!


Dave Kerpen is disorganized, unrealistic and impatient – which means he’s creative, positive and passionate! For more information about this activity, be sure to check out the excellent book Freak Factor by David Rendall. For more on Dave Kerpen, check out the New York Times best seller Likeable Social Media and the Amazon #1 best seller Likeable Business. Or click the follow button below for more of Dave’s posts on LinkedIn.

This is very important lesson and i hope that you guys will learn something.