On average I read somewhere between 20/30 books a year, across various genres. It can be hard to choose one book, but this year one book stood out.
It was " The Four Books " by Yan Linanke
Why because it hit on many levels. First as a read it was stimulating and full of learning, with beautiful prose. So kudos to the translator because the book was first written in Chinese.
On a deeper level it shows how man can justify treating other humans as dirt. Showing how even people who are not treated well will try and conspire against each other just to win favour with an overlord who they know to be an idiot.
The starting point is the Great Leap, a momentous period in Chinese history and how man will do almost anything to survive. It relates this around five individuals and their struggles to survive. But to go down another level, it is probably the best handbook on how not to run an organization.
From falsifying numbers to threatening people to believe the false numbers. To a belief that quantity outweighs quality. Belief that a reward system based on the delusions of management is the way to encourage people. At the end the Great Leap experiment was a failure, leading to mass starvation on a scale not seen before.
If you like to read a book that will stimulate, this is for you. If you are in management or just starting out on your journey, then there is no better book to read about how not to treat people. Sometimes it is good to come at challenges from a different view and this book does that. I can see myself returning to this book to read and soak up its message,but also for the beautiful prose and use of word to describe things and people.
" I aspire to inspire before I expire " Unknown ... a great quote for your new year.
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