Patricia Reed, líder de crecimiento tecnológico y mentora, sobre los libros que la ayudaron a comprender a las personas y las situaciones
Today’s book-talk is with patricia caña, a Technology Growth Leader and Mentor.
Patricia lived and worked on four continents: she’s originally from Texas, USA, moved to Norway as a child, then to France, Belgium, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and now has been living for over a decade in Singapore.
Patricia holds two MBAs from top-ranking business schools UCLA Anderson School of Management and the National University of Singapore.
Her career in tech started at Cisco, where she spent nine years. She’s now working as a consultant and coach, advising business leaders on transformation and technology integrations.
She also volunteers her time to be a mentor at Female Founder, where she guides business founders on their journey to achieving their visions.
Find out more about the books that left deep marks on her and lessons learned from them.
¿Cuál es tu libro favorito y por qué? Negocios y no negocios, si es posible.
For non-business, I loved “Atonement“, by Ian McEwan. The portrayal of vastly different interpretations and outcomes from a single moment was thorough, unvarnished, and raw. I agonized and worried about the main character, and turned pages as fast as I could, hoping for resolution. As for a business book, I loved Good Strategy/Bad Strategy, by Richard Rumelt. It had many stories and examples about how strategy is often misconstrued, and what leaders can do to ensure they have a proper strategy.
¿Hubo algún momento, específicamente, en que algo que leíste en un libro te ayudó? ¿Me puedes decir al respecto?
I’ve been reading a few non-fiction books recently, one in particular was useful, “Why Won’t You Apologize?” I’ve noticed how defensive people can be, yours truly included, versus apologizing. (Full disclosure, I haven’t told my husband I read the book, and he might not believe it.) It helped me to understand the need to apologize for whatever part of a situation I contributed to, even if I don’t feel that it was necessary. When my kids mess up, and conversations escalate, I often ask them, “what are you doing right now?” They are able to identify they’re being defensive, and then choose to apologize, which de-escalates the situation as they recognize their responsibility. I tell them children don’t apologize, but grown-ups do. It’s an important lesson, and one I’m still learning for myself.
¿Qué libros te impactaron más? (quizás cambió la forma en que ves las cosas, cambió drásticamente tu carrera profesional)
“The Power of Now“, by Eckhart Tolle, as well as “A New Earth“. Understanding the ego, and being able to separate it from self, is a powerful thing. It has changed my outlook on people and situations, and made me able to see my inner critic for what it is, and choose how I want to engage or respond to situations.
¿Qué libros recomendarías a los jóvenes interesados en tu camino profesional? ¿Por qué? (sin límite de número aquí)
- Crossing the Chasm: classic on how to grow product market share.
- Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In: a great book on negotiations, although my best learning was doing classroom role play.
- The Minto Pyramid Principle: For would-be consultants, a (very dry) book on how to write effectively for business.
Me interesa saber más sobre sus hábitos de lectura. ¿Con qué frecuencia lees? ¿En qué formato?
I read mostly online, for books, I’ve started listening to a lot of audio books. I never skip to the end of a book to see the ending, but I do quit books that don’t capture my imagination. I tend to borrow novels from the library, or pick up one that my husband has bought.
¿Cómo haces tiempo para leer?
I read best on vacation, away from distractions. At home, I find audiobooks have been the best way to ‘read’. I listen on the bus, putting on my makeup- wherever. I even got through Anna Karenina by Tolstoy recently. An audiobook was less daunting than the huge book. I never would have made it all the way through.
¿Tomas notas o tienes alguna otra técnica para conquistar el torrente de información?
I’m kind of a hermit. I have a broad range of topics I’m interested in from nutrition to politics, not to mention technology. I listen to a number of podcasts, I tend to choose ones that make me happy and open my mind – The Moth, This American Life, How I Built This, and Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations. I keep up with the news at a high level, but I don’t like podcasts about it.
¿Cómo eliges qué libros leer a continuación?
Often, for beach type reading, I’ll choose an author I know, and enjoy, like Jodi Picault. If I want something that stretches me, I’ll ask one of my coaches. Best sellers lists are also good, and I like Bill Gates recommendations. He and Melinda have become such inspiring people.
¿Priorizas los libros recomendados por determinadas personas? ¿Hay alguien a quien consideres un gurú de las recomendaciones de libros?
My family reads voraciously, a lot more than I do. I’ll ask them sometimes. Occasionally, my son will beg me to read something he loved. Our tastes are quite different, but his excitement is enough to make me read it.
On a side note, I’m often asked how we got our children to love reading, I have my husband to thank for modeling, but also our being strict about screen time allowance. Their love of reading is the best friend they will ever have.
Última pregunta: ¿qué libro estás leyendo actualmente y qué esperas obtener de él?
I’m currently reading “The Sympathizer“, which has won many awards, been a NYT bestseller, AND recommended by Bill Gates. It is unusual as it is written by a Vietnamese American, and I don’t remember ever reading anything that talked about a that particular immigrant experience. It is funny, enlightening, and serious all at the same time- a rare accomplishment.
All books mentioned by Patricia Reed in this interview:
- Atonement by Ian McEwan
- Good Strategy Bad Strategy: The Difference and Why It Matters by Richard Rumelt
- Why Won’t You Apologize?: Healing Big Betrayals and Everyday Hurts by Harriet Lerner
- The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle
- A New Earth: Create a Better Life by Eckhart Tolle
- Crossing the Chasm by Geoffrey Moore
- Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In by Roger Fisher, William Ury
- The Minto Pyramid Principle: Logic in Writing, Thinking, & Problem Solving by Barbara Minto
- The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen