Book of the Month: Pelolla johtaminen on perseestä

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Been a while again since I managed to finish a book, but I finally did! This was on my to-read list pretty much since it was published in 2015 and I managed to loan it when visiting Finland a few weeks back. The name could translate as: “Leading by fear sucks”, though “perseestä” literally means from the ass, but I guess it’s not really used that way in English… Anyway, a strong and slightly controversial title for an important topic.

Although I studied business, I’m not super familiar with the field of leadership literature and would love to study more of it in the future. And of course, leadership isn’t just for the business people. Everyone needs skills in at least leading themselves and when it comes to leading teams and organisations, skills in communication, empathy and motivation become even more important. And leading by fear has negative consequences.

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The book itself was surprisingly unstructured, consisting mainly of quotations, or stories, from people working in different organisations. Parts of the book had lines where the reader could write his / her own thoughts, which is kind of nice if one wants to develop their leadership skills. However, personally I found it a bit strange reading so many quotations, some of which weren’t exactly demonstrating leading by fear and were a bit off topic. From time to time it felt more like reading the vauva.fi forum. I also spotted quite a few misspellings and a few sentences I couldn’t even understand because of bad writing, not just in the quotations, but from the authors themselves. Probably the most important thing before publishing had been skipped: have someone read the book and fix the possible mistakes.

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The part I liked the most was the two-page long “toolkit” part at the end of the book, which had some good points for dealing with upset people, whether they’re leaders or employees. But other than that, the book provided very little help for solving the issues we experience at workplaces. A not-so-well written book, but an important topic and for sure, the authors could have done much better in providing guidance and insights for coping in difficult situations. I gave two stars, as it might function as a reminder on how every leader should consider their leading style. And despite the many errors, the simple language is hopefully understandable even for the simple people working in leadership.

⭐️⭐️ / 5

Alla helgons dag – Skogskyrkogården

Skogskyrkogården on alla helgons dag

The Nordic All Saints’ Day: Alla helgons dag was celebrated today. It’s never been a big thing for me and it feels like I’ve completely missed it on most years, or confused it with Halloween, which hasn’t really been celebrated in the Nordics until the recent years. But a colleague was talking about it at work earlier this week, so I decided to check out what would be the best places (cemeteries) to go to and bookmarked an article listing them. And Skogskyrkogården, a woodland cemetery located south of Stockholm seemed to be the most interesting one.

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But of course, as I’m in the middle of an apartment mess. I completely forgot the whole thing. Until I returned from a rental-contract signing to my current home I opened the internet browser. I really had to force myself to go out for some pictures. After an exhausting day speaking only Swedish and travelling from one side of Stockholm to the opposite, I much rather would have stayed under a blanket sipping tea and entertaining myself with vauva.fi.

I’m really glad I went though! It’s been ages since I took some night time pictures and had completely forgotten what kind of a hassle it is when it’s cold and you’re trying to set up your camera and tripod with frozen fingers. With no northern lights in Stockholm I haven’t found shooting in the dark that interesting, but a cemetery in forest with thousands of candles was something I didn’t want to miss.

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Though Skogskyrkogåden might have been the most popular place for Stockholmers to spend Alla helgons dag, I managed to get shots without the masses of people. I would love to visit the place again sometime when it’s not dark and see the graves of some remarkable people who have been buried there, including Avicii and Greta Garbo.

Skogskyrkogården on alla helgons dag