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 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

Book of the Month: Tunne lukkosi

This one was on my reading list for a while. Tunne lukkosi gained a lot of awareness in Finland and as I’ve always been interested in psychology I had to read it. And now I finally did. I was actually surprised that I could find it at a library in Sweden. Without getting to know the topic before hand, it first seemed familiar, until after a brief googling I found out that tunnelukko was just a Finnish term for life traps. And about a year ago I had read Reinventing your life by Jeffrey Young, a book that had a very similar content, but was still different enough to keep me interested in Tunne lukkosi.Before, or at the beginning of the book, you’re recommended to take a test in order to find out which life traps are present in your life. The test is included in the book, but I found an easier online version as well. If you don’t mind reading the book more than once, or are willing to go back and forth, you might not need to take the test at first, but if you’re planning to read the book through once, taking the test before hand will guide your reading and you’ll know in which parts to focus on.

Life traps are developed during childhood as coping mechanisms and some of them are harmful in our everyday lives even as we grow up. Thus, becoming aware of them and eliminating them will teach us to function better in difficult situations and might increase our happiness. The book presents techniques on how this can be done. Making notes and keeping a mode diary is an important part of this. Compared to the piece written by Young, the techniques presented by Takanen felt a bit softer and going back to the unpleasant situations of one’s childhood included a role of a more responsible parent, instead of an almost aggressive one, as it felt like from time to time when reading Young. I’d recommend this book for pretty much anyone who’s willing to look back into their childhood and grow as a person today. We all have life traps, some more subtle, some more visible, but it’s always useful to look inward and see how we can function in a more constructive and more responsible way.

⭐⭐⭐⭐ / 5