In today’s fast-paced world, it can be difficult to find reliable sources of advice on how to succeed in your career. That’s why “Build” by Tony Fadell is such a valuable resource for anyone looking to grow at work.
The book is essentially an encyclopedia of advice, filled with personal stories and practical insights from one of the most successful product designers of our time. Fadell’s career spans more than 30 years in Silicon Valley, where he led teams that created some of the most iconic products of the 20th century, including the iPod, iPhone, and Nest Learning Thermostat.
Each chapter of the book builds on the previous one, charting Fadell’s personal journey from a product designer to a leader, from a startup founder to an executive to a mentor. Along the way, he shares his unorthodox approach to leadership and design, which is based on old-school principles that he learned from mentors like Steve Jobs and Bill Campbell.
One of the key insights of the book is that you don’t have to reinvent the wheel to make something great. Instead of focusing on how to lead and manage, Fadell emphasizes the importance of making great products. He believes that if you focus on creating something truly valuable, the rest will fall into place.
This approach is refreshing in a world where many leaders are obsessed with the latest management fads and trends. Fadell’s advice is grounded in the reality of human nature, which doesn’t change as quickly as technology or business practices.
Overall, “Build” is an invaluable resource for anyone looking to grow at work. Whether you’re a young grad just starting out or a seasoned CEO, Fadell’s personal stories and practical advice are sure to inspire and inform your journey. If you’re looking for a mentor in a box, this book is a great place to start.
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