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work/life/career must-read books

These are the books I’ve read or want to read. I can really recommend to go deep into the subject of personal development. Most of what I’ve read can easily be applied in everyday life :). Or sets into motion subconscious changes.

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Credits: book suggestions from Martin Koel.



Book: team geek


If you were to ask me to summarize the book ‘Team Geek‘ into one key point, it would be this:

“Great software is build by teams”.

Therefore modern workplaces are hubs where developers collaborate and build upon each others’ knowledge.

Functioning in a team boils down to having ‘HRT’ (hearth):

  • Humility
  • Respect
  • Trust
HRT. Source:

And to be an effective engineer, communication is vital.


big leap in personal development

Recently I started with a job flirt at work. It is a funky name for ‘experiencing what it is like to work for another team’. Next up there is more on my ‘big leap in personal development’.

I started at the TUX-team. I wanted to experience the engineering spirit within that team, and to get feedback on my soft skills.

The end?

After two sprints (four weeks) it was time to go back to my original squad. I enjoyed the job flirt. I exceeded others’ expectations of my soft skills. How did I do this?


Well, I’ve been meditating. Through meditation, I learned to be more patient and relaxed. And when I’m relaxed, that benefits others too. I’m easier to get along with, easier to approach and to collaborate with.

I started meditating on a daily basis eight months ago. I’m using Headspace guide meditations. Andy has done a great job by offering a Westernized approach to meditation.


Other credits go to the book ‘verbinding door avontuur’. Floor Vullings and Floris Muller have published this long awaited book about the ‘buitendoor‘ approach to team building and collaboration. It was refreshing to read and I could directly apply the material at the job flirt.


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ISBN        : 9789082823400