Daniel Catalaa

View Articles


My Big TOE
December 13th, 2009 by Daniel Catalaa

Image file_id 1241 I chose to read "My big TOE" by Thomas Campbell and review his book in this article because in it he undertakes a task of the highest order, to explain all of reality in one coherent theory from intestinal microbes to ghosts and from evolution to time travelling. As you may have guessed by now, the book is not about the anatomy of lower limbs. TOE is actually an acronym that stands for the "Theory of Everything" and it refers to the same pursuit that eluded Albert Einstein ... [read more]

Authentic Leadership
November 19th, 2009 by Daniel Catalaa

Image file_id 1240 In this article I will be reviewing the book "Authentic Leadership" by Bill George that was given to me by my supervisor as a gift to help me along on my own personal journey to greater leadership. In the book George relates his experiences as manager and CEO of different companies and culminates with his ten years tenure at Medtronic, a company that manufactures implantable medical devices. The book is very timely given that the USA is at present experiencing a massive loss of wealt... [read more]

Personal Development for Smart People
July 31st, 2009 by Daniel Catalaa

Image file_id 1237 Personal Development for Smart People, by Steve Pavlina (2008) I admire Steve Pavlina because he took on the most complicated task before any human being: to devise a philosophy of life that is universal, timeless, and useful. The elegance of his teachings are in their simplicity. He conveys one basic message: align yourself with love, power, and truth, and good things will start to happen. When presenting his principles he uses a color palette metaphor wher... [read more]

The 8th Habit
May 8th, 2009 by Daniel Catalaa

Image file_id 1236 This is a book that I read to transition from the mindset of a file-and-rank employee to that of a manager. Many of the ideas presented in the book were applied in real time as I read about them, so it took me five months to finish the book. However, the lessons learned were tested out with real people and consequently became embedded at a much deeper level. Leadership The 8th habit is the habit of leadership. Classically, leadership is viewed as a top-down attribute where those above... [read more]