The Nerd Family Camping Trip (a personal reflection)

Does your family camping trip look like this? Should it have to? What is wrong with this picture?

I am both grateful and horrified that our family camping trip to the Southwest of Colorado in large part is comprised of hauling books around the state in case someone has an urgent need to sit quietly and read. 

Here we have stacked the very different interests of of our 2 kids and my wife and myself. 

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I’ll go ahead and claim:

Measure What Matters, by John Doerr, who claims that OKR’s transformed Google into the powerhouse it is today.

The Gift of Therapy, Irvin Yalom, given to me by my daughter, who thinks I need some more grounding in the principles of psychotherapy and their application to working with colleagues in a high-pressure, high-stakes environment.

Designing Your Life, Bill Burnett, describing the foundations of Design Thinking, with applications to ones’ own life. 

Tribal Leadership, Dave Logan, about the 5 tribes and how our self-categorization is so poor, and how we all aspire to work on high-performance teams, and why we fall so short so often, and how to fix ourselves. 

Fresh off the Boat, Eddie Huang. An incredible, in-your-face, atypical Asian immigrant story. Wow.

CMIO’s take? All highly recommended. Or maybe I loved them because I was camping. What do YOU take camping?

Author: CT Lin

CMIO, UCHealth (Colorado); Professor, University of Colorado School of Medicine

One thought on “The Nerd Family Camping Trip (a personal reflection)”

  1. Honestly, I’m more of a play family games when camping kind of person. Game of Uno anyone? We also bring watercolor painting stuff – portable, not bad for the environment, and easily cleaned up. Thanks for the book recommendations!

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