My Favorite Books of 2017

I started more books than I finished in 2017. Not sure if this was due to poor choices or just a higher tolerance for cutting loses when a book lost interest. That being said, I read a few that I would highly recommend. Here are my favorites from 2017: High Performance Habits: How Extraordinary People Become That Way by Brendon Burchard Self-described as a science-backed, heart-centered way to live a better life. I was skeptical but found several takeaways and good habits to add to your toolbox. WTF?: What’s the Future and Why It’s Up to Us by Tim O’Reilly Looking for a … Continue reading My Favorite Books of 2017

The Ability to Change your Mind is a Superpower

On the subject of learning, I wanted to share two recent articles on that build on the importance. From How Reading Rewires Your Brain for More Intelligence and Empathy, Because reading does in fact make us more intelligent. Research shows that reading not only helps with fluid intelligence, but with reading comprehension and emotional intelligence as well. You make smarter decisions about yourself and those around you….Reading is like any skill. You have to practice it, regularly and constantly. But it is important to understand that seeking out new information isn’t enough. You have to be willing to process and apply … Continue reading The Ability to Change your Mind is a Superpower

Filter Bubbles

On the subject of how we subconsciously filter the information that we see, from the article, How Filter Bubbles Distort Reality: Everything You Need to Know, The term “filter bubble” refers to the results of the algorithms that dictate what we encounter online. According to Eli Pariser, those algorithms create “a unique universe of information for each of us … which fundamentally alters the way we encounter ideas and information.. …One of the great problems with filters is our human tendency to think that what we see is all there is, without realizing that what we see is being filtered. via Farnam Street

Worth the Read July 2017

A few articles that I have been thinking about as of late. Hope some are useful for you. People Don’t Buy Products, They Buy Better Versions of Themselves – “A feature is what your product does; a benefit is what the customer can do with your product.” Ten Year Futures – “Now that mobile is maturing and its growth is slowing, everyone in tech turns to thinking about what the Next Big Thing will be. It’s easy to say that ‘machine learning is the new mobile’ (and everyone does), but there are other things going on too.” Artificial Intelligence: The … Continue reading Worth the Read July 2017

Thinking Without a Box

On the topic of problem solving, “My own thinking on this subject has been deeply influenced by Lin Wells, who teaches strategy at the National Defense University. According to Wells, it is fanciful to suppose that you can opine about or explain this world by clinging to the inside or outside of any one rigid explanatory box or any single disciplinary silo. Wells describes three ways of thinking about a problem: “inside the box,” “outside the box,” and “where there is no box.” The only sustainable approach to thinking today about problems, he argues, “is thinking without a box.” From … Continue reading Thinking Without a Box

Read This –> Shoe Dog

You should read this book. Phil Knight’s memoir will not disappoint. The book was engaging, full of suspense, and very inspiring. And all based on his life creating the company Nike. It is part business book, part adventure tale, and full of entrepreneurial spirit. You should read this book. Here are a few quotes worth sharing from the book that will hopefully peak your interest: I’d been unable to sell encyclopedias, and I’d despised it to boot. I’d been slightly better at selling mutual funds, but I’d felt dead inside. So why was selling shoes so different? Because, I realized, it wasn’t selling. … Continue reading Read This –> Shoe Dog

Recommended Reading – Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction

A quick note on book recommendations: I’ve been working on reading a book a week this year (see more here) and thinking how best to share the really good ones. Usually by the time I find the book, there are plenty of reviews out there so I don’t think that another one offers much value. That being said, I think a short recommendation could be useful and serve as a good reminder to myself of some the ideas captured in the book. My plan is to focus on a few concepts/quotes that I found inspirational and that would hopefully serve as a proxy of … Continue reading Recommended Reading – Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction

The Curious Leader

Continuing on the topic of curiosity, HBR has a recent post worth sharing, “Why Curious People Are Destined for the C-Suite”. The article brings up a great point about the challenge of being a leader and remaining curious. When you are in a leadership position, it can become dangerous if you believe you are suppose to have all the answers. It can lead you to make false assumptions and avoid exploring potential issues. From the HBR article, In many cases, managers and top executives have risen through the ranks by providing fixes and solutions, not by asking questions. And once they’ve attained a position … Continue reading The Curious Leader

You are Blind to Change

In his book, Only the Paranoid Survive, Andrew Grove writes, “The lesson is, we all need to expose ourselves to the winds of change”. What he was referring to how easy it is to get comfortable. How easy it is to get complacent. How easy it is to miss that someone is eating your lunch. Max Bazerman researched this topic in his the book, The Power of Noticing: What the Best Leaders See. Max explains, Research on change blindness documents the striking degree to which we fail to notice information in our environment. Unfortunately some of the information we miss is important, even … Continue reading You are Blind to Change

About Products: A Few Things I Think I Think – Part 3

Continuing on the theme, here are few more articles and books that I have spent some time thinking on. Hope some are useful for you. Be like Charlie Munger. Sue Decker writes, “He says he has constantly seen people rise who are not the smartest but who are learning machines. They go to bed every night a little wiser than they were when they got up”. You may have caught the article where Bill Gates and Warren Buffett discuss the best business book they have ever read, Business Adventures, and then realize it was published in 1969. I can attest that the examples in it … Continue reading About Products: A Few Things I Think I Think – Part 3