Wake-up call: The number of good things you could do will always be greater than the resources you can bring aboard, even if you are a billionaire. So pick your ﬁghts wisely, according to what you care most about
I was excited to read the book as its reputation certainly precedes it. The book explores how companies can handle the age of emerging disruptive technologies as listening to the customers is not enough any more. Investing in R&D and in a proper manner is the key to buoyancy in today's quick changing markets.
Simon Sinek is at least to me one of the greatest business thought leaders of the time. His talks like How great leaders inspire action, Start with why, Why Leaders Eat Last, Why good leaders make you safe have millions of views. In this books Simon Sinek goes deep into the roots of human biology and psychology to investigate what makes a great leader. He does not only that but he provides an exciting vision for a different world where leaders fulfill their original role - sacrificing themselves to protect others.
This has been the best book on entrepreneurship I've read to date. Mr. Walton allows us to enter his mind and recreate the story behind the largest retailer in the world - from humble beginnings to how the giant empire was built.
The book is really the 101 of entrepreneurship. Not only that but it is a pleasure to read, written in such friendly tone (remember your grandfather telling you stories?) that I felt that I kind of got to know mr. Walton personally.
I've also did a substantial research on what has Walmart turned into since 1992 since mr. Walton died, and it seems that unfortunately the company was not able to stay true to the many of the core values instilled by its founder.
How our mind works is still one of the biggest mysteries of the universe. You try to remember a couple of random things and you can't. But turn them into images and suddenly you are able to remember a deck of cards in a minute (before reading this book I was sure I couldn't do that, now I think I could with enough practice).
What gives this book credibility is that the author (a journalist by profession) got intrigued by memory, then learned and practiced the techniques described in the book for a year and entered and won the U.S. Memory Championship!
It’s also witty, highly engaging and a pleasure to read. I found about this book reading the Bill Gates blog (mr. Gates seems to be a great book lover like us!).
The main idea of the book is that each individual has it's own unique way of filling their own 'love tank'. And what works for one partner does not need to necessarily work for the other one. My love language may be "words of affirmation" and my wife's "quality time". The book is about recognizing the love language of your partner and doing concrete actions that will make them feel loved more.
This book addresses something parents worry about frequently - making sure their child reaches its potential. The writing style makes it more of a reference guide and not a book. It accurately describes different situations and how to cope with it all as a parent. For me the true gem of the book is "Show the Way" section at the end of each chapter which basically (in my opinion) tells you what you need to do, through your own behavior, to prevent all these problems surfacing in the first place.
Peopleware is one of those business books that do not take a topic and spread it onto 200 pages of opinion and anecdotes. It contains concrete advice, backed up by research references. I would call it a must read book for any software company manager.
The authors attack company policies like cubicles, dress codes, telephones, hiring policies with almost reckless abandon. It actually feels like Scott Adams used this book as an inspiration to create the comic strip Dilbert.
I have to give a disclaimer first - this was the first book on parenting I read. As such I was blown away by some ideas. They are practical, simple and produced a lot of a-ha moments with me. In many ways it helped me transform the way I handle stressful situations not only with my child, but with my colleagues too! :)
Steve Blank and Bob Dorf really tried hard to write a blueprint on how to build and scale a startup.
I have big respect for Steve Blank especially after his speech on the next 50 years of business innovation. He clearly sees the big picture of entrepreneurship.
But sadly this book follows the usual pattern of new-age business books: a cool idea that could be explained in 50 pages, expanded to almost 600 by means of repetition, anecdotes and non-actionable ideas.
I felt like I read a book that tried to explain how to date in 600 pages. Use this lotion, shave the beard this much, wear this type of suit, pick this kind of restaurant, behave in this manner, tell her these lines, if that doesn't work tried those instead, and so on and on... . But dating does not work that way.
Really, you can describe a successful dating recipe in two sentences:
- Be yourself
- Try to be decent, and treat her with respect
If you were to go on a date armed with a knowledge of a book like this, the following would happen:
- You'd be nervous all the time and have hard time trying to remember everything that was taught to you
- You'd constantly fear you'll screw up something as you did not follow the instructions accurately
- As soon as she asks a question that is not covered in the book you'd be in trouble
- If your date fails, next time you'll try to "smell better" or "pick a different restaurant"
- Relax, the purpose of dating is not the dating itself, but to find a partner that one day may be the mother of your children (it is! unless you are not a grown-up yet. If you want to create startups for fun than this book might be for you) .
It feels that the true entrepreneurship works similar to these principles of dating . I think one could lay a foundation of a successful startup in two sentences as well:
- Solve an itch you are having
- Love it
The book's ultimate fail is that it is clearly biased toward creating startups that 'exit'. They portrait VCs as saviors to the business world . However most startups and also the best companies in the world were not founded on the principle of 'exiting'; they are founded on the principle of contributing something amazing to the world.