Book Reviews Archive

  • The Art of Learning: Fractals, Water Polo and Marketing Templates

    The Art of Learning: Fractals, Water Polo and Marketing Templates

    “We do not learn from experience, but from reflecting on the experience.” – John Dewey [This post started out as a book review and became a reflection on my own experiences of learning. The idea of fractal learning is one that I would love your […]

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  • The 5 Temptations (and remedies) of a CEO

    The 5 Temptations (and remedies) of a CEO

    A 1 minute summary of Patrick Lencioni’s 5 Temptations of a CEO: The 5 Temptations: You put your own career status ahead of getting results for the organisation. You want to be popular with your team instead of holding them accountable for delivering on the commitments […]

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  • 20 Habits That Won’t Get You There

    20 Habits That Won’t Get You There

    I’ve just finished Marshall Goldsmith‘s great book: “What got you here, won’t get you there – How successful people become even more successful“. What is the book about? My one sentence answer is: It is about removing your personal obstacles to further magnify your strengths.  Here’s […]

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  • Why do we exist as a business?

    Why do we exist as a business?

    It’s an existential question I asked myself after reading Ben Horowitz’s blog post: Lead bullets. Fortunately I was reading Ron Baker’s book Implementing Value Pricing at the time. Ron proposes a simple, yet extremely demanding, 2 part answer: The sole reason for a business to […]

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  • You Can’t Eat On Facebook – 3 Timeless Fundamentals from Never Eat Alone

    You Can’t Eat On Facebook – 3 Timeless Fundamentals from Never Eat Alone

    You know it’s a good book when you dog ear the last page. That’s what I did with Never Eat Alone, by Keith Ferrazzi. I did it for this quote: …you can’t do it alone. We are all in this together. It’s a book about the power […]

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  • Be grateful. Life’s a Black Swan.

    Be grateful. Life’s a Black Swan.

    One of the things that I’ve enjoyed most about being in business has been the exposure to new ways of thinking and a whole new genre of books. The Black Swan, by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, is a book that has definitely challenged my thinking. What is […]

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  • Humanising – the real value of Real Time

    Humanising – the real value of Real Time

    “Our people are our greatest asset.” “Our differentiator is our relationships.” “Product X is great but it’s our people and our culture that really makes the difference.” “Our competitors could walk into this place and look around. They can even copy everything we do, but […]

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  • 88 tips for business – Rework reworked (a reminder list)

    88 tips for business – Rework reworked (a reminder list)

    Rework is a string of 88 short essays by Jason Fried and David Heinmeier Hansson – the founders of 37signals.com (we are big fans of their products Highrise, Basecamp, Campfire and Backpack at Bluewire Media). It’s a gem, so I thought I’d write a one […]

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  • Crowdsourcing

    Is this the first ever example of crowd-sourcing?

    Twelve mighty volumes; 414,825 words defined; 1,827,306 illustrative quotations used… The total length of type – all handset, for the books were done by letterpress, still discernible in the delicately impressed feel of the inked-on paper – is 178 miles, the distance between London and […]

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  • Tribes by Seth Godin

    Heretics + Followers – Blind Sheep = Obligation

    Tribes, by Seth Godin What’s it about? In Seth’s words: A tribe is a group of people connected to one another, connected to a leader and connected to an idea. This is a Small Book (about tribes) with a Big Idea: You, Me, Everyone has […]

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