Keeps the personal details to a minimum, oftentimes as an aside or commentary on his investment life. Still, great book on what makes buffet tick, incKeeps the personal details to a minimum, oftentimes as an aside or commentary on his investment life. Still, great book on what makes buffet tick, including both personal and professional idiosyncrasies. Bill Gates' favorite bio of Buffet, the book is rationally researched and written, and hardly ever makes an unnecessary stretch or speculation -- a good thing....more
Incredibly well researched and detailed book, almost to a fault. The 460 page tome spares nary a detail or characters from the life and times of BillIncredibly well researched and detailed book, almost to a fault. The 460 page tome spares nary a detail or characters from the life and times of Bill Gates and Microsoft... so much so that it becomes specific names, projects and programs start "compositing" themselves into one another, difficult to keep track of individually. Still, the writing is supurb, following a tightly chronological timeline, and effortlessly tying in detail and contexts from a wide variety of primary sources. The narrative flow never gets bogged down in too much bibliographical concerns, and at times feels like a well written fiction.
More than the writing, the account is a fascinating look at a fascinating life in technology. The authors clearly have respect for their subject, but honestly present Gates in all this many quircks and insecurities. Great business book profiling the very uncertain dealings and situations that seem so storybook today, without ever casting Gates in a heroic or stereotypical mold.
Good quote from epilogue: "Business? Business was interesting, but it certaintly wasn't pure, and as Gates told one interviewer, 'The business side is easy - EASY!' Businessmen were interesting, but Gates had no illusions about their general level of brilliance. For him, it was no contest, the reason he could sell them on almost anything. As former IBMer Ed Iacobucci said, "Put a middle manager on one side of the table and Bill on the other, who can deal with technical issues: WHo wins that deal?""...more
I went into this thinking I would pick into the brain of a record mogul turned golden boy businessman, and the book is actually pretty slim on detail I went into this thinking I would pick into the brain of a record mogul turned golden boy businessman, and the book is actually pretty slim on detailed or nuanced analysis of either industries, so there's a bit of disappointment there. But the "in-between" filler tend to be somewhat entertaining and revealing, so the compensation is at least thrilling. The enduring lessons seems to be intuitive as ever: hustle hard, everyday, don't fear, think different. There are nuggets of gem in the concluding chapters. Not an essential read however you divide it, but a fun, breezy read for anything resembling a business book....more
Good read on the latest in neuroplasticity research, complete with personable stories to drive the research arc home. Inspiring, synthesizes the realGood read on the latest in neuroplasticity research, complete with personable stories to drive the research arc home. Inspiring, synthesizes the real science of the infinite possibilities of the human mind and spirit. ...more
Fairly anecdotal, qualitatively descriptive and moralistic for a biz book that purports to be objectively and quantitatively researched. The premise aFairly anecdotal, qualitatively descriptive and moralistic for a biz book that purports to be objectively and quantitatively researched. The premise and research methods is what draws you in, but it's the anecdotes that stick. Most lessons and core concepts are fairly intuitive, which make the counter intuitive memorable: E.G.'s the myth of the charismatic leader, the fallacy of pure profit motives, "cult like" characteristics of great performing organizations, the unintended consequences of squeezing market share value of products, the tyranny of the "or", etc.
While the research methods are hardly airtight, it's the unintuitive findings that seem to legitimize the study itself. If anything, the study is most legitimized by the collection of great anecdotes from great organizations, driving home concepts from multiple anecdotal angles. The breadth of stories in and of themselves betray at a minimum, exhaustive research.
Decent writing for a business book, although at times falls into a stale "businessy" cadence and structure. This made the book a struggle to chew through at times, but the gems never take too long to reappear. If you're in an early stage company, thinking of starting one, or for some bizarre reason an executive at a larger company who's reading a goodreads business book review by yours truly, I highly recommend this book to you. Otherwise, pass....more
A must for anyone involved with public policy, public health, public safety... pretty much anything public. The eminently economic authors offer a disA must for anyone involved with public policy, public health, public safety... pretty much anything public. The eminently economic authors offer a dispassionate debunking of the tattered economic notion of society as a sum total of many rational units of self interest. They offer several major biases and short comings of the typical human decision making processes, offering convincing arguments from the latest research in neuro-science, sociology, evolutionary biology, etc.
Authors champion a framework of "paternalistic liberalism". That is, architecting choices that "nudge" the most amount of people to choose what's probably in their best self interest, without surrounding choice for the rest of society. After laying the framework for this in the first hundred or so pages, authors rifle through many real world and recent examples in public health, personal finance, retirement programs, and other macro domains to drive home their framework.
For those a little more selfishly inclined -- i.e. a capitalist -- it's but a fairly straightforward twist of logic that would allow you to apply many of the underlying lessons to your market share ambitions. An ambitious but readable treatise with many practical applications, I recommend to both policy makers and capitalists alike....more
snippest of real science too far and few between. Not worth the read because much book is personalized and self-serving, recalling triiumphant anecdotsnippest of real science too far and few between. Not worth the read because much book is personalized and self-serving, recalling triiumphant anecdotes from a career of marketing consulting. Too many leaps of logic based too often on the author's opinion, and the whole thing stinks of self-promotion. Hardly instructive, nor particularly well written. Interesting topic, but you'd be better served skipping this one for another neuro-marketing book....more