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What Works by Hamish McRae
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"What Works - Success in Stressful Times" had a multitude of fascinating use cases which certainly helped broaden my awareness of stories and life lessons from across the globe. For this I give a thumbs up, commending McRae on taking worldwide exampl ...more
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Great by Choice by James C. Collins
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Great by Choice was a difficult & long read where the authors felt that iterating through full lists opposed to summarizing their conclusions would help emphasise points -- it does not. Although having facts to frame & support a statement doe ...more
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Hacking Work by Bill Jensen
Hacking Work: Breaking Stupid Rules for Smart Results
by Bill Jensen (Goodreads Author)
read in May, 2012
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I'm a strong supporter of challenging corporate procedures or rules to either better understand why they're there, or to "fix" things to suit the organizations true needs. However Jensen & Klein's book spent more time explaining that business hac ...more
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The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
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Highly Recommended! From those in marketing, project management, product design, engineering, etc. The Lean Startup is a brilliantly written book which reinforces how iterative Agile type development, from concept through to creation, deployment, use ...more
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The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
The White Tiger
by Aravind Adiga
read in March, 2012
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I intentionally waited several months into my stay in India before reading this book & am very glad I did -- the smaller details or nuances that I would have otherwise (and unknowingly) read over months before were far more prevalent once I bette ...more
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The 80 Minute MBA by Richard Reeves
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As the title states, this is a quick read which frames leadership, ethics, finance & strategic concepts; however the shallow dives into some topics with no dives into others leaves this book adding little value above a university course summary s ...more
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The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin S. Sharma
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Although I do appreciate the occasional self development boost that Sharma often provides, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari came across as a low budget, quick book that attempts to hide a motivational speech behind a blatantly obvious & shallow stor ...more
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“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”
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The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni
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Forming, storming, norming & performing are team development groups that we should all be actively aware of. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team goes a step beyond this in identifying the vulnerabilities teams face in each of these phases & how t ...more
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