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The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business
really liked it
I'm studying an MBA at the moment (actually, for the last few years, almost done!) so I feel qualified to discuss this book.

To the book. It's a nice
Mar 29, 2011
Dec 30, 2010
it was ok
Unfortunately a mess of ideas and misconceptions (did you know that Albert Einstein discovered relativity due to spending a badly estimated 10,000 ...more
Dec 18, 2012
Dec 18, 2012
The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future
it was ok
In the genre of "books that are actually long blog posts", this book really is the latest in "lean startup" type works, stripped back as far as it ...more
not set
Jun 30, 2012
The Sketchnote Handbook: The Illustrated Guide to Visual Note Taking
really liked it
I used mindmaps more than anything else to get me through my Masters degree, and so I have a natural predisposition to visually representing ...more
Dec 23, 2012
Jan 01, 2013
One O'Clock Hustle (Rebecca Mayfield, #1)
it was ok
Read this because I needed a change, something different and unexpected, and this popped across my radar due to someone else in my Goodreads network ...more
May 18, 2014
May 17, 2014
Mindfire: Big Ideas for Curious Minds
it was ok
I bought this book on the day I found Scott's blog. Interesting stuff. But after having subscribed to his blog for a few weeks, I've found the insight ...more
not set
Apr 26, 2012
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
it was amazing
A perspective changing book. Gives the broadest of broad arcs of the development of our species over the last 70,000 years. In particular I learnt a ...more
May 12, 2016
Mar 15, 2016
Walking Free
really liked it
The real story of an Iraqi refugee around the time of the Sydney Olympics. Highlights the problems that make the topic of boat arrivals controversial ...more
Apr 2015
Apr 01, 2015
Sweet Potato Power: Smart Carbs:  Paleo and Personalized
really liked it
First, ignore the title. This book was mainly useful for outlining the self-testing that is available to an individual -- from determining cortisol ...more
Jul 06, 2012
Jul 07, 2012
Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of NIKE
really liked it
Very much enjoyed this look into the formative days of one of the world's iconic brands. Interesting characters (Knight, Pre, Strasser, Woodell etc), ...more
Dec 21, 2016
Aug 17, 2016
How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading
really liked it
A lot of this is self evident and repetitive, but it's still a worthwhile read.
not set
Dec 06, 2010
The Captain Class: The Hidden Force that Creates the World's Greatest Teams
it was ok
There were a few interesting points, and I do believe in the importance of captains in sports and generally strong leaders in everyday endeavours, but ...more
Jan 07, 2019
Jan 09, 2019
Trump: The Art of the Deal
really liked it
Donald Trump is a fascinating character. He is commonly pilloried in the media, and he has an incredible amount of confidence that some would say goes ...more
Oct 18, 2015
Oct 19, 2015
Body by Science: A Research-Based Program for Strength Training, Body Building, and Complete Fitness in 12 Minutes a Week
it was ok
I found the science in this to be credible (not having the background of the authors, I can't debate it), but I was not so taken with the ...more
Feb 16, 2012
Jan 15, 2012
Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World
really liked it
An incredible history of a formative era for modern civilisation. I knew next to nothing about the Mongols coming to this book, but now see the key ...more
Jul 20, 2012
Jul 11, 2012
On Chesil Beach
really liked it
Terrific writing with a compelling story of newlyweds and their psychology in this short novel. Read it over a day and a half and had just the sort of ...more
Jul 14, 2018
Jul 13, 2018
A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy
it was amazing
I've been skirting around stoicism for a while. I've made a little start on Seneca and Marcus Aurelius, and I've had this book on my horizon since I ...more
Sep 10, 2011
Dec 06, 2010
How to Squander Your Potential: The Smart E's & Kniteforce Story
it was amazing
Did you spend your teenage years in the early 90s going to all night raves somewhere in Australia or the UK? Did you spend the rest of the time ...more
Nov 26, 2012
Nov 26, 2012
Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World
really liked it
Cal Newport has done a good job of building a justification for prioritising deep work in our lives, with some useful techniques from his considered ...more
Jan 18, 2016
Jan 18, 2016
Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar
it was amazing
Incredible. Next time you feel numb to life, read this book. The raw humanity on display, the emotion, and even the logic (which also applies in human ...more
Feb 21, 2015
Feb 23, 2015
Implementing Beyond Budgeting: Unlocking the Performance Potential
really liked it
I saw Bjarte talk at Agile Australia 2013 and was blown away by his material. I bought the book before he'd even left the stage. The book is actually ...more
Jul 05, 2013
Aug 05, 2013
The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom
really liked it
I enjoyed this book because it tackled a handful of major topics (love, religion, adversity, amongst others), mixed "ancient wisdom" with the authors ...more
Oct 07, 2015
Dec 31, 2014
Rise: 3 Practical Steps for Advancing Your Career, Standing Out as a Leader, and Liking Your Life
it was amazing
Terrific career advice, probably most useful for people close to executive level positions or senior management, but there's plenty for people earlier ...more
Dec 2016
Oct 08, 2016
Tender Is the Night
liked it
I wasn't sure what to make of this book -- brilliant and captivating in parts, quite boring in other parts. I wanted to know what the critics thought, ...more
Jun 09, 2018
Apr 14, 2018
Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World
it was amazing
I expected this book would be a very simple message extrapolated out to several hundred pages, but it turned out to be much more riveting than that. ...more
Oct 2019
Jun 02, 2019
Radical Focus: Achieving Your Most Important Goals with Objectives and Key Results
really liked it
Straight forward narrative on how OKRs work, highlighting some of the gotchas for new players. Quick read, good to get a team across the intent of the ...more
Jan 2016
Sep 05, 2016
Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High
it was amazing
I've used many of the tools and insights in this book to help my career and personal life. It's a must have for anyone looking to be effective in ...more
May 2012
Jan 31, 2012
Rails Antipatterns: Best Practice Ruby on Rails Refactoring
liked it
Nothing very profound, but probably useful to a new/mid level Rails developer.
Nov 21, 2011
Nov 17, 2011
Infinite Jest
really liked it
This would be five stars, except that the author is so damn abusive of the reader I can't bring myself to rate it at the pinnacle. The writing is ...more
Feb 19, 2012
Dec 02, 2009
Win Bigly: Persuasion in a World Where Facts Don't Matter
really liked it
Scott Adams is a provocative thinker and that makes any of his writing a must read for me. I'm always challenged to expand my perspectives in some ...more
Jan 2018
Jun 09, 2018
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