Finished reading “Remote: Office Not Required” by David Heinemeier Hansson and Jason Fried, first published October 29th 2013. This is my second read of this book.
Goodreads The “work from home” phenomenon is thoroughly explored in this illuminating new book from bestselling 37signals founders Fried and Hansson, who point to the surging trend of employees working from home (and anywhere else) and explain the challenges and unexpected benefits.
Finished reading “Power Moves” by Adam M. Grant, first published January 3rd 2019.
Goodreads Navigating the new landscape of power with Mary Barra (GM), Stewart Butterfield (Slack), Satya Nadella (Microsoft), Sheryl Sandberg (Facebook), Eric Schmidt (Google/Alphabet), David Solomon (Goldman Sachs), Ellen Stofan (NASA), and two dozen other leaders, thinkers, and luminaries. Power is changing. Private corner offices and management by decree are out, as is unquestioned trust in the government and media.
Finished reading “Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup” by John Carreyrou, first published May 21st 2018.
Goodreads The full inside story of the breathtaking rise and shocking collapse of a multibillion-dollar startup, by the prize-winning journalist who first broke the story and pursued it to the end in the face of pressure and threats from the CEO and her lawyers. In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose startup “unicorn” promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood tests significantly faster and easier.
Finished reading “So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love” by Cal Newport, first published January 1st 2012.
Goodreads In this eye-opening account, Cal Newport debunks the long-held belief that “follow your passion” is good advice. Not only is the cliché flawed-preexisting passions are rare and have little to do with how most people end up loving their work-but it can also be dangerous, leading to anxiety and chronic job hopping.
Finished reading “Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us” by Seth Godin, first published October 16th 2008.
Goodreads A tribe is any group of people, large or small, who are connected to one another, a leader, and an idea. For millions of years, humans have been seeking out tribes, be they religious, ethnic, economic, political, or even musical (think of the Deadheads). It’s our nature. Now the Internet has eliminated the barriers of geography, cost, and time.
Finished reading “Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World” by Adam M. Grant, first published February 2nd 2016.
Goodreads The #1 national bestseller and New York Times bestseller that examines how people can champion new ideas—and how leaders can fight groupthink With Give and Take, Adam Grant not only introduced a landmark new paradigm for success but also established himself as one of his generation’s most compelling and provocative thought leaders.
Finished reading “Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity” by Kim Malone Scott, first published March 14th 2017.
Goodreads From the time we learn to speak, we’re told that if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. While this advice may work for everyday life, it is, as Kim Scott has seen, a disaster when adopted by managers. Scott earned her stripes as a highly successful manager at Google and then decamped to Apple, where she developed a class on optimal management.
Finished reading “Remote: Office Not Required” by David Heinemeier Hansson and Jason Fried, first published October 29th 2013.
Goodreads The “work from home” phenomenon is thoroughly explored in this illuminating new book from bestselling 37signals founders Fried and Hansson, who point to the surging trend of employees working from home (and anywhere else) and explain the challenges and unexpected benefits. Most important, they show why – with a few controversial exceptions such as Yahoo – more businesses will want to promote this new model of getting things done.
Finished reading “In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives” by Steven Levy, first published April 12th 2011.
Goodreads Few companies in history have ever been as successful and as admired as Google, the company that has transformed the Internet and become an indispensable part of our lives. How has Google done it? Veteran technology reporter Steven Levy was granted unprecedented access to the company, and in this revelatory book he takes listeners inside Google headquarters - the Googleplex - to explain how Google works.
Finished reading “Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity” by David Allen, first published in 2001.
Goodreads With first-chapter allusions to martial arts, “flow,” “mind like water,” and other concepts borrowed from the East (and usually mangled), you’d almost think this self-helper from David Allen should have been called Zen and the Art of Schedule Maintenance. Not quite. Yes, Getting Things Done offers a complete system for downloading all those free-floating gotta-do’s clogging your brain into a sophisticated framework of files and action lists–all purportedly to free your mind to focus on whatever you’re working on.
Finished reading “The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon” by Brad Stone, first published in 2013.
Business, Biography The definitive story of Amazon.com, one of the most successful companies in the world, and of its driven, brilliant founder, Jeff Bezos. Amazon.com started off delivering books through the mail. But its visionary founder, Jeff Bezos, wasn’t content with being a bookseller. He wanted Amazon to become the everything store, offering limitless selection and seductive convenience at disruptively low prices.
Finished reading “What Would Google Do?” by Jeff Jarvis, first published in 2009.
Business, Nonfiction, Technology A bold and vital book that asks and answers the most urgent question of today: What Would Google Do? In a book that’s one part prophecy, one part thought experiment, one part manifesto, and one part survival manual, internet impresario and blogging pioneer Jeff Jarvis reverse-engineers Google—the fastest-growing company in history—to discover forty clear and straightforward rules to manage and live by.