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The Culture Code by Daniel Coyle • effective communication • team working skills

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inspirtion ● leadership ● strategy

Recommendation 5 / 5

The Culture Code is a well-written book telling how some successful organisations and their leaders, such as Pixar, SEAL Team Six, Zappos, and San Antonio Spurs, have achieved their positions. It is not a scientific book, it details the methodology and attitudes applicable in different environments. On the other hand, as I know the story of Pixar Studio (Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull and Amy Wallace – my first review on Facebook) I felt that the book was a bit shallow. It was because I knew that the Pixar’s story had so much more to offer. Nevertheless, we should keep in mind…

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Life 3.0 by Max Tegmark • what is artificial intelligence • uses of technology

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technology ● future ● society

Recommendation 4 / 5

I have an interest in AI because of 2 major reasons:
1. What will be the impact of Artificial Intelligence on our workplace and environment (how to maximise its benefits in our future)?
2. How we (humanity) will be treated by the AI as it becomes self-aware.

Life 3.0, written by Max Tegmark is vast, astonishingly extensive. It is the most comprehensive book about the AI I have ever read. It covers all aspects of the AI which I am able to comprehend. The book starts with a brief history of our…

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The Truth Machine by Paul Vigna • what is cryptocurrency • what is blockchain technology

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technology ● future ● blockchain

Recommendation 4 / 5

So many times I complained because I couldn’t understand the phenomenon of Bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies. I didn’t understand how they are created, and why their value is so volatile. From my point of view, fueled by banks and other authorities, it was clear speculation, an investment bubble created by our basic instincts, driven by a bunch of greedy guys.

The Truth Machine explores a short history of publicly maintained databases, such as Wikipedia and presents it as an excellent example of how we should create and store information in the future. Then, the concept of encryption is…

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Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson • history of Apple • best biographies

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biography ● inspirtion ● company

Recommendation 5 / 5

This week someone asked me – Why do you read so many biographies? They are all about the same. What do you get from that (in practice)? I told the person that, although they represent the same genre, luckily, based on my experience, they are completely different. Naturally, there is a common denominator such as inspiration, experience, knowledge of some particular company or industry, but each of these elements have their own individual characteristics. You can’t say that if you have read a book about the car industry you might guess how the film…

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The Age of Agile by Stephen Denning • employee engagement • agile manifesto

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inspirtion ● technology ● strategy

Recommendation 5 / 5

The Age of Agile is an excellent book about the revolution in how the most prosperous companies meet and exceed customers’ needs and successfully engage their employees.

The second part of the book takes a deep dive into the shareholder value thinking. The book offers a plethora of interesting case studies and a little deeper analysis of the agile transformation conducted in Microsoft. All presented companies focus on building trusting, purpose-driven networks of small task groups throughout their organisations…

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Eyes Wide Open by Isaac Lidsky • overcoming obstacles • how to make decisions

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biography ● inspirtion ● true story

Recommendation 5 / 5

The Age of Agile is an excellent book about the revolution in how the most prosperous companies meet and exceed customers’ needs and successfully engage their employees.

The second part of the book takes a deep dive into the shareholder value thinking. The book offers a plethora of interesting case studies and a little deeper analysis of the agile transformation conducted in Microsoft. All presented companies focus on building trusting, purpose-driven networks of small task groups throughout their organisations…

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World Order by Henry Kissinger • world powers • geopolitics

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politics ● history ● economy

Recommendation 4 / 5

World Order is an impressive study that focuses on the geopolitical distribution of power. The book methodically provides a multitude of studies enhanced by anecdotal personal experience. The author focuses predominantly on Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and the US. The chapters detail the regional history and a perspective on cultural differences that create fracturing in understanding and negotiation. In the beginning, we receive a tract describing the distribution of power in Europe and how the Peace of Westphalia gave the model for stability. From this point on, the…

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The Idea Factory by Jon Gertner • innovation management • Bell Labs

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technology ● leadership ● true story

Recommendation 4 / 5

The idea factory explores the history of Bell Labs from the 1920’ to the 1980’. Jon Gartner, the author of the book, answers one, the most important question of our era – what causes innovation? The book is an insightful and appealing record of the years of discovery at the Labs and core milestones in the history of technology that was achieved. Throughout those years of innovation, more than a dozen Bell Labs’ employees won seven Noble prizes. Jon Gartner takes us through the journey and shows how collective effort and collective thinking was accomplished. To have a full scale…

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The Rational Optimist by Matt Ridley • popular science • free trade

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history ● violence ● society

Recommendation 5 / 5

As we are constantly bombarded with doom prophesies the book makes a really good job and puts all of that into greater perspective. Rational Optimist starts with a thesis that we are way better off than we ever were, and Matt Ridley makes convincing arguments that things will continue to improve. We don’t need to agree with the Ridley theme of optimism for the future to make this book worthwhile to read. The book offers much more than the title suggests.

After 1/3 of the book…

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Thing Explainer by Randall Munroe • popular science • how things work

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technology ● history ● civilisation

Recommendation 4 / 5

If you struggled to understand each and every element on the Periodic Table or if you tried and failed to explain how a computer works to your Grandma than grab this book. Thing Explainer is a kind of encyclopedia, full of hand-made pictures, arrows, and descriptions. I really liked the layout and a bit childish style of everything in the book.

Unfortunately, due to the fact that many pictures are gigantic and cover both pages, the book is inconvenient to read on a Kindle or other handy…