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Bad Blood by John Carreyrou • Silicon Valley Startup • Theranos • fake medicine

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medicine ● crime ● true story

Recommendation 5 / 5

Bad blood. The best business book of 2018 according to Financial Times and McKinsey. The book offers an astonishing, absolutely amazing and deep story of Theranos, a faked company which was famed for its blood testing methodology, and its founder, Elizabeth Holmes. The book is very easy to read, written by John Carreyrou, a journalist from Wall Street Journal, who actually uncovered the truth about the company. I’d say the, predominantly, it’s a document, but also a great spy story as the book talks about the company from many different angles….

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Total Recall by Arnold Schwarzenegger • film industry • bodybuilding history • Florida governor

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biography ● inspirtion ● sport

Recommendation 3 / 5

The title of the book is really fitting. I assume that everybody knows something about Arnold Schwarzenegger, obviously known for his films. But I think that only some of you know that in his young age he was a very successful bodybuilder, he was Mr. Olympia, Mr. Universe or something like that several times. Eventually, he became a governor of California.

The book gives a lot of insights into his life and it brought out why he was able to accomplish as much as he did. The book tells how a poor Austrian became an entrepreneur, a professional bodybuilder and eventually a film star and a…

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Crushing It! By Gary Vaynerchuk • marketing guru • online businesses • social media

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inspirtion ● marketing ● internet

Recommendation 5 / 5

In 2009, Gary Vaynerchuk wrote the book “Crush It” which was a kind of work that solidified his personal brand apart from his Wine Library TV and allowed him to evolve into a fertile public speaker. Enough to say that, now, he is a five-time best selling author. So 9 years later, in 2018, he has written “Crushing It” which might be treated as a follow up to “Crush it”, and it features and describes great stories of people who were influenced by his first book. He eventually grew into what he is now, a very successful businessman, a marketing guru, and a phenomenal speaker…

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MBA in a Book by Joel Kurtzman • business case studies • strategic financial management

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inspirtion ● leadership ● strategy

Recommendation 3 / 5

A month ago I was told that the book “MBA in a Book” might be A month ago I was told that the book “MBA in a Book” might be worth reading. Let’s be clear on that, it should not be treated as an equivalent of a real MBA program. As it comes to me, the greatest advantage of the book is that it is filled with a multitude of case studies and collection of strategies that might be applicable for any business practitioners. Due to the above, it requires basic or, at least, fragmented knowledge and familiarity with many different concepts from business strategy, finance until leadership…

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The Ideal Team Player by Patrick Lencioni • team management • business culture

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inspirtion ● company ● leadership

Recommendation 5 / 5

The Ideal Team Player tells a story of Bob Shanley, ther of Valley Builders Construction Company. The company is about to take 2 major contract and in order to deal with them the company has to hire new employees. Meanwhile, Bob and his top team revise its staff and realize that the company has a very high turnover rate due to the fact that many of the current employees are not effective team players. In order to mitigate the problem the management team decides to research what makes an effective team player…

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Janesville by Amy Goldstein • GM plants closing • manufacturing sector

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economy ● society ● true story

Recommendation 5 / 5

“The promise of Janesville has been the promise of America” – Senator Barack Obama, February 2008

The best business book of the year 2017 nominated by Financial Times and McKinsey. Amy Goldstein, the author of the book, has taken a deep dive into the community of Janesville, Wisconsin after General Motors has closed its oldest and the longest operating car factory in the United States. The factory and a whole city which made a huge contribution when, during World War II, it switched its assembly line from trucks to artillery shells…

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Good Boss, Bad Boss by Robert Sutton • organizational psychology • how to be a good manager

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inspirtion ● leadership ● strategy

Recommendation 5 / 5

What a great book! If you are a boss who wants to do a great work this book is just for you. It’s really hard to list how many accurate hints about being a good boss it covers. When I was reading the book I had one general impression – I wished I had read the book before I was promoted at the first time. Unfortunately, many examples presented in the book I had to check in real life (and I have failed). Thereby, after the end of the book, my statement would go like this – every, absolutely every prospective boss or a team leader, project manager or any kind of a managerial hub should …

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Relentless by Tim Grover • sport psychology • winning mentality

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biography ● inspirtion ● motivation

Recommendation 1 / 5

What I should say… No, it wasn’t a good book. Pathologically repetitive. In each chapter I had the same impression – to be the best in something you have to be persistent, committed, focused and be ready for making sacrifices. Anyway Relentless starts with a short biography of the author – Tim Grover, how he got to know Michael Jordan and became his personal trainer. It is worth to say that during his career he trained a plethora of other successful sportspeople. Tim presents his fundamental values, and somewhat he argues that he demands the same commitments from his…

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Rework by Jason Fried • building a business • startup company

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company ● leadership ● strategy

Recommendation 5 / 5

For many, starting a new business can be relatively overwhelming. I assume that, if you read my posts, you hear many gripping stories about successful entrepreneurs who reached their first million-dollar profit almost overnight. On one hand, going the same path sounds tempting, but on the other hand, it might be a bit intimidating.

Rework, written by Jason Fried, says that such attitude is complete rubbish. Such stories delude people. It says that if you want to start a firm, you shouldn’t focus…

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Good Strategy Bad Strategy by Richard Rumel • corporate strategy • competitive advantage

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inspirtion ● leadership ● strategy

Recommendation 5 / 5

One of the best book on strategy I have ever read. At first, I checked the author, Richard Rumelt and found out that he is a college professor. This fact brought some doubts regarding his authentic experience in the field of corporate strategy. At the moment, I can admit that my prejudice was without merit. Moreover, even some classroom narratives turned out to be in-depth and accurate case studies.

The key message of the book is an honest, intellectual…