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Alibaba by Duncan Clark • Jack Ma biography • business magnate

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biography ● internet ● sales

Recommendation 5 / 5

The impact of Alibaba is not fully appreciated outside China as much as it is within China. Outside China, people may have known the big IPO of Alibaba ($25 billion in 2014) and perhaps some odd founder but I don’t think they understand how much the Internet has changed people’s lives and, particularly, companies such as Alibaba boosted that process. Without the internet, it’s hard to imagine how China would have evolved over the last few decades and how the private sector would have driven the county forward…

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The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins • how to change your life • overcoming procrastination

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inspirtion ● change ● motivation

Recommendation 5 / 5

There are thousands of shallow books speaking about how to take action, how to find courage and motivation and so on, but this book is really worth reading. At least you should know the rule as it has a scientific background. The 5-second rule talks about how to overcome our natural tendency to procrastinate various things. When you fear something or when you feel like you do not want to do something that you should be doing, we might call it anxiety or procrastination. You might call it also resistance which means anything that stops you from moving from a lower level of action to a higher level…

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Elon Musk by Ashlee Vance • industries of the future • Elon Musk biography

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biography ● inspirtion ● company

Recommendation 5 / 5

“Good ideas are always crazy until they’re not.” Even though the quote comes from Larry Page, it greatly encapsulates the life of Elon Musk portrayed in the book. I have to say that Ashlee Vance did an absolutely splendid job on making a chronological, short history of Elon’s life.

In the beginning, the book goes into Elon Musk’s childhood, his family life and tells how he, moved to Canada and, eventually, to the United States. Ashlee details how Elon got into computers and wrote his first game. Then the story …

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The World Is Flat by Thomas Friedman • effects of globalization • benefits of the internet

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technology ● internet ● civilisation

Recommendation 5 / 5

The world is flat talks about globalisation and it goes through 3 phases of this process. The period between 1492 and 1800 he calls globalisation 1.0. It’s a period fuelled by muscle power and the national economy. The bigger the country you came from, the greater the chances you would do well in international trade. The second era lasted from 1800 until 2000 and, naturally, was called globalisation 2.0. It was the era of multinational companies and decreasing cost of transportation thanks to the steam engine, railroads, ships and then telecommunications to move goods and information from continent…

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The New One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard • effective management • how to succeed in business

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inspirtion ● leadership ● motivation

Recommendation 5 / 5

The new one minute manager, written by Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson, is a revision of the co-authors’ The one minute manager, originally published in 1982. Ken Blanchard is considered one of the most influential leadership experts in the world. He has co-authored 60 books and in 2005 was inducted into Amazon’s Hall of Fame as one of the top two best-selling authors of all time. Spencer Johnson parallels Ken, and he also became a member of Amazon’s list.

The book at the beginning explains how so many managers fall under one of two categories – tough managers and …

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The CEO Next Door by Elena Botelho • culture code • how to succeed in business

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inspirtion ● leadership ● strategy

Recommendation 5 / 5

The CEO Next Door is based on over 10 years of research into 18,000 professional reports of pre-selected candidates, high-level jobs mostly in billion-dollar companies. The book focuses on CEOs with research separating candidates who turned out to be good leaders as CEOs and those who turned out to be outstanding performers. It does bring to every reader the secrets of the most successful people in business to help you learn from the best so that you can tailor your approach to individual situations no matter how you define it….

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Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson • change management • false sense of security

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inspirtion ● motivation ● change

Recommendation 5 / 5

Who moved my cheese is a charming and entertaining book that uses a fable to show how to handle change which can be stressful in work and life. It’s a pretty popular book and I wouldn’t be surprised if you knew this book. Having said that, I believe the book is worth coming back as it’s a really quick read. Anyway, the fable in the book is about four characters who live in a maze, two mice named Sniff and Scurry and two little people, named Hem and Haw, who were as small as mice. They all love cheese, and once they found it at cheese station they got very comfortable and expected the cheese…

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The Quest book by Daniel Yergin • books on energy • history of energy • sources of energy

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politics ● energy ● economy

Recommendation 5 / 5

The Quest is a study of energy policy and its implications in international politics and economics. But first of all, I think it would be useful to make a short introduction of the author of the book, Daniel Yergin. Time magazine said – if there is one person whose opinion matters more than any other on global energy markets, it’s Daniel Yergin. The New York Times described him as America’s most influential energy pundit. Fortune said that he is one of the planet’s foremost thinkers about energy and its implications. He is known around the world for his book, The Prize, the epic quest for oil, money and power…

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Bad Blood by John Carreyrou • Silicon Valley Startup • Theranos documentary • 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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Crushing It! By Gary Vaynerchuk • marketing guru • online businesses

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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…