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The Spirit of Kaizen by Robert Maurer • continuous improvement • operational excellence

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strategy ● change ● project management

Recommendation 5 / 5

The Spirit of Kaizen talks about the continuous improvement process. Generally speaking, it’s about taking many tiny steps over an extended period of time which lead to huge results. It’s more than Six Sigma where some companies may have conducted improvement projects a few months ago and now they might take it easy thinking maybe in three months from now we are going to work on something new. Kaizen is self-discipline and the commitment that everybody has to…

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Chaos Monkeys by Antonio García Martínez • Silicon Valley • technopreneurship

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biography ● company ● technology

Recommendation 4 / 5

Chaos Monkey is about Silicon Valley which is one of the most interesting places in the world. First, chaos monkey is a metaphor for Silicon Valley which resembles a monkey running crazy through a server farm literally punching boxes, pulling on cables etc. So like Travis Kalanick at Uber once have said – you know what, we are not going to have taxis anymore. We’re just going to have a mobile app and anybody can be a taxi driver. You’re just going to hail a taxi through your phone…

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The Messy Middle by Scott Belsky • project management • team management

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leadership ● project management ● inspirtion

Recommendation 4 / 5

The Messy Middle is about project management – specifically, the mysterious and volatile middle that nobody talks about. Scott Belsky, Chief Product Officer at Adobe, a product advisor and also an entrepreneur describes this part of the whole process as something extraordinarily bumpy that gets very little coverage on the news. No one really talks much about it, because it’s just a series of positive and negative bumps…

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How Music Got Free by Stephen Witt • online piracy • music industry

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piracy ● true story ● society

Recommendation 4 / 5

How Music Got Free is a look at basically mp3, file-sharing, online piracy and what that did to the music industry between the mid-nineties to the mid-2000s. It is also a story of obsession, music, crime and money. If you have ever looked at your music library on your PC or an mp3 player and asked yourself a question how all these recordings got here, here is a book which helps you to understand the whole process. Stephen Witt, the author of How Music Got Free, once stated…

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Skin in the Game by Nassim Nicholas Taleb • risk management • mathematical finance

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society ● psychology ● money

Recommendation 3 / 5

Skin in the game, in general, is about if you have the rewards you must also get some of the risks. In such a case, you shouldn’t have an option to let others pay the price of your mistakes. For instance, bureaucracy is a construction by which a person is conveniently separated from the consequences of his or her actions. The worst casualty has been a free market as the public already prone to hating finances conflating free market and higher order forms of corruption and cronyism when in fact it is the exact opposite. It is government, not markets that makes these issues possible…

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Fish Can’t See Water by Kai Hammerich • cultural diversity • corporate culture • national culture

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strategy ● society ● culture

Recommendation 2 / 5

Fish Can’t See Water takes the reader through what the origins of culture and cultural understanding are and is based on two highly influential thinkers Edgar Schein and Geert Hofstede and serves as the counter-argument to Thomas Friedman’s The World is Flat which a have reviewed a few weeks ago. It Deep dives into the successes and failures of various multinational corporations and based on these studies authors argue that even in our globalised world, country differences still matter, and how businesses approach…

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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 Great Leveler by Walter Scheidel • economic inequality • social structure • human history

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civilisation ● inequality ● civilisation

Recommendation 4 / 5

The Great Leveler by Walter Scheidel is a provocative and insightful contribution to our understanding of inequality over the long run and despite being grounded in economic history it is a book where you find serious questions about the future of inequality and the shape and structure of our societies. It shows that inequality never dies peacefully. Inequality declines when bloodbath and disaster strike and increases when stability and peace return…

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The 10X Rule book by Grant Cardone • how do things • finding motivation • taking ownership

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inspirtion ● wealth ● motivation

Recommendation 4 / 5

The 10x rule is a concept which says that whenever you think to achieve something, do 10 times more than you previously thought. Whatever you think that you need to do, or what you are expected to do to get things done, just do way more. A bit cliché, nevertheless, you can apply this leverage to so many areas of your life and in most situations, it will be your critical factor in the whole process. The concept is not only about doing more but also about changing your perspective. Think about the goal, let’s say you want to change a job in a year or read a book in the coming …

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The Spider Network by David Enrich • bank frauds • LIBOR scandal • financial crisis • Tom Hayes

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crime ● true story ● banks

Recommendation 4 / 5

The Spider Network is a great story of a math genius and a gang of backstabbing bankers. The book details one of the greatest scams in financial history. The author is David Enrich, a Wall Street Journal’s award-winning business reporter.

In a nutshell, the scandal involves something that very few non-financial people have heard of but is enormously important. It’s called LIBOR which is an acronym that stands for the London Interbank Offered Rate. This is a kind of international benchmark that represents the interest rate at which various banks offer to lend short-term loans to one …