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Fish Can’t See Water by Kai Hammerich and Richard D. Lewis • cultural diversity • corporate 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 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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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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Black Edge by Sheelah Kolhatkar • inside Information • Wall Street • market manipulation

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crime ● Wall Street ● true story

Recommendation 4 / 5

Black Edge by Sheelah Kolhatkar is a riveting true-life legal thriller that takes readers inside the government’s pursuit of one of the biggest player on Wall Street. To some extent, it is also about the hedge fund industry which got started around 1950, however, the current form is known for 30 years. Specifically, the book tells the story of Steven Cohen who started one of the largest hedge funds which was called S.A.C. Capital.

For those who need a quick recap, a hedge fund is an investment fund that pools capital from accredited individuals …

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Lost and Founder book by Rand Fishkin • tech startup • SEO Moz • guide for startups

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biography ● SEO ● internet

Recommendation 4 / 5

Rand Fishkin is the founder of Moz formerly known as SEOmoz. Since then the company has grown to become one of the world leading SEO tools. As you may guess, the book “Lost and Founder” goes through the entrepreneurial path of the author, however, as its subtitle suggests, it is as a kind of a painfully honest guide to all highs and lows which Rand and his business has gone through, as it is eventually come to be what it is today.

In the book, the author bares the truth about the startup fantasies that are amplified by the tech and startup press…

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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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Big Data by Kenneth Cukier • making predictions • information economy • correlation statistics

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technology ● internet ● society

Recommendation 4 / 5

The book starts with the story of a company named Farecast in 2003. Oren Etzioni at the University of Washington is on an airplane. He decides to ask other passengers how much they paid for the seats. And it turns out that one person paid one fare, and another person paid another fare. Of course, this made Oren really upset. And the reason why is that he took his time to book the air ticket long in advance, assuming he was going to pay the lowest price. And he started thinking – if only I knew what stays behind airfares. How would I know if a presented price at an online travel site is a good…